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Fortnite down? Servers offline for Tuesday update to prepare for Fortnitemares Hallowe’en event

Category : Fortnite , Gaming , Tech

It is Tuesday morning, which means that Fortnite has gone down for users across the world as the week’s major changes are made.
As ever, we won’t know exactly what those changes are until servers come back up, but this week we have a pretty good idea what you can expect.
Save The World players get some bonus spooky heroes too
A couple of days of terrible poetry have teased Fortnitemares, which is sure to be the in-game Hallowe’en celebration, and some changes to implement the full force of the forced ‘spookiness’ must be on their way.
Yesterday’s Save the World update revealed a couple of spooky additions to the paid-for co-op side of the game, and revealed that its much-awaited free-to-play launch wasn’t going to happen until next year at the earliest.
There will also be a 50% off sale for Save The World access via Epic’s Founders’ Packs, so keep your eyes peeled for those and more Samhain-themed goodies in STW.
We’ll update you with more on today’s changes as we get it.
A purple-gloved hand clutching a high-caliber revolver is part of the Hallowe’en teaseEpic Games

Tombstones quake, Keep your finger steady. The circle will close, Better be ready. #Fortnitemares pic.twitter.com/ocd2VR1d19
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 21, 2018

What is Fortnite and does the video game have an age rating certificate?
Fortnite is an online video game rated for those aged 12 and over, and most well known for its Battle Royale mode in which 100 online players are put in a battlefield to fight until just one player remains.
It is a shooter with building elements, so while the goal is to kill and not get killed, you can build structures to defend yourself from materials found in the world.
 
How many children play Fortnite and why are their parents worried?
While there is no exact figure on how many children play the game, data collected up to late January showed 45million people playing Fortnite across PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Many parents are concerned about the harmful effects that the long playing duration and violent content is having on their children.
A thread on forum site Reddit summed up concerns with one parent saying the game “promotes strategic thinking” but their child has started to “slam doors when he used to be pretty laid back”.
In a This Morning poll asking if parents were worried about the effect the game had on their children, 59 per cent voted no as opposed to 41 per cent who said yes.

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a version of Fortnite, a video game released by Epic Games in July 2017
The online game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, based around a battle for survival
Fortnite offers two distinct modes: player versus environment ‘Save the World’ and the more recent player versus player game Battle Royale
The game starts with 100 players leaping out of a plane on to a small island, fighting each other until no one is left
Fortnite has proved a massive hit with more than 3million kids
The game is free and kids can team up with a friend, a group of friends or compete as a duo or squad
Matches can last up to 20 minutes
Though it’s a multiplayer shooter, no graphic violence is depicted

How has Fortnite turned some players into celebrities?
Fortnite is one of the most popular games streamed live on social media platform Twitch.
Millions log on to watch superstar players like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins play.
Some players make money from prizes in competition, but most money is made via advertising and sponsorship deals for popular streams.

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Fortnite’s cube just got weirder – why is Kevin pulsating and where are the runes going?

Category : Fortnite , Gaming , Tech

FORTNITE’S purple cube just keeps getting weirder now it has finished retracing its own steps.
It appeared out of nowhere, rolled around the map, then destroyed Loot Lake and lifted a house there into the air before carrying it back along the path it had come.
reddit/ModedYT The runes started lifting at different rates, as spotted by Reddit user ModedYT[/caption]
It completed that stage of its journey last night when it activated the final rune it had earlier left burned into the ground, and now things are getting very strange.
Not only is the cube pulsating with a bright purple glow, and making a new weird sound, but the runes themselves have started moving of their own accord.
As spotted by one poster on Reddit they are not even moving up at the same rate.
Puzzled? So are we. But at least there are week four challenges to keep your mind off the bigger picture.
The lighting is getting weird, along with everything elseReddit
What is the Fortnite purple cube and when did it appear?
The start of Fortnite season five introduced players to temporal rifts which, as the season progressed, culminated into a large purple storm manifesting from a rift in the desert.
On August 24, 2018, the lightning resulted in the appearance of a mysterious purple cube, that gives off residual energy that can cause harm to players if messed around with.
A leaked week 10 loading screen shows the mysterious purple cube to be an evil entityEPIC
However, then the cube started to move and fans online have figured out that the cube would roll for just one turn, roughly every two hours.
It eventually laid out a pattern of runes around the map before essentially destroying Loot Lake and lifting the house in the middle of it up into the sky.
Since then it’s moved the house back along that same path and activating the runes, with the final one being activated late last night.
The runes appear to be lifting offreddit/YourBoyChipsAhoy___

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What is going on with the Runes now?
Now they have all been activated, the seem to be taking on a life of their own.
They are lifting out of the ground by themselves, taking chunks of earth with them.
Where they’re going, nobody knows…

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Fortnite Alpha Tournament hits the rocks within hours of launch

Category : Fortnite , Gaming

THE FORTNITE ‘esports’ team has official unveiled an in-game tournament system that will host the game’s main competitive Battle Royale play in the future.
Unlike the Summer and Fall Skirmishes, the in-game tournaments will be “open to everyone” and “provide an opportunity for every player to compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory.”
The first tournaments will be kicking off very soon
The first batch are coming this month, with an Alpha Solos tournament already underway and running until Sunday.
This will be followed by a Beta Duos tournament that runs from Tuesday October 23 to Thursday October 25.
Epic games must have hoped that those test events, revealed after today’s 6.10 patch, wouldn’t throw up many bugs that need squishing, as the Salty Springs cup kicks off on two days later on Saturday October 27.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. Within hours of the launch of the Alpha tournament Epic Games had to deal with “an issue with tournament points not being updated correctly” as well as matchmaking issues across Europe.
 
Each tournament will have its own schedule, viewable in game via the Tournaments tab
This solos cup runs for five days, coming to a climax on the Wednesday of Hallowe’en.
It looks like players will have very limited attempts to put up their best score — players will have “one week and three attempts” to prove they are “the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer”, according to Epic.
Starting and ending day later is the Tomato Temple Cup duos competition. Other than making it clear that the tournament offers players the chance to ” Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup”, Epic didn’t have any more details to offer.
Points will be awarded for placing “exceptionally well” and for racking up multiple eliminations, with a maximum of six points possible per match if you secure a Victory Royale with 8 or more eliminations.
20 points unlocks a “shiny pin” — but actual prizes are promised for future events.
Everyone will start from scratch at the start of each tournament, no matter how badly they’ve done before
There will also be a squad-based Friday Fortnite competition, that will only run on Fridays, but over the course of the whole month.
One unexpected feature is that EVERYONE in any given region will be lumped in together, so those playing on PC will be competing against those on iPhone and consoles.
Previously these pools have been kept apart as there is a perceived advantage to playing using the full control provided by a mouse and keyboard compared to the simplified interfaces for controllers or touch screens.
You will be matched up against players in your region who have a similar tournament score to you — so the better you do, the tougher your opponents are likely to get.

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Finally, Epic has revealed that it will be using the mode to settle qualification for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup.
Anyone who wants the chance to represent their country can dive into the Showdown Royale event that will be hosted using the tournament system, with the best players getting the chance to represent their countries at some point next year.
As ever, you can read the full announcement over on Epic’s web site.

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Black Ops 4 download info, release date, day one patch – all the latest Call of Duty 2018 news, trailers and multiplayer details

CALL of Duty is a BACK with Black Ops 4 in a matter of days — and it’s going to need a huge patch on day one.
It won’t feature a single-player campaign, but it will feature the series’ traditional multiplayer modes, multiple Zombie modes and a Battle Royal mode called Blackout.
The next Call of Duty game is probably going to be released by Treyarch this year
Call of Duty 2018 release date – when is Black Ops 4 out?
The global launch is today (October 12, 2018) on Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Battle.net.
However, some shops in the UK let you pick-up your pre-orders on Thursday October 11.
Smyth’s Toys, for instance, are allowing anyone with a pre-order to collect their physical copies of the game from 6pm.

Call of Duty #BlackOps4 Release You can pick up your pre-order copy from 6pm on Thursday 11th October from any Smyths Toys Superstores Secure yours right here: https://t.co/2uKE5gSD6j #CODNATION pic.twitter.com/c3Mh40tvBi
— Smyths Toys UK (@SmythsToysUK) October 8, 2018

Some Game stores are also offering a similar service in lieu of a midnight launch.
While those who grab the game early won’t be able to play early, they may well be able to get a headstart on downloading the inevitable day-one patch to enable them to keep up with their digital-buying counterparts.

ATTENTION! This Thursday October 11th we are opening our doors at 18:00pm til 19:00pm for you lot to pick up your copy of Call of Duty Black Ops 4, ready to play at midnight! Don't miss out because we are NOT OPEN for midnight launch! pic.twitter.com/0QX7E5pSfz
— GAME Newport (@GAMENewport) October 8, 2018

How much space with the download take up?
You’ll need to free up at least 42.64GB on your Xbox One–and it’s reasonable to expect a similar sort of size on PS4 too.

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Call of Duty Black Ops IV Multiplayer Live Stream – what was revealed?
Fan-favourite maps will be making a return. Jungle, Summit and Firing Range from Black Ops I have been rebuilt for Black Ops 4, as has Slums from Black Ops 2.
They will all be available at launch.
As expected, Nuketown will return. It is closest to the Cold War iteration from Black Ops I — but it will come out as free post-launch DLC, rather than being packaged with the game at launch.
A new mode called Control is objective-based, and will featured a shared pool of lives for players on the same team
Healing changes were the first focus of the live stream reveal. The focus on healing — via stim shots — is meant to extend combat for tactical players.
Healing it no longer automatic, and the manual healing process will take the player out of action for a short time.
This is meant to make a deeper and more complex combat experience.
Call of Duty 2018 Community Event – what was revealed?
The game will be set “between Black Ops II and Black Ops III” – so some time in the near future.
The debut multiplayer trailer showed off a mix of familiar-looking modern weapons and advanced technology, such as auto-building barricades, assault-rifle size flamethrowers and some brutal-looking melee weapons.
These weapons will feature a new modding system, and a whole new class of mod that will change the way weapons operate and reward players who invest time learning a particular weapon.

The weapon attachment system has been overhauled, with operator mods fundamentally altering the way weapons work
Health has been totally overhauled for Black Ops IIII, and recovery needs to be triggered manually
Black Ops 4 will also feature a couple of changes that will have a major impact on gameplay — fog of war and healing.
Healing will no longer be automatic – Black Ops 4 will require players to use a dedicated button to start the healing process, and render themselves vulnerable. There is also a medic class who will be able to heal other players and even boost their maximum health.

Will Call of Duty Black Ops 4 have a Fortnite-like Battle Royale Mode?
Yes. It will feature “the most iconic parts” of previous Black Ops maps, mashed up into one enormous map. The resulting frankenmap will be 100 times larger than a classic Black Ops multiplayer map.
80 players will go head-to-head in Blackout, initially, though is subject to change after the beta or launch.
The mode, called Blackout, will also feature playable characters and weapons from the series’ zombie modes, and draw from the series entire history to create a battle royale experience that is “uniquely Black Ops”.
There will be AI-controlled zombies, as well vehicles.
The vehicles revealed so far include a five-man truck and helicopter alongside and two-man ATV and Zodiac boat.
Call of Duty 2018 zombies – will there be a zombie mode in Black Ops 4?
Oh yes. They are an “essential part” of the Black Ops experience, according to Treyarch.
The developer says it’s gone back to the drawing board for Black Ops 4’s zombie mode, ten years after it first appeared in Call of Duty: World at War.
Zombies are back… and as terrifying as ever
The trailer shows the players making very short work of the undead in pleasingly visceral ways
All-new player characters will be facing off against a new enemy.
The Community Reveal trailer showed off the player characters as Roman gladiators facing off in a giant arena against a horde of zombies, and then watching a slave be transformed into a giant zombie. This forms the basis for the first map, called IX.
A second zombie map set on the Titanic called A Voyage of Despair is also promised.
Fan-favourite Mob Of the Dead is also set to return as Blood of the Dead, bringing the total to three zombie “experiences”promised for launch.
 

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Call of Duty 2018 trailer – is there any Black Ops 4 gameplay footage yet?
There is, courtesy of the sizzling multiplayer trailer. More will undoubtedly be coming soon.

 
Will Black Ops 4 PC be on Battle.net and will it still have dedicated servers?
The PC version of Black Ops 4 is being developed in conjunction with Beenox and Blizzard, and will be  available on Battle.net.
It will also have all the Battle.net social features integrated, allowing communication with Overwatch players, among others.
Despite being integrated into the Battle.net system, Activision has promised the system will still have its own dedicated servers.
 
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 multiplayer tips and tricks from which specialist to play to how to win control and heist

CALL of Duty: Black Ops 4 will have the chance to stake its claim as the biggest multiplayer game this year when it finally releases this weekend.
The Private Multiplayer Beta featured six maps, six modes, and all 10 Specialists but before you jump into Black Ops 4, here’s all you need to know about how to get the edge in competitive multiplayer.
There are several significant changes for Black Ops 4
The changes in Gameplay

The release of 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII was met with generally positive reviews with critics appreciating the franchise’s return to the ‘boots on the ground’ mantra.
Developers Treyarch is following in this vein with its multiplayer formula with Black Ops 4 100% boots on the ground bar Ruin’s special issue Grapple Gun.
Unlike Call of Duty games of the past, there will be no automatic health generation. Once activated, the health regeneration contains a brief cooldown period which you should bare in mind when under heavy fire.
Black Ops 4 also debuts a new min map system called Fog of War, which prevents the entirety of the map from being available and a players radius is limited to a certain distance around you.

Crash (Left) is more suitable for experienced players while Battery (Right) should embed the newbies
Which is the best specialist to choose?
Black Ops 3 featured specialists that each were equipped with their own unique arsenal that suit different playstyles. For the sequel, Treyarch has upped the ante.
Specialists are now a fundamental part of the gameplay, and players should work out whether they’re an aggressive player that confronts battles head-on, or a tactical support player.
For newer players, we recommend Battery, whose special issue equipment and weaponry is a cluster grenade and grenade launcher, which makes her an easy technical player to use.
On the other side, experienced players could find a lot of reward with a character like Crash, whose ammo packs and health boosts will be heavily involved in overall team success.
Control is a brand new game mode
Control
Although classics like Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed are available to sharpen skills, new game mode Control is being described as Call of Duty’s new signature mode.
Control will find two teams alternating between attacking and defending two static objectives, with each team winning rounds by controlling points on the map.
Teams can also gain the upper hand by draining the opposing team’s bank of 25 lives. The first team to win three rounds wins the game.
Dan Bunting, co-studio head at Treyarch, revealed to The Telegraph that the new mode is the best place to adapt to Black Ops 4’s new systems because “it’s the first mode that we built and we built a lot of the systems around Control.”
“It brings out the best of everything that we have designed in this game. It brings out the best in specialist roles. It brings out the best in teamwork.”
Heist is an all-new cash-based game mode
Heist
Heist is an all-new cash-based game mode that has been tasked with testing Call of Duty’s elite players, and it’s already proved a massive hit in the beta.
No respawning, no Create-a-Class, and nothing but a Pistol to start with, this is a round-based game mode in which players must find and collect a bag of cash, before extracting it via helicopter.
Teams of 5v5 will go head-to-head and each round the bag of cash will be randomly spawned and once extracted, players can spend the money on weapons and gear for the next round.
The natural instinct will be to spend the money but the mode is all about teamwork, if you stick together the easier it is to support each other and ensure that your loadouts compliment one another.

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Best Loadouts
Developers all ensure as best as possible that no particular wepon outweighs another considering the competitive nature of the COD series.
However, YouTubers TheXclusiveAce and Ghosts619 have provided a number of Create-A-Class loadouts that are sure to be among the most efficient in Black Ops 4.

Submachine Gun: MX9, equipped with Tritium Sight Stock, Advanced Mags, and High Calibre.
Rifle: ABR 223, equipped with Tritium Sight Quickdraw, and Stock.
Assault Rifle: Rampart 17, equipped with Reflux High Calibre, and High Calibre II.
Heavy Machine Gun: Titan, Hellion Salvo, equipped with Extended Mags, Quick Draw II, and Stock Comsec Device.


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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release sees Fortnite players quitting and even SELLING their accounts

Category : Call of Duty , Fortnite , Gaming , Tech

VIDEO gamers throughout the world are getting ready to ditch Fortnite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which is set to launch tomorrow.
Fans of Fortnite have even taken to social media to broadcast their plans, with many predicting the ‘death’ of the massively popular battle royale game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 includes three zombies maps from its release dayPA:Press Association
Another multiplayer first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the long-awaited successor to 2015’s Black Ops III.
It will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from midnight, and it will feature a battle royale mode that some gamers think will be enough for it to end Fortnite’s long summer of popularity.
“Dear Fortnite, It was fun while it lasted but Black Ops 4 drops midnight. Your time has came to an end,” said one gamer on Twitter.
And while Fortnite enjoyed over 100 million iPhone downloads alone at the peak of its popularity, even some die-hard fans of the game are preparing to dump it in favour of Black Ops 4.
Even hardcore Fortnite fans are gearing up for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Such comments come as Fortnite experiences a downturn in its rapid growth, with some analysts expecting the UK to reach ‘peak Fortnite’ by Christmas.
This scenario is possible, since sales of the game grew only by 2 per cent in July, having risen by 10 per cent in June and a whopping 30 percent in May.

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And there has also been something of a backlash against the game in recent months from parents and non-gaming adults alike.
Distressed mothers have spoken out against their offsprings’ addictions to Fortnite, while even Prince Harry advised pupils not to play it during an October visit to Sussex.
Such warnings might not be enough on their own to persuade gamers to leave Fornite alone.
The excitement of gamers is turning away from Fortnite to Black Ops 4
However, it would seem from the hype for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 that they might turn away from it for other reasons, at least for now.
Do you think gamers will leave Fortnite for Black Ops 4? Let us know in the comments below!

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