15 new sky structures have appeared in the Playground mode in Fortnite - Pirate Ships, Battle Arenas and more - Dexerto
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15 new sky structures have appeared in the Playground mode in Fortnite – Pirate Ships, Battle Arenas and more

Published: 1/Nov/2018 20:37 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 20:38

by Albert Petrosyan

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Epic Games have added several new arenas to the sandbox-style Playground mode of Fortnite Battle Royale.

The Playground mode now features 15 brand new structures in the sky, including four Pirate Ships, a Parkour Course, new Spiky Stadium, four Battle Arenas, Trap Arena, three Build Templates, and an unknown Time Trial station.

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This massive set of new additions appeared in Playground after the v6.21 patch update went live early on November 1.

Interestingly enough, there was no mention of these new structures in the v6.21 patch notes, and Epic did not announce or make any comments about them prior to the release of the update.

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Regardless, these new arenas offer players a multitude of new activities they can engage in the Playground mode, which has now been expanded considerably since it was first added to Fortnite. 

The following video, courtesy of Fortnite news and leaks outlet @LootLakeBR, gives a tour of all of the new structures in the Playground sky. 

Here are all of the structures, in order of appearance in the video above, that can be found and interacted with in the sky above the map. 

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  • Pirate Ship – Seems to be a simple build showoff without much functionality; great for cinematics and build inspiration.
  • Parkour Course – Right after the first Pirate Ship there seems to be some sort of parkour course where players can test and practice their movement skills.
  • Pirate Ship – Same as the first Pirate Ship, good for team-based mini-games.
  • Spiky Stadium – Connected via a sky bridge is a Spiky Stadium, eliminating the need for players to go look for a Red Supply Drops in order to play. 
  • Battle Arenas – Located across from the Spiky Stadium are four arenas which each feature four Vending Machines, a Freeze Trap, and a hole in the center.
  • Trap Arena – Next to the Spiky Stadium is an Arena constructed with Freeze and Spike Traps which could make some great mini-games. A Time Trail pickup can be found here.
  • Build Templates – Three templates demonstrate to players how to build a Llama, a double Staircase, and 1-1 builds.
  • Unknown – An odd-looking structure with a Time Trial pickup can be found near the Llama build template.
  • Pirate Ships – The set of structures finishes off with two more Pirate Ships, similar to the ones at the beginning.
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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson