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The TVs in Fortnite have updated with a countdown timer

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All of the TVs in Fortnite began broadcasting a warning of an impending storm on January 16, and a day later on January 17, a countdown timer was added. 

Epic Games added Fortnite v7.20 on January 15 and several leaks appeared that hinted towards a new in-game event simply called “Ice Storm”.

One of the leaks included pictures of the broadcast appearing on TV along with different graphics.

On January 16, all the TVs in Fortnite turned on to display of a “weather warning”.

At around 2 pm EST on January 17, approximately, all the TVs in Fortnite were updated with a countdown timer.

The timer will hit zero at 2 pm EST on Saturday, January 19.

It is also interesting to note that Donald Mustard, the Worldwide Creative Director at Epic Games, updated his Twitter banner to show off Season 7, Week 7’s loading screen featuring the Ice King.

The last time we saw a countdown in Fortnite, it was back in Season 4 with the in-game rocket launch event which had an attendance of millions of gamers.

The rocket launch event was a historical time for Fortnite fans, as gamers hopped into matches to see the rocket take off from the bunker outside of Snobby Shores.

We are not sure what the countdown could lead to, but maybe it could have to do with the ice sphere above Polar Peaks and the Ice King?

What do you think will happen on January 19 when the countdown is complete? Let us know those theories in the comments!

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Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

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Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.

Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.

With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.

Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes


Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.

The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.

From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.

Loot Pool Changes

Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.

There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.

A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.

Players have special Halloween items to enjoy during Fortnitemares.

Huge PC patch size

Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.

This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.

Bug Fixes

As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.

These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.

General

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.

Mobile

  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

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Fortnite update v14.40: what to expect

Here’s what to expect in the upcoming update: Fortnite v14.40.

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With Halloween around the corner and several clues pointing to an immanent update, the Fortnite community has circled October 21 as the release date of v14.40. As you can probably guess, this is set to be the update that will bring Forntitemares 2020 to the game.

Ahead, we’ll take a look at what we know about the upcoming update, including the bug fixes and what it means for Fortnitemares 2020.

Bug Fixes

Bug fixes are always a part of major Fortnite patches, and v14.40 is no different. In fact, one particular bug on this list is one of the reasons that we expect an update on October 21.

Doom’s Mystical Bomb is one of the only Mythic items in competitive Fortnite modes, but a bug has forced Epic to disable it in Arena and tournament play. We’re in the midst of the Season 4 FNCS, and Epic will almost certainly want to remedy this issue before another week of qualifiers passes.

Here are all of the bugs listed as “Fixed in next game update” on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board:

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.
  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting. (Creative)
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting. (Creative)
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative. (Creative)
  • Vehicle buttons missing. (Mobile)
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch. (Mobile)
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Fortnitemares 2020

Fortnitemares 2020 is the obvious change that the presumed v14.40 update will bring. If the update does bring Fortnitemares, this will be the earliest that we’ve seen a Fortnite Halloween update in three years.

We have a separate article covering all of our expectations for Fortnitemares 2020. You can find that here, but here are some quick bullet points that cover the leaks we’ve seen.

  • “Midas’ Revenge” theme
  • The return of Husks
  • Candy consumables
  • Rideable Broomsticks
  • New skins and cosmetics.

Fortnitemares will be a significant update, so we don’t expect too many meta shifts outside of that. Of course, we expect the Pumpkin Launcher to return – as it does every year.

We’ll keep you covered when the update goes live, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL to stay up to date with all of the latest developments.

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Fortnitemares 2020: what to expect

Fortnitemares should be coming any minute. Here’s what to expect.

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Fortnitemares 2020: what to expect

Halloween is ten days away, and gamers are eagerly awaiting what this means for Fortnite and the annual Fortnitemares event. This year, we’ve already seen several major components of the event leaked; including the theme, some map changes, and some skins that should be coming to the Item Shop.

Ahead, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know before the event comes to Fortnite. We expect to see Fortnitemares 202 kick off tomorrow, October 20, and will update you when we know more about the release date. For now, here’s what we know.

Midas’ Revenge

The most recent leak surrounding Fortnitemares 2020 was the theme of the event. The leak came to us from the official Russian Fortnite News Feed, which was also a clear sign that the update was imminent.

We’ve heard a lot about Midas returning for Fortnitemares, which all seems to be confirmed, for now. Based on these leaks, Midas should be returning to The Authority with some Ghost Henchmen. He’ll also, reportedly, be carrying a Gold Scar instead of his patented Drum Gun.

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Husks Returning

Another early Fortnitemares leak told us that the sound files for the Zombie Husk spawning cubes were updated. Naturally, when an asset like this is updated, it’s safe to assume that it will return to the game in the near future.

This is bad news for a lot of Fortnite players who don’t like the hordes of Zombie Husks destroying boxes and ruining low-ground late-games. At this point, we can only hope that the Husks are isolated to a single POI rather than randomly spawning all over the map for several weeks.

Fortnite Retail Row Zombies Shield Glitch

New Items and Consumables

One of the bigger leaks coming out of the v14.30 update was the addition of Fortnitemares consumables and items to the game files. According to Hypex, Tabor Hill, and other leakers, rideable Broomsticks will be coming to Fortnite and should have similar mechanics to Glider Re-Deploy or Silver Surfer’s Surfboard.

On top of that, it looks like the vegetable and fruit boxes will be replaced with Halloween-themed tubs of candy. Each candy will, likely, have similar effects to the other consumables that are already in Fortnite.

Leaked Skins

Most of the leaked Halloween skins that were in the v14.30 update have already been released, but there were a few that slipped through the cracks. Two skins have text files with no images attached, suggesting they’ll come to Fortnitemares in the next update.

These skins are called “Fancy Kevin” and “Dancefloor Soldier,” and were leaked by data miners Mang0e and Hypex. Again, we don’t know what these skins look like, but here’s a concept of Fancy Kevin from artist @easkateconcepts on Twitter.

As far as another PvE mode, challenges, and everything else that past Fortnitemares have included; we’ll have to wait and see. We expect this update to hit Fortnite tomorrow morning, October 21. If this is the case, then 2020 will feature the longest Fortnitemares season in history – very on-brand for the season’s we’ve had this year.

Which part of Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge excites you the most? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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