The new ‘Floor is Lava’ has been a lot of crazy fun, but it’s little too much at times. Epic Games has released an update for the mode to try and deal with its problems.
The new LTM ‘Flood is Lava’ garnered quite a few fans quickly due to its quick pacing and unique idea, but it can get a little too wild at times.
Epic Games is seeking to correct the problems they’ve been seeing with the new gamemode by releasing an update to the mode. The changes try to control the pacing of the early game a bit better to allow players better time to collect much need resources.
If you haven’t played ‘Floor is Lava’ before, the gist of the gamemode is in the name. The ground begins to rise as the game goes on and you are forced to building higher and higher to avoid death from the lava.
Here’s Epic’s official tweet on the changes to the gamemode:
We've made a few adjustments to the Floor is Lava Limited Time Mode:— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 29, 2019
– Weapons will be Uncommon or better
– 30 seconds added to the first Storm wait time
– Cannons turned on
– Lava damage lowered from 20 to 15
Drop in and turn up the heat now! pic.twitter.com/lzx1JcRa55
The building dynamics of the gamemode are very different from regular Fortnite. The chances of getting knocked down are much higher as players will try to destroy the bottom stories of builds faster in order to force lava damage.
The changes seem to be quite logical to ensure the game can flow a little better. The storm timer will allow players just a little more time to collect mats while the Cannons allow for a bit more upward mobility.
The Uncommon or better weapons will allow for better and more consistent gun-fights without the “trash” weapons.
The lava damage nerf essentially gives one more tick before you die to it now, giving players a little more time to get out of the hot substance.
What do you think about the new ‘Flood is Lava’ gamemode? Tell us your thoughts on the mode and the changes in the comments.
The future of Fortnite Mobile on Apple devices won’t be decided for 2-3 months
The Epic Games vs Apple trial has ended, but Fortnite Mobile’s return and the trial verdict are still months away.
Following the Epic Games vs Apple trial, the judge announced that a verdict won’t be issued for up to three months. This means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to Apple devices for at least two months.
Fortnite mobile was removed from the App Store on August 13, 2020, following a breach of contract with Apple. Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks that mobile players could only have if they used a direct payment method. This undermined the 30% cut Apple takes from all in-app transactions which is against its Terms of Service.
Following Epic’s announcement, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and prohibited future updates. This was then met with a lawsuit from Epic Games claiming that Apple’s digital storefront policies are anti-competitive. The trial officially started on May 3, and has since concluded.
Fortnite Mobile’s return is months away
While the three-week trial officially concluded on May 21, we still don’t know who won the trial. At the end of the evidence portion of the trial, the judge announced she would issue a verdict before August 13. However, she also stated that she wouldn’t have a verdict before June 7.
Epic’s platform during the trial was that Apple’s 30% cut of all transactions promotes anti-competitive behavior. Epic Games made it clear before and during the trial that this suit was not for monetary gain, but was to fight for fair policies for all app developers. Towards the end of the trial, it seemed as if the judge was starting to sympathize with Epic’s position.
According to Twitter user imgoldenyt, the judge was intensely criticizing Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on the lack of competition on iOS devices. The judge at one point stated, “It doesn’t feel like you feel competition, and a reason to change the matter in which you act.”
Regardless of the judge’s assumed position, we still won’t know the result of the trial for a couple of months. This also means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to the App Store within this time frame. Even if Fortnite isn’t declared the winner, Apple has extended an invitation to have Fortnite back on the App Store if it abides by store policies.
How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.
Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.
Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations
There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.
The book locations are as follows:
- Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
- The tall building in the southeast corner
- The building in the northeast corner (dog house)
- The building next to the RV park
- The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
- The building in the southeast corner
Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.
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You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.
How to get the free Surf Strider bundle in Fortnite
Intel has partnered with Fortnite to bring a free Surf Strider bundle to their customers. Here’s how to claim it.
Fortnite is no stranger to platform-specific skin bundles, but it’s no secret that some platforms have gotten more love than others. PlayStation has several exclusive Fortnite skins with more on the way, while Xbox only has one or two.
PC players have been able to unlock some exclusive skins, but only if they have the right hardware. Epic have partnered with companies like Nvidia to offer their customers free Fortnite skins, but AMD never got any love.
This time around, it’s Intel CPU owners on PC who are able to grab an exclusive Fortnite skin. Epic and Intel announced their partnership and a free Surf Strider bundle – including the skin, pickaxe and glider.
As the promotional image says, this bundle is only available for PC players who have Intel Core processors. This means that PC players who have AMD processors are out of luck, in this instance.
Unlocking the bundle is a lot like unlocking all of the other brand-specific Fortnite cosmetics that have come before. You’ll need to visit the Intel website at softwareoffer.intel.com/Bonus, create an account, and link it with your Epic Games account.
From there, the Intel Page will run a test to ensure that your PC is eligible and award you with the skin. Here’s a video from data miner, Hypex, on how to complete the process.
The website appears to be down at the time of writing and seemed to be that way this past weekend, as well – ever since this promotion became widespread news. This is likely because so many Fortnite players are trying to claim their free skin bundle.
The promotion is set to last until February 2021, so you have plenty of time to claim the skin – even if it takes the website a full week to recover. We’ll keep this post updated when the website begins to pick up again.
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