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Latest Fortnite Save The World Update Makes Big Changes To Heroes

The latest update to Fortnite Save The World is changing the way heroes work, giving players more customization and choice over perks and abilities. This new hero loadout system is part of the Season 8 update.

Heroes will now each have a specific perk and most reskins will be unique. For example, as explained in a blog post about the update, “Demolitionist Bull” and “Demolitionist Penny” will no longer share the same kit.

Players will now have different loadout slots which will be separated by type. The main slot is your commander slot and will determine who you play as and what your main perk is. Higher upgraded heroes will get a boost to their perk when placed in the commander slot.

Also in the hero loadout system are five support slots. Players will be able to place different heroes into these slots and gain new perks and buffs. For example, you could pick heroes who will all buff and improve your commander’s main perk or you could build a diverse team that will give you more abilities.

Team perks are the last series of new slots players will have access to. These perks will be earned by completing missions and quests. Team perks can be applied to any hero and will also require specific support teams. For example, a team perk might give you higher jumps but will require you to have three ninja class heroes on your team.

Finally, a long-requested feature of Save The World, multiple loadouts, will finally make its way into the game. Players will be able to save multiple loadouts and switch between them in the pre-game lobby.

Because this is a big change which could impact some players’ favorite heroes, Epic will be offering free hero resets allowing players to get all their resources out of an upgraded character. Players will also be granted other bonuses and tokens to help make this transition to the new loadout system easier and more manageable.

For more information about this update, you can check out Epic’s detailed blog post about everything that is changing.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fans Find Evidence That Respawning Might Be Coming To Fortnite

Fortnite fans and data miners have found evidence that a respawn feature seemingly inspired by Apex Legends is coming to the game. This feature might be added soon.

Before Season 8 launched, Epic confirmed that they were looking into adding better pinging and respawning. Both of these features are part of Apex Legends. Pinging was just added to Fortnite and it seems Epic’s other tease, respawning, is getting added into the game next. This is based on strange vans players have found in the game’s files.

These vans have a holographic image of a person on top of them and in the files are called Second Chance Van. Twitter user FortTory found these vans, which aren’t currently accessible in the game. Other users also found evidence of new cards that could interact with the van.

It is believed that the respawn system in Fortnite, if implemented, will work nearly the same way it works in Apex Legends. Players who die will drop a card which can then be taken to one of these Second Chance Vans, allowing players to bring that teammate back.

While it seems very likely that this new respawn feature will be added soon, exactly how players will return is unknown. Will they drop in from the sky or just appear? We also don’t know if this will be a permanent feature or something that is part of a limited time event.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fortnite Season 8 Update Adds Apex Legends-Style Ping Feature

Screenshot: Epic Games (Fortnite)

Battle royale game Apex Legends has only been out for a few weeks and Fortnite is already copying one of its best ideas, with today’s Season 8 update adding a ping system alongside other new stuff like pirate ships and a giant volcano.

One of the most refreshing things players discovered about Apex Legends, which came out February 4, was that they didn’t need to get on a mic to strategize with whoever else happened to be in their three-person squad. Instead, they could simply press a button to ping their teammates about enemy locations and unopened equipment caches. Now you can do the same thing in Fortnite.

While it was already possible to set markers on the map in Fortnite, they wouldn’t contain any useful information for other players on the team. Now, placing those markers on items will highlight them and display their rarity, while placing markers when aiming down sights will ping out the area with a red dot that lets other people know an enemy is there.

The pings aren’t as bright and attention grabbing as in Apex Legends witch is a bad thing in my opinion, so hopefully Epic Games refines them in later patches.
Screenshot: Kotaku (Fortnite)

Other tweaks to the game’s user interface make it so world markers are visible to the players who are close by and are easier to see through other objects. There’s also now an off-screen indicator to let people know the distance between them and whatever’s been pinged. It’s a welcome improvement for all the same reasons people have been enjoying it in Apex Legends, and also because Fortnite is full of so much random ambient chatter it’s nice to be able to play with people muted and not feel like I’m missing much.

Fortnite borrowing the best elements from other games isn’t new. After all, the entire battle royale mode was only added to the game in 2017 after PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds popularized it earlier that year. The studio behind PUBG even tried to sue Fortnite over the similarities, a legal action that ended up going nowhere. What is impressive is how quickly Fortnite developer Epic Games was able to adopt one of the advantages of a competitor.

Pirates feel played out but the canons alone are worth it.
Screenshot: Kotaku (Fortnite)

Of course, that’s only one small part of the Season 8 update. Epic Games did add original stuff as well. The world map has been altered once again, with a new volcano surrounded by heating vents that players can use to boost themselves back into the air replacing the Wailing Woods.

A pirate hideout called Lazy Lagoon has also been added, complete with a galleon and small fort. In keeping with the pirate theme, the new update has also introduced pirate cannons that function like vehicles, Arguably even more fun than the new map changes, the cannons can be pushed around like the game’s old shopping carts and used to fire cannon balls at enemies. Players can even hop inside and use the cannons to launch themselves long distances, an especially useful tactic now that players can re-deploy their gliders whenever they’re back in the air.

And of course there’s a new battle pass full of the usual rewards like new emotes, stickers, and cosmetics. The only one you really need to know about is the banana costume, which slowly ripens the longer you survive in a match, giving really good Fortnite players and the front pouch of my backpack something in common.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fortnite Developers Talk Respawning And Planes Being Vaulted In Season 8

In a recent AMA developers from Epic Games talked to fans about the future of Fortnite. Their answers included hints to more vehicles, better team communication features, possibly adding respawning and sound improvements. Many of these changes will be found in Season 8.

Currently Fortnite doesn’t allow players to respawn after dying, unlike the newest battle royale game Apex Legends. Epic Games responded to a question about respawning being added to the game, saying “We’ve been considering this mechanic for a while and have been exploring it. Want to make sure we give it the time it needs and fully understand its impact on the game as a whole. Look for further updates during Season 8.”

Another user asked about improvements to team communication. This has been an element of Apex Legends that is constantly praised by critics and fans of the game’s ping system. The system allows players to work together without needing a headset. Epic says they have plans for Season 8 to improve map markers and other forms of communication. “We’re always mindful of how we can make these areas better,” said Epic Games.

Other interesting bits of information that came out the AMA includes future plans to add a new single occupant vehicle, improvements to server stability and how sounds work in-game.

For fans of the planes currently found in the game, Epic says they are going away when Season 8 starts. In other sad news, fans of the double shotgun won’t be happy to hear that Epic confirmed no plans to bring back the weapon. “The main issue is that the high damage of the weapon is balanced by its slow rate of fire,” continued Epic Games, “And bypassing that weakness makes it too powerful.”

One last fun answer Epic Games gave was that Fortnite will NOT be coming to any smart fridges in the future.

“We don’t want to overheat your fridge, sorry .”

Source: Kotaku.com