Showing posts with label Fortnite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fortnite. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Epic Games Store Will Continue Free Weekly Games in 2020

Epic Games promises to continue trend of giving away free PC games on Epic Games Store throughout 2020.

Hitting up one year anniversary last year, Epic Games didn't even slow down on their regular wave of free games offering on Epic Games Store and is still keeps on giving stepping into new year of 2020 with no sign of stopping.

Last year, EGS had 12 days of free games initiative that ran alongside their first annual Holiday Sale. They even entered a new decade giving three titles at once, which they intend to continue on a weekly basis throughout this year as well.

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Epic Games Store Will Continue Free Weekly Games in 2020

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Already given out 73 games so far that were being claimed for more than 200 million times and are worth $1,455 in total, Epic Store is planning to extend this freebie giveaway practice to have a large part of their audience engaged.

Not only did EGS highlighted many promising indie tiles on their platform, they handed out older games from those creators to members to claim for free as part of a promotional tactics, which seemed to have worked pretty well too.

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Epic Store PC Games Revenue

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During their entire run, they attracted 108 million members to their storefront and had their valued customers spend over $680 million for PC games and $251 million of that revenue amount was used up on third-party titles.

Epic Games is determined to continue supporting developers and publishers with a friendly 88% revenue split, just as they initially started. After enabling keyless purchasing integration with Humble Store lately, there are more to come in future.

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Of course those numbers are very impressive for first year of a new digital distribution outlet but you can easily bet that a lion's share of that percentage has come from their free-to-play online shooter game Fortnite Battle Royale.

Most popular on Epic Store last year was Borderlands 3, Control, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, The Outer Worlds and World War Z. For 2020, they are planning to include Auto Chess, Godfall, Predator: Hunting Grounds and Rogue Company.

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Epic Store Most Popular Games in 2019

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Support for cross-platform play across Android, iOSMacNintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation and Xbox systems were limited to Fortnite only. Currently, Dauntless from developer Phoenix Labs has the same features as first third-party game.

Epic Games plans on working more on cross-platform games in near future that are coming in 2020. More timed exclusive titles will head over to Epic Games Store as well, which means they will probably sneak onto more Kickstarter projects.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

Epic Games to add new Creative mode game Liferun for Fortnite, which will debut shortly at PAX South.

Aside from its lesser known survival-shooter game mode Save the World and free-to-play battle royale, Fortnite added a Creative mode in late 2018 that allows players freedom to freely build arena and even new games modes.

Reportedly, developer/publisher Epic Games will include a new Creative mode titled "Liferun" for Fortnite where people will get busy saving lives instead of getting kills and it will be first showcased shortly at PAX South 2020.

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Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

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Players will be taking on roles of heroic Red Cross workers and race to save lives in golf carts through maps in four different missions. In a recent partnership with International Red Cross, this mode is developed by Team Evolve.

Liferun gets officially revealed between January 17 and January 19 at PAX South, San Antonio, Texas. Renowned streamers DrLupo, Lachlan and ONE_shot_GURL will be right there to play the game directly from convention.

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On Twitter, user ShiinaBR has shared some images from upcoming brand-new custom game mode "Liferun".



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Epic Games have yet to announce whether or not Creative mode Liferun will be a limited time collaboration/crossover event or here to stay as a permanent addition to Fortnite but we can expect it to last for a few weeks at least.

While some players are whining about Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 being too long since it will run until February 2020 and no content update coming before next season, a new Creative mode is actually a breath of fresh air for many.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

Even after seeing a 25% less profit than last year, Fortnite of Epic Games remained a top-earning game of 2019.

For past few years, developer/publisher Epic Games has been dominating video game sphere with their free-to-play online battle royale game Fortnite as well as its own genre by competing with titles like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Fortnite Battle Royale still remains the highest-grossing games of 2019 when it comes to overall revenue, even though it has seen a drastic 25% downward trend in profits compared to previous year, according to a recent report from SuperData.

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Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

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In a recent review of digital gaming space, Neilsen Company SuperData revealed that Fortnite took top spot in profit charts for second year in a row by generating $1.8 billion revenue despite seeing a 25% decrease from $2.4 billion of 2018.

Due to their approach to overly popular battle royale genre with a free-to-play business model, Fortnite has appealed to many people. Epic Games also hosted high-profile eSports events to heavily promote their pride jewel to a mass audience.

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Moreover, collaborations with major franchises like Avengers, Batman, John Wick and Star Wars has drawn more players to the game. Lately, Fortnite premiered brand-new footage The Rise of Skywalker ahead of its theatre release.

During these limited time crossovers events, bundle of themed cosmetic items and Battle Passes are sold through in-game digital storefront known as Item Shop that players can pick up spending real-world money, thus generating revenue.

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Other free-to-play games generating a billion dollar revenue are Dungeon Fighter Online, Honour of Kings, League of Legends, Candy Crush Saga, Pokémon Go, Crossfire, Fate/Grand Order, Game for Peace and Last Shelter: Survival.

Although AAA-title release number is reduced, heading over to mobile platform has been a successful move for major publishers. Both Call of Duty: Mobile and Mario Kart Tour were able to offer experience of their console counterparts.

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Fortnite Crossover Events

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Two highest-grossing games of 2019 were FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, earning $786 million $645 million respectively. In comparison, free-to-play titles have earned so much more than these annual blockbuster series.

Most of those titles made it to the top due to their accessibility to players on PC, consoles or handhelds. In spite of taking a 5% dip in 2019 for year-over-year contrast, premium game revenue has totaled to a whopping $18.9 billion.

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Epic Games has done a great job in keeping Fortnite Battle Royale still relevant to have players engaged and invested. Many of their seasonal events and regular content updates are what drawing its player community across all platforms.

Last year, entire world of Fortnite was sucked into a black hole for few days nearing end of Season 10 and everything returned shortly afterwards introducing Chapter 2 of the game, signaling to continue a triumphant run in 2020 as well.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fortnite: Save the World October 2019 Roadmap

Epic Games teases most challenging battle ever coming to upcoming roadmap for Fortnite: Save the World.

From the period of its inception, people are so caught up with free-to-play online shooter Fortnite Battle Royale that they often forget about original "Save the World" game mode of Fortnite cooperative shooter-survival game.

While developer/publisher Epic Games was pretty busy pulling their biggest marketing stunt for official reveal of Fortnite Chapter 2, they clearly didn't forget about where it all began and has released a new roadmap for STW recently.

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Fortnite: Save the World October 2019 Roadmap

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In coming weeks, version 11 update will bring in a number of significant changes from October 15. Since we are on Halloween month and players can definitely look forward to some themed event Fortnitemares by the end of October.

Players who are away from keyboard will be kicked off from sessions much sooner than before. Those who contribute less in objectives will receive lesser rewards compared to other teammates who actually are doing their part.

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Players should beware as following content update V11.20, Mythic Storm King will return for some epic boss fight. There will be new challenges, gameplay mechanics and enrage timer to make your battles most difficult in STW mode.

However, those who are brave enough to take on this challenge can earn exclusive weapons of Storm King. They will unlock special behaviors, let you shoot projectiles, charge laser blasts and even summon meteors on Husk enemies.

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Mythic Storm King Returns

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When Fortnite Battle Royale map and everything else was sucked into a black hole, Save the World also became unavailable to digital storefronts but now that Fortnite Chapter 2 is kick-started, STW got its relaunch as well.

Although there was rumors earlier that Fortnite: Save the World may go free-to-play like battle royale mode but so far, no noticeable change made by Epic Games in upcoming roadmap suggests that is a possibility for rest of 2019 at least.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fortnite Chapter 2 Update Live Now

With new map, new guns, new boats and gameplay changes, Epic Games officially launched Fortnite Chapter 2.

A short while ago, free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite was sucked into a black hole at the end of Season 10 and though many have panicked, it came back brandishing a completely new look with Fortnite Chapter 2 update.

Not only Fortnite Battle Royale has gotten a brand-new map, developer/publisher Epic Games have made a complete overhaul of gameplay, progression and adding feature like fishing for latest Chapter 2, Season 1 or Season 11.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Update Live Now

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Their most recent patch has brought players to an all-new island to explore various locations and engage in water-based activities alongside experiencing regular chores like shooting your rivals down and then celebrate victory with emotes.

There is water in several points of new map where players can dive boats or even swim through but can't dive under though. A couple of new location spots have been added but you can also notice a few ones returning from old map.

An All-New Island

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For taking quick cover during a firefight, you can hide in small haystacks or dumpsters and help you downed teammates by carrying them out. Fortnite has gone through some changes on weapons category as well while adding some new ones.

Many old favorites like Assault Rifles, Bolt-Action Sniper and Pump Shotguns are back in both Epic and Legendary rarities. Some usual battle royale items and weapons like Bouncer, Revolver and Slurp Juice are vaulted after newest Season update.

More Fun, Less Grind

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Rather than handing out Patch Notes for all, Epic Games dropped their current Season update for their players to figure out. Aside from obvious changes like a lighthouse, mountain region and power plant, there are much more to discover.

After a complete server take down, Fortnite Battle Royale has returned stealing headlines once again by launching new content and most importantly, adjusting for player progression through making changes in Battle Pass and XP gains.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Fortnite Season 10 Ends With a Bang!

End of Season 10 took battle royale sensation Fortnite down with a black hole event and goes totally offline.

Ever since its inception back in 2017, developer/publisher Epic Games has been successfully running seasons after new seasons of their free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite and Season 10 being their most recent one.

Following launch back in August 2019, tenth season of Fortnite Battle Royale quickly became its most-watched event ever. It has ended lately after disappearing into a black hole and causing total blackout by going completely offline.

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Fortnite Season 10 Ends With a Bang!

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Nearing end of Season 3, a mysterious alien known as the Visitor arrived on battle royale island of Fortnite in 2018. After causing a number of catastrophes over a year and so, a rocket was set on top of Dusty Depot by the Visitor.

That rocket has recently launched when current season was about to end and it exploded into a couple of pieces. A giant rift is created that sucked everything on the island into it including players before getting lost into nothingness.

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Season X was the biggest ever event that Epic Games hosted for their popular multiplayer shooter. Players were hinted that something big was about to happen nearing end and then everything else were sucked into a black hole.

Fortnite is currently offline and its in-game lobby is a black screen same as their official Twitch and YouTube channels. Though there were no potential sign of the game getting shut down for good, some fans are panicking in sudden blackout.

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Games are usually taken down for server maintenance and put back up after a few hours to let everyone back at playing. However, Fortnite purposefully went offline for a reason and millions of players are eagerly waiting to see what happens.

Millions of fans are still watching over streams on Mixer, Twitch and YouTube in anticipation of some sort of epic reveal. No one seems to know exactly what to expect from this and developers are just taking time to unveil their big secret.

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Apparently, Fortnite: Chapter 2 was been leaked earlier via Italian iOS App Store that features a brand-new map. Rather than being a sequel to original free-to-play shooter, Epic Games may just reopen the game with new characters and gameplay.

If anything from these leaks is true then Fortnite is likely to head to a complete new direction, probably with a new story. Therefore, "Chapter 2 – Season 1" makes a lot of sense instead of Season 11 when it will be revealed on October 14.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fortnite X Batman Limited Time Mode

The Dark Knight takes over battle royale and Fortnite X Batman limited time crossover is on for next two weeks.

Whether or not developer/publisher Epic Games are making any major waves in gaming with their free-to-play online battle royale game Fortnite, it is still making somewhat steady growth and currently on its Season X content.

In a recent reveal, an official Batman-themed crossover has been announced for September 21, kick-starting on Batman Day. Gotham City will be replacing Tilted Town for next two week during this limited time event until October 6, 2019.

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Fortnite X Batman Limited Time Mode

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A brief look up to Fortnite's latest event shows variety of challenges and themed rewards you can earn from them.




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What does Fortnite Battle Royale and Batman have in common? Well, actually nothing! Yet there is an event going on to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader first appearing in pages of Detective Comics #27 back in May 1939.

Of course, Fortnite will introduce some Batman-themed items like Caped Crusader Pack that includes cosmetic items and weapons. Also there are free rewards for challenges and available in item shop is Catwoman Comic Book Outfit.

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Catwoman Comic Book Outfit

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Epic Games added two outfits for Batman; one seems to be traditional gray-blue design from New 52 comics and another is from Batman Begins. One of your in-game rewards will be a Catwing Glider, which can only remain till October 1.

Newest weapons additions for players are a Batman Grapnel Gun and Explosive Batarangs to throw at. You can deploy gliders for unlimited times while flying through Gotham City but Grapnel Gun is 10-shot only and only work on solid surface.

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Caped Crusader Bundle

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Batarang Explosives will do 50 damage to other players and 200 damage on any solid environment. Apparently, there is also a Joker-themed item that players found but no clues are out yet on if it will be tied to any event challenges or not.

Epic Games may even attempt to sneak in some clue for where upcoming Season 11 is headed to. So, wear the iconic cape and cowl to go out saving Gotham City riding a Bat-glider before Fortnite X Batman limited time crossover ends.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fortnite X John Wick: Wick's Bounty Limited Time Mode

Baba Yaga steps into battle royale and bounty hunters are on his tail in Fortnite X John Wick limited time mode "Wick's Bounty".

Although online battle royale game Fortnite mostly gained popularity among masses because of its free-to-play economy, it had some major crossover events with big-name franchises like Avengers that only gave it a signal boost.

In their recent arrangement, developer/publisher Epic Games have launched a limited time mode for Fortnite Battle Royale titled "Wick's Bounty" that invites everyone's favorite deadly assassin John Wick, nicknamed "Baba Yaga".

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Fortnite X John Wick: Wick's Bounty Limited Time Mode

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To kick-start this John Wick-themed event, a brief trailer is launched as well to make things exciting for players.




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The teaser opens with Reaper walking into an alleyway with his gun while tossing a gold coin and a shadow approaches from other side, which turns out to be Mr. Wick and these two starts shooting each other before it ends.

A contract is placed on him by The High Table and you are to complete challenges by taking out every other rivals till last-man-standing for gold tokens but these tokens would be given as a bounty to players who eliminates you.

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Wick’s Bounty Free Rewards

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Scoring more kills gets you more gold and it makes you more visible to map, putting a target on you. Collecting most amount of gold can put you on map for everyone to see too but you can respawn only three times during this LTM.

Aside from bonus XP, you can earn free rewards like Boogeyman Wrap, Gold Token Back Bling and One Shot Glider. Get John Wick Set from Item Shop that comes with John Wick Outfit and a Simple Sledge Pickaxe modeled to his iconic hammer.

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John Wick Set

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What many have been pointing out upon launch of Wick's Bounty is that Fortnite always had a bearded character wearing suit, which pretty much akin to Mr. Wick and players even refer him to as "John Wick" since the beginning.

Epic Games probably wanted their own version of Baba Yaga back then and designed the real John Wick to be more serious-looking than his cartoonish and less cool counterpart to help people differentiate between them.

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In 2014, actor Keanu Reeves (Constantine, The Matrix) starred in neo-noir action thriller movie John Wick that eventually became a franchise after the movie became an instant hit, releasing two more sequels; John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Also, if you are a fan of John Wick, you can check out action focused strategy game John Wick Hex and even pre-order it now. Courtesy of "Epic Mega Sale", owning PC version of the game on Epic Games Store will cost you only $7.19.