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?
How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.
Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.
Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations
There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.
The book locations are as follows:
- Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
- The tall building in the southeast corner
- The building in the northeast corner (dog house)
- The building next to the RV park
- The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
- The building in the southeast corner
Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.
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You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.
How to get the free Surf Strider bundle in Fortnite
Intel has partnered with Fortnite to bring a free Surf Strider bundle to their customers. Here’s how to claim it.
Fortnite is no stranger to platform-specific skin bundles, but it’s no secret that some platforms have gotten more love than others. PlayStation has several exclusive Fortnite skins with more on the way, while Xbox only has one or two.
PC players have been able to unlock some exclusive skins, but only if they have the right hardware. Epic have partnered with companies like Nvidia to offer their customers free Fortnite skins, but AMD never got any love.
This time around, it’s Intel CPU owners on PC who are able to grab an exclusive Fortnite skin. Epic and Intel announced their partnership and a free Surf Strider bundle – including the skin, pickaxe and glider.
As the promotional image says, this bundle is only available for PC players who have Intel Core processors. This means that PC players who have AMD processors are out of luck, in this instance.
Unlocking the bundle is a lot like unlocking all of the other brand-specific Fortnite cosmetics that have come before. You’ll need to visit the Intel website at softwareoffer.intel.com/Bonus, create an account, and link it with your Epic Games account.
From there, the Intel Page will run a test to ensure that your PC is eligible and award you with the skin. Here’s a video from data miner, Hypex, on how to complete the process.
The website appears to be down at the time of writing and seemed to be that way this past weekend, as well – ever since this promotion became widespread news. This is likely because so many Fortnite players are trying to claim their free skin bundle.
The promotion is set to last until February 2021, so you have plenty of time to claim the skin – even if it takes the website a full week to recover. We’ll keep this post updated when the website begins to pick up 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.
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