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Fortnite commentator suggests ways to improve Arena Mode

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MonsterDFace, a streamer who is best known for being one of the voices of Fortnite esports events, has some key suggestions for Arena Mode.

When Arena Mode was introduced it was well received as Fortnite finally making a ranked playlist, something a lot of the community has been after for a while.

The public opinion towards Arena Mode changed with Fortnite’s v8.20 update which made siphon-on-kill go exclusively to the mode.

As a result, streamers felt like they needed to play that mode instead.

They have encountered long queue times and messy end-games leading to barrages of complaints.

Coupled with the changes to the normal game mode, Fortnite streamers have gone as far as playing Uno on stream in a form of not-so-subtle protest.

While the queue times will remain an issue, MonsterDFace proposed some changes that would make Arena Mode more fun by taking out some of the random elements.

“The competitive mode should be structured a certain way,” he said. “In the competitive mode, there could be no vehicles, pre-determined loadouts, 100% chest spawns and players could land with shield.”

That idea is something I have been arguing for since planes were introduced in Season 7.

In fact, I thought the changes in v8.20 – while problematic for the game – were a step in the right direction because it showed Epic would be willing to diverge rulesets for casual and competitive Fortnite.

MonsterDFace proposes that we make the game much more structured from the outset, but doing those changes would also be a betrayal of the Battle Royale format.

However, maybe that is what Fortnite needs. Battle Royale’s in their current form may just not be cut out for esports in general. You could compare it to World of Warcraft.

While WoW is a much bigger game than Fortnite, it’s main mode isn’t an esport. But WoW Arena (sound familiar?) is a true esport.

They take the world of WoW and something that happens in the bigger game and refined it to make it work better for competitive play.

That same thing could happen to Fortnite. Leave the core Battle Royale mode alone, and create a proper competitive Fortnite structure.

That mode could have all the things MonsterDFace is arguing for, and I will add one more: Smaller games.

2v98 is so hard to navigate as an esport. So if you have this new mode, why not bring it down to 8 people, 2v2v2v2. We do a much smaller map that would start at with just Tilted and Loot Lake inside of it.

Instead of big drops, you do series where the duo who has the most points after five of these smaller maps moves on.

I think that lessens the RNG, makes broadcasts more clear and fun to watch, and would prevent the absurdity that competitive Fortnite games have become towards the end.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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