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Open-world Fortnite may be the only way to attain Donald Mustard’s metaverse

Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard has a vision for Fortnite’s metaverse, and the open-world game mode could be what takes it there.

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A leaked document from the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit titled Stipulated Exhibits Documents revealed plans to take Fortnite beyond battle royale. Paired with Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard’s vision to create the metaverse, it’s possible an open-world Fortnite may be the only way to do so.

Mustard has often referenced Fortnite’s overarching storyline which isn’t the easiest to follow. From the outside looking in, Fortnite seems like a cartoony battle royale featuring cash-grab crossovers with popular media icons. However, there is a complex story that has stretched across multiple seasons over the past three years. In an interview with The Verge, Mustard states, “It might not necessarily be story in the traditional character-driven, three-act structure… That story is happening, but you’re only seeing some of it.”

Fortnite’s goal of becoming a metaverse is admirable, and it has proven it can entice brands to relinquish the right to their characters. Fortnite has seen an entire Marvel-themed season that not only affected The Island but also made Fortnite a canonical universe in the Marvel comics. And currently, Fortnite is having a similar impact on DC Comics. However, Fortnite’s current last-player-standing gameplay limits storytelling, player enjoyment, and the sense of community players can form.

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When people think of the term “metaverse” they often think of the digital world of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. While Fortnite has perfected its battle royale mode, a small party-based island and massive in-game event every few months does not a metaverse make. Yet, Epic Games’ plan to implement an “open-world simulation sandbox mode” may be what Fortnite needs to fulfill Mustard’s vision.

Mustard is aware that fighting 99 other players to be the last man standing every 20 minutes isn’t the most ideal format for storytelling. Yet, Fortnite has managed to weave an intricate storyline into the fabric of the battle royale. Epic Games is undoubtedly great a storytelling, and what it has managed to do with a game like Fortnite proves that. Rather than attempt to build a more universal metaverse from the ground up, Epic can mold Fortnite into the proper game fitting for that title.

The open-world sandbox that’s described in Epic’s court documents makes it easier to visualize a metaverse. Fortnite’s expert storytelling, arsenal of licensed characters, and immense popularity can flourish when removing the intensity of the battle royale. Player won’t have to always be looking over their shoulder for the next sweaty opponent. Instead, they can explore and enjoy the richness of Fortnite’s lore-filled world.

“Our lofty goal is to create the entertainment experience of the future,” stated Mustard, and that experience could be right around the corner. Assets for the upcoming open-world mode have already been loaded into the backend of Fortnite, and many speculate it could be implemented as soon as next season. Regardless of when it comes, it needs to be given the same amount of attention as Fortnite’s battle royale.

The Party Royale mode is a great example of how Fortnite shouldn’t handle the open-world experience. What started with the intent to allow casual players to hang with friends quickly became the least interesting facet of Fortnite. There are digital concerts and movie showings on occasion, but Party Royale doesn’t offer much more outside of these events. If Mustard truly wants to establish the metaverse within Fortnite, it needs to be rooted inside of this open-world experience.

Fortnite will continue to tell brilliant stories that incorporate the icons of today, tomorrow, and yesterday regardless of whether that takes place in the battle royale or a new experience. But as the need for digitized social interactions grows, so will the need for a revolutionary digital platform. That platform very well may be Fortnite’s imminent open-world experience.

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Every Fortnite Crew Pack skin ranked from worst to best

Fortnite has released several monthly Crew Packs, and here is every Fortnite Crew pack skin ranked from best to worst.

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We are almost seven months into Fortnite’s paid subscription service, and that means seven exclusive skins have been added to the game. Here’s every Fortnite Crew Pack skin ranked.

In November of 2020, Epic Games began to issue surveys that asked if players would be interested in a subscription service. The monthly Crew Pack would come with an exclusive skin, instant Battle Pass access, and 1,000 V-Bucks. All of this, and more, would cost $11.99 USD a month.

When the first Crew Pack was released in December, players got their first taste of the subscription. Since then, Fortnite has sweetened the deal by including free subscriptions to other premium services. As well, the pack has included even more cosmetic items and access to the Save The World mode. However, with there being seven different Fortnite Crew Pack skins, there are bound to be some that are worse than others.

7. Green Arrow – January 2021

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Green Arrow is by far the lamest Fortnite Crew Pack skin to be released. There’s very little flair to his character, and he isn’t a very interesting hero outside of Fortnite. We most certainly can’t forget his ridiculous pickaxe design. There also wasn’t much else included in his Crew Pack that made players want to purchase it.

6. Alli – April 2021

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The Green Arrow is the worst, but Alli isn’t much better. Yes, she is a much more colorful character, but her design is too busy. With three long flowing strands of hair, a copycat hat, and a face paint mask; April 2021 might have been a good month to skip. She did come with a wrap and loading screen, but the pros didn’t outweigh the cons.

5. Llambro – March 2021

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Llambro quickly became one of most forgettable and least used Crew Pack skins to be released. His design is very on brand for Fortnite. A Llamacorn head mounted on top of a burly figure is quite hilarious, but its bulky nature and vibrant colors excludes it from many players favorite skins. Regardless, it still have a very fun design and the pickaxe and wrap are worth the cost of admission.

4. Deimos – May 2021

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From four onward, the Crew Pack Skins are some of the best skins to be released in recent history. Deimos is another male skin which makes him less useful than the others. He has a sleek black design with only a pop of color. As well, his three different style choices allow players to switch up their look. His axe and back bling are also pretty sweet and can be mixed and matched with other skins.

3. Vi – February 2021

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Vi was the first Fortnite Crew Pack to come with a loading screen and wrap, and her arrival was also hyped up by the Fortnite Twitter. Her headgear may be bulky, but she is still a cool continuation of the Drift storyline. She also has two styles making her skin either electric or icy.

2. Galaxia – December 2020

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The first-ever Fortnite Crew Pack skin, Galaxia, is also one of the best. Her galaxy-patterned skin is a stellar design choice, and her long pink hair isn’t overbearing like Alli’s. She also has a skin variant that depicts Hella from Thor: Ragnarok. The back bling and pickaxe that come with her set are also fairly interesting in design.

1. Cuddle Team Master – June 2021

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The Cuddle Team Master skin is the best Fortnite Crew Pack skin so far. The sleek futuristic redesign of the Cuddle Team Leader skin comes in three different styles. The large head may make hiding a bit more difficult, but a hero never hides in the heat of battle. For fans of Power Rangers or other shows from that genre, the Cuddle Team Master pack is a must have.

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Top 10 cosmetic items in Fortnite you can’t get anymore (that weren’t in the Battle Pass)

There are thousands of cosmetic items in Fortnite, but here are the top 10 items that players aren’t able to get anymore.

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There are hundreds of items that rotate through the Item Shop on a weekly basis, and some that haven’t returned to the shop for years. But there are also items that players can’t get anymore, and here are the top 10 cosmetic items that won’t ever return.

The most popular exclusive items come from the seasonal Battle Pass. At the start of each season, Fortnite releases a purchasable Battle Pass with 100 tiers of exclusive cosmetics. Players have 9-12 weeks to climb the Battle Pass tiers and unlock every item before the season ends. After which, these cosmetics will be gone forever.

However, this article will only cover items that weren’t included in the Battle Pass. With a large number of players purchasing the Battle Pass each season, and quests making it easier than ever to reach tier 100, the seasonal cosmetic items aren’t very rare. This article will cover the top 10 cosmetic items that players can’t get anymore that WERE’NT in the Battle Pass.

Snowflake Umbrella – Season 2

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The Snowflake Umbrella is an exclusive glider that players could earn if they won a round Fortnite during Chapter 1 Season 2. It’s the first winners glider and is from an era of Fortnite vastly different than today. Before the time of cranking 90s or editing on opponents, the Snowflake Glider was one of the hardest items to obtain. Owning this glider shows that a player has truly been around since the beginning of Fortnite.

Throwback Axe

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The Throwback Axe is one of the top 10 cosmetic items that most players should have in their inventory, but it can’t be obtained anymore. This axe was the default harvesting tool for Fortnite Chapter 1, but it was redesigned at the start of Chapter 2. It was put in the Item Shop from November 4, 2020, until January 15, 2021. Players could claim it for free before it disappeared forever.

Lil Kev Back Bling

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For those who played during Chapter 1, a number of the seasons’ storylines revolved around a giant cube that players nicknamed Kevin. In honor of this nickname, Fortnite released a set of challenges called the Lil’ Kev Challenges. If all of them were completed, players would earn the Lil’ Kev Back Bling. It featured a cube-shaped rock design with googly eyes attached.

The Scientist & The Visitor

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While technically these skins couldn’t be obtained without the Battle Pass, they weren’t a part of the Battle Pass tiers. Both The Visitor and The Scientist were unlocked through completing difficult sets of challenges. The Visitor was unlocked during Season 4 and The Scientist was unlocked during Season X. These skins are also a part of The Seven, a mysterious group that Agent Jonesy has mentioned several times.

Millennium Flacon Glider

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Unlike the X-Wing glider that was given to all players who logged in during a certain time window, the Millennium Flacon Glider is a Star Wars cosmetic that players had to open during the 2019 Winterfest. The Winterfest gave players a lot of exclusive cosmetics, but the Millennium Falcon Glider was one of the best rewards. It depicts one of the franchise’s most iconic ships, and it could only be obtained by Winterfest 2019 participants.

Lt. Evergreen Skin

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Lt. Evergreen is another cosmetic given to players during Winterfest 2019. It makes it on this list because of its utility during the Holiday season. This skin allows players to blend into the decorated foliage during the winter months. Unlike other camouflaged cosmetics, this skin can’t be purchased and those who played in 2019 have it.

Astroworld Cyclone Glider

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Rarer than the elusive Travis Scott skins, the Astroworld Cyclone glider was given to players who attended the Astronomical event. While anyone could purchase the Travis Scott skins, only concert attendees got his glider. It was the third surfing glider to be released and the only exclusive glider of its kind at the time. Travis Scott may return to the Item Shop in the future, but players will never be able to complete the full cosmetic set without this glider.

Avengers Quinjet Glider

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Long before the Marvel-themed Season, there was the Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame event. During this event, players could complete a set of challenges to unlock the Avengers Quinjet Glider. This is an exciting glider to have for Marvel fans, and even more so seeing as it can’t be obtained anymore.

Tart Tycoon Skin

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The Tart Tycoon skin makes the top 10 cosmetic items list because of its historical significance. This skin was released exclusively through a tournament, and it was meant to mock Apple. This skin released during the start of the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit and was only given to those who participated in the #FreeFortnite Cup. It will never be made available again, especially since the court trial has come to a close.

Octane RL Back Bling

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The Octane RL Back Bling is a very cool crossover with another Epic Games IP. To commemorate the first season of Rocket League under the ownership of Epic Games, both Fortnite and RL hosted the Llama-Rama event. Players could earn cosmetic rewards for both games, including the Octane RL Back Bling. Rocket League has since hosted a second Llama-Rama event, but the cosmetics aren’t nearly as cool as the inaugural event.

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Fortnite should add a cosmetic item trading system

Epic Games should put cosmetic item trading in Fortnite to build an in-game economy. It would also allow players to obtain rare cosmetics.

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Similar to how items are traded in Rocket League, Epic Games should introduce cosmetic item trading in Fortnite.

There are thousands of cosmetic items in Fortnite, some of which players will never be able to obtain again. Unlike other games with cosmetics, Fortnite’s are given to players randomly. Instead, they either have to be purchased with V-Bucks or earned via the Battle Pass or challenges.

There are also limited-time cosmetics that players had to earn during a specific time period. During the Winter Holidays and other events, Fortnite usually gives out free skins that will never be available again. That makes these skins more valuable than the ones that appear in the Item Shop.

Why Fortnite needs item trading

A poll we conducted on Twitter asked whether players thought there should be cosmetic item trading in Fortnite. Specifically, we asked whether there should there be item trading similar to Rocket League. With over 1,700 responses, 73.1% thought there should be item trading.

That left 26.9% opposed to the trading system, but with good reason. Many who voted “no” expressed their concern with scammers taking advantage of children for their cosmetics. Others were okay with the idea of item trading in Fortnite as long as Battle Pass or other exclusive skins couldn’t be traded.

However, the main purpose of a trading system would be to allow players to obtain skins they originally missed out on. Like Rocket League, players could also trade skins for Fortnite’s premium currency. To prevent scamming, Fortnite could implement a 3-day hold on any V-Bucks or Item Shop purchases. A system like this could form an economy inside of Fortnite that currently doesn’t exist.

Some believe Epic Games wouldn’t add a trading system because it would discourage players from purchasing V-Bucks. However, if players were allowed to trade items for V-Bucks, Epic Games could profit greatly from item trading in Fortnite. Let us know what you think about item trading by leaving a comment down below.

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