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Fortnite coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X on new engine

Published: 13/May/2020 17:08 Updated: 13/May/2020 17:13

by Michael Gwilliam

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Epic Games have announced that Fortnite will be coming to next-generation consoles at launch as the title transitions from the Unreal Engine 4 to 5 in 2021.

In a blog post on the Epic Games site, the team laid out some of there plans for the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: how will this affect account progression and items purchased. The good news is that it won’t.

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Fortnite won’t see a graphical upgrade at launch.

“We plan to support cross-progression across console generations and platforms so that your account, progression, and items carry over,” the team said in its announcement.

Furthermore, the game will continue to support cross-play between systems, so PS5 owners will still be able to play with and against PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile players, and vice versa.

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All your progression will carry over to next-gen consoles.

While the game will be coming to next-gen consoles, the team says they will continue to support the game on existing platforms, so even if you don’t get a PS5 or new Xbox at launch, Fortnite will remain the same for you.

What’s really interesting, however, is how the game will take advantage of the new hardware, something Epic says it’s excited to share more info on soon.

“While we can’t share specifics at the moment, more powerful hardware will allow us to improve performance and visuals,” they announced. “At launch, the version of Fortnite we release on next-gen consoles will be built with Unreal Engine 4. We will migrate Fortnite to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021.”

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Fortnite will be ready at launch for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

For those looking forward to the new batch of consoles, the fact that Fortnite will be available right off the bat is certainly good news for fans of the game looking for something familar.

Of course, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will have backward compatibility so while this news might not be too surprising, especially considering all the platforms Fortnite is already on, it’s reassuring to see that Epic is ready for the upgraded systems.

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Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos

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Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.