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Fortnite Battle Royale v9.30 map changes – Pleasant Park, Paradise Palms, and more

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June 18’s Fortnite v9.30 update saw map changes to some of the player’s most beloved locations, and we have highlighted them below.

Fortnite Battle Royale had an in-game event back on May 4 during Season 8 that bought tons of map changes to a few of Fortnite’s most popular locations.

Tilted Towers and Retail Row were both slammed with Volcanic rocks which resulted in each city being destroyed.

Season 9 bought the re-haul of Tilted Towers which turned into Neo Tilted, and Retail Row being redesigned into Mega Mall.

With the end of Season 9 approaching, players have been waiting to see what Epic has in store for next season, and on June 18 more clues were dropped.

In addition to map changes, some locations were given a different look in order to prepare for the upcoming rumored Fortnite event.

With update v9.30 there were map changes to Loot Lake, Pleasant Park, and Paradise Palms.

Pleasant Park

There has been significant damage to Pleasant Park’s house 5408, but we aren’t sure what has caused it.

We suspect it is the monster that has escaped from Polar Peak, but there is no evidence to support our theory.

Even though most of the structure has been turned into debris, there is still a possibility for a chest spawn in the garage.

House 5408 in Pleasant Park has been destroyed.

Loot Lake

Season 8’s unvaulting event took place at Loot Lake where mysterious runes opened the huge metal door in the middle of the ever-changing location.

On June 18, the exterior of the metal door which consisted of some buildings and construction material was smashed as well.

The destruction at Loot Lake’s observatory was the most severe with the two metal tubes becoming bent and smashed. Trucks and other materials have been seemingly mushed into the ground.

What can possibly bend metal tubes in Fortnite?

John Wick house

2019’s favorite assassin, John Wick, was implemented into the game in the beginning of Season 9 with the addition of his house near Paradise Palms and a special in-game event titled ‘Wick’s Bounty’.

Update v9.30 saw a bit of an upgrade to his property as a couple solar panels were added. Nothing on the interior has been changed, so you can proceed normally.

John Wick wanted to save on his energy bill.

Summertime upgrades

Some locations around Fortnite have received an appearance upgrade as we prepare for the rumored ’14 Days of Summer’ event.

There are yellow and orange picnic umbrellas littered all around the map along with a few multi-colored beach balls.

Near Paradise Palms, the lagoon area has a few beach chairs laid out along with balloons. It looks like a party we would like to be invited to!

With Season 9 ending in just about three weeks, we are excited to see what Epic Games has in store for us.

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Fortnite Doomsday event countdown reveals Season 2 end date and time

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Fortnite now has an official countdown to the upcoming end-of-season event in-game, confirming Saturday, May 30 as the date for the Doomsday event.

Each Season of Fortnite usually tries to go out with a bang, and leaks and teases have been foreshadowing the big ‘Doomsday’ event ending Season 2.

Although data miners were able to provide their best guesses for when it would be, and what exactly will happen, the countdown now confirms it.

Appearing on May 23, exactly one week before the event is scheduled to take place, you can now see the countdown prominently in the main lobby.

The timer will end on Saturday, May 30, ready for the event to kick off at 7:05pm BST / 8:05pm CEST / 2:05pm EDT / 11:05am PDT.

What is the Doomsday Event?

While we now know when the event will take place, there still remains the question of what will happen.

The most common theory currently is that the map, or at least part of it, will flood. This is plausiblele, considering players also noticed that the underwater hatches were ‘activated’ on the same day as the countdown appeared.

Many players are convinced that there will be some kind of water theme in Chapter 2, Season 3, as the big leak a few weeks ago suggested.

This same leak also claimed that there will be a rideable shark vehicle in the next season, as well as the ability to set materials on fire.

So, the Doomsday event could be a total or partial flooding of the Fortnite map – or something else entirely. At this point, it’s impossible to say for sure. We just have to wait until Saturday, May 30.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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Fortnite patch fixes broken building exploit

Epic Games released a patch to fix the broken building exploit that allowed players to take structures while facing north.

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Exploits are a part of any competitive game but are particularly numerous in Fortnite. The building system in Fortnite is incredibly complex, meaning there will be a couple of blind spots that allow players to get an advantage.

Phasing tricks will probably always have a place in Fortnite. Players will find a way to jump into an opponent’s box, no matter how many adjustments Epic make to the system. Some exploits are far more broken than others, however.

Yesterday, we covered a broken building exploit that allowed players to take cones and floors 100% of the time. The most broken part of this exploit was how easy it was to do. All you had to do was face North. If you knew about the exploit, you could do it every time.

Obviously, this was problematic for the competitive integrity of the game. You shouldn’t have a massive advantage by facing in a particular direction. It was only a matter of time before Epic addressed this issue with a patch.

Thankfully, they worked swiftly to remedy this issue. As more creators showcased this glitch, the outcry for a fix grew louder. Only a day after the exploit became mainstream Fortnite knowledge, Epic released a patch to fix it.

Most players are happy to learn that this exploit was fixed. The only question that we have is: how many people knew about this for a long time before it was patched? Pro players could have been tight-lipped about the exploit so that they could gain an advantage over their opponents.

We wouldn’t blame players for keeping something like this to themself. It’s not their fault that it was in the game, after all. Either way, it’s out of there, now, so no one has to worry about it. Onto the next secret exploit that’s bubbling under the surface.

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