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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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Fortnite Party Royale premiere ft. Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki & deadmau5

Epic have announced the premiere of their newest mode, Party Royale, featuring concerts by Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and deadmau5.

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We first heard about Party Royale in the v12.50 patch. Epic quickly released the mode to all players as a trial-run, at first. Diplo and Major Lazer even hosted a show for the test event.

It was only a matter of time before Epic announced the premiere of the full mode. On May 6, they did just that. Party Royale will premier on May 8 ad 9 PM EST. The show will feature DJs Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5.

Via: Epic Games

We’re not sure when each show will start and how long the premiere will last. We’ll likely get some reruns of the shows we missed as well – similar to the multiple showtimes of the Astronomical concert.

These shows in Party Royale will likely be closer to the Marshmello concert than the Travis Scott event. The latter must have taken months of planning to pull off.

Epic announced the Party Royale release date on an Instagram ad, calling all players to tune in and try the new mode.

The introduction of Party Royale is incredibly exciting for the future of the game. Epic want Fortnite to transcend the Battle Royale genre. They want it to be a social hub for gamers, and Party Royale is the first massive step in that direction. We’re optimistic about what the future of this mode will bring.

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Epic announce $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational

On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

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On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

Epic seized the spotlight, yet again, by announcing a new $2 million Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational tournament following the massively-successful Astronomical event.

The tournament will begin on May 9 and last for three weeks. Epic will be inviting the top-200 players from each region and platform to compete, once again, for their share of $2 million.

  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals
  • Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic

This is a solo tournament, so each member of the qualified duo teams will likely receive an invite. The 100 invited players will be interesting, as well. We may see people like Ninja, SypherPK, NickMercs, and other streamers who placed outside of the threshold participate in the tournament.

Epic is allowing other players to qualify for the event as well. Open qualifiers begin on May 2 for everyone in Champion League. The top 100 players from each region will earn a chance to compete against the best.

Schedule and scoring

The FNCS Invitational will have a new scoring system, according to Epic. This will be a high-scoring tournament, with placement and kill points substantially increased from other events.

Victory Royale: 33 Points
2nd: 26 Points
3rd: 22 Points
4th: 19 Points
5th: 17 Points
6th: 16 Points
7th: 15 Points
8th: 14 Points
9th: 13 Points 
10th: 12 Points
11th – 15th: 9 Points
16th – 20th: 7 Points
21st – 30th: 5 Points
31st – 40th: 3 Points
41st – 50th: 2 Points
51st – 75th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 4 Points

It will be interesting to see whether or not this new scoring system will speed-up the game. You get a point with each placement in the top-ten, which is probably a good thing. Players won’t feel as ripped-off when they die outside of the placement thresholds, here.

You can take a look at the full schedule of the event, below.

FNCS Invitational: Open Qualifier – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 1: Open Qualifier Session 1 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 2 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 3: Open Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

FNCS Invitational – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 8: Week 1 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 10: Week 1 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 15: Week 2 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 17: Week 2 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 22: Revert Round [Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 22: Grand Finals Session 1 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 2 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 24: Grand Finals Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

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Mysterious and “massive” Fortnite Jerky event in the works

Data miners have found a mysterious and “massive” Fortnite event called ‘Jerky’ in the game files.

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Data miners have found a mysterious and “massive” Fortnite event called ‘Jerky’ in the game files.

It’s been a while since a good, wholesome, Fortnite event. The collaboration with Star Wars was undoubtedly cool, but it was a Star Wars event more than it was a Fortnite event.

The last, true, Fortnite event was last October when the game shut down for three days. No game has ever done something like this, before. It was so massive that it made mainstream news.

Following the v12.40 update, Fortnite data miner @Lucas7Yoshi has reportedly found something interesting in the game files – something that points to the next Fortnite event. It’s called ‘Jerky,’ and it’s the same playlist that was used for Marshmello’s concert and The End event.

So far, Lucas7Yoshi is the only data miner to report these findings. Nothing is certain, as he admits. This wouldn’t be the first time that Lucas7Yoshi had something before the other Fortnite leakers, though. He was also one of the only data miners to stand by the leaked Chapter 2 map, which eventually came to the game.

There were a few other elements related to this future event in the game files. One of them was an ID for a ‘Hurricane’ skin that could relate to the Jerky event we’re seeing.

This is all we know at the time. The event is likely weeks – if not a month – away from coming to Fortnite. It would explain a lot, however, including the mysterious hatches around The Agency and the rumored Doomsday Device on which Midas is working.

We’ll let you know when more information comes to light. The good news is that there’s most likely a season-ending event that will close-out Chapter 2 Season 2. The plotline of Chapter 2 is loose, but it appears to be tightening up.

Will Midas blow up the island and send us back to Chapter 1? Will a prisoner break out of the new Shark? Will The Visitor or another member of The Seven make an appearance? Only time will tell.

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