The major event Fortnite has been building towards happened, and now it is time to ask: What’s next?
We have received our first cryptic teaser but Epic has begun encrypting more game files so leakers haven’t been able to see as far into Fortnite’s future as they once were able too.
So as the Fortnite community adjusts to the addition of the Drum Gun and the subtraction of Tilted Towers and Retail Row, we want to look towards the coming months and identify some things we think are likely to happen in Season 9.
Tilted Towers Comes Back
Since Tilted Towers was added to the game way back in Season 2, it has consistently been the most popular place to land for sweats and casuals alike.
It has the most chest spawns of any area and was almost always the starting spot of any Fortnite YouTube video that included the word “Bomb.”
Tilted is still important in competitive play. While most players aren’t landing there consistently, it is usually the best choice to try to mount a come back by winning the early game skirmish.
Now players will have to adjust to these map changes and figure out the new most active landing spot on the map.
Tilted is likely to come back simply because it is a player-favorite. With the Fortnite World Cup coming at the end of Season 9, not having Tilted come back to the game in some form would be a shock.
The city should naturally play a part in the biggest Fortnite competition to date. It probably won’t be fully restored, but some building and changes will happen in that area of the course of Season 9.
The voting system was a genius move by Epic Games. They figured out how to take all the complaints from the community directed at them, and shift the blame back to the community.
If Epic had just brought the Drum Gun back, their might have been literal rioting. But by giving the community a choice, suddenly it is more difficult to blame Epic Games.
You can argue that there were only two real options in the vote. Planes and Blade were both so reviled they wouldn’t be chosen and Bouncers and Grappler just don’t do enough to win a vote, so it was really between Drum Gun and Tac SMG.
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Voting accomplishes a couple things for Epic. Besides taking the heat off them, it also shines a brighter light at the motivations of the Fortnite community.
Most streamers hated this decision and complaints filled social media, but Drum Guns were still voted more than anything else. That proves that there is a vocal minority in the Fortnite community.
The comments that will be the most amplified are complaints, even if the majority of the community actually disagrees with them.
As Epic doesn’t seem to be able to even breath towards the game anymore without complaints, voting is likely something they will lean on more as the next season gets underway.
The Baller Replaced
Among many other complaints, one of the most consistent from the competitive community is The Baller. It has made the initial qualifiers for the World Cup much less entertaining as the safest way to move onto Sunday is to just hang in The Baller until the last moment.
Once you have to place highly to qualify, The Baller isn’t as important because players need to take risks to rank in those top spots.
Fortnite introduced The Baller right as Planes were removed at the end of Season 8. It seems likely that a new vehicle will replace The Baller in the same fashion when we tip towards Season 9.
Having such a meta-defining vehicle exist throughout all the weeks of the Fortnite World Cup may be the only consistency that competitive Fortnite players don’t want.
Some other vehicle may take the place it stole from the planes in competitive Fortnite, but we don’t have any idea what that will be right now.
What do you think will happen in Fortnite Season 9? Let us know in the comments.
Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items
Fortnite’s v14.40 update has officially signalled the start of Fortnitemares 2020, and a brand-new patch means we have plenty of leaked skins and cosmetics to take a look at.
While Season 4 has been all about superheroes, Halloween is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks, with Fortnite’s annual spooky event Fortnitemares making it’s welcome return, and bringing back Midas too.
Midas disappeared at the end of Season 2 when his Device experiment ended in disaster, but the 14.40 update sees the character regain control of The Agency thanks to his Shadow Henchmen, who will play a significant role in the game for the next few weeks.
For cosmetics fans, a new update means new skins, gliders, back bling, and more to look at ahead of their addition to the Item Shop, and thanks to data miner HYPEX, we can take a look at everything that will appear in-game over the next few weeks.
As always, new skins are the highlight of any cosmetic drop, and there are plenty for fans to sink their teeth into during the Fortnitemares event.
Beef Boss and Fishstick are two new members of the Skull Squad, while the Skull Trooper himself gets a party makeover. Elsewhere, we have some new default characters for those who like to keep things simple, while the Good Doctor skin has a special emote that sees him transform into a massive monster when he drinks a potion.
We’ve also got some new emotes, including one which sees your character play the banjo on a rocking chair, and a zombie walk which fits the Fortnitemares theme.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any gliders, back bling, or weapon wraps just yet, but we’ll be sure to add them to this article when they are revealed.
Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.
Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.
Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.
With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.
Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes
Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.
The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.
From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.
Loot Pool Changes
Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.
There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.
A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.
Huge PC patch size
Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.
This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.
As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.
These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.
- Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
- Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
- TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
- Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
- Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.
- Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
- Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
- Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.
- Vehicle buttons missing.
- Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.
Fortnite v14.30 Update patch notes
Fortnite’s third major update of Season 4 has arrived in the form of the 14.30 patch, which brings a major Combat Shotgun buff to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
Superheroes are the name of the game in Chapter 2 Season 4, as they take over the Fortnite island and prepare for a massive war with the evil Galactus, who’s coming to change the reality of the game forever.
With a battle on the horizon, Epic Games have decided to adjust the Combat Shotgun to give you a helping hand, while also introducing some new modes for fans to sink their teeth into.
Fortnite v14.30 patch notes
Loot Pool changes
The biggest news coming out of the October 13 patch is the adjustments Epic have made to the loot pool. The Combat Shotgun has been given a major tweak, which Epic hope will make it more useful throughout the rest of the season.
The developers confirmed that they had increased the range at which it deals damage, so hopefully players will be able to take down enemies at slightly longer distances, although Epic stated that they would be asking for feedback about the change.
Elsewhere, they’ve also announced that they are rotating in some new superpowers to keep things fresh, which will be available around the island.
Rally Royale LTM
Along with the buff, Epic have also dropped a new LTM for fans to sink their teeth into. Rally Royale is all about getting from Point A to Point B as fast as possible, though it won’t be easy.
In this mode, your task is to collect tickets before anyone else. If you’re first, a finish line will appear on the map, which you need to speed to if you want to be crowned as the winner. This LTM is expected to go live “later in the week,” Epic confirmed.
Marvel Knockout Super Series
Fortnite players can get their hands on the new Daredevil skin early by winning one of the Marvel Knockout Super Series tournaments that are included in v14.30. These elimination cups begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
There will be four total tournaments, with anyone who competes in all of them rewarded with an exclusive Nexus War glider.
As usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including a series of Party Royale glitches, and plenty more.
Here is the full list of bug changes set for v14.30:
- Audio of Last Forever Emote playing even with licensed audio muted.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
- Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
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