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Epic continue to build Fortnite as an immersive virtual world that blends a game and real life

While Epic Games’ hugely popular free-to-play battle royale shooter might be best known for its colorful visuals, entertaining emotes, and pop culture references, one of the main reasons I’ve stuck with the game season after season is because of the way it tells a story through frequent changes to the game’s world. In most seasons, Epic slowly makes minute changes to the map that are feverishly dissected by the internet and eventually build up to live in-game events.

The first story event I experienced was in season 4: the now-famous rocket launch. When the appointed day and time came, me and millions of my closest friends all logged in to Fortnite at the same time and built towers around a hidden lair in a mountain where the rocket was expected to launch from. The rocket didn’t just launch; it launched, came back down, entered a rift, flew wildly around the map, zipped in and out of more rifts, and finally “crashed” high up into the sky, creating a giant rift.ONE MULTISEASON ARC INVOLVED A GIANT PURPLE CUBE

After the rocket launch, Epic v bucks generator really started to get ambitious with Fortnite’s in-game storytelling. One multiseason arc involved a giant purple cube, which appeared one day without warning in a bolt of lightningrolled around the islandfell into Loot Lake, lifted an entire chunk of land into the air to create a floating island above the main island, and eventually exploded in an event that briefly transported players into an interdimensional realm. The community named the cube Kevin.

Season X had perhaps the most grandiose event of them all, taking inspiration from many of Fortnite’s signature storytelling moments to make one big conclusion where a black hole pulled in the entire game world, leaving the game offline for nearly two days with no indication of when it would be coming back.

Each one of these live events has been extremely cool, and I don’t think I’ve missed a single one since I’ve started playing the game. I love getting to experience them live with other players, and it’s always fun to see how the map and the game changes in the aftermath.

That’s why I’ve been disappointed with the story, or lack of it, in Chapter 2 so far. When Epic finally launched Chapter 2 of Fortnite all the way back in October, there was a whole new map, which I figured Epic would use as a blank canvas for more awesome storytelling. The map already had some intriguing new areas that seemed ripe for some exciting moments. I had visions of the new dam bursting and flooding the island or the imposing nuclear reactors melting and creating chaos.

Things started out promising. Around Halloween, just a couple weeks after the start of this season, Epic celebrated “Fortnitemares” by adding giant purple crystals to the map’s center island and having zombies spawn from them. But once Fortnitemares was over, the center island returned to normal. And as part of “Winterfest,” which took place over the holidays, Epic added a few winter-themed landmarks to the map and, at one point, covered the entire island in snow. But things went back to the way they were before when Winterfest was done.

And now that we’ve reached the tail end of Fortnite’s latest season, it looks like we won’t see anything quite as interesting as Kevin to evolve its in-game universe. Epic has called back to the game’s history — it named the island’s new power plant “Kevolution Energy,” for example — but the studio has leaned more into a different, though probably more profitable, approach to in-game events: sponsored tie-ins.

Some of those were cosmetics tied to real-world icons this season, like a skin of Birds of Prey’s Harley Quinn, one of the famous streamer Ninja, or a Rickroll emote (which, yes, I did buy). And the season’s big live event was all about Star Wars, with a live conversation between Geoff Keighley and Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams, a clip from the movie, and an admittedly awesome moment where everyone was given lightsabers.

All of these helped Epic continue to build Fortnite as an immersive virtual world that blends a game and real life. But for me, they felt like short-term novelties instead of ways to actually make Fortnite really feel like its own universe. None of them advanced any sort of in-game plot for Fortnite, and they wasted a lot of potential of Chapter 2’s fresh start. The game even felt stale enough to me that I didn’t play it for about a month, which is the longest stretch I’ve had away from Fortnite since I first started playing in June 2018.

The latest Fortnite patch notes addressed a handful of bugs

 Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 in full swing, dataminers are uncovering the next bunch of content we should get excited about. The latest Fortnite patch notes addressed a handful of bugs, and if these leaks are to be believed, there’s a bunch of new stuff coming our way in the near future.

Respected dataminer Hypex has shared a ton of findings on their Twitter account, including what could be two new weapons: a heavy shotgun with the code name ‘Slug Shotgun’ and an automatic SMG named ‘The Pepper Sprayer’. According to the datamine fortnite v bucks generator, the shotgun  “fires slugs for medium-range effectiveness” and has a rather large magazine. Seems deadly. 

Hypex also dropped what could be the firing sounds for The Pepper Sprayer, and released info on a legendary version of the Scoped AR. Naturally, that wasn’t the only set of leaks posted on their Twitter account today – there were also a slew of new skins, Deadpool katana back bling (check out our Fortnite Deadpool challenge guide on how to collect Wade Wilson swag), weapon wraps, a new emote, and more. That’s a lot of mining, eh?

But Hypex isn’t the only dataminer keeping the Fortnite leaks flowing. Lucas7Yoshi posted a ton of gliders, emotes, and pickaxes on their Twitter page, plus some dark variants for Zorgoton and the Flying Slasher. And iFiremonkey has allegedly found a new limited-time mode called ‘Infiltration’, amongst other things. Fortnite leakers never sleep, it seems.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…

new “work in progress?” weapon got added too..codename: “Shotgun_SlugFire” pic.twitter.com/oiR8zV6Uv2March 3, 2020

NEW SCOPED AR ADDED! more info about it later! pic.twitter.com/wbYHykEgaqMarch 3, 2020

As far as the official Fortnite patch notes go, well those don’t exist. It seems that some changes have been implemented as of today, however, including new proximity mine stats and llamas. If we get anything more concrete, we’ll update accordingly, but for now, keep an eye out for some potential new weapons.

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