Battle Lab is one of the more overlooked game modes in Fortnite. It’s not as suited for small-scale combat as Creative Mode is and doesn’t bring the same “real game” feeling that you can get from the dozens of private matches that are available every day. Party Royale has now become the true “casual” way to enjoy Fortnite, which left Battle Lab in a weird spot.
What Battle Lab does best is to allow people to drop in and get a feel for the match. They can learn the map, find out where things spawn, and test some in-game features without the involvement of other players.
Strangely, however, Battle Lab was missing two of the most important components of a modern Fortnite match: Bosses and Henchmen. Several seasons have come and past without the inclusion of these characters in Battle Lab. Players could visit The Authority, for example, but weren’t able to see what it would be like in a real game. Jules and her Henchmen were nowhere to be found.
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It was one thing for this to be the case when Mythic weapons and items were upgraded versions of other in-game weapons. This season, however, with the introduction of hero abilities, players were unable to explore how these abilities worked without trying them in-game.
Thankfully, Epic remedied this issue with an update to Battle Lab. Now, you can find bosses, henchmen, and even Gorgers in Battle Lab matches.
Previously, Mythic Hero Abilities that dropped from Quinjet landing sights were already available. The addition of bosses (Doctor Doom and Iron Man, for now) means that all of the hero abilities are now available for you to try without hot-dropping one of the two most popular POIs on the map.
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Of course, any progression you make toward your challenges won’t register in Battle Lab, so don’t think that this is just an easy way to finish your challenges. It is, however, a great way to get used to the hero abilities before you find them in a real Fortnite match.
The PS5 Fortnite showcased revealed changes that are likely coming to all platforms.
1 min ago
September 16, 2020
PlayStation fans were eagerly awaiting Sony’s showcase of their upcoming system along with all of the games that will be available on the device when it launches. Naturally, one of the biggest games on the planet, Fortnite, was among the games that Sony showcased on the PlayStation 5.
Sony has a minority stake in Epic Games after a recent $250 million investment, which means the two are more connected than ever. Along with the launch of the PlayStation 5, we can expect to see some Fortnite cosmetics that will be exclusive to PS5 owners.
The trailer of Fortnite on the PS5 was only 35 seconds, but it showed a lot of changes that we can expect to see on all platforms – not just on the PS5.
Yes, we see the enhanced graphics that come with the new system, but that’s to be expected. Hopefully, Epic give the next-gen console players the option of turning their settings down to improve performance – something that most PC players are already doing.
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Along with the graphical improvements, however, what appears to be a new death animation, enhanced fire mechanics, and an awesome new Chug Jug animation – hinting that we haven’t seen the last of this healing item. You can also hear some new sounds, including a rocket shot.
Even more interesting is the sound that plays when the character dies. Could the iconic Fortnite death sound be changing? Only time will tell.
This news is exciting for PS5 players, but everyone should be experiencing the changes that are likely coming to the game when the next generations of consoles launch. We’ll keep you posted if and when we learn more about all of these new animations and anything else that changes.
This Fortnite Crash Pad strategy subverts the expectation of most players, allowing you to secure the elimination.
5 hours ago
September 16, 2020
Crash Pads might be the most useful and versatile items that Epic have ever added to Fortnite. When they were first introduced into core modes, players mostly used them for mobility and to avoid fall damage. When they came to competitive, though, players found about a dozen new uses for them.
One of the most common uses for Crash Pads is to jump into an opponent’s box. You can throw one down at your feet, breaking an opponent’s wall and sending you into their box. Any competitive Fortnite fan or player knows about this strategy all to well.
Since this is the most popular use of Crash Pads in competitive Fortnite, players are going to expect it. If a competent player sees a Crash Pad land in front of their wall, they’re going to expect their opponent to be in their face. There’s no sense in holding a wall when your opponent is already inside.
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Reddit user u/TOMIGERINO came up with a couple of other strategies to take advantage of this meta. Instead of using the Crash Pad to jump into a box, he used it to take an opponent’s wall. This method is a lot safer, especially if you’re facing someone 1-on-1.
This strategy adds another layer to the chess match that is competitive Fortnite. Your opponent will expect you to jump into their box and will, likely, be looking for a shot rather than holding their walls. Bouncing the Crash Pad in these ways will allow you to stay on the outside, replace the wall, and finish the kill from a safe distance.
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An opponent will probably be able to hold their walls against this strategy, but attempting to hold a wall is the wrong play most of the time. A smart player will know that there’s nothing they can do against someone who is Crash-Padding into their box. The point of this new strategy is that your opponent won’t see it coming.
Try this out in Creative Mode a few times to get the distance and timing down. This looks to be yet another wrinkle in the ever-evolving competitive Fortnite meta.
Epic Games are celebrating Rocket League going free-to-play with a Fortnite promotional event.
7 hours ago
September 16, 2020
Fortnite players might not be too familiar with the massively-popular Rocket League. It’s a game that no one knew they needed until it existed. Like Fortnite, the game presents itself to you with a simple concept that has a massive skill ceiling.
Last year, Epic Games purchased the developer of Rocket League, Psyonix, in what felt like a match made in heaven. The success of Rocket League mirrored that of Fortnite in many ways, but fans of the game grew frustrated over the monetization efforts of the former. Epic Games brought the Fortnite monetization strategy to Rocket League, which is much more consumer-friendly than the loot box-oriented microtransactions of the past.
Epic’s acquisition of Psynoix eventually led to the announcement of Rocket League going free-to-play. It’s clear that Epic are closely following their Fortnite blueprint – allowing players to buy in-game cosmetics rather than purchasing the game and then gambling on loot boxes.
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Rocket League will officially become free-to-play on September 23. To celebrate the news, Epic are hosting a cross-promotional event between Rocket League and their most popular title, Fortnite. Rocket League and Fortnite players will be able to unlock cosmetics for both of their favorite games.
We’re not sure what these cosmetics will look like, just yet, but we can expect some Rocket League skins to be in the mix. Epic seem to be promoting Rocket League more than Fortnite, here. We also expect to see a Fortnite reward tied to Rocket League playtime.
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We’ll update this post when we learn more about the specific rewards that Epic are offering. If you haven’t played Rocket League, we highly recommend trying it when it goes free-to-play. It’s a ton of fun whether you’re a casual player who can barely jump or a sweaty competitive player who can juggle the ball while flying through the air.
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