The first week of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers is behind us and there’s a lot of important info to talk about. Let’s recap the events of the weekend.
The Fortnite World Cup has been getting hyped for quite some time by Epic Games and it finally began its qualifiers this past weekend. Though Epic Games has promised premium grade quality, the weekend was definitely not without its hitches.
Diving in at the deep end, let’s take a look at the players that made it through the weekend and qualified from each Region.
Players Who Qualified during Week 1 of the FWC
Epic Games has released the official list of the competitors from the week 1 Fortnite World Cup qualifiers. The event was a Solos competition, Duos will begin on Saturday, April 20th.
Epic put out an tweet to congratulate the players on their job well done.
A big congratulations to our Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers from Week 1! We’re excited to see you in NY 😁 pic.twitter.com/CZsNSgI8cT— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 15, 2019
Here’s the full list of players that qualified for the Fortnite World Cup Finals from Week 1:
- Oceania – Slaya
- Asia – Top_Faxfox
- E11 Stompy
- TQ Prison3bro
- NRG Benjyfish
- Hreds Belaeu
- LDLC Nayte
- S2V DiegoGB
- Trainh DRG
- Quasar Leleo
- Sen Bugha
- Dubs FN
- Ghost Bizzle
- Liquid Vivid
- 100T Ceice
- Snow XD
- Bloom Riversan
Players from each region qualified according to their region’s leaderboard for the event. The chart below shows the breakdown of spots available per region for Solos.
Leaderboard Bugs, Stream Crashes Plagued Week 1
While Epic Games has been adamant to promise a smooth, competitive experience, the trend of their shortcomings in recent months continued.
As the event got underway, bugs began to the plague the pressured Event system of Fortnite. The leaderboards, which players used to track their progress against other players, became glitched for a sub-set of competitors.
The leaderboards showed that some players were not receiving any points for matches. Epic Games quickly stated that the issue was only a visual bug, but this could have delayed many players from playing their matches/performing at their best.
In addition, game performance was stretched to its limits (thought next weekend’s Duos event will stretch it even more). Some players still reported poor stability of the game client, but overall, Epic seems to have managed to make large end-games playable on the PC.
Console players have all been essentially pushed out of the competitive scene as large scale end-game simply run too poorly. Most, if not all, controller players now actively play the game on PC.
Another problem that cropped up had to with Epic’s official stream. The broadcast went down several time during the weekend’s events. While we enjoy watching the game as an eSport, the production value seems to be lacking.
Epic has released the replays of the event for all players to view in-game along with directions on how to get the replay files working.
When compared to other eSports, Epic has nailed the visual aspect of their studio, but the viewing format of player stream switching and some active gameplay is wonky at best. We hope to see Epic evolve this as the event progresses.
So, the event was a mixed bag, but an overall success for Epic Games and many players. Epic still has a lot to work on and we’re sure they’ll cover their bases in due time.
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.
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.
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.
Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood
It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.
Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.
That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.
Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.
As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.
Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.
Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.
Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
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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