Fortnite launches second-birthday goodies as season 9 ends with bizarre in-game duel

    
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Just about two years ago, Epic Games finally launched Fortnite, a cartoony co-op shooter/sandbox hybrid it’d been working on since 2011 that we called “Crowfall for PvE fans” after playing its E3 version. Of course, within two months of that, Epic began testing a battle royale game mode for the title, and the rest, as they say, is history.

That means the mega-huge battle royale title is currently celebrating its second birthday, complete with cake and presents, though they won’t roll out until July 25th, along with the promised Prop Hunt limited-time mode. The 9.4.1 update that was patched in today actually gives more love to creative mode than anything, with a stack of new galleries and the “movie set” theme prefab packages.

Small PSA: Epic is planning to drop support for PCs running versions of DirectX earlier than 11 starting with season 10. “This allows us to focus our development and testing efforts to further optimize the Fortnite experience for all players,” the studio says.

The birthday patch seems almost anticlimactic, given the events of this past weekend, when season 9 came to an end with an in-universe fight between a giant pink robot (Doggus) and a massive ocean monster (Cattus). I don’t make the news, folks; I just report it.

Source: Patch notes