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Fortnite speeds up construction

Building is a big part of Fortnite, and Epic Games has revealed some construction improvements geared to speed things up in both Battle Royale and Save the World come v.3.0.0. The combination of turbo building (holding down primary fire continuously placing building pieces) and automatic material swapping when you deplete one resource will allow players to build on the run. As in, build a ramp as you run up it! The rules for building collision have also changed: Larger items like rocks, trees, and vehicles will no longer block structures. However, all structures will still need a connection to a floor or terrain.

The final change is speeding up switching between building pieces by removing the need for that command to travel through Epic’s servers. This change is only slated for Battle Royal currently, but devs plan to get it into Save the World as well.

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Fortnite outlines a new roadmap for Battle Royale and removes submachine guns

The designers behind Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode have plans. What are those plans? You’ll need to go on a dangerous mission to retrieve them by sneaking into the… oh, never mind, you can just read them right here. That was straightforward.

Whether or not you’ll like what you read is a different discussion. Most players will probably like the prospect of 60 FPS on console versions of the game, west coast servers, and new character skins, but the game is also tossing regular submachine guns into the Vault (i.e. a metaphorical box from whence items cannot be pulled out and used). In short, it’s yanking the weapon from the game for the moment.

This isn’t to say that they’re bad, just that this balance change is meant to encourage using other weapons and to shake up the game’s metagame balance; in the future, other items can also be added to the vault and removed as time requires. There are also new social features and limited-time game modes planned, so on a whole the roadmap has lots of cool stuff to look forward to. It’s just slightly less if you love submachine guns.

Source: Official Site via VG24/7

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Western gamers start petition to save Paragon while Chinese players await info

It shouldn’t really need to be said, but Paragon has fans. You may not love it yourself, but there are a lot of fans who are really upset about the shutdown announcement. So the fans have turned to that time-honored tradition in the wake of an unwanted shutdown, a petition for Epic Games to keep the lights on at the bare minimum.

The petition was aiming for 25,000 signatures and as of this writing has almost hit that number, so it’s clear that a lot of people are willing to write in to support the game at least remaining online even if the updates grind to a halt. Of course, petitions to avert shutdowns do not have the most positive track record; nevertheless, if you are sad about the game shuttering, we encourage you to throw your name onto the list.

Don’t think a petition is going to work? You could always join the folks playing on the Tencent-backed Chinese version of the game, which reportedly either isn’t sunsetting – or hasn’t been told yet.

Source: Petition; thanks to Kinya for the tip!

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Epic shutters Paragon over playerbase size woes, declaring it ‘unsustainable’

When Epic Games admitted last week that Paragon’s playerbase just couldn’t seem to push past its core, many fans all but expected this announcement, and now it’s come.

“It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon. We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community. After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.”

Epic has taken the unusual step of offering refunds to all Paragon players for all purchases on every platform ever. The servers will close on April 26, 2018.

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Fortnite adds silencers in its first Battle Royale update of 2018

The first Fortnite update of the new year has arrived for the Battle Royale mode, and it introduces the silenced pistol along with a special silent skirmish mode starting January 5th and running through January 8th. No one will hear you coming!

Except, you know, that is not how silencers work. Silencers make guns quieter and harder to pick out among ambient gunfire, but there’s a difference between “quieter” and “quiet.” Seriously, a four-second search on YouTube will turn up dozens of videos in which you can hear how loud a “silenced” gun still is.

So the question is how the silenced pistol works in Fortnite. Does it make the gun quieter but still loud, or does it turn the bullets into completely quiet little “fffpp” noises you see in so many games where silencers are magic toys made by wizards? You can find out yourself in-game right now, assuming you pick one up from the floor, by supply drop, or in treasure chests. It’s available in both Epic and Legendary rarities; have fun searching.

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Fortnite is getting a new large-scale battle royale mode

Over the past weekend, Fortnite managed to hit a peak of 1.3 million concurrent users and 30M total users. That’s a lot of people. So how do you capitalize on that for the game’s Battle Royale mode? Why, you throw them all into an arena and make them fight. At the Game Awards tonight, Epic Games has just revealed a new limited-time mode that gives players a large-scale arena to fight in for a 50v50 battle. Last team standing wins, and to the winner goes…

Well, not being shot. That’s incentive.

There’s a trailer for the new mode just below, and the important thing is that… well, it’s big. Really, mind-bogglingly big. You might think that the current mode is big, but this is a clash of makeshift armies. Check it out if that’s the sort of thing you like to see, and don’t forget the patch notes for the new limited-time mode!

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Fortnite settles one of its anti-cheater lawsuits out of court

If you’d forgotten, Fortnite wound up bringing a lawsuit against two people for cheating software being used in the game. One such suit hit a wrinkle when it turned out that the defendant was a minor, which has yet to be resolved. The other suit is all done and over with, though, as the developer has reportedly agreed to an out-of-court settlement regarding the lawsuit against Charles Vraspir.

The terms of the settlement forbid Vraspir from taking any actions similar to his prior ones, with a $5,000 penalty if he is found in breach of the agreement. The bright side for him is that he won’t have to pay a fine at all so long as he sticks to the terms of his agreement, so we can only hope for his own sake that he does so. It’s a somewhat anticlimactic ending to that particular matter, but probably the best one for all concerned parties.

Source: Gamasutra

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Mother of Fortnite cheater claims that her 14-year-old son is being used as a scapegoat

Last month, Fortnite developer Epic sued two alleged associates of a cheating software site as part of the studio’s hard-line approach to cheaters. Makes sense; cheating is not all right, and this approach has a chance to actually shut down some cheating. Only the mother of one of the defendants has come forward protesting Epic’s actions, stating that her 14-year-old son is being made into a scapegoat and is unfairly being targeted by this legal action.

The mother’s objections include the claims that she never gave parental consent for Fortnite’s terms and conditions, that the developers claims of profit lost on a free-to-play game are impossible to substantiate, and that her son did not help develop the cheating software but simply downloaded it as a user. Furthermore, she stated that the company released her son’s name, which is illegal under Delaware law when concerning a minor. You can draw your own conclusions about how valid her complaints are, but it may well add an extra wrinkle into the ongoing legal battle against cheating software.

Source: Kotaku

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The Stream Team: A final foray into Fortnite’s Fortnitemares

Last time, Massively OP’s MJ was only able to check out a couple of the Halloween quests in Fortnite’s Hexsylvania. Now, she’s diving back in to experience more before that awesome spooky map disappears! Join us live at 7:00 p.m. for MJ’s final foray into Fortnitemares.

What: Fortnite
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

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Paragon unveils the newest incarnation of Shadow’s Eve

Just because a game is all about smashing the stuffing out of your opponents in a fixed arena doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the Halloween season. Paragon is bringing back its Shadow’s Eve event once more, complete with new Halloween-themed skins for Narbash, Yin, and Wukong. Last year’s skins will also be returning on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled if you wanted a skin last year that you didn’t get for whatever reason.

Players can also obtain special Shadow’s Eve chests after matches, obtain new banners, and purchase a nice big bundle of holiday goodies starting on October 24th. The event itself is running now and will continue on through November 1st, so you’ve got plenty of time to make as many seasonal puns mid-match as you could want over the remainder of the month.

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Fortnite deals with cheat detection false positives, breaks half a million concurrent players

Cheating is bad in online games; we can all agree on that. Having anti-cheat software usually raises some questions back and forth, but the core idea of making sure that cheating is stopped swiftly at the root at least makes a fair amount of sense. Really, the only problem with it in the long term is if it mistakenly flags innocent accounts for immediate banning when they weren’t doing anything wrong. You know, like what seems to be happening to Fortnite players recently.

The studio quickly identified the issue and is working to both fix the problem and correct the automated cheat bans for players unfairly barred from the game; the bug appears to be caused by shooting whilst on a swingset, and players hit by this false positive should no longer be getting fully banned. Still, it takes some time to reverse bans, and it’s hard to argue that this makes the anti-cheat software look good. Unless you think swingsets are inherently evil, we suppose. So that’s a mixed result when the game cracks down hard on cheating, perhaps.

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Paragon players rage over ‘pay-to-win’ monetization changes and loot crates

No exaggeration: The Paragon subreddit is in absolute uproar over the MOBA’s newest monetization tactic. The board is currently covered with dozens of threads angry over the game’s new buyable packs as dedicated players express rage over what they’re saying amounts to pay-to-win, mobile platform strategies – a moneygrab.

The most expensive pack, the Diamond pack at $150, does include a ton of stuff. But what it doesn’t include is a guarantee that the loot crates tucked inside it will actually grant all the unlocks, meaning you could shell out a ton of money and still be outta luck.

Redditors are also speculating on the decision-making process itself, pointing out that the game’s former director, Steve Superville, who left Epic after 15 years with the company last spring, was adamant that the studio would never sell cards and heroes, that they’d be earnable only through gameplay.

“Vote with your wallets,” one Redditor urges players. “This game cannot thrive with a P2W platform, and the best way to prove this is to NOT BUY THE PACKS.”

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Fortnite’s survival update dares you to outlast a storm for a literal fortnite

After the wacky deluge of gotta-launch-before-school-starts releases creating a pileup on the video game interstate yesterday, one might almost have missed Fortnite’s big update, so let’s rectify that now.

The key feature of yesterday’s early access update is Survive the Storm, the previously promised survival mode where players will try to survive a storm for an actual fortnite, 14 days. Players are also getting what the team is calling “mutant storms,” which “grant unique modifiers to enemies and heroes, and give useful rewards,” plus new weapons, animations, and skins. (Maybe this wasn’t the best week to ask gamers to survive a storm, but Epic can be forgiven for its lack of meteorological clairvoyance.)

In other Fortnite news, Epic is hosting a PAX meetup at the Seattle Gameworks (awww, remember those?) on Saturday in case you want to play video games that are, you know, not Fortnite. Pics down below!

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