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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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Paragon introduces the upcoming ranged hero Drongo

Up until now, players who loved Paragon but really needed to play a character who looked like a cut extra from Mad Max: Fury Road have been entirely out of luck. Mercifully, the new character Drongo finally shores up that gap. Now you can lob destruction at your foes from a distance while screaming, “Oh what a day! What a lovely day!” over voice chat until you get permanently banned from the server.

There are worse reasons to get a permanent ban.

The videos below cover both Drongo’s initial reveal (in case you were wondering if you could get sufficient Mad Max homages during a gameplay reveal) and his gameplay mechanics, since he’s available to play now. To the surprise of no one, the dude is out of his mind, but he still has plenty of dangerous and unsafe techniques to hurt others, so you won’t really care too much about his mental state. Or you could just watch Mad Max again, that’s fine too.

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The Stream Team: First foray into Fortnite

Did you say building game? You did! The idea of a new sandbox to build in makes Massively OP’s MJ a very happy camper (or construction worker, as the case may be). And with the early access release of Fortnite, she has a brand-new world to build in… and try to stay alive in. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for MJ’s first foray into this new survival building game.

What: Fortnite
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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Fortnite’s early access program invites you to build your dream zombie-proof fortress

The bad news: The zombies are coming in hordes larger than you can possibly imagine. The good news: You have the blueprints and traps to help you construct the zombie-proof fortress of your dreams.

Today, the PvE-centric “action building game” Fortnite is rolling out in early access for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You’ll have to fork over some money to get in, but it might be worth it. The colorful and cartoony title is a welcome change from the drab and gory zombie titles that flood the market every year.

Fortnite Creative Director Darren Sugg highlighted the game’s strong voice cast (including Ashly Burch and Phil LaMarr) as a reason to play: “As we created the world of Fortnite, with its heroic moments and quirky sense of humor, we knew it would be important to have a mixture of veteran voices and exceptional new talent in order to connect the players to the game’s story.”

Massively OP’s Andrew Ross returned from E3 this year super excited over this game, which he called “Crowfall for PvE fans.” Haven’t heard much about Fortnite? Give the release trailer a watch after the break and see if it might be up your alley!

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Paragon introduces its new character, Zinx

The lack of humanoid cat-people in certain games is a failing that urgently needs to be addressed by developers, so it’s a good thing that Paragon is adding Zinx to the mix. It’s also a good thing that Paragon decided to introduce Zinx with a trailer to remind you of old grindhouse trailers, even if you mostly remember those from archives and references to the originals.

What can Zinx actually do? Well, wreck people, obviously. This is a MOBA; she’s not going to be showing up because she’s a mathematical whiz unless that translates to shooting people. But you can check out the trailer for her just below, so you can draw your own conclusions about whether or not she’s the anthropomorphic feline you’ve been waiting for; she’ll be available on July 18th.

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Check out Fortnite’s brand-new cinematic short

Hey PvE sandbox fans! If Fortnite isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. MOP’s own Andrew Ross dubbed it “Crowfall for PvE zombie fans” following his demo at this year’s E3. It’s got lobby matchmaking, with a procedurally generated world, short matches, some persistence, gear crafting, item decay, outposts, character unlocks, and co-op — as Epic Games put it, “We know that players want co-op games where they can go play with their friends. There’s a lot of people out there that aren’t about killing other people.”

So if you’re one of them, today’s video is for you.

“This weekend at Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, Texas, Epic Games premiered A Hard Day’s Night, a cinematic short based in the universe of the studio’s upcoming action-building title, Fortnite. Created in-house at Epic Games using Unreal Engine 4, the short gives fans a taste of the action players can expect when the game becomes available for players later this month.”

Intrigued yet?

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