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Patch v9.41 adds support for ‘Picture in Picture’ streaming in prep of Fortnite World Cup Finals

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Innovation marks the path to Fortnite’s continued greatness and a new v9.41 ‘picture in picture’ event streaming feature may become commonplace in the industry after the FWC Finals.

Epic Games knows they need to stay ahead of the competition with original ideas that help to forge a path for the gaming industry. They’ve succeeded at this in many instances including the LTM rotations and the Item Shop monetization model.

With patch v9.41, Epic brought in support for a new ‘picture in picture’ streaming feature that will allow players to play Fortnite and watch the Finals at the same time. This is something we’ve been looking for since the days of Halo 3 and we’re glad to see Epic finally attempt it.

Picture in Picture In-Game Fortnite Streaming

Picture in Picture streaming while playing Fortnite? That’s…new.

In the v9.41 Content Update patch notes, Epic Game slipped in a fairly monumental new feature called ‘Picture in Picture Streaming’ or PiP for short. While Epic seemingly doesn’t want to overplay its impact, it’s important to look at how game-changing this addition might be for gaming as a whole.

The PiP feature allows players to view in-game streamed events, like the Fortnite World Cup Finals, while playing Fortnite. Take a moment and think about another game with such a feature. Stuck? That’s because this completely new for the industry and we’re giddy to see it go live on July 26.

Epic Games gave a short description stating that you can ‘get wins while you watch your favorite competitors.’ They also linked to additional information in a blog post dedicated to the topic.

What will the Fortnite Picture-in-Picture stream look like?

Picture-in-Picture streaming example – Via Epic Games

PiP streaming will be activated by default once the Finals stream begins, but players can opt-out by heading to the lobby menu and turning it off. Additionally, you can turn the video on and off in the middle of games as well. We’ve all had those games where nothing happens for 10 minutes, so it’ll nice to be able to flip to some pro action in the meantime.

Audio, for this first event, will only be available in English. Epic Game apologizes for any fans hoping to get subtitles in their language, but have stated that translation will not be ready in time. These additions will be added for future events. While this comes as a major disappointment, it’s understandable as Epic needs to focus on Season 10 as well as the Finals.

In order to view specific players’ POVs, you’ll need to select their name from the leaderboard located in the menu lobby Finals hub.

Potential PiP Streaming Problems for Fortnite

‘Sorry, I was watching my dude Tfue!’

PiP is undoubtedly a cool feature, but we’re afraid that it could lead to gameplay health problems. By this, we mean more potential of players simply not playing the game and instead watching the Finals.

Fortnite, unfortunately, already suffers significantly from players that only complete challenges during Duos and Squads matches. These players won’t help their team to win and PiP might further create similar issues. If players are too busy watching Tfue hit banger shots, how can they focus on grabbing a clutch Victory Royale?

Epic Games did not state that the feature would be turned off in Arena modes either. This’ll certainly lead to pick-up group conflicts as players degrade gameplay quality due to staring at “sick plays” being made. For the sake of competition, Arena modes should not be able to view the Finals in-game.

Perhaps Epic can create a fine-tuned system that actively tracks combat situations and turns off the stream for high-impact fights?

Either way, PiP innovates on in-game streaming in a way that’s not been seen before and that’s always exciting. The kinks will have to be worked out at a later date. The Finals start on July 26 with the Creative Finals and we can’t wait to see our favorites compete for a piece of the $30,000,000.

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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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