Competitive Fortnite has been a wild ride from the beginning and Epic’s adventure continues as the World Cup finals approach. The first Trios tournament has been announced for July and the Storm Flip remains disabled for Week 10.
Epic Games has been struggling to find its groove with the competitive side of Fortnite, but their efforts are beginning to work out. With the FWC Finals quickly coming up, Epic wants to ensure the final Week 10 qualifiers go smoothly.
In addition, Epic has responded to the community’s love of the Trios mode with a tournament announcement. All this was announced on June 20th in a official competitive blog post.
Storm Flip Disabled for Week 10 Qualifiers
In response to competitive community outrage at the Storm Flip, Epic has decided to disable the item for the Week 10 Qualifiers. They did not say if the item would be seen in the Finals in New York.
The reason given for the disable is that the ‘visual readability’ of the item’s storm zone is not adequate. The item specifically creates problems in end-game scenarios in competitive matches. Naturally, this comment suggests that the Storm Flip will return to competitive play after a small fix.
The careful wording of the post falls in line with Epic’s previous statements about being reluctant to add a separate competitive loot pool.
Original Post from Epic Games:
“Our last World Cup Online Open kicks off today, June 20! Tune in to see who will snag those final spots to compete for the $30,000,000 up for grabs at the Fortnite World Cup. The show kicks off at 2:30 PM ET on June 21. Keep an eye out for any posts regarding updates to the schedule on our channels below.
Additionally, the Storm Flip item has been disabled for the Week 10 World Cup Online Open and Arena playlists until further notice. This is due to visual readability for this item around endgame scenarios in competitive play.“
First Trios tournament announced
In a surprise announcement, Epic Games has revealed the first Trios tournament is arriving in July!
When the Trios LTM released, it was a universally loved mode due to its ‘sweet-spot’ amount of players in fights. Squads is legendarily chaotic, but Trios presented a larger team mode that had a reasonable flow of combat.
Epic Games has set the dates for the first Trios tournament to July 13th and 14th, after their well deserved office vacation. Details on formats, schedules, and prize pools will be released at a later date.
Original Post from Epic Games:
“Following this week, the Epic office will be closed between June 24 – July 8. During that time, we will not have any official Fortnite Competitive Tournaments running. When we come back, our next prized tournament will be a Trios tournament on July 13th & 14th.
We will still have two content updates over these weeks and you’ll be able to get all the details in the patch notes as normal.
We’ll see you soon!”
We’re so excited to see how well Trios works in a competitive setting. This could be the beginning of a whole new wave of pro player pick-ups and more solidified in-org teams! As soon as more information about the tourney is released, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Chad Mustard explains why we needed a new Fortnite map
Donald Mustard’s brother, Chad Mustard, discussed why Fortnite needed a new map from a game development standpoint.
Dedicated Fortnite fans follow Donald Mustard on social media for hints about the future of the game. The Worldwide Creative Director of Epic Games loves to tweet out cryptic teasers about what the developers will be bringing to Fortnite in the future – many of which are impossible to decipher until they come to fruition.
Of course, teasing future seasons of Fortnite is only what Donald Mustard does for fun. When he’s on the clock, he’s steering the Fortnite ship and making decisions on where the game should go. Most players consider him to be the brain behind Fortnite’s ever-evolving world – whether this is entirely true or not.
Donald Mustard has a brother named Chad Mustard, who hosts a YouTube channel that is mostly dedicated to making Fortnite content, as you might expect. Recently, the latter sat down with fellow Fortnite YouTuber, I Talk Fortnite, to discuss several topics related to the game.
The two had a long and detailed conversation – most of which had to do with Creative Mode, which is the primary focus of the ‘Mustard Plays’ YouTube channel. Towards the end of the interview, I Talk Fortnite brought up the old Fortnite map and old graphics of the game. Mustard opened up a bit, here, explaining why Fortnite needed a new map.
“Here’s the problem with the old map,” Mustard began, “the old map was made in, like, a few weeks. Battle Royale was a test, and they were like, ‘hey, let’s put this together and figure out if this will work in our Fortnite system.”
As Mustard explained, Epic weren’t prepared for the success that Battle Royale brought to Fortnite. They wanted to use the exposure and revenue to expand the game, but the old map limited them.
“They can’t do things like water, you can’t swim, you can’t do dynamic things with mountains,” Mustard said when talking about the old Fortnite map. “This new map was built to fit all of their systems so that they can do more things – have more vehicles; systems like swimming or weather patterns … you could not do that on the old map and with the old graphics. That’s why they had to switch to a new map.”
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In essence, Chad Mustard explained that the game outgrew the restraints of the original Fortnite map. Epic brought us a new map that could take us into the future – what we’re playing now – and beyond; experimenting with elements that we haven’t even seen yet.
Will we ever go back the old Fortnite map? In our opinion, Epic will release it as a novelty at some point. If Mustard is correct, however, the future of Fortnite is the exclusive property of the Chapter 2 map and any other creation that comes out of it.
Fortnite won’t come back to the Apple app store until at least next year
The judge in the Apple vs Epic Games case has prevented the app store from blocking Unreal Engine games, but Apple won’t be forced to put Fortnite back.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Epic’s preliminary injuction that would force Apple to put Fortnite back on the app store while the case goes on.
However, the judge did grant their other injuction, which stops Apple from banning apps made with Unreal Engine, which Epic owns and makes. You can see the full decision here.
That means, that unless Epic decides to remove it’s direct payment method for V-Bucks, which started this whole legal battle, we won’t see Fortnite back on iOS devices. Atleast, until the trial is over.
The decision to keep Unreal Engine protected though, is to stop the dispute between Apple and Epic creating havoc for “bystanders” – aka other developers not involved in the litigation, who just happen to use Unreal Engine.
In a statement, Epic said: “Epic Games is grateful that Apple will continue to be barred from retaliating against Unreal Engine and our game development customers as the litigation continues. We will continue to develop for iOS and Mac under the court’s protection and we will pursue all avenues to end Apple’s anti-competitive behavior.”
Apple, on the other hand, said: “We’re grateful the court recognized that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers and that any problems they may have encountered were of their own making when they breached their agreement.”
The trial will commence in May, 2021, when some sort of resolution to this case will hopefully be resolved. Until then, Fortnite won’t be on iPhones or iPads – that much is certain.
Epic Games vs. Apple trial date set for May 3, 2021
Epic Games and Apple are set to hit the courtroom on May 3, 2021.
The battle between the tech giants of Epic Games and Apple wages on as a trial date has been set for May 3, 2021. The United States District Court of the Northern District of California is set to hear the arguments starting at 8:30 AM PST on that date.
The trial date comes after the most recent hearing between Epic and Apple, which had many onlookers suspecting that a jury trial would take place in July of 2021. Instead, the court scheduled a bench trial for the previous month.
Several pre-trial dates are expected to accompany the final May 3 date, so we could hear more news about how the court is leaning – although nothing will be set in stone until May 2021, at least.
With a date set, we now know the first time that we could hear concrete news as to whether or not iOS players will be able to play Fortnite. So far, the court hasn’t been too sympathetic to Epic’s case after the way they handled it.
Epic knowingly circumvented the conditions of the Google Play Store and App Store when they allowed players to buy V-Bucks directly from the source. The former company knew that Apple and Google would take action, and were prepared to retaliate with legislation. The judge presiding over the matter sees this and doesn’t appear to respect the move.
Unfortunately for iOS Fortnite players, this news means that we’re waiting another seven months for news on when the game will be available, again. Sony and Microsoft may end up being the real winners here, as displaced mobile players pick up their new consoles to play their favorite game.
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