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Shroud reveals why he thinks Epic should add a ‘no-building’ mode to Fortnite



Former CSGO pro & Twitch sensation, Shroud, thinks Epic Games would bring in tons of new players by introducing a new, no-building Fortnite mode.

Building has always been a core pillar of Fortnite’s gameplay, but many fans of other franchises grew weary of the mechanic as it became more and more prevalent. While some may view ‘no-building’ in a poor light, there’s a good argument to be made for a separate build-less experience.

Shroud, the Twitch star, discussed the possible benefits for Fortnite if Epic decided to add a ‘no-building’ experience. You may disagree, but we recommend hearing him out as he does bring up good points about potential growth for the game.

Shroud reveals his vision of a ‘no-build’ Fortnite

First and foremost, Shroud isn’t calling for the removal of all building from Fortnite. We’ve seen this argument spring up on several discussion boards and obviously such a move would completely destroy what Epic has built. Instead, the former pro wants to draw attention to alternate modes.

While playing Season X for the first time, Shroud was running through Tilted Town and began to discuss the concept. “This game would be so much more fun if you couldn’t build. Oh my god, I would love it.”

This sentiment has been shared by many former Fortnite players and those that prefer shooters over the ‘action-building’ experience. At its peak, the BR giant did have less building due to players being less experienced with the mechanics. Looking at the game from a CSGO player’s point of view does easily lead to the wanting of a full-on shooter version of the game.

Shroud went into more detail about his idea by describing a “maybe smaller scale map” that included a design where players could navigate without builds.

We would actually argue that the current map could be used in a no-building mode. Many of the slopes and hills can be traversed without builds. Those places that couldn’t be reached would simply become scenery in the new mode.

Shroud explains the benefits of adding a ‘no-build’ mode

Millions of potential players does sound quite enticing…

In wanting to carry his point home for both Fortnite and non-Fortnite viewers, Shroud went on to explain why he thinks something like this would succeed. While we’re fans of the base game, we can’t argue with the logic.

“The amount of new players they would get would be absurd” says Shroud. While Fortnite dominates the online multiplayer scene, there’s millions of players who would prefer an alternate playstyle. We agree with the streamer because Fortnite’s cosmetic and player support systems are the best in the industry hands down and players from other titles would love to get a piece of the ‘AAA’ battle royale experience.

Undeniably, there’s a portion of the community who would be against the addition of such a mode, but it’d be strange to see mass outrage as long as it was kept separate. Tilted Town did draw the ire of competitive fans due to its inclusion in the core modes and Arena.

A key point that Shroud didn’t get into was the timing of a ‘no-building’ mode release. In order to snatch away the most amount of potential players, Epic would need to time everything just right. With the highly anticipated Modern Warfare coming in October, Epic could slip in with a backhand and a jab to siphon players from that franchise.

Additionally, there’s recently been a group of influential players threatening to quit and move to Apex Legends and PUBG. Neither of these games contain any form of building and attracting them back with an alternate mode (without BRUTEs) would be a really smart business move in our opinion.

What do you think about a separate ‘no-building’ mode for Fortnite? This mode would not interfere in any way with the core game and give millions more the urge to play themselves a bit of Fortnite. With that influx of players would inevitably come an eager wave of cosmetic buyers.

Item Shop

Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics



Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.

It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.

Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.

Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling

It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.

Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.

Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.

There are some awesome new versions of classic skins in the v13.40 patch. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes

No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.

The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.

Break down buildings in style with these new Harvesting Tools. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.

A look at the new emotes and weapon wraps in the August 5 update. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars



After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.

Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.

Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.

A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.
A number of new vehicles are heading to Fortnite, including cars and trucks. Credit: Epic Games

Joy Ride vehicles

Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.

Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.

Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.

Radio Stations

Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.

The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.


  • Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.

Battle Royale

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
  • Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
  • “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
  • “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.

Creative Mode

  • Arena Island progress reset soon.
  • Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
  • Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
  • Crash on consoles when renaming a device.

Additional changes

  • Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
    • Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
    • Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
    • Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
  • Marauders updated:
    • Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
    • Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
    • Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
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All Platforms

Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes



Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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