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Fortnite Doomsday event countdown and new details leaked

Published: 20/May/2020 12:56

by Jacob Hale

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The end of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 is fast approaching, and new event details have been leaked, bringing another layer of excitement to the introduction of the new season. The event has been referred to as “Doomsday” and could have big repercussions for the future.

One thing that Fortnite does better than almost any other game is events. We’ve seen the likes of Marshmello and Travis Scott perform concerts in-game, battles between mythical beasts and the infamous black hole event, which sucked the entire map into a big black hole for days to bring in Chapter 2.

Now, players are anticipating the Doomsday event, and new details may have just surfaced regarding the event.

What is the Doomsday event?

There has been no official confirmation of what the Doomsday event is going to be, but thanks to new updates from well-respected data-miner and leaker HYPEX, we’ve seen that the event might be called “Fritter”.

Though this doesn’t give much away, one definition of ‘fritter’ is to “divide something into small pieces,” which could suggest that the map is going to be split or destroyed, completely changing how it looks and is played. Of course, all we have right now are theories, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long before Epic Games’ plan for the event becomes clearer.

What to expect ahead of the Doomsday event

According to HYPEX, Fortnite will trigger three “event flags” soon to signal the incoming Doomsday event.

Although the details are a little scarce, not offering too much information on when we can expect these things to happen, they’re at least good signals of what’s coming in Fortnite. They are:

  • The Doomsday Device disappearing from Midas’ room and possibly being placed elsewhere on the map
  • The event countdown (more information on that below)
  • A “KeyDeliveryCalendarEvent”, which doesn’t have a clear meaning but could be the actual trigger of the event.

When is the “Fritter” Doomsday event?

Alongside the leaked files, a countdown timer has also been leaked, hovering over The Agency directly in the middle of the map.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the event will be occurring there specifically, but you should expect to gather around the point of interest for when the countdown timer hits zero so as not to miss anything.

As HYPEX notes here, the leaked countdown is incorrect, so the Fritter/Doomsday event isn’t actually 11 hours away. However, even for that there is no official word. Your best bet is to keep an eye on The Agency in the coming days so you know exactly when the event is going down.

Obviously, as with any leak, you should take everything here with a pinch of salt, but this data miner has a very strong track record – so expect to start seeing Fritter unfold at some point in the near future.

Fortnite Season 3 is expected to start on June 4, which means the event will likely occur on or before that date and, if a prior leak is anything to go by, it will bring about some very interesting changes.

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Why Fortnite players want “trash” vehicle challenges removed

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:26

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite players are getting frustrated with vehicle challenges, with some of them asking Epic Games to remove them from the popular battle royale entirely – here’s why.

Vehicles have become a staple of Fortnite, and The Island wouldn’t be the same without them. Whether you want to cruise the roads in a car, take to the waters in a motorboat, or even zoom around the skies in a plane, you can do that (unless they get vaulted, that is).

But while they may be fun to ride, they’re not necessarily going to help you win; there’s no respawning in Fortnite’s battle royale mode, so driving a noisy vehicle that will get the attention of all your opponents isn’t always the best idea.

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Despite this, vehicles often feature in the game’s challenges, which are essential to earn that all-important XP to help level up the Battle Pass – and it’s something players are getting frustrated with.

Most recently, the Season 5 Week 7 legendary challenge requires players to ‘Damage Opponents in Vehicles’, with quite a few tiers to tick off. Completing this challenge in full requires a total of 2,500 damage to opponents in vehicles, which is no easy task.

In a Reddit thread titled “Can we stop with the vehicle challenges please?” several Fortnite players have left comments airing their frustration about the constant vehicle-based quests and how hard they are to finish.

Can we stop with the vehicle challenges please? from FortNiteBR

“The vehicle challenges are absolute trash,” wrote one player, while another added: “The game’s just becoming more and more of a grind, the legendary challenges have been a joke this season.”

The main problem people seem to have with vehicle challenges is that once they go live, no one wants to drive as they’ll become a target for other players wanting to complete the challenge. As a result, you have 100 players waiting to damage vehicles, and no one actually driving them.

Besides this frustration, other players have argued that there aren’t enough vehicles located around the map to be able to complete the challenge in the first place, and to make matters worse, there are no vehicle-based LTMs to get easy damage in either.

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Players are calling for vehicle challenges to be removed from Fortnite.

“Just this challenge existing means people are not going to drive vehicles as much because everyone is going to be waiting for someone else to get in a vehicle so that they can shoot them,” wrote one player.

Another added: “I thought the mission was to deal damage WHILE riding in a vehicle. But since it’s to deal damage TO people in a vehicle, I’m thinking ‘Who the hell would make themselves a target like that?'”

A third pointed out that many vehicles are riddled with bugs and glitches, which makes having to use them even more frustrating: “No one’s riding in them unless they have to because they’re really buggy currently.”

Whether Epic will take heed of these concerns remains to be seen, although it seems unlikely right now.

They did recently promise to ‘look into’ claims that the customizable superhero skin was “unfair” and effectively “pay-to-win” as it allowed players to hide at night, so they are definitely listening when needed.