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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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Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?

Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?

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News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.

Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.

Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.

So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.

Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.

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How to unlock Fortnite cosmetics in Rocket League ‘Llama-Rama’ event

Rocket League is celebrating going free-to-play with an in-game event and Fortnite crossover: Llama-Rama.

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Rocket League fans, largely, rejoiced when they learned that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, had purchased the Rocket League development team, Psyonix. Rocket League is a brilliant game, but the monetization efforts weren’t too player-friendly – especially for a game that cost $30.

Fortnite, on the other hand, has one of the most user-friendly microtransaction systems in all of gaming. You can say what you want about Fortnite and the choices of the developers, but it’s hard to criticize their approach to monetization.

Epic has already been making its mark on Rocket League since its acquisition of Psyonix. They made the loot boxes transparent, made the game free-to-play, and are now bringing the first in-game event with unlockable cosmetics.

The ‘Llama Rama’ Fortnite crossover event will run from September 26 through October 12 and will give players the chance to unlock the Battle Bus cosmetic pack, Llama Wheels, the Loot Llama Decal, the Top Llama Topper, and the Llama Fly Antenna.

You’ll need to complete some in-game challenges to earn these rewards. The challenges haven’t been released at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the event goes live this weekend.

Update: Rocket League challenges released

The challenges are now live in Rocket League, which unlocks rewards for both Rocket League and Fortnite. Here’s a look at all of the challenges and rewards for the event:

  • CHALLENGE 1: LLAMAS, START YOUR ENGINES!
    • Rocket League Challenge: Play an Online Match in Any Playlist
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Flyer Antenna 
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Spray 
  • CHALLENGE 2 – FLAGGED FOR VICTORY
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 1 Online Match in Casual with the Llama Antenna
    • Rocket League Reward: Top Llama Topper
    • Fortnite Reward: Holodata Drop Contrail
  • CHALLENGE 3 – TOP OF THE WORLD
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get 5 goals, saves, or assists with the Llama Topper
    • Rocket League Reward: Loot Llama Octane Decal
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket Groove Music Track
  • CHALLENGE 4 – AN EPIC ENDEAVOR
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 5 Online Matches in Any Playlist with the Llama Decal (Octane)
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Wheels
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Emoticon
  • CHALLENGE 5 – LLAMA LEGEND
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get MVP in any Online Match with the Llama Wheels
    • Rocket League Reward: Battle Bus + Battle Balloon Antenna, Battle Bus Wheels, and Battle Bus Engine Audio
    • Fortnite Reward: Octane RL Backbling + style variant
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Rocket League is the kind of game that no one knew they wanted until they played it. It’s incredibly fun and we strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

Like Fortnite, Rocket League is a simple game with a massive skill ceiling. It’s easy to get the hang of but incredibly difficult to master – something that most Fortnite fans will naturally love in a game. Now, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.

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Epic announce Fortnite X Rocket League promotional crossover

Epic Games are celebrating Rocket League going free-to-play with a Fortnite promotional event.

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Fortnite players might not be too familiar with the massively-popular Rocket League. It’s a game that no one knew they needed until it existed. Like Fortnite, the game presents itself to you with a simple concept that has a massive skill ceiling.

Last year, Epic Games purchased the developer of Rocket League, Psyonix, in what felt like a match made in heaven. The success of Rocket League mirrored that of Fortnite in many ways, but fans of the game grew frustrated over the monetization efforts of the former. Epic Games brought the Fortnite monetization strategy to Rocket League, which is much more consumer-friendly than the loot box-oriented microtransactions of the past.

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Epic’s acquisition of Psynoix eventually led to the announcement of Rocket League going free-to-play. It’s clear that Epic are closely following their Fortnite blueprint – allowing players to buy in-game cosmetics rather than purchasing the game and then gambling on loot boxes.

Rocket League will officially become free-to-play on September 23. To celebrate the news, Epic are hosting a cross-promotional event between Rocket League and their most popular title, Fortnite. Rocket League and Fortnite players will be able to unlock cosmetics for both of their favorite games.

We’re not sure what these cosmetics will look like, just yet, but we can expect some Rocket League skins to be in the mix. Epic seem to be promoting Rocket League more than Fortnite, here. We also expect to see a Fortnite reward tied to Rocket League playtime.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the specific rewards that Epic are offering. If you haven’t played Rocket League, we highly recommend trying it when it goes free-to-play. It’s a ton of fun whether you’re a casual player who can barely jump or a sweaty competitive player who can juggle the ball while flying through the air.

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