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5 things we now know about Fortnite’s Travis Scott event

Published: 21/Apr/2020 15:42

by David Purcell

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While it took a long time for Epic Games to confirm the Travis Scott event in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2, here’s five things we now know about the celebration.

As seasoned veterans of the battle royale title will know, in-game events always draw mass attention on the island. 

Whether it be something live like a monster going toe-to-toe with a huge robot, or something like a themed crossover section of the map, this type of thing always appeals to the mainstream. 

That’s exactly what Fortnite needs right now, too, as a number of the game’s biggest content creators and pro players have spoken out about the need for change. Not to mention #RipFortnite trending on social media during the month of April. 

Now we know that American rapper Travis Scott will be the star of the show this time around, fans will be hoping for something as exciting as Marshmello’s event – hosted back in February 2019, at Pleasant Park. 

It’s impossible to say whether or not this one will be as big as that, but let’s run through the things we do know.

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A private island awaits

Pleasant Park was a perfect venue for Marshmello’s event. 

There was a packed crowd standing around in a field almost like a real festival experience. That type of event would be just what many players will be looking for right now, as mass gatherings like that aren’t really possible given the current global situation. 

However, this time the setting is going to be quite different – a private island. 

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This is the private island Travis Scott’s stage is being built on.

Based on the outskirts of Sweaty Sands, the Travis Scott stage has been progressively built over a number of days on a small island. Fortnite leakers have also found some of the last pieces of the puzzle, following the rollout of the v12.41 update, as seen above. 

Clearly, this is going to make for quite the party experience. Hopefully, just as good as last time – which drew a record amount of concurrent players. 

Multiple shows & new track 

We only really have one other event to use as a measuring stick in terms of what to expect from this event, and based on the Marshmello concert you might have thought it would be the same deal this time. 

Wrong. Epic have confirmed that there will be five shows held during the dates of April 23-25, with Cactus Jack himself performing a brand new track. Here’s the full schedule. 

Astronomical event times.
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Here is the full list of Astronomical event times.

As well as that, there will be “other-worldly experience inspired by Cactus Jack’s creations,” for people to check out on the island. So, make sure you log in during the event to see what that entails. 

Listening to his music, new and old, isn’t the only thing players have to think about over the two days, either, which brings us onto our next point. 

Themed skins and cosmetics

When you hear about new events in Fortnite, the second thought for most will be the different skins and cosmetics like the gliders and pickaxes that will also be included. 

If you’re one of those people, you won’t be disappointed this time around – based on content that’s been discovered by data miners. 

As seen below, a number of never-before-seen character outfits will be landing in-game real soon, including a shirtless version of Travis himself and his Astro Jack character.

There are also some gliders and pickaxes to look out for, too, as seen below, with emotes also being leaked ahead of time. Leaked images courtesy of Lucas7yoshi. 

There’s more where that came from, too, as seen in our leaked skins and cosmetics article. Chances are, thousands of players will be dropping into the game on the days the event is being held, and many will be coming fully equipped with these sets. So, will you? 

Astronomical Fortnite challenges

Not only will there be skins, cosmetics, as well as other bits and pieces for players to wear in-game – but the will also be a set of challenges to complete. 

Just like the Deadpool event, a set of challenges have been themed around Travis Scott, with a leaked list having been revealed ahead of schedule. 

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This is one of the rewards players can grab for completing these challenges.

These are called the “Astronomical” challenges, and the devil really is in the detail as they give away some of the other features the event will hold.

As seen in a tweet from FortTory, in the rewards there’s a new spray, loading screen, and other cosmetics. 

The emote unlocked for finishing these tasks successfully has also been leaked, which will allow players to break out a microphone and throw it over their heads for a few moments. Based on the rewards that will be up for grabs, it looks like this set will be very popular indeed. 

First-look at Travis Scott’s stage in Fortnite

Last, but not least, is what the stage will look like. Data miner FortTory has also revealed a detailed look of what a completed stage is going to look like.

Not only is this stage set to appear on the island, but a number of huge golden heads have appeared around the location, too. These will most likely be part of the challenge list. 

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Here’s what the stage is going to look like in Fortnite.

So, there you have it! Those are the five things we now know about the Travis Scott event in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2. 

Those looking to get involved with the action, as stated earlier, will have to be playing Fortnite between the dates of April 23-25 – with multiple shows to check out. Epic are also giving out a brand new glider for everybody who watches along, and you can find more information about that here.

If you grab any nice snaps of you and your friends during the event, feel free to tweet them right to us @Dexerto. Until then, just dance. 

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.