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Should Fortnite add vehicle refueling?

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In a lot of games vehicles are lowered in power by making them have a set amount of fuel to use.

Not Fortnite. In Fortnite you can drive a vehicle till the wheels fall off.

While the planes were dominating Fortnite a lot of players suggested that making them have to refuel would be a great way to lower the power level while still keeping them in the game.

Ultimately a full vaulting was probably for the best anyway, but it was an interesting suggestion.

So why write this article now with vehicles at their lowest power level in a while? Because leaks from the game files seem to hint that vehicle refueling may be coming to the game in the future.

At this site we deal with leaks from tons of sources and they range from an upcoming certainty, to likely, to hazy speculation. We don’t normally post articles for the latter.

But, Vehicle Refueling probably falls into that category. Textures and sounds were found by Skin-Tracker.com (a trustworthy source of leaks) but there just wasn’t enough to fully confirm it. Here’s a fuel warning logo they found:

From Skin-Tracker’s Unofficial Patch Notes

So the reason I am writing this article now is because it is interesting to examine what vehicle refueling would add or take away from Fortnite.

The Pros of Adding Vehicle Refueling

We will start with the positives, and there are actually some solid reasons for adding this feature.

1. It would allow for more powerful vehicles. Fortnite really tested the limits of how vehicles could operate with the planes. They went from pretty casual mobility heavy vehicles to suddenly having an absurd way to get around the map and survive in competitive events. With refueling, Fortnite could continue to experiment with strong vehicles and give them only a little bit of fuel so they wouldn’t be abused. Think something like a rocket or a tank.

2. It gives Epic an easy way to keep vehicles in check. Right now Epic balances vehicles by trying a variety of different aspects like the health or damage they do to structures. Fuel would be an easy way to lower or raise the power level of a vehicle and allow Epic to keep all things balanced, as they should be.

3. Adds strategy into using a vehicle. Right now using a vehicle in Fortnite is pretty cut and dry. They improve mobility and you use them to get towards the circle or do sweet tricks with the Driftboard. If Epic wants more vehicles in Fortnite going forward, having players have to balance how to expend their fuel is good for the game. Competitive players wouldn’t have been buzzing around in planes if they might have to make a crash landing at some point.

The Cons of Adding Vehicle Refueling

Where there are pros, there must be cons. Here are a couple solid arguments against adding this mechanic:

1. No new vehicles. Drake would agree with this point, Fortnite already has some solid vehicles and why do we need to add any more? Vehicles, when used for anything other than mobility, are inherently quite strong. They have a dual purpose and any gun mounted on a vehicle will have to be strong to be realistic. Vehicle refueling shows that more powerful vehicles are coming, and that may just not need to happen at all.

2. How would it work? The gas icon leaked above seems to indicate there would be fuel centers around the map. Or maybe they would just have a set amount and that icon would come up when low. Either way, Epic would have to navigate changing the game authentically and have it make sense. There are already some random gas stations scattered around the map so those could easily be turned into fuel centers, but all those details would need to be ironed out. Preferably before a new powerful vehicle is added.

Is this something you want to see Fortnite add eventually? How would you want it to work?

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How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

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The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.

Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.

Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations

There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.

The book locations are as follows:

Holly Hedges

  • Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
  • The tall building in the southeast corner
  • The building in the northeast corner (dog house)

Sweaty Sands

  • The building next to the RV park
  • The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
  • The building in the southeast corner
Fortnite book locations

Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.

You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.

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How to get the free Surf Strider bundle in Fortnite

Intel has partnered with Fortnite to bring a free Surf Strider bundle to their customers. Here’s how to claim it.

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Fortnite is no stranger to platform-specific skin bundles, but it’s no secret that some platforms have gotten more love than others. PlayStation has several exclusive Fortnite skins with more on the way, while Xbox only has one or two.

PC players have been able to unlock some exclusive skins, but only if they have the right hardware. Epic have partnered with companies like Nvidia to offer their customers free Fortnite skins, but AMD never got any love.

This time around, it’s Intel CPU owners on PC who are able to grab an exclusive Fortnite skin. Epic and Intel announced their partnership and a free Surf Strider bundle – including the skin, pickaxe and glider.

As the promotional image says, this bundle is only available for PC players who have Intel Core processors. This means that PC players who have AMD processors are out of luck, in this instance.

Unlocking the bundle is a lot like unlocking all of the other brand-specific Fortnite cosmetics that have come before. You’ll need to visit the Intel website at softwareoffer.intel.com/Bonus, create an account, and link it with your Epic Games account.

From there, the Intel Page will run a test to ensure that your PC is eligible and award you with the skin. Here’s a video from data miner, Hypex, on how to complete the process.

The website appears to be down at the time of writing and seemed to be that way this past weekend, as well – ever since this promotion became widespread news. This is likely because so many Fortnite players are trying to claim their free skin bundle.

The promotion is set to last until February 2021, so you have plenty of time to claim the skin – even if it takes the website a full week to recover. We’ll keep this post updated when the website begins to pick up again.

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Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning

The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.

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Fortnite leak shows buffed Flare Gun

The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.

Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.

With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.

According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.

This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.

Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.

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