Blink and You'll Miss It! Fortnite Battle Royale's Jetpack and Shotgun "Close Encounters" Mode Has Already Been Disabled - Dexerto

Blink and You’ll Miss It! Fortnite Battle Royale’s Jetpack and Shotgun “Close Encounters” Mode Has Already Been Disabled

Published: 25/May/2018 15:07 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Ross Deason


Fortnite Battle Royale’s all-new “Close Encounters” Limited Time Mode finally went live on May 25th and the Shotgun + Jetpack combination had everyone excited… until it was disabled again less than an hour later.

One of the many ways that Epic Games is able to keep Fortnite Battle Royale fresh and exciting for its ever growing fan base is through Limited Time Modes.


Limited Time Modes, or LTMs, are additional modes which custom rules and settings which differ from the standard Battle Royale game type.

Generally speaking a Limited Time Mode will be introduced on a weekly basis, along with the weekly update, to replace its predecessor and will remain live for a total of seven days.


This was not the case following the release of the May 22nd V4.2 Content Update as the patch notes described two Limited Time Modes in the form of Solid Gold V2 and the all-new “Close Encounters”.

Solid Gold V2 was mode that was initially enabled but the highly anticipated Close Encounters, which features Shotgun only gameplay mixed with the new Jetpacks, finally went on May 25th, much to everyone’s excitement.

…. For about 40 minutes.


In the time it took to see the news about Close Encounters going, the official Fortnite Twitter account put out another announcement which was met with a great deal less enthusiasm.

The developers have been forced to disable the LTM due an undisclosed issue and have re-enabled Solid Gold V2 for the time being.

We’re not sure what the problem is but we hope it is fixed soon so that we can finally start playing Close Encounters and find out if it is as fun as it sounds.


We will keep you updated as more news is made available.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.