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Exploring the wider Fortnite universe and backstory

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As most people know, Fortnite wasn’t always a Battle Royale game. The original game had a long and complex backstory, that has had impacts on Fortnite BR.

Fortnite as we know it today is the product of one of the most insanely successful pivots in gaming history.

Epic Games was a relatively smaller studio best known for the Gears of War series and its incredibly successful Unreal game engine.

About two years ago at this time, Epic Games was working on a complex third-person shooter/survival game called Fortnite: Save the World.

The game had an anticipatory following and had been in development for years with the first trailer being released all the way back in 2011.

To fund that game, Epic had been licensing out their Unreal engine to other developers in a variety of genres. The engine was – and still is – considered one of the best in the industry.

One developer who wanted to use that engine was a Korean company named Bluehole.

They needed it to make a full-fledged game based off of a mod to Arma 2 created by Brendan Greene.

Greene is better known as his online handle: PlayerUnknown. Bluehole was creating PUBG, a game that would help mainstream the Battle Royale format and make it the hottest game category for the next two years.

Over at Epic’s studio, they see their engine being used for an absurdly popular title, and they wanted in.

They took the team that had been working on Save The World and transfered the majority of them over to working on a new offshoot, Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Just six months after PUBG released, Fortnite BR came out and stole a lot of the player base from its predecessor.

There is a lot more on that relationship between Bluehole, Epic and the Unreal Engine, but right now I want to focus on the complex backstory Epic had been working on since 2011. It’s a backstory that is deep, interesting and has only scratched the surface of manifesting itself in Fortnite Battle Royale.

What does the Fortnite universe look like?

This article was inspired by a popular post on Reddit that does a more comprehensive look at some of the key events that have happened in BR and more info from STW.

That post is here, and I encourage reading it. It is quite long though, and if you want a summary, I will have one at the bottom with more information on some key points.

The creator of the post wrote an edit after publishing that said they made some mistakes and didn’t explain some concepts out fully.

That is to be expected when dealing with something like multi-verses, but I still feel like there are things that can be learned through this post and despite some possible inaccuracies, the post is mostly correct.

The Entire Story and How the Fortnite Rifts/Multiverse Works (I promise you didn’t know some of this stuff) from r/FortNiteBR

If you read all of that, I commend you. I’ll go into some key points worth highlighting, but first, let’s go over the edits and why the creator of the post felt the need to make them.

The problems with this post

The reason why people called out inaccuracies, and why the original poster (OP) admitted to them, was because the OP made a couple jumps in logic but presented them as fact.

We don’t know if the iceberg in Season 7 came out of a rift from another dimension. Yes, it did appear right at the same time the cube went crazy, but we can’t say definitively the cube sent the ice storm.

A shard of the cube was attached to the Ice King and the Ice Monsters shared a ton of similarities with the Cube Monsters, so it’s entirely reasonable that the two are connected to some larger story. But we don’t know that for certain.

Another educated guess not entirely correct is when the OP says that all the people in the in-between are people from Fortnite games.

The servers absolutely would not be able to handle that, so they aren’t millions of people, but they may still represent that. If you were playing squads of duos at this time, you may remember seeing your mate in this area.

Everyone saw the screen at the same time, so the goal was likely to represent that everyone had traveled there, it just isn’t correct to say what you see in that moment was literally other players who also could see you.

Just taking some educated guesses at the story and it’s connections is totally valid, and I feel like the OP gave away credibility by calling their own post “crummy.”

I read every single comment on the post and the majority of the 225 are positive. The negative ones accuse the OP of either not adding anything to the conversation, or making educated guesses but presenting them as fact.

The educated guesses are entirely reasonable to make and the post clearly provided interesting info to enough people to reach the top half of the front page, so it is not worth writing off in its entirety.

The best parts of the post

For people unfamiliar with the backstory, the links provided in this post are great resources. The Canny Valley story from Save the World, the infographic of the known history of The Cube and the video presenting the arrival of The Cube are all solid sources of information.

There are also some breaks of both humor and nostalgia as the post revisits events from past seasons.

The information itself is solid, especially as it relates to the cube and the multi-verse theories more directly adapted from Save The World. It only gets into educated guess territory towards the end when thinking about the Ice and Fire Kings.

It serves as a good overview showing what we know so far, and for people who don’t follow the story line in Fortnite religiously, you will probably learn something new.

It’s fun to speculate on the future of the game, and this post provides a great jumping off point for a variety of conversations.

What do you think? Did you learn something new?

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Is Fortnite Mobile returning to Apple App Store?

The verdict has been issued for the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, but what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile on the App Store?

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It’s been over a year since Fortnite Mobile was removed from the Apple App Store, and here’s what we know about its return.

Updated 9/22/2021 – Following an appeal submitted by Epic Games, Apple has confirmed “Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals.” Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, believes this process could take up to 5 years.

On August 13, 2020, Apple removed Fortnite Mobil removed from the App Store. This was because Epic Games added a third-party payment option which is against Apple TOS.

The direct payment method allowed players to pay Epic Games directly in exchange for V-Bucks. Epic incentivized this method of payment by discounting all purchases made directly to Epic Games.

Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple with claims the App Store is an anti-competitive marketplace. The Court has finally issued the verdict following a lengthy court process. However, what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile?

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Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit verdict

After over a year of legal battle and long wait times, the court has finally issued a verdict in the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit. The court has decided that “Epic Games overreached” and it sided with Apple on almost all accounts.

The court did not find Apple as an “antitrust monopolist in the submarket” for mobile gaming. The verdict states, “The Court finds in favor of Apple on all counts except with respect to violation of California’s Unfair Competition law and only partially with respect to its claim for Declaratory Relief.

However, the Court is forcing Apple to allow direct purchasing methods which is why Fortnite was banned in the first place. A court document reads, “Apple… are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata button, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing.

Due to the loss, Epic Games has to pay Apple 30% of $12+ million in damages. While Epic Games may have lost, mobile game developers won as a whole. Direct Purchasing will allow developers to make more money from microtransactions.

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Is Fortnite Mobile coming back to Apple App Store?

The official Fortnite Twitter announced that it has requested to have its developer account restored by Apple. However, Apple denied this request stating it would only reinstate the account “if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder of Epic Games, doesn’t seem to want to comply. Twitter user imgoldenyt offered a solution that could allow Fortnite to return to iOS. Sweeney responded by saying “I read all of this. I just disagree.”

In a separate tweet, Sweeney claims that the ruling is not a win for developers or consumers. He goes on to state that “Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment.”

However, on September 22, 2021, Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple stating that Epic Games would remove its direct payment method. The email once again requested Epic’s developer account to be reinstated.

This tweet from Tim Sweeney shows the email sent to apple from Epic Games.

However, apple once again denied Epic Games’ request. In response back, Apples states that it will “not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable.”

In short, Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals. Sweeney believes this process could take up to 5 years.

So it seems that Fortnite won’t be returning to the Apple App Store anytime soon. Apple doesn’t have to reinstate Epic Games’ developer account even though Epic Games is willing to comply with the rules. Sadly, mobile player may have to wait years before Fortnite returns to the App Store.

For more Fortnite, check out when and how to watch the end-of-season event, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Epic Games vs. Apple court trial starts today, lasts three weeks

The court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today and will last for roughly three weeks before any decisions are made.

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The long-awaited court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today, May 3, 2021, and will last roughly three weeks. Epic Games vs Apple could not only decide the fate of Fortnite on iOS devices, but also the future of the App Store.

On August 13, 2020, Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks across all platforms. However, mobile users would have to use a new payment option to receive this discount. This option would bypass Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases by allowing players to pay Epic Games directly.

Apple quickly removed Fortnite from the App Store stating that Epic Games had violated the App Creator’s Term of Service. Epic Games had anticipated its removal and simultaneously launched an in-game event calling for players to rally against Apple. Tournaments were held, merch was released, and the hashtag #FreeFortnite trended to raise awareness of the legal actions being taken against Apple.

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Epic Games vs. Apple trial starts

Epic Games filed a suit against Apple alleging that its App Store guidelines are anti-competitive in nature. As well, the suit would not be for monetary gain but to liberate app developers from Apple’s unfair cuts. Apple filed a counterclaim that Epic Games had breached its developer agreements when it implemented a direct payment method.

Now, almost nine months after the Epic Games vs Apple case was originally filed, the court trial is starting. According to legal documents found on the Northern District of California’s website, each party will have 45 hours to plead their case to the United States District Court. The trials will last for roughly three weeks before a verdict is drawn.

The trial starts at 11:15 a.m. EST today, May 3, 2021. Due to the popularity surrounding the case, public access to the court hearing is being offered via phone. Those interested can call 1 (877) 336-1839 and use access code 9403112 to listen to the lengthy trial.

The CEOs of both Apple and Epic Games will speak during the trial. Tim Cook of Apple will argue that Epic Games breached its contract while Tim Sweeney will fight for developer and publisher freedoms.

While the anticipation for the Epic Games vs Apple trial is at an all-time high, decisions won’t be made for the next few weeks. Fortnite Intel will continue to keep readers updated if any big news comes from the trial.

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