Fortnite launches season 8, new battle pass, Save the World AMA – and contends with Apex Legends

    
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Fortnite’s season 8 is live today with a new battle pass to buy and a very Apex Legends-style feature: a ping system. I’m trying to remember the first time I saw a ping system in an MMO. Guild Wars 1 in 2005, maybe? Yeah, this should not have been this hard folks. Anyway, it’s pirates.

“Season 8 has arrived and a monstrous volcano has appeared! Freed from the Ice King’s castle, the now-powerful Prisoner has brought fire and flame to Fortnite and its islands. Pirates, Ninjas and a ship load of new fighters will tussle over treasure, battle with Pirate Cannons and uncover legendary loot. For those daring enough to explore, the new Lazy Lagoon and Sunny Steps locations are just a jump away with the help of Volcanic Vents. There are tons of new areas to explore and secrets to uncover. This season, X marks the spot!”

Don’t care about battle royale? The devs this week held an AMA for Save the World. There are over three thousand comments, which just goes to show you how big even the neglected part of the game is. The mode got a hero loadout overhaul today as well as eight new quests for heroes.

Just want to watch the world burn? SuperData’s Joost van Dreunen has an interview on USA Today discussing how the shift of focus from Fortnite to Apex Legends (Fortnite’s revenue dropped 10% last month) has a lot to do with the “short attention span of casual gamers.” Ouch! But he also points out that Fortnite’s revenue has always fluctuated because it’s tied to battle passes, so maybe don’t panic just yet.

Source: Official site. Thanks to all who tipped this!

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Tobasco da Gama

Does SuperData have stats on PUBG as well? My own suspicion is that PUBG has a lot more to fear from ApeLeg than Fortnite does. Fortnite has a very unique identity, especially with the whole building aspect, while PUBG’s identity is entirely based on being the first really big player on the scene.

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Greaterdivinity

Gah, AMA’s without bots tagging official responses are impossible to follow. Tried for a few minutes to sort through comments and I cant’ be bothered.

I’m just hoping we’ll get news about the F2P launch for Save the World soon, they’ve apparently been doing plenty of work despite being relatively quiet on it (or at least media focusing on it a lot less). Interesting that it had 3K comments, I wouldn’t have imagined there was still that much interest in the game after years of Fortnite BR essentially being the only thing we ever hear about.

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Sorenthaz

BR’s only been out for like a year and 5? months, it only really exploded around this period of time when Ninja suddenly blew up out of nowhere.

But yeah it obviously gets the most attention news-wise because it’s the money maker, even though one would think Save the World would be the better game for long term success. *shrug*

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Greaterdivinity

Damn, has it been that short? I feels like so much longer -___-

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, launched in late September 2017. It really didn’t blow up in popularity until late January/sometime in February 2018.

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Seeing how Apex Legends is going to have a battlepass every season, I wonder if their revenue will see a pattern of spikes every couple of months?

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Apex’s ping system is one of those game systems that will change the game industry. It should be added to every game where it makes sense. It’s that good.

Heck, I’d go so far as to tell people to play Apex just to see it in action. The game is worth playing just for that system alone. It’s not hyperbole. It’s like that camera trick they did in The Matrix and then everyone adopted it. It’s that kind of industry changing thing.

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Sorenthaz

How similar or not similar is it to HiRez’s VGS systems that hey use in their games (since Tribes Ascend)?

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Radial ping menus and map pings have been around for a while now. Where ApeLeg innovated is in its context-sensitive pings.

If you need ammo, you can ping your gun to say so. If your squadmate finds the ammo, they can ping it for you. Or if you ping a cool gun for your squaddies, one of them can ping back on it to call “dibs”, which also locks the notification on their UI while still fading it out for everyone who didn’t “dibs” it.

There’s also a character with a passive that lets them see “tracks”, and pinging those tracks makes them visible to their teammates (along with a “somebody’s been through here” voice cue).

One button does all of those functions, no hunting through a radial menu.

Which frees up ApeLeg’s radial ping menu for added detail or edge cases, like “I’m looting here” or “I’m watching this direction”, or for issuing a negative response (which is further broken down into “no/disagree” versus “can’t do that”) instead of the default positive one.