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Fortnite developer Epic Games acquires Rocket League developers

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Epic Games has acquired the game development company, Psyonix, and its famous Rocket League game. This is a major acquisition that could be telling of future consolidation.

Epic Games has been busy with developing Unreal Engine and Fortnite for quite some time. The staff has been reported to be over-worked, but Epic Games may have found another way to expand their gameplay offerings.

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Power levels rising! – via Psyonix

Psyonix, the creators of Rocket Leagues, has been bought up by Epic Games.

The company is mainly known for the development of Rocket League. The acquisition could be a major sign of Epic’s plans for the future as they seek to grow beyond Fortnite.

Fortnite has enabled Epic Games to become the forefront creator of video games, but they require additional staff in order expand game development. Building new studios takes time, but acquiring established studio is a much safer venture.

Psyonix put out blog post to explain some of the initial questions that fans might have about the purchase. You can read the entirety of the post on their website.

Psyonix promises that the team will remain the same at the studio level, but with the added power of Epic Games’ backing. Details of this backing are not yet known.

“What happens to the Psyonix team?”

‘We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!’

While we don’t doubt the statement to be currently true, Epic Games will now (presumably) have control over the company’s future. Changes are almost inevitable, no matter what the studio currently says.

“No, really. What does this mean for Rocket League?”

‘In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us.

In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.’

As Epic Games moves Rocket League to the Epic Games Store, this might mean that the game will no longer be accessible on other online platforms like Steam.

“What does this mean for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem?”

‘We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you’ll find our future in esports to be very exciting — especially in the near future, where on June 21-23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) finals will end our 7th season with a bang!’

Psyonix must, of course, keep a positive tone within their own acquisition post, but a little context should be added.

Epic Games has been notoriously bad at running Fortnite’s esports features. Their refusal to follow the example of other major esports and their lack of a dedicated competitive ruleset have set Fortnite’s growth back significantly.

With this said, Epic Games may seek to learn from Psyonix’s own example as they have been able to resurrect Rocket League’s esports through careful work.

What does this mean for Epic Games?

Epic Games may be seeking to consolidate the gaming industry – via Epic Games

The acquisition should not affect Fortnite’s development in the slightest. Epic Games will not be moving staff over to Psyonix as the studio already has a full development staff.

Some minor positions may change for possible crossover projects, but the overall structure of both companies will remain the same.

As for the future, this new purchase sheds a little light on Epic’s plans. Not to be melodramatic, but we believe world domination may be on Epic’s minds.

By consolidating large companies into a single entity, Epic would get a piece of everyone’s pie. It’s business practice that has been taking over many other industries in the past two decades.

For example, most of the brands you know and love are actually owned by a single corporate mega structure. While this is great for the business, it often hurts consumers as the quality of service begins to decrease due to little competition.

In many ways, Epic’s parent company, Tencent, has already begun to rapidly take over the industry. They own rights to many of the most well known gaming franchises as well as many movie studios.

An extreme example of this is the news media industry where six companies own almost all US news. You can see why such a phenomenon might be a problem.

It’s a form of legalized monopoly. We will have to see if Epic Games decides to walk down that path or are they simply trying expand their pool of games just a tad?

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Epic delay Fortnite Season 3 & Device Event for the second time

The Device Event and Fortnite Season 3 have been delayed in the wake of nationwide protests in the US.

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Epic Games have delayed Fortnite Season 3 and the Device Event for the second time. This decision comes following similar decisions from Sony and Activision, who delayed the PS5 reveal and Call of Duty season, respectively.

The team announced their decision in a blog post on June 3. The Device Event was moved from June 6 to June 15 and the new season was rescheduled for June 17.

“Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color,” they wrote in their blog post. “We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.”

“The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities,” the post continued.

“The live event The Device will be delayed to Monday, June 15, and the Season 3 launch delayed to Wednesday, June 17. We know this delay comes on the heels of another one, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.”

Fortnite fans are disappointed by the news, but it was not unexpected. As we said, other publishers and studios have made similar decisions in the wake of recent real-world events.

The exact timing of the Device Event is still up in the air, as it’s now set to take place on a Monday rather than a Saturday. We’ll keep you posted with more news about Fortnite Season 3 as it comes.

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Our top 6 wishes for Fortnite Season 3

Six changes that we want to see in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is, at the time of writing, just over a week away. Rumors are swirling about a second delay, but we haven’t heard anything from Epic. Until we do, we have to assume that the event and new season will happen as planned.

We, like many of you, have a few items on our wishlist for Season 3. Here are the top six things we want to see when the new season comes out on June 11.

A better competitive system

This will be on our wishlist until Epic, finally, give it to us. Why can’t one of the most successful games in history figure out how to make a rewarding competitive system?

We’re going to sound like a broken record to those who have followed us for a while, but it needs to be said: if you’re not competing in tournaments, then there’s no reason to grind Arena Mode. Sure, it’s a fun change of pace when you want to get sweaty, but there are 0 rewards for the time you spend in the Arena.

We need cosmetic rewards that are exclusive to high-level players, de-ranking that punishes people for poor performance, and more tiers so those with 20,000 hype aren’t in the same matches as people with 7,000. It seems simple, but Epic have yet to implement any of this since Arena first came out. Maybe Season 3 will be the time.

Weapon loadout settings

Fortnite players have been asking for this for a long time: a setting that allows us to choose our loadout customization before a match. We’ve all been burned by having a mismatched inventory or been caught swapping weapons mid-fight.

This is an issue that affects all platforms. It seems simple enough to add to the game and would be something that would garner a ton of positive feedback from the community. Just look at this concept from u/GAMERFORXI and tell us you wouldn’t want to see something like it.

Via: u/GAMERFORXI

Enough with the badges!

Is there anyone who would miss the constant notifications of leveling up and earning badges? The community hated this feature in Season 1 but seemed to accept it in Season 2. Epic may have quieted the notifications, but there’s still no option to turn them off.

Epic seems to have tried to copy the achievement system from games like Call of Duty. Unfortunately, it doesn’t translate to Fortnite. In our opinion, it’s time to give up on the system.

Expand the 2-slot system

Here, we’re talking about the two-slot system that Epic used for the Bandage Bazooka. This item is, in our opinion, perfectly balanced by taking two inventory slots.

Why stop there? Other powerful weapons deserve two slots as well. Players have been calling for Heavy Snipers, RPGs, and Miniguns to take up two slots, and we’re inclined to agree.

We like these weapons in Fortnite, but Epic need to punish players for carrying them by making it more of a sacrifice. It’s an easy way to help balance some of the incredibly powerful weapons in Fortnite.

Confirm reset on release/pre-edit setting

This is a two-for-one suggestion that has to do with editing. Controller players are requesting that Epic add a ‘confirm reset on release’ option to help combat the ‘scroll wheel reset’ that KBM players have.

On top of that, everyone has been asking for a ‘disable pre-editing’ setting in Fortnite for a long time. We’ve all been burned by accidentally pre-editing a building piece during a fight. Pre-editing is a niche strategy in the first place, and most players would disable it if they had the option.

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We acknowledge that Epic are stuck between a rock and a hard place with this one. During Chapter 1, a chief complaint from competitive players was that Epic changed the game too frequently. Now, in Chapter 2, players are complaining that we aren’t getting enough new content.

The best way to appease everyone would be to separate the loot pools – something that Epic have already started to do. They can add something into public matches and bring it to competitive modes a few weeks later if it’s not an issue. Overwatch already does this with new heroes they add to the roster.

The community got what they asked for in some regard. Epic slowed things down and now we know what that’s like. Now that we’ve seen this version of Fortnite, many of us are willing to go back to the days of frequently added weapons and items, even if we get some duds in the mix.

So, there you have it: our wishlist for Fortnite Season 3. Most of these wishes have been on our list for several seasons, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still, there’s a chance that Epic incorporate some of these popular adjustments to the new season.

Stay tuned for more Fortnite Season 3 news as it comes. We’ll have everything you need to know leading up to the next Fortnite season.

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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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