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The bright side of Epic’s lack of communication in Fortnite Chapter 2

Why isn’t Epic releasing the Fortnite patch notes? Why hasn’t the developer communicated with us? There has to be a reason and there has to be a benefit. We explore this question.

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Why isn’t Epic releasing the Fortnite patch notes? Why hasn’t the developer communicated with us? There has to be a reason and there has to be a benefit. We explore this question.

Here we are, five weeks into Fortnite Chapter 2 and not a single patch note to read. We in the community thought that Epic was treating Chapter 2 like a brand new game, which was the only reason there wouldn’t be any patch notes.

Five weeks and one new weapon later, though, and we still don’t know exactly what’s happening behind the scenes. Things like the coin-flip wall-retake – where players have a 50/50 shot of taking a wall – appear to be out of the game with no warning. Was this intended or just a bug? We have no way of knowing.

The real surprise was the lack of announcement surrounding the Harpoon Gun. We saw it leaked by data miners, but no announcement of when it was coming to the game or what it would do. There wasn’t even any downtime for the update to warn players that a new item was coming.

These and many other examples are the downsides of Epic’s lack of communication and Fortnite patch notes. There has to be a reason, though. Epic has to be thinking about us in some form or fashion.

Why, then, is the silence so stark for Fortnite Chapter 2? Why has one of the most player-friendly developers gone silent with the new season?

It can’t be as simple as preventing us from complaining, can it? Surely the complaints about the lack of communication are louder than anything else we could be complaining about. Did we really just beat Epic into the ground with Season X?

I don’t think so. I think that there has to be a deeper reason. Here are some of my leading theories.

Exploration and new discovery

Fortnite Chapter 2 opened the door to a whole new world – literally. We got a new map full of new locations and places to explore. Hell, even Jonesy got a rework for the new chapter.

If you’re someone who always read the patch notes, you likely have a friend or two who were always surprised when they encountered a new item or mechanic. “What’s that? Oh, wow, I didn’t know they added that!”

The lack of patch notes forced this experience on everyone. Some people might prefer to have everything spelled out, but Epic is making us discover everything for the first time, which can be nice.

Increasing engagement

As much as people – myself included – complain about the lack of communication and Fortnite patch notes from Epic, it could be driving up the engagement of the game.

You have to actually play the game or watch a stream if you want to know what’s going on. You can’t simply read a list of changes for a new patch every week.

Additionally, more people are talking about the game. The less information we have, the more things that will trickle out over time. It can sometimes take a few days or even a week for the community to notice a small change, which means people will be constantly talking about Fortnite.

Like it or not, the black hole worked. No one knew what was happening, and engagement went way up. Articles got more clicks than ever, Fortnite was trending on Twitter, and news organizations were running stories about how the biggest game in the world suddenly went dark.

Epic saw this and could be expanding the strategy of building the mystery.

Focusing on the fixes

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We’ve explored this reasoning behind the lack of patch notes in the past. Epic is focusing on fixing bugs rather than adding new items or balancing the game.

Fortnite might be more balanced today than it ever has been. There is still a spray meta and Grenades are incredibly dominant in squads, but it’s probably as close as we’re going to get to a 100% balanced Fortnite experience.

Epic could even make a small tweak to grenade rarity and/or stack size to limit the ‘nade spam – a change that wouldn’t really require patch notes to figure out.

Plot Development

This one is a bit of a stretch, but it has to be included. The black hole changed everything. The game went dark for two whole days – something no game has ever done before. Fortnite came back with a new map, new Battle Pass system, new default skin designs, new everything.

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Did Epic come back with a new mentality as well? Is the lack of patch notes somehow related to the story?

I don’t know how this would work, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Epic has clashed the Fortnite world and the real world in the past with Season 5 – even bringing some real-world elements into Fortnite and vice versa.

Could the patch notes be an extension of this? Only time will tell.

Let us know how you feel about the lack of communication in the comments. Do you miss the patch notes or like discovering new elements on your own?

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The 5 most hated skins in Fortnite

The Fortnite community is no fan of these skins.

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Fortnite skins have taken on a life of their own since the game came out. Back in the early days, we couldn’t imagine spending money on a free game. Now, hundreds of dollars later, we’re still padding our lockers as collectors of in-game cosmetics.

Some skins tell a lot about the player wearing them. A Peely? They’re just trying to goof around and have some fun. A Dynamo? Sweat is probably pouring onto their keyboard at all times.

Today, we’re taking a look at the most hated skins in Fortnite – the skins that elicit an immediate reaction from opponents. You better be ready for some backlash if you post a clip while wearing one of these skins.

5. Female Soccer Skins

Female Soccer Skins have been hated ever since they first came out. This might have been the first “sweaty” skin to come to Fortnite, and it remains in the category to this day. However, it’s been made available in the Item Shop quite frequently so everyone from sweats to casuals owns it.

“Soccer skin” means more than just the skin that someone is wearing, at this point. It’s a term that longtime Fortnite players will likely remember for the rest of their gaming careers. However, because of its frequent item shop appearances, it’s last on the list.

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4. Custom Superhero Skins

These skins have cause quite a stir with players and have disrupted the competitive scene on more than one occasion. The actual name of these skins is Boundless, and they are among the most customizable skins in the game. Many players bought them for their versatility at first, but they were quickly abused by competitive players.

Players could set their skins to have an all-black or all-white color scheme which would make them harder to see. These color combos were banned from the game, but players still found a way to make their skins harder to see. This lead to these sweaty skins being banned outright in all competitive play.

3. Anime Skins

This category of skins is pretty new since “anime” skins were introduced in Chapter 2 Season 5. A bundle of anime skins was also released during Season 6 which contains some of the sweatiest and most hated Fortnite Skins.

Chigusa, Megumi, and Yuki are part of the Cyber Infiltration bundle, and Lexa was given to players who reached a certain level of the Season 5 Battle Pass. For some reason, players hate these cell-shaded skins and would rather face off against Soccer Skins.

2. Surf Witch

When we asked Twitter which skins they hated the most, a large number of responses included Surf Witch. It seems this skin is hated because it’s used by “sweats” and also because of its lackluster design.

Surf Witch’s design isn’t much different from many of the other female skins. In fact, she has a very similar design to Haze, a preexisting skin. Many players think that Surf Witch is a cheap rip off of Haze, and their hate is derived from their similarities.

1. Dynamo

Dynamo is – by far – the most hated skin in Fortnite, at the moment. If you post a clip while wearing the Dynamo skin, you’re guaranteed to see the bulk of your replies consist of something along the lines of, “Dynamo, ew.”

We’re not exactly sure why Dynamo has its status as the most hated skin in Fortnite. Perhaps, it’s because Dynamo a very sweaty skin that isn’t difficult to get. Unlike Crystal and Aura, a lot of players think Dynamo is, simply, a bad skin on top of the fact that it’s incredibly sweaty.

Whatever the reason, wearing a Dynamo skin puts a target on your back. If you hit the island wearing Dynamo, then you better be as good as the skin suggests you are.

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Does this list mean that you shouldn’t be wearing these skins in Fortnite? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of players like playing the role of an antagonist in all sorts of games. It can be fun. Wear whatever you want – these are just some of the skins that are in the community’s crosshairs at the moment. We’re sure that it will change in the future. Wear what you want and have fun!

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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Fortnite LeBron James skin: Release date, price, trailer & more

A LeBron James Fortnite skin is reportedly being added to the game during the next update, and he will come with exclusive quests.

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NBA superstar LeBron James has officially joined Fortnite’s ICON Series skin set, with two outfits coming to the Fortnite Item Shop.

During the first day of the Epic Games vs. Apple trial, multiple planned or scrapped Fortnite crossovers had been leaked. The crossover information came from a Quarterly Business Review document for Epic Games. Among these leaks were planned crossovers with Naruto, Metroid, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.

A crossover with LeBron James was also found in the court documents. The still image of LeBron James included the Icon Series logo. Players assumed a LeBron James Fortnite skin would be released during the Fortnite x NBA The Crossover event, but a set of customizable skins was released instead.

Epic Games put rumors to bed with an announcement on their official blog page on July 12, confirming the date NBA’s MVP would be arriving in the world-famous Battle Royale.

He joins a list of celebrities to now have their own character in-game, including Marshmello, Ninja, Loserfruit, and more.

When is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin coming out?

Here’s a first look at both of LeBron James’ Fortnite skins.

On July 14, 2021, LeBron James will be given his very own Fortnite Battle Royale skin, as part of the ICON Series.

How much is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin?

Fortnite ICON Series skins usually cost around 1,500 V-Bucks individually, with a price point of between 2,500 or 3,000 V-Bucks for the full bundle.

What does the King James Gear Bundle include?

  • The Lion Pickaxe 
  • Wingspan Glider
  • Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer. 

A new trailer dropped as part of the announcement, too, as seen below.

Fortnite LeBron James skin trailer

Leaks

A number of these details were revealed before Epic Games had the chance to do a full press release, too.

ShiinaBR on Twitter was the first to break the news stating: “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE THE NEXT ICON SERIES SKIN.”

HYPEX quote retweeted Shiina’s announcement with more information. They stated that the LeBron James Fortnite skin will come with an exclusive quest line called King’s Bling.

And now LeBron James will be added to the game right before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

For basketball fans, this is an exciting addition to Fortnite. Not only can players equip their own custom basketball skins, but now they can play as one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Let us know down below if you are excited about the collab and if you plan to purchase the LeBron James Fortnite skin.

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