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Travis Scott Astronomical event sets a new Fortnite player record

The Travis Scott Astronomical event broke a new Fortnite record for concurrent players.

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The Travis Scott Astronomical event broke a new Fortnite record for concurrent players.

Fortnite Battle Royale released in September of 2017. Nearly three years later, in April of 2020, it saw its highest concurrent player count ever.

If Fortnite showed us anything with the Astronomical event, it’s that they still have it. Epic are still at the top of the gaming world and are doing things that other studios can only dream about.

A lot of players were wondering why Epic switched to the new physics engine system. There seemed to be more FPS drops, competitive lag-spikes, and weird bugs on certain cosmetics. Well, this is why they made the switch. They can pull off jaw-dropping events like the one we saw last night.

Screenshot via: @iFireMonkey

This wasn’t the Marshmello concert, where fans were awed when they got shot into the air during “Fly.” This was an interactive, cinematic experience that transformed the perceived possibilities of video games as a whole.

Fans showed up for the event as well. Fortnite smashed its previous concurrent player record of 8.3 million during the concert. 12.3 million players logged on to see the concert, with another reported 2 million people watching on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer.

Travis Scott, himself, was one of the players awed by the event. He took to Twitter to express his love and gratitude to everyone who showed up.

“Honestly, today was one of the most inspiring days. Love every single one of you guys. I know times are weird for us. But for one moment, to be able to have the ragers to rage wherever you are is amazing. Love you guys with all my body!!”  Scott wrote.

Fortnite continues to surprise us at every turn. They turn up the intensity with each event until we think it can’t go any higher – only to shatter our expectations, yet again.

The haters will continue to hate. People will say that Fortnite is dead, that it’s jumped the shark, that it will never be as good as it used to be. Well, 12.3 million players logged in to watch the event last night, and every one of them was stunned by what they saw.

More Astronomical Showtimes

The first couple of shows might be in the books, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on YouTube videos to see what you missed. There are three more shows scheduled on April 25.

  • Asia & Oceania ⁠— 12am EDT, April 25
  • Europe & Middle East 2 ⁠— 11am EDT, April 25
  • The Americas ⁠2 — 6pm EDT, April 25

Tune-in to Fortnite during those times to catch another showing of the concert. You won’t regret it.

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Challenges

Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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Concepts

This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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