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Fortnite Chapter 2 coming no later than Thursday

Nearly 24 hours after the in-game event that broke Fortnite and there appears to be no end to the downtime in sight.

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Nearly 24 hours after the in-game event that broke Fortnite and there appears to be no end to the downtime in sight.

Fortnite has been down for nearly a day at this point, sending anyone who logs into the game through a black hole and into the abyss. Right now, thousands of people are still watching a black screen on YouTube, Twitch, and other streaming platforms while the rest of us try to work out what’s going on.

We’ve seen very little information about what’s going to happen next. Numbers flashed around the black hole and corresponded to words in the Visitor’s recording. People decoded the message, but it didn’t tell us much. The numbers were more like an epilogue than they were the start of a new entry in the series.

Since then, Fortnite fans have been waiting for news of what’s next. Initial reports had it that Fortnite was going to be down until Tuesday, October 15. A lot of players thought this was fake news, but it seems like the best-case scenario now.

That’s right. The code on Fortnite.com now has ‘Fortnite Chapter 2’ starting on Thursday rather than Tuesday. We haven’t heard any official announcement of downtime and are still staring at numbers in a black hole – hoping they’ll give us an answer.

Is it likely that Epic will wait until Thursday to release Chapter 2? No, probably not. Two days of waiting generates hype, while four days of waiting could piss people off.

No other game has done anything like this. Epic is making us wait to play their game and capitalizing on the excitement surrounding the new map.

Anyone who claims that this strategy is hurting Fortnite is just plain wrong. Sure, it might be annoying and frustrating, but think of how excited players are going to be when Chapter 2 finally goes live.

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Fortnite was at an all-time low during Season 10. The community was down on the game and Twitch viewership was falling. Players have been waiting for Season 11 since Season 10 started.

Now, Fortnite is at number 1 or number 2 on Twitch – depending on when you look. Streamers are literally staring at a black hole, and it’s getting more eyeballs than actual gameplay of other titles. Speculative articles like this one are getting more clicks than they have in a long time. The strategy is clearly working.

The Fortnite community is engaged again. We can’t wait to play. Epic knows it, and they’re milking it for everything they can.

The good news? It looks like Fortnite Chapter 2 has been announced in China. According to the announcement, the new season – or new game – will start on October 15.

Epic could be trolling with the extension on their website. They know the data miners are digging into every little thing they do, and have even trolled them with similar gags in the past.

Let’s hope this is the case, and it’s not that Chinese players will get a taste of Chapter 2 before we do.

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Ninja’s test stream points to potential YouTube signing

Fans are speculating, heavily, that Ninja will be moving to YouTube Gaming.

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Ever since Mixer dissolved overnight, fans of popular streamers have been speculating about where two of the biggest names in gaming will land: Shroud and Ninja. The consensus was that Shroud would return to Twitch, while Ninja would head off to YouTube. Fans of the latter will remember the fallout that Ninja and Twitch had when the streamer left – leaving little chance of the two entities settling their differences.

At the end of the day, YouTube and Twitch were the only two realistic options for these streamers – short of the rumors of a new streaming platform. Both Ninja and Shroud turned down massive contracts from Facebook Gaming, signifying that they wouldn’t want to join their platform for any amount of money.

We haven’t heard any news about where Ninja would land since Mixer shut down. He is, undoubtedly, in the midst of contract negotiations with his future platform, but we hadn’t seen any concrete clues that pointed to Twitch or YouTube.

That was, until July 7 when the streamer scheduled a test stream on YouTube. The scheduled test was set to take place on the same day and, as Hypex stated in a tweet, likely wasn’t supposed to be public. It was, though, and has fans speculating that Ninja is heading to YouTube Gaming.

As we touched on, above, this is far from a surprise. Ninja’s friend, CourageJD, has been killing it on YouTube – actually seeing his viewership increase after switching over from Twitch.

Although this test stream doesn’t confirm anything, it provides us with a strong hint that Ninja is moving to YouTube Gaming. It also tells us that the official announcement may be sooner rather than later. This is all one more step to having one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on any platform back – his incredibly entertaining “Ninja Battles” tournament series with him.

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Replay images suggest Vending Machines will return in Fortnite Season 3

Could Vending Machines make their return in Fortnite Season 3?

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You might not remember the days of the old Vending Machines in Chapter 1, but they took a while to find their footing. They started by charging players too many materials for a particular weapon before lowering their requirements and becoming much more popular. After some final adjustments, Epic decided to make the Vending Machine free, but only dispense one weapon per machine.

In Chapter 2, Epic removed Vending Machines from the map. There wasn’t a ton of need for them in the first two seasons. The loot pool was simple and Upgrade Stations allowed you to improve your loadout. In Season 3, however, things are starting to get a bit more cluttered. We could have a need for Fortnite Vending Machines, yet again.

It’s clear that Epic have the intention of adding Vending Machines back to Fortnite, eventually. We’ve seen some glitches and rendering problems that cause players to get a glimpse of Vending Machines in both Seasons 1 and 2. Season 3, however, seems like the most realistic time to add them back.

Theories of the return of Vending Machines are back in the news because of what some players are finding in Replay Mode. We’ve seen screenshots of Vending Machines at The Shark, Camp Cod, and other locations around the map. It’s clear that Epic know where they’d put them, at least.

As the water levels lower throughout Season 3, we may begin to see Vending Machines poke out. They all seem to offer Miniguns, at the moment, which are not in the base loot pool. This could always change in a later patch, however.

Epic seem to be dedicated to bringing back the ever-changing Fortnite world that we saw during Chapter 1. The more item in the loot pool, the more RNG you’ll have. Vending Machines have always been a way to mitigate RNG, and could be perfect in Season 3 – at least, we hope.

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Entire Fortnite Summer Smash LTM lineup revealed

Here are all of the upcoming LTMs for the Fortnite Summer Splash event.

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We’re in the midst of Fortnite’s annual Summer event – this year called, “Summer Splash.” Last year, we saw Epic unvault a new weapon each day during the 14 Days of Summer. This season, we’re getting a healthy rotation of some LTMs.

The return of LTMs was one of the most-requested features from the Fortnite community during the first two seasons of Chapter 2. Fans wondered why Epic didn’t add these modes to the game. Well, we may now know: they were saving them for a small event.

We’ll be treated to five more LTMs over the course of July, starting with Fog of War, which came out on the 6th. Tomorrow, July 8, the rotation will split to High Explosives as a Squads mode.

Fortnite data miner @iFireMonkey took a look at the game files and found all of the LTMs coming to Fortnite in the next month. Along with the game types, he also found the team size that each mode will feature. Here’s his infographic on all of the LTMs coming to the Summer Splash event.

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As you can see, Epic are, traditionally, keeping their LTMs around for four days each – switching the team size after two days. Sniper Shootout, Blitz, and Unvaulted are three of the most popular LTMs, so it makes sense that we’re seeing them here.

Of course, there will be a few fan-favorites that missed the rotation. The Floor is Lava, Air Royale, and The Getaway are probably all Chapter 1-specific, but we would have loved to see Bounty in this lineup. Hopefully, Epic continues to keep up with their LTM rotation after Summer Splash concludes.

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