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Everything we learned from the Fortnite Device Event

Everything we now know, and new questions, following the Fortnite Device Event.

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The Fortnite Device Event was an interesting one. It didn’t blow us away as the Travis Scott concert did, but it still introduced some mind-blowing concepts that set the stage for the Chapter 2 Season 3 plot.

Most of our assumptions about what would happen during the event came true. Midas used the Doomsday Device to push the storm back. He seemed to be successful after a couple of tries, but that was before we were catapulted into a cutscene. This takes us into the first thing we learned.

Jonesy is a real person

Our beloved Jonesy is real; or, at least, he’s based on a ‘real’ person. In fact, he seems to be one of the people behind the world of Fortnite – we’ll get to that later.

During the Device Event, we were transported into an office where we could overhear someone talking about Midas’ current in-game operation. Looking around the office, you could see some photos, some classified folders, and a nameplate that read, “John Jones,” AKA Jonesy.

This was later confirmed when the owner of the voice entered the room. It was Jonesy, himself; this time wearing a suit. This was the ‘Agent Jonesy’ leak that we saw after the last patch. It’s unclear if this skin will be on sale.

In the photos, you can seemingly identify some of the inspirations for past skins and themes in Fortnite. Jonesy is with an astronaut, an explorer, a tennis player, and another figure with whom he appears to be meditating.

We’ll have to take a closer look at the dialogue, here, but that’s what we know about Jonesy, so far.

The Storm mechanics

We’ll cover this in-depth in a separate article, but the storm has gone through some massive changes. It remains to be seen if these changes will stick around but, for now, the storm is 100% water.

We tested what would happen if you fly into the storm with a Chopper. The storm bounces you out and sends you falling to your death. Once in the storm, the momentum naturally pushes you out. If you’re too high, though, you’re going to fall to your death, again. This will be the state of the Fortnite storm for at least another day.

Shadow owns The Agency

The Agency was the last holdout in the Ghost vs. Shadow war that encompassed Season 2. It seems like Midas was content to let The Agency fall to Shadow if it meant pushing the storm.

For the rest of Season 1, The Agency will be a Shadow location with Heavy Snipers, Miniguns, etc. It will still be a prime landing spot, albeit for one more day.

Someone is controlling The Island

The biggest takeaway from the event might have been the revelation that there’s an outside entity controlling the Fortnite island. John Jones, AKA Jonesy, appears to be one of the members of this entity – if not its leader.

This entity seems a bit like an in-game version of Epic Games – the developers of Fortnite. They’re tracking the events of The Island and trying to control everything that’s happening.

We’ll almost certainly interact with this entity again, in some way or another. This could even be The Seven, as those are the only people we’ve heard speak English. As is the case with everything, we’ll have to wait and see what Season 3 brings us.

The Device Event brought more questions than answers, which was likely intentional. This is the exposition phase of Chapter 2. We’re still gearing up to find out what all of it means.

Season 3 will, hopefully, answer some of these questions, but Epic are looking months down the line. We may be questioning Fortnite for another six months before we know more about John Jones and this mysterious entity.

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How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.

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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

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XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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