Several weeks ago, NVIDIA and Epic Games announced that RTX Ray Tracing would be coming to Fortnite in the near future. The setting is now available as of September 17, 2020.
What does ray tracing bring you? In short, you’ll be able to achieve better, more immersive graphics. According to the Epic Games website, “Ray tracing allows new visual and lighting effects previously not possible in Fortnite.”
The most notable changes will come in the form of reflections, water graphics, and similar improvements. One of the most publicized features allows players to see their entire reflection in in-game windows and similar surfaces.
Ray tracing isn’t the only improvement that is coming to Fortnite on PC. NVIDIA is also offering DLSS, which boosts performance and allows you to achieve higher frame rates at high graphical settings. In other words, you won’t have to compromise as much when it comes to graphics vs. performance.
Of course, not everyone is going to have access to ray tracing in Fortnite. It’s exclusive to those with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and Epic are recommending that players use an RTX 2080 or higher – an expensive threshold to meet.
Here are the minimum system requirements and recommended system requirements for the ray tracing setting from the Epic Games website:
- Requires DirectX 12
- CPU: 4 cores or more
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
- Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)
- Requires DirectX 12
- CPU: 8 cores or more
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
- Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)
How to turn on ray tracing in Fortnite
If your PC meets the minimum system requirements, at least, then you can enable ray tracing by following these simple steps:
- Ensure that your Windows and all of your drivers are up to date
- Launch Fortnite and open the “Settings” tab
- Ensure that you’re using DirectX 12 (switch from 11 if you haven’t already).
- Navigate to “Advanced Settings” and turn DLSS on
- Enable the Ray Tracing option and any or all of the available ray tracing effects
Most PC players with GeForce graphics cards will likely fall in the middle ground between the minimum and recommended settings for ray tracing. With the enhanced customization options and DLSS, however, players will be able to keep their high frame rates while experiencing better graphics.
We suggest checking out the new improvements if you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, even if you don’t keep them activated in the long-run. These features are, largely, aimed at high-end PCs, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from the improvements.
Fortnite x Kaws collaboration confirmed to bring a new Peely skin
American artist Kaws has announced another collaboration with Fortnite. This time around, loopers can expect a Peely reskin in his style.
Kaws and Fortnite collaborated during the Chapter 2 Season 8 Fortnitemares event that brought four Skeleton outfits to the Item Shop. The artist has teased his return in Chapter r3 Season 3 and has most likely worked on a Peely reskin.
The first collaboration between Kaws and Fortnite was a massive hit. Fortnitemares was the perfect occasion for the artist to introduce his characters to the Battle Royale game.
Leakers were anticipating that a new crossover with a renowned artist will be announced tomorrow, but Kaws himself has confirmed it beforehand.
Kaws confirms his return to Fortnite through an Instagram post
Kaws recently posted an image with a card that says, “Dear Fortnite, see you soon”. What’s more interesting is the fact that a banana is placed beside the card.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Peely is one of the, if not the most popular character in Fortnite. The walking banana was first introduced as a meme in Chapter 1 Season 8, and countless variants have arrived ever since. These include Unpeely, Agent Peely, Frozen Peely, and Peely Bone, among others.
A few minutes before Kaws confirmed the collaboration, leakers iFireMonkey and Shiina had these things to say about an upcoming Fortnite collaboration:
- A collaboration with a prominent artist will be announced tomorrow.
- A well-known Fortnite character will get a new style from the artist.
- Alongside the skin, there will be a back bling, a wrap, and a glider.
- The collaboration files will be decrypted tomorrow while the skins will arrive in the Item Shop 2-3 days later.
It is fairly easy to join the dots now. A Kaws x Fortnite collaboration is imminent and Peely is the ‘well-known’ character who will receive a skin style. Having said that, the release date of the skin is still uncertain.
Considering that Peely already has a skeleton style (Peely Bone), it will be interesting to see how Kaws has redesigned the character this time. It is worth noting that according to the lore, Peely is not a single character but a tribe.
All crashed IO Airship locations in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 challenges are here. Here’s how players search chests or ammo boxes at crashed IO Airships.
Following the war in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, the map now has several crashed IO Warships with a Vibin’ theme. A weekly challenge requires you to visit these Airships and search for ammo boxes or chests.
A new set of Weekly quests arrive in Fortnite every Thursday. Loopers can get 15,000 XP from each quest and there are bonus rewards for completing them all. These challenges do not leave the quests menu until the end of the season, but considering that they are quite simple, it is more convenient to complete them right away.
Where to find crashed IO Airships in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3
There are a total of five crashed IO Airships on the map. To complete the weekly challenge, you need to find two ammo boxes/chests. Hence, landing at any of the following locations should be worthwhile:
Northeastern Edge of the map
The first IO Airship in Fortnite is located on the northeastern edge of the island. Loopers can either land near Daily Bugle and swim towards the ship or directly land there.
It is safe to assume that this will be one of the least-contested crashed IO Airships. Even though there aren’t any fixed chest/ammo box spawn locations, finding one shouldn’t be a major problem.
The southeastern edge of the map
Another IO Warship can be found in the ocean at the southeastern edge of the island. Condo Canyon is the nearest named location but depending on the Battle Bus’ path, you can directly land at the location marked in the image below:
A crashed IO Warship is located near Rocky Reels. You can either land in Greasy Grove and head east or land at Rocky Reels and head west. It is worth reiterating that the challenge requires players to open a chest/ammo box in the ship, and not just visit it.
Towards the end of the war between the Imagined Order and The Seven, the final IO Airship crashed inside Loot Lake which is currently one of the best locations on the island in terms of loot.
It won’t be a surprise if you meet a ton of other loopers when landing at this Airship as Loot Lake has an abundance of chests.
Southeast of Coney Crossroads
The fifth and final IO Airship is near Coney Crossroads which is also one of the most crowded locations in Fortnite. This airship will at least have one chest and one ammo box, and you can also expect floor loot here.
Completing this Week 4 challenge will grant you 15,000 XP which eventually helps in leveling up the Battle Pass. The Chapter 3 Season 3 Battle Pass is loaded with exciting original and crossover skins including the likes of Evie and Darth Vader.
Fortnite x Fall Guys crossover is a big disappointment and here’s why
Fortnite x Fall Guys was one of the most sought-after events ever and Epic Games has managed to disappoint many players with it.
Fans naturally had sky-scraping expectations from a collaboration between Fortnite and Fall Guys, two of the biggest Battle Royale games in the world. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a damp squib for many.
Even though there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, Fortnite players have started receiving the free Major Mancake skin and other cosmetics in his set. This means that the much-anticipated collaboration with Fall Guys is finally live.
Despite having an opportunity to get a skin set for free, loopers aren’t satisfied with the ongoing Fortnite crossover.
Some glaring issues with Fall Guys x Fortnite: Crown Clash event
Fall Guys x Fortnite’s Crown Clash event began on June 29, 2022 although Epic Games has ignored it completely. The Galaxian emotes and return of Pac-Man have been mentioned in latest Twitter posts, but players still have no ‘official’ information on the free Major Mancake skin.
As of now, leakers have single-handedly promoted the entire crossover.
The spread of misinformation and confusion among loopers was inevitable, to say the least. Leakers and data miners have been flooded by messages about the free cosmetics, who obviously have no real advice to give.
Another bone of contention is the lack of a Fall Guys-themed reward. Mancake is a popular Fortnite character, but he has no relation to Mediatonic’s Battle Royale title. To play 100 rounds of Fall Guys for a ‘not-so-Major’ Mancake skin is not worth the effort for several players.
Is the latest Fortnite x Fall Guys: Crown Clash event even a crossover?
While the critique of the Fall Guys crossover has been mentioned above, there are players that are happy with it too. They argue that Crown Clash isn’t necessarily a collaboration, but a celebration.
Epic Games’ goal here is to simply promote Fall Guys (as it recently went free-to-play). Getting a free skin set for a prominent character like Mancake is a great incentive for a devoted Fortnite player to try another game.
Considering that Fortnite is a free-to-play title as well, it is always great when the developers hand out free rewards. To be fair, playing 100 rounds of Fall Guys is much easier than The Nindo challenges that only grant a glider, a wrap, and some emoticons.
All in all, the mixed response towards Fortnite x Fall Guys is understandable. While Major Mancake is good enough for some players, others look forward to unlocking cosmetics that ‘actually’ represent a collaboration.
For now, we await Epic Games’ blog post on Crown Clash event. Leakers have revealed that the event ends on July 11, 2022. It is unlikely that Major Mancake will arrive in the Item Shop later, and this could be your only opportunity to unlock it.
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