One of the most hyped releases in Fortnite’s Season 7 never came.
The Driftboard, basically a hoverboard that carved like a snowboard had many people excited.
The board was supposed to release in the v7.10 Content Update but was delayed the day before.
A post from Epic Community Coordinator MrPopoTFS announced the delay but promised the Driftboard would be coming to Fortnite soon.
“Unfortunately, we’ve decided to hold the release of this new vehicle to make some final quality of life changes and other polish improvements,” the post said. “We want to get you out there carving up the slopes as soon as possible. However, our goal is to make sure that your experiences on the Driftboard are up to our expectations.”
At the time of this announcement, it was a welcome change. Fortnite had recently added a bunch of new items and taking an update cycle to focus on bug fixes was something the community wanted to see.
The thought was that the Driftboard would come out in the v7.20 Content Update. As the updates have slowly moved past and Epic hasn’t provided any new info on the Driftboard, players have become worried the Driftboard has entered the vault before it even entered the game.
With only hours before the board was supposed to be released, the design was mostly completed. In fact, some players were able to use a bug to actually get gameplay of the board.
HD Quality Game Play Of The DriftBoard pic.twitter.com/3MD2oUNPxU
— Mikey (@FNBRHQ) December 18, 2018
It honestly looked like a ton of fun. Considering the quad crashers can basically fly and rack up tricks, this board seemed like it would actually lead to some SSX Tricky like combos.
At this point, we probably would have had multiple courses built in creative mode designed just to do tricks with the Driftboard.
So what happened to the Driftboard?
Unfortunately, no one can say for sure. Something must have gone drastically wrong in the design process because the first delay of the board happened two months ago.
In that delay the language they used made it sound like the board would be coming back soon.
Clearly, that wasn’t the case. As the weeks have passed, the community hasn’t forgotten. Many Twitter replies still clamor for the Driftboard but Epic has been silent for weeks.
Right now, with a bunch of content creators playing Apex, Epic has tried to lure them back with quadrupling the money made by Support-A-Creator through most of February.
If they had such a highly anticipated vehicle ready to come back now would be the time to announce that. You could make the argument that they are saving it for Season 8 when people expect the planes to be vaulted, but again, why not tell the community that instead of making people think you forgot?
The Driftboard didn’t seem like it would be overpowered at all. It didn’t seem like it would limit the design space. It just seemed like a lot of fun. We will have to wait and see if Epic ever addresses it but now would be the time it would make the best impact.
What do you think happened to the Driftboard? Will we ever see it again?
Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning
The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.
The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.
Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.
With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.
According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.
This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.
There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.
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Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.
AdvanceClub launch features training from Bugha, MrSavage & more
A new platform, AdvanceClub, launched today – offering coaching and classes from Bizzle, Bugha, MrSavage, and more.
A new esports training website called AdvanceClub has announced its launch today, October 6. The website is aimed at inspiring the advancement in skill levels for gamers of all abilities – from casual to highly competitive.
AdvanceClub is filling the need for reliable and structured training within esports. Although they plan on expanding to all games, their main focus appears to begin with Fortnite. For now, they have signed some of the top players in the game to work with them: Bugha, MrSavage, Bizzle, caster MonsterDFace, and coach ImSpeedyGonzalez.
On launch, AdvanceClub will feature documentary-style video classes from Bizzle, MrSavage, and Bugha along with tips and breakdowns of some of their best performances. The site also features some general tutorials narrated and explained by ImSpeedyGonzalez and MonsterDFace.
Other upcoming features of the site include 1-on-1 coaching, VoD reviews, exclusive Members Cup tournaments, and resources for parents of dedicated competitive players. The group built AdvanceClub “on three pillars: Learn, Train, and play.”
“My Advance Class was created so I could give back to my loyal fans and the Fortnite community,” Bugha said on his partnership with AdvanceClub.
“Every day on stream I’m asked for advice on things like how to prepare, how to improve, and how to manage different in-game situations. I’ve partnered withAdvanceClub to create my personal Advance Class as a way to answer all of these questions and make it simple to watch all in one location. I really hope all the lessons and insights I’ve provided in my Advance Class will be beneficial for all Fortnite gamers and enthusiasts.”
“I partnered with AdvanceClub because I believe in their vision of powering the growth of gamers within esports” MrSavage explained, “If I had access to the information in the Advance Classes a few years back, I would’ve progressed so much faster in my career.”
The Advance Pass is available now for $9.99 per month and will give you access to all of the existing and upcoming content for Fortnite and other competitive titles on their roster. You can visit the site here and create an account to get started.
Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 Challenge guide
How to complete the Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges: Misty Meadows floating rings, Quinjet locations & more.
Fortnite Season 4 released today, August 27. This also marks the beginning of the seasonal challenges that we can expect to release each Thursday. It may be a new season, but most of the challenges have remained similar. We’ll be searching chests, eliminating players, and collecting floating rings.
Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges:
- Search Chests at Dirty Docks (7)
- Eliminations at Holly Hedges (3)
- Collect Floating Rings at Misty Meadows (4)
- Eliminate Stark Robots at Quinjet Patrol landing sites (5)
- Gas a vehicle up at Lazy Lake
- Deal damage to opponents with Stark Industries Energy Rifles (1,000)
- Eliminate Doctor Doom at Doom’s Domain (3): 50,000 XP
- Deal damage to opponents at Craggy Cliffs (500)
Two of the Fortnite Season 4 Week 1 challenges revolve around Quinjet Patrol Landing sites, so it’s helpful to know where to find them. The Quinjets spawn shortly after the Battle Bus takes off, but you need to wait a bit before they show up on the map.
Once you have a few games under your belt, however, you’ll know where they land. These ships will be in the same location in every match – distinguishable by a while marker on your map. Here are the locations of all four of them.
Collect Floating Rings at Misty Meadows
The floating rings challenges are back for Season 4. These are always a bit of a hassle when trying to finish the challenges as fast as possible, but they’re easy to complete once you know where to look.
Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows an easy route to collecting all of these rings in only one minute.
The rest of these challenges should be easy to finish within a few matches of mindful playing. Eliminating Doctor Doom three times might be a hassle – Doom’s Domain is a hotspot for activity – but you’ll be able to finish the challenge within a handful of drops. We’ll be back next week with another challenge guide, so stay tuned!
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