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Epic to address Fortnite FPS problems

Epic Games has finally stated that they’re working on a fix for the rampant FPS drops in Fortnite Season 2.

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Epic Games has finally stated that they’re working on a fix for the rampant FPS drops in Fortnite Season 2.

Fortnite has always gone through phases of being buggy, and the release of v12.00 brought us back to that place. Some bugs are easy to work around, but others make the game very difficult to play.

One issue that’s been frequently popping up is the drastic FPS (frames-per-second) drop that occurs in late-game scenarios. PC players appear to be experiencing more of a drop than other platforms, but that’s because they have higher frame rates, to begin with.

On February 27, one week after Season 2 went live, Epic finally addressed the topic of FPS drops through a Fortnite Status Twitter post.

The team announced a maintenance patch on Playstation, then followed up by saying that they’re working on improving performance on all platforms.

The bad news is that, as of writing, the issue is still listed as ‘in development’ on the Trello board. Epic announced that they’d patch the XP Coin issue in v12.10, but haven’t given us a timeframe on the FPS issues.

The Trello board states, “We’re aware of reports of FPS drops since v12.00 and are working on improvements.” We don’t know when this issue will be resolved.

Until then, we have to suffer through some FPS drops as we try to grind out some wins. Look on the bright side: at least you can blame a bug if you get outplayed in a late-game scenario.

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Epic announce Solos FNCS and Trios in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite FNCS formats for Season 3 will include Trios and Solos along with Trios Cash Cups.

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With the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational in the rearview mirror, competitive and casual Fortnite players, alike, look ahead to Season 3. Epic didn’t keep us wondering for long with an announcement of the competitive formats for the next Fortnite season.

On May 25, the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account announced that Season 3 will kick off with a solo FNCS. Cash Cups will be back as a Trios competition and Trios FNCS will be coming in Season 4. In the meantime, Arena will be available for Trios and Solos.

Most Fortnite players were happy to hear this announcement – even if they aren’t fans of the formats. Trios is widely liked but players tend to have a love/hate relationship with Solos. This can be the most frustrating format, after all.

The real highlight of this announcement was the announcement, itself. Pro Fortnite players have been asking for transparency and communication. Epic gave them what they were asking for, even if it didn’t come in the form of their favorite tournament format.

We’ll keep you posted with more information about the next FNCS season. Until then, competitive and casual Fortnite players are in the same boat: waiting to see how much Season 3 changes everything.

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Fortnite Doomsday event countdown reveals Season 2 end date and time

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Fortnite now has an official countdown to the upcoming end-of-season event in-game, confirming Saturday, May 30 as the date for the Doomsday event.

Each Season of Fortnite usually tries to go out with a bang, and leaks and teases have been foreshadowing the big ‘Doomsday’ event ending Season 2.

Although data miners were able to provide their best guesses for when it would be, and what exactly will happen, the countdown now confirms it.

Appearing on May 23, exactly one week before the event is scheduled to take place, you can now see the countdown prominently in the main lobby.

The timer will end on Saturday, May 30, ready for the event to kick off at 7:05pm BST / 8:05pm CEST / 2:05pm EDT / 11:05am PDT.

What is the Doomsday Event?

While we now know when the event will take place, there still remains the question of what will happen.

The most common theory currently is that the map, or at least part of it, will flood. This is plausiblele, considering players also noticed that the underwater hatches were ‘activated’ on the same day as the countdown appeared.

Many players are convinced that there will be some kind of water theme in Chapter 2, Season 3, as the big leak a few weeks ago suggested.

This same leak also claimed that there will be a rideable shark vehicle in the next season, as well as the ability to set materials on fire.

So, the Doomsday event could be a total or partial flooding of the Fortnite map – or something else entirely. At this point, it’s impossible to say for sure. We just have to wait until Saturday, May 30.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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