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    What will Fortnite season 5’s theme be?

    October 30, 2020

    Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 is almost upon us, and soon enough it’ll be time to say goodbye to season 4’s army of Marvel superheroes and Fortnitemares. Epic hasn’t released any official details yet, but as with every new season, you can expect plenty of season 5 leaks, teasers, and tidbits to dig through.

    Season 4 brought about tons of Marvel heroes, superpower abilities to collect that could change the tide of a fight, and at least one dramatic change to the map. We’re now v buck generator enjoying Fortnitemares new ghost-hunting mode and a wealth of spooky cosmetics. Season 5 will have its work cut out for it if it wants to make as big an impression. What do we think season 5 has in store?

    We’ve whipped up this guide and tossed in everything we know about the season 5 start date, battle pass, map changes, event, and much more.

    When does Fortnite Chapter 2 season 5 start?

    Epic hasn’t announced any official date for Fortnite season 5, but judging from the date the season 4 battle pass becomes defunct, we can make some educated guesses. The season 4 battle pass menu says that season 4 will run through November 30, meaning season 5 will start on November 30 as well, or shortly thereafter. Some past seasons have had short breaks between seasons—at most two days—but generally they start very shortly after the close of the final day.

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    What will Fortnite season 5’s theme be?

    The Fortnite season 5 battle pass will obviously be a huge focus of anyone excited for what comes next. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen many clear details about what will be in it.

    Judging from past seasons, you can rest easy knowing it will most likely cost the usual 950 V-bucks for the basic battle pass, or 2,800 V-bucks for the deluxe battle bundle.

    Keep in mind that Epic lowered the cost of V-bucks some months ago. Instead of paying $9.99 for 1,000 V-bucks, it’ll only cost you $7.99. Keep in mind that the season 5 battle pass will (most likely) include more than 1,000 free V-bucks if you can climb all the way to tier 100. That means you’ll have some money left over for the following season, and you might have some now anyway.

    As for theme, it’s possible that Epic may follow up their Marvel season with a similarly large DC tie-in. They’ve already established strong connections with DC through their Batman, Aquaman, and upcoming Joker tie-in skins. That said, that’s just the hot rumor at the moment, and Epic has shot down plenty of past rumors in the past, so don’t get your hopes up for a Gotham or Metropolis takeover. The only semi-legitimate evidence for that popular theory is the upcoming Last Laugh Bundle, which includes a Joker skin, a Poison Ivy skin, and a new Midas skin.

    That last one actually is a pretty interesting thing to me, as it implies that Midas’ story will continue beyond the Fortnitemares event, where he’s now some sort of ghost. Time will tell if we’ll actually see some sort of recurring cast of characters.


    Fortnite on PC has shrunk considerably, down from over 90GB to just under 30GB

    October 23, 2020

    Fortnite on PC has shrunk considerably, down from over 90GB to just under 30GB, thanks to recent optimizations from developer Epic.

    The news, detailed yesterday in a Fortnite update note posted to the game’s service Twitter account, means the battle royale hit will now take up far less space on your computer’s drive. That gives you more room for other games — or some extra breathing room in the event you have the monstrous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Warzone installed.

    As the update note stresses, PC players will have to download a larger-than-normal patch before the v buck generator overall file size reduction takes effect. But after that, the game should take up no more than a third of its prior size. The patch is also setting up the game for improved loading performance and smaller future patches down the line, speeding up the time it takes to update Fortnite and get back to playing.


    Apple stood up for its existing storefront rules and went one step further

    October 4, 2020

    Epic Games enabled a payment scheme where Fortnite players could buy V-Bucks directly from the developer, bypassing the normal mobile fees on iOS and Android. Both Apple and Google eventually kicked the game from their storefronts, but Epic seemed particularly peeved at Apple. Epic launched an in-game event and a high-quality parody ad alongside a lawsuit, encouraging fans to stand behind the battle cry of #FreeFortnite.Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in quick view.START NOW

    For its part, Apple stood up for  its existing storefront rules and went one step further, vowing to ban Epic and its development tools from Apple devices. This includes the widely-used Unreal Engine, so a mass ban would have far-reaching effects on the gaming industry in general and the ability to game from Apple computers in particular. Apple has also fought against Epic’s restraining order that would keep it from blocking the developer from its platform.

    RELATED: Apple Vs Epic Games: Everything You Need To Know

    As reported by CNBC, Apple revealed today that Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney was on the horn trying to get Fortnite the same sweetheart deal that Netflix, Amazon, and other big tech companies have with iOS. It’s believed that those with an arrangement with Apple can bypass the 30 percent cut of the fees paid through iOS transactions, which is the same fee that Epic was attempting to bypass with its new payment plan. Former Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller provided proof of several emails from Sweeney asking for a “side letter” from Apple that would enact such a deal.

    Apple says the emails show that Epic was also seeking to enable certain undisclosed features in its iOS apps that are now restricted, but there was specific talk of opening a competing fortnite v bucks generator app store to support direct payments between Epic and its customers. The emails were supposedly sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook as well as several other top executives at the company. These emails stand in contrast to Tim Sweeney’s online messaging surrounding the lawsuit, which paints Epic as benevolent toward the wider app and game development communities and fighting against the tyranny of the 30 percent fee. This is the same messaging Epic has applied to the opening of its storefront on PC, where it’s taking on Steam’s dominant position and high fees on its developers.

    Whichever side ends up on top in this legal battle, it’s more than the players of Fortnite who will suffer the consequences. As long as the battle continues, it seems that the Unreal Engine will no longer be a preferred option on Apple phones and computers, and hundreds of existing apps running with that engine will be faced with difficult choices regarding future updates. Not only that, but Apple’s slow emergence into the premium gaming market with Apple Arcade could further scare mobile developers away from the engine and reduce Epic’s foothold on the market. For now, many in the industry are waiting with bated breath to see which megacorporation will gain the advantage and potentially decide change the entire industry in the process.