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Fortnite Save the World abandons random Loot Boxes with major Llama changes

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Llamas aren’t the same as you’re used to anymore on Fortnite Save the World.

Loot boxes have long been a controversial topic in video games ever since the rise of free-to-play titles.

Some countries now require developers and publishers to put the actual odds on the boxes now, essentially taking away a lot of the mystery.

Epic Games has decided to change up the way llamas work in their Save the World version of Fortnite by allowing players to see the contents before they purchase.

These llamas will be called X-Ray llamas going forward and will now show you everything that’s inside before you make the purchase.

If you don’t like the offering all you’ll have to do is wait until the store refreshes for more items.

The price of llamas will remain the same with the only change being you see what you’ll be getting.

As an added bonus, all existing Save the World players will receive 5 free Llama Upgrade Tokens to try out the new system.

The llama changes will go live in Save the World update v7.30.

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.

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Fortnite Crew Deimos Skin

Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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Epic Games compensate Fortnite & Rocket League players who bought loot boxes

Epic Games are giving Fortnite Save the World players who purchased random Loot Llamas V-Bucks following a class action lawsuit.

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Are you wondering ‘why did Fortnite give me 1,000 VBucks?’ Well, Epic Games are offering Fortnite and Rocket League players who bought random loot boxes 1,000 VBucks and Rocket League Credits.

Whether or not you like the feeling of opening random loot boxes in video games, it seems to be on its way out. We’re at the point where governments are even getting involved, calling these systems “gambling” that’s aimed at children.

On the whole, loot boxes are bad for the consumer. Instead of buying the cosmetics you want, loot boxes force you to gamble that you’ll get something cool and useful. You could, but you could also get something you’ll never use.

Loot boxes have been an extremely successful source of profit for a lot of game developers. Some are more predatory than others, as they offer in-game advantages that reward players for gambling real-world money.

Fortnite V-Buck compensation

In its early days, Fortnite was no different from a lot of these games. When Fortnite was Save the World-only, they offered random loot boxes in the form of Loot Llamas. You could gain powerful schematics and rare characters from these loot boxes, giving the game a pay-to-win feel.

Once Battle Royale took off, Epic changed the system in favor of a more transparent model. With their BR offering, Epic also changed the gaming monetization landscape for the better with the introduction of the Battle Pass. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a game that doesn’t offer such a system.

Years after discontinuing loot boxes, Epic are compensating players who purchased items through their old system. “With preliminary approval for a class action settlement,” they wrote in a blog post, “We’re awarding 1,000 V-Bucks to anyone that purchased a random Loot Llama. While this settlement was for U.S. players only, we have decided to make this benefit available to players globally.”

This reward extends to one of Epic’s new properties, Rocket League. Epic purchased Psynoix, Rocket League’s developer, in 2019. Since then, they completely redesigned their monetization system – moving it away from a CS:GO-style crate & key system and toward the Fortnite Battle Pass system.

Rocket League players who purchased keys will also receive 1,000 Rocket League coins – enough to unlock the current Rocket Pass.

Whether you’re a fan of Fortnite or not, there’s no denying that Epic have helped change gaming monetization for the better. Loot boxes are on their way out of gaming, and Epic played a huge role in that shift.

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Epic Games vs. Apple feud spells the end for ‘Save the World’ on Mac

The Apple vs. Epic Games fallout has now forced Epic to scrap Fortnite: Save the World on Mac.

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Users of Apple devices continue to be the casualty of the ongoing feud between the company and Epic Games, which has been brewing for the past month.

For those who aren’t aware of what’s been going on, you can take a look at a detailed synopsis here. In short, Epic have allowed players to purchase V-Bucks directly from them – bypassing the take of the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Apple and Google have both removed Fortnite from their stores, but Android devices allow the use of third-party launchers where Apple devices do not. The result is that Android users can still play the most recent version of Fortnite while iOS and Mac users can’t.

At first, most of the focus was on the Battle Royale side of things. Mobile players using iOS devices couldn’t get the Season 4 update, which means that they were stuck in the past. They would be forced to play Season 3 indefinitely.

On September 17, however, Epic announced that the feud with Apple has resulted in their inability to develop ‘Save the World’ on Mac. On September 23, 2020, Fortnite Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.

In the accompanying blog post, the development team told players that, “Apple is preventing Epic from signing games and patches for distribution on Mac, which ends our ability to develop and offer Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Specifically, our upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience.”

The team decided to cut their losses and offer refunds to any Mac player who purchased Save the World on their device. The same is true for any V-Buck purchases they made. “There’s no action needed on your part to receive the refund and you will retain any previously purchased V-Bucks and items on your account.”

Of course, this only affects MacOS players and no one else. Anyone who previously played on MacOS can pick up where they left off on another platform, if they so choose. “Players will still be able to play Save the World on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and thanks to cross-progression, your Heroes, Schematics and everything else in your Homebase will automatically transfer across supported platforms,” Epic wrote in a blog post.

You will still be able to play the Battle Royale version of Fortnite on MacOS, but won’t be receiving updates until this issue is resolved. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it looks like Epic and Apple are preparing for a long battle in court. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

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