Fortnite is Still Down, Season 11 Not Starting Anytime Soon.

Fortnite Down has Season 11 Started

Is Season 11 Ever Going to Start?

As you probably know by now Fortnite has disappeared into Black hole. There is speculation that it will never come back but let’s be real. This is the most popular and possibly the most profitable game of all time. Would Epic Games really shut it down?

While Fortnite is still popular, the lustre has started to tarnish on the game. When the office managers 12 year old says he would rather watch Shroud play Apex you know that Fortnite is not flying as high as it once was. Maybe Epic should end the game on a high? but no that will not happen

What we are witnessing here is one “Epic” (pun intended) Fortnite promotion. Epic Games needs to get the world buzzing about Fortnite again and what better way to give the game a kick in the pants but to stop the players from playing their favourite game? Even if they are playing something else at the moment.

The biggest Twitch streamers like Tfue, Dr Lupo and Myth have been staring at a black hole for the last day or so but there has been some movement but over at Epic Games.

Fortnite Chapter 2
Fortnite Chapter 2

But of course as we write this THE GAME SERVERS HAVE COME UP!!! GO PLAY LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!!

Fortnite Black hole – Fortnite Servers have been down for hours

Fortnite Black Hole Servers

Fortnite is still the biggest game on the planet and when the servers go down Fortnite Server Status knows all about it. The traffic to this site has gone through the roof and our own servers are approaching meltdown. Whether you are Ninja or just a casual player you can not log into Fortnite right now. Every player on earth is in a holding pattern and what has Epic Games given us to stare at? A black hole!

Epic took Fortnite offline on purpose this is all part of a strategy to build up the hype around the new season. The meteor that appeared at the beginning of season 10 started moving and eventually destroyed the entire map. This meteor event was hard to be a part of and if you couldn’t log in then you had a space invaders style game to keep you amused but you needed the konami code to do this. The Fortnite Server Status has been off the charts!

It seems the event culminated into a black hole and everything including the lobby and character screens where sucked up by the gravity of the imposing black hole. The black hole seemed to even reach outside of the game itself. The Fortnite Twitter account lost all it’s Tweets! The Epic Trello board seemed to disappear. This black hole was truly decimating ever aspect of the game.

Will season 11 bring us the long rumored new Fortnite map? The speculation is rife amongst the community. Twitter, Twitch.tv and Youtube are all a buzz with these rumors. Epic has truly done a epic “pardon the pun” marketing ploy with this latest season introduction. It is still unclear whether this is the end of season 10 proper as the speculation mounts.

Twitch myth watching the black hole
Twitch myth watching the black hole

Twitch Fortnite Streamers like Myth are holding black hole parties while waiting for something to happen and chat is going wild. Here he is wearing his tinfoil hat as chat throws speculation at him faster than anyone could possibly read.

Many fans of Fortnite feel there has been a line drawn in the sand and that Fortnite Chapter 2 has begun. This black hole event has really got all gamers talking. Not only are the fans of the game watching the whole but players who left are coming back and even people who have never played the game are starting to talk about this latest development.

Whatever is happening to the servers and the game. One thing we can all agree on is that this is one of the most daring things Epic games has done and is probably the most daring thing any popular game has ever done. Another good place to check whether Fortnite is down is to check your Fortnite ping here.

Fortnite DLC to be Sold in Stores Again this Holiday – Darkfire Bundle

Darkfire Bundle

Darkfire Bundle to be Sold in Stores

Fortnite Battle Royale is a free to play game but that has not stopped Epic from making billions from it. Epic has announced the Darkfire Bundle which be sold in stores this next holiday season. The interesting thing about this bundle is that the games developer Epic Games has partnered with Warner Brothers on this cosmetics bundle. There is a claimed $80 value to the pack but remember kids this is just pixels on a screen how much could it really be worth? the in-store price will be set at US$29.99.

The release date is the 5th of November 2019. It will include 3 Legendary dual-wield pickaxes, 3 Legendary Back Blings, 3 new Legendary skins, 3 Epic Wraps and one new emote. In total there are 13 new items making this the biggest Fortnite bundle so far. The bundles are console only for now and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and the Switch.

Fortnite Brute Mech Nerf

Fortnite Brute Mech nerfed

This week Epic Games has finally come to their senses and have nerfed the B.R.U.T.E.

Why are they Nerfing the B.R.U.T.E ?

The B.R.U.T.E is a mech that was introduced a few patches ago and was insanely overpowered. This was shown when Harrison  Chang AKA “Psalm” who came second place in the Fortnite Solos World Cup used the B.R.U.T.E devastate the field. He got to a high vantage point then proceeded to take out players from across the map.

What are the nerfs to B.R.U.T.E?

 

  • Decreased the maximum amount of rockets fired by the B.R.U.T.E. in a single charge from 10 to 6.
  • Decreased the rate at which the rockets are fired from the B.R.U.T.E. by 56%.
    • Our goal with these changes is to increase the back and forth between the users of the B.R.U.T.E. and the players they face. These changes allow the players on the receiving end of the missile volley to have more time to react and protect themselves.
  • Decreased the radius of the B.R.U.T.E.’s rocket explosion by 42%.
    • Our goal with this change is to improve consistency and understanding around focused barrages of missiles. B.R.U.T.E.s will continue to be a strong option against structures, but less lethal against players.
  • Increased the dash cooldown from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
    • The previous dash cooldown not only increased the B.R.U.T.E.’s mobility, but also made the B.R.U.T.E.s a harder target to hit from distance than we’d like. The adjustment here reduces the ability to close gaps quickly while in the B.R.U.T.E. while also increasing the ability to land shots on target for players facing the B.R.U.T.E.
  • Decreased the velocity gained from boosting while in air by 33%.
    • We want to reduce a B.R.U.T.E.’s ability to engage and disengage at long distances to encourage a more strategic approach to an encounter. In general we hope to shift B.R.U.T.E.s away from being highly mobile and put more emphasis on their already defensive nature.
  • The B.R.U.T.E. no longer grants materials to the driver and passenger when stomping or dashing through the environment.
    • Note: This change should roll out shortly following the other changes.
    • Our goal is to add more tension between being in and out of a B.R.U.T.E. as well as reduce instances where players can farm faster than intended without exposing themselves to danger.
  • Adjusted the variability of spawn rates for storm phases 1, 2, and 3 in core modes. Arena spawn rates will remain unchanged.
    • Storm phase 1
      • New spawn rates
        • 29% chance to spawn 0.
        • 14.3% chance to spawn 1.
        • 14.3% chance to spawn 2.
        • 14.3% chance to spawn 3.
        • 14.3% chance to spawn 4.
        • 14.3% chance to spawn 5.
      • Old spawn rates
        • 33% chance to spawn 2.
        • 33% chance to spawn 3.
        • 33% chance to spawn 4.
    • Storm phase 2
      • New spawn rates
        • 25% chance to spawn 0.
        • 25% chance to spawn 1.
        • 25% chance to spawn 2.
        • 25% chance to spawn 3.
      • Old spawn rates
        • 33% chance to spawn 2.
        • 33% chance to spawn 3.
        • 33% chance to spawn 4.
    • Storm phase 3
      • New spawn rates
        • 25% chance to spawn 0.
        • 25% chance to spawn 1.
        • 25% chance to spawn 2.
        • 25% chance to spawn 3.
      • Old spawn rates
        • 33% chance to spawn 1.
        • 33% chance to spawn 2.
        • 33% chance to spawn 3.
    • Previously, the early stages of a match were guaranteed a minimum amount of B.R.U.T.E.s. We’d like to provide a little more variance to that experience so that matches don’t always play out the same way. The overall average number of B.R.U.T.E.s per game is reduced slightly.
  • Decreased the material cost of using the gunner’s overshield from 200 to 75.
    • Our goal is to further emphasize use of materials for positive defensive benefit.
  • Junk rift temporarily removed
    Junk rift temporarily removed

    Increased the Health of the B.R.U.T.E from 1000 to 1250.

    • With the above changes, users of the B.R.U.T.E. need to play a bit more strategic than before, so we want to give a little bit longer of a window to do so.

 

Other changes

Epic games had  temporarily disabled the Junk Rift for the FNCS tournament and Arena playlists until the 10.20 update. the reason they are doing this is because of an Audio bug that occured when the portal was high above the player.

 

Fortnite Battle Royale : V10.10 Content Update

Fortnite Battle Royale : V10.10 Content Update

So what is new in V10.10 Content Update?

Dusty Depot is Back
Dusty Depot is Back

Dusty Depot is back but don’t get your hopes up it is only back as a prefab in creative mode. The full list of Prefabs and galleries is:

  • 5 New Prefabs
    • Dusty Depot Blue Warehouse
    • Dusty Depot Gray Warehouse
    • Dusty Depot Red Warehouse
    • Dusty Depot Visitor Warehouse
    • Dusty Diner
  • 2 New Galleries
    • Dusty Depot & Diner Gallery
    • Dusty Depot & Diner Prop Gallery

What is new in Fortnite Save the World?

There is a new rocket launcher. The V6 Rocket launcher which is a 6 shot rocket launcher and part of the Rat Rod Weapon set. It does not consume ammo but has very low durability.

 

A new quest has appeared so make sure you run Hit the Road to activate your weekly quest!

There have been some bug fixes:

  • Mission details now correctly update when switching between different Missions with a controller.
  • Resolved an issue where objective information was not displayed for the current Mission.
  • Added some information that was missing from the Command and Armory tabs.
  • Fixed an issue where the map was not loading properly after changing tabs.
  • Game no longer crashes when launching a Mission through the “Play Now” button in the quest log.
  • The Record Dash quest no longer states to find five records instead of four when in a full party.

What has changed in Fortnite Battle Royale mode?

This is what most people are here for. The additions to the BR mode are as follows:

1) There is a new throwable item called the Junk Rift. It creates a rift in the sky that objects fall out of the sky and destroys things they land on. When thrown it breaks on contact with something (hopefully another player). It generates two types of damage.

  1. Direct Damage – It does 200 damage to players and knocks them back a little.
  2. Shockwave Damage – This causes a small damage radius that does 100 damage and immediately destroys vehicles and destructible objects.

The Junk Rift has Epic Rarity and max stack size of 4. it will be available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Llamas.

 

2) Glitched Consumables: appear at the explosion site (explained below) and randomly switch between forageable items. The following items are included:

  • Apples – Grant 5 Health.
  • Mushrooms – Grant 5 Shield.
  • Coconuts – Grant 5 Effective Health (sum of a player’s Health + Shield).
  • Peppers – Increase player movement speed for a short duration.
  • Hop Rocks – Decrease player gravity for a short duration.

Shadow stones were supposed to be included as a Glitched Consumable but had a bug and have been removed.

The Rift Beacon at the Rec Center has malfunctioned, which has caused an explosion and crater. This is where the Glitched Consumables spawn.

There has been a change to the Green Toy Wrap which means players can get a refund on the Toy Soldiers Wraps bundle if they do not like the changes. Players have 30 days from their next login to get this refund.