Fortnite’s map update spawns a new city and biomes today

    
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A prison of your own making.

It may not be exactly all-new, but Fortnite’s battle royale map is definitely improved thanks to today’s loudly trumpeted update.

Patch V.2.2.0 expands and enhances the current battle royale map by fleshing out the western side with a new city, a mine, and other landmarks. Biomes have been made to be more distinctive as players traverse the terrain, and there are some cool new grass and water effects to enjoy. You know, as you’re fleeing for your life.

The update keeps on going, too. There is voice chat in the pre-game lobby, no more friendly fire (at least for the time being), a better sniper scope reticle, level streaming, better optimization, and fully destructable corn stalks. Practice true scorched earth policies while dominating!

Fortnite is on a tear in the PvP scene, with two million concurrent players and over 40 million downloads to date. Check out the map update overview after the break!

Source: Patch notes
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Aiun Tanks

Oh shityes, new biome FINALLY!? Exctly the spice I need to get back into– oh for fuck’s sake, PVP?

God dammit.

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Steve Fury

Still no character customization?

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Siphaed

They’re trying to find a way to monetize it first…

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ihatevnecks

Don’t expect something like that unless they completely change the whole hero system (again), which is unlikely at this point. There are dozens of different character models, and as you evolve them they gain additional bits to their physical appearance. They’re not going to add another level of customization beyond that.

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agemyth 😩

It is probably worth distinguishing between Fortnite and Fornite BR news in the headline, or at least not using a Fortnite image on a BR article :P I don’t blame you for not knowing the difference when looking for header images.

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Siphaed

The problem is that they’re the same game..or were going to be….or, um…I feel that not only did Fortnite pull an H1Z1 split on it’s community….but did it in a far more backhanded way.

With almost all support $$ that came in from the pre-orders/early access of the ACTUAL Fortnite game going into developing the heck out of this PU:BG-clone as the primary focus now. The PvE game aspect is getting cobwebbed into a corner to collect dust until it’ll slow be eradicated altogether in order to keep the Fortnite:BG as a thing.

In 2018 I suspect that they’ll change the name entirely to something like “Forts: Battleground” or some other not-so-related to Fortnite name. They will make Fortnite its own game by name.

What absolutely bothers me…..is that there are no zombies….er, I mean, “husks” on the Battleground game. That is what makes it unrelated to Fortnite. Fortnite was/is a survival game with the attachment of husks involved in the chaos. That is seriously lacking in this PU:BG-clone and makes it deserving of that clone title to begin with. The unique aspects of Fortnite are just not there. ….

…actually, this game reminds me of Battlefield: Heroes. Without the vehicles… or respawn… or character customization. That’s how BF:H got paid, though. Those zany character customization. Now days? Loot crates! Tons of loot crates. Ugh!

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Sorenthaz

Meanwhile no news on wtf is happening to Save the World beyond the fact that the Winter event is extended to next week, presumably when they’ll be releasing the next thing I hope.

I’ll honestly be amazed if 1. the PvE game gets its campaign fleshed out/completed by the end of the year, and 2. if the PvE game even still gets support by the end of the year.

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ihatevnecks

money well spent :| :| :|

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, you don’t want to know how much I spent on it.

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John Bagnoli

The Battle Royale part got me into the game and got me to buy a founder’s package. Now I’m playing Save the World a ton and really enjoying myself.

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Greaterdivinity

So…any news about the non-BR part? Because this seems to be purely about BR.

I’m getting real flashbacks to H1Z1 now when they first made their split and ALL their resources started pouring into the PvP mode at the expense of the survival mode. And similarly, the survival mode was the only remotely interesting one to me. I’m hoping it doesn’t get neglected and fade into obscurity, because I do want to give it a spin when the F2P release comes around.

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Sorenthaz

The implication of extending the Winter event is that there’ll be an event to replace it next week.

Still, yeah, the future for Save the World looks bleak. It’s clear what Epic cares about, and it’s clear that they’re focusing more time/effort into what’s the immediate short term success.

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ihatevnecks

The Halloween event had some cool ideas in it, but some of the quests were frustratingly RNG and stonewalled you if you didn’t get lucky. I must have run close to 50 matches and I never did get the last castle or manor; I finished nearly all of them in my first 15-20 matches and then got nothing.

Christmas was just shit though.. more grind, less materials in a build-focused game mode, and throwing in the elemental juggernauts in the lowest game mode before people even have elemental weapons = wtf?

Overall though, events are ultimately a waste of time. Improve the core game in pre-release, don’t put all your (very little) work into limited time content.

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Sorenthaz

That’s what the plan for the game is though, is to string people along with temporary content. I doubt we’ll see any permanent content additions outside of giving proper zones for Canny Valley/Twine Peaks.

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FG3000

Epic is on a mission to out-battle royale PUBG. And it looks like they just might do it.

I dont think we have seen something like this since WoW out-MMO’ed Everquest.

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agemyth 😩

I doubt Fortnite BR has made anywhere near as much money as PUBG has. It will take a long time for a F2P game to do that especially when PUBG crates and cosmetics are making millions on top of the $30 buy-in.

In a battle for mind-share? Maybe. Don’t really care to watch two crazy successful companies try to be more crazy successful than the other.

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Indigo Salma

Almost got me interested , then i saw it was for the shitty pvp mode …

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BDJ

I am not sure what the point of your post is? They could care less about the PvE mode. If you come into a Fortnite article, you should know exactly what it is going to be talking about lol.

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agemyth 😩

A lot of people paid a good deal of money to play the PvE mode that was moderately successful and now seems to be getting maintenance mode-like treatment. The PvE mode is being sold in stores as a boxed product for PS4 and Xbox despite being in “testing” still.

It is an awful way to treat paying customers, but hey it’s not my business to run.

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i was looking for the player count for matches for this game and came across a reddit post comparing the map size to pubg’s first map (whichis about max for ue4 out of the box, comparable to ark’s map) and found fortnite’s map is about 1/3 of the size of those games.

with alot less density and details (as well as lacking alot of stuff like foliage and such we’ve taken for granted from open world games since obliviion 13 years ago or so).

found it kind of interesting. apparently this adds some actual stuff to one side of the map that was previously empty from what i’ve read.