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Fortnite v12.20 update map changes: Pleasant Park, The Rig & more

Fortnite update v12.20 is now live. Take a look at all of the map changes included in the update.

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Fortnite update v12.20 is now live. Take a look at all of the map changes included in the update.

The second patch of Chapter 2 Season 2 brought us the first substantial changes to the Fortnite map since the season first released. The update introduced helicopters and triggered an explosion at The Rig, home of TNTina.

We’re still uncovering some hidden map changes that players haven’t noticed, but here are all of the known Fortnite v12.20 map changes so far.

Pleasant Park

As many expected, the soccer pitch at Pleasant Park has opened to make way for the helipad underneath.

Interestingly, Epic managed to keep most of the important pieces of the area intact. The midfield chest still spawns there, so you can jump down and grab the chopper if you can’t find a house at which to safely land.

Via: @FortniteBR

The Rig

The Rig received the most substantial change in the Fortnite v12.20 update. It was destroyed and caused an oil spill, affecting the surrounding locations.

This is particularly interesting, as we thought that The Rig may transition into a Shadow base if that alliance got the most transitions. It appears that Epic had different plans for The Rig.

You will have to re-discover the Rig on your map, as it has been put back to an unknown area. Early reports have it that the Boom Bow is missing, but Henchmen still spawn at this location. I have yet to survive a Rig drop and hunt for the Boom Bow, myself.

The new map

The Fortnite map following the v12.20 update is only slightly different. Pleasant Park looks the same from above, but you can clearly see the trails of oil leaking out of The Rig.

We’ll be keeping an eye on The Rig as the oil spill continues. It may even overflow into Slurpy Swampy, which would be an interesting turn of events. Could the leaked oil prevent players from healing in the Swamp?

These are all of the surface changes that we noticed, so far, but there may be some new changes that are waiting to be discovered.

We’ll keep you posted if or when more Fortnite v12.20 map changes are uncovered. Until then, The Rig and Pleasant Park are going to be hot-drops.

PlayStation 4

How to claim the new PlayStation Plus Celebration pack

Epic and Sony have joined forces to offer PlayStation players another free Fortnite cosmetic pack.

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Yesterday, we covered the news of Sony’s large investment in Epic Games and what that meant for Fortnite. One of our biggest takeaways in the article is that PlayStation would likely get some additional exclusive cosmetic bundles for their players.

It didn’t take long for this to come to fruition. A day later, Epic announced the new PlayStation Celebration bundle to go along with their other exclusive skins. This one includes the “Introducing” emote, Stratosphere Glider, and Down Arrow Contrail.

The Celebration Pack should be available to all players, worldwide, on July 10. Some players already have access to it. Those who have already claimed their exclusive Fortnite cosmetic items should know the process, but here it is for those who are unaware:

  • Visit the PlayStation Store
  • Navigate to Fortnite
  • Scroll down until you see the new Celebration Pack
  • Download the cosmetic pack.

This pack replaces the old Celebration Pack that included a couple of free skins, but you can grab both if the former pack is still in the shop. Don’t worry too much if you missed it, as we expect Fortnite to release several exclusive PlayStation packs in the future.

We don’t know how long this bundle will be in the store, but you can expect it to last a couple of months, at least. Grab it now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Epic Games

What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?

The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.

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On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.

Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.

Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.

According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.

What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.

Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.

Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.

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Esports

Fortnite pros vote on the greatest player of all-time

Who is the Fortnite GOAT? Find out what the pros think.

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The topic of “the greatest Fortnite player of all time” is an inherently subjective one. We’ve seen several players make their claim for being in the conversation, and a single player has yet to completely dominate all versions of the game. Additionally, we’ve only had a handful of major Fortnite LAN events, which means most of the regions are stuck competing in their own bubbles.

The GOAT has also shifted over time. There was a period where Ninja was considered the best player. Myth had is day in the limelight, along with Tfue. Now, there’s a massive crop of young Fortnite pros who can all claim a ranking as one of the best players in the game.

Leven2k put this statistics to this subjective argument. He asked 60 of the best Fortnite players in the world who their GOAT was. He released that statistics on July 9.

Bugha is a must to include in any discussion about the best Fortnite player of all time. He is, after all, the first and only World Cup solo champion and has well over $3,000,000 in winnings – coming it at 7th with 1% of the votes.

Mongraal and MrSavage come in with 3% and 6% – both of which are considered among the best players in the EU region, and both duoed with BenjyFishy, who came in fourth with 8% of the votes.

After these names, we get into the meat of the survey. Zayt finished with 22% of the votes, which makes sense to those who have been following the entire story of competitive Fortnite. Zayt may be the single most consistent player in the game. He was there in the beginning and he’s still at the top of the heap, today.

Zayt might not be a major streamer like most of these other pros, but he put in the hours to remain relevant throughout all of the changes Fortnite has gone through.

One of the only other World Cup winners, Aqua, came in at number 2 with nearly $2 million in earnings, behind Mitr0 with over $700,000. Earnings doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Mitr0 has been one of the best performers since the World Cup.

Of course, these statistics are only a collection of opinions from some of the top players in the game. Who knows, we may see a completely different list a year from now. It’s safe to say, though, that these seven players deserve to be in the discussion.

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