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Fortnite hits new all-time total players record

Published: 6/May/2020 19:32 Updated: 6/May/2020 19:43

by Alan Bernal

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Epic Games announced a major milestone for Fortnite as the battle keeps on growing – and just in time for the game’s live Party Royale Premiere.

Through its first ten seasons, the end of the world event, and a successful launch of Chapter 2, Fortnite has amassed over 350 million registered players – and is primed to keep that number growing.

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The devs also announced the number of hours people have poured into Fortnite in just the month of April, coupling the impressive player count with an even more impressive number signaling the amount of retention it has on active users.

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There’s plenty of reason for Epic Games to celebrate Fortnite’s latest milestone.

In 30 days, the Fortnite community had over 3.2 billion hours cached into the Fortnite servers. Against all memers, the battle royale isn’t quite dead yet.

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In fact, it’s almost the opposite of dead. The Fortnite developers have been creating unique experiences for audiences to congregate and celebrate within the Epic Game servers, as seen in the case of the game’s record-breaking Travis Scott concert.

The next festival in the lineup will be on Friday, May 8 at 6 PM PDT / 9 PM ET when artists Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki and deadmau5 will take the Main Stage in the Party Royale Premiere.

While it’s always worth it to make it to the live show, there will be an encore for the festivities the following day on May 9 at 11 AM PDT to 12 PM PDT / 2 PM to 3 PM ET.

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Fortnite’s Party Royale will be an entire playlist unto itself that will restrict any weapons or mats, while giving players fun side attractions like the Skydive Rift, Fishsticks’ Boat Race and new items to explore like the Paint Launcher.

Starting with the Marshmello live concert, special releases have only transformed and evolved into epic in-game events like the Mecha-Monster fight that took over the main part of the island.

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Fortnite has been attracting more people with insane live in-game events.

Of course, the Travis Scott concert famously attracted longtime fans of the game, as well as new Ragers that had yet to log hours into that battle royale.

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With Epic combining the grand allure of these in-game experiences and refining the title with every update, it’s only a matter of time before Fortnite will celebrate its next target accolade of 400 million players.

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Fortnite Flare Gun return leaked with major buff

Published: 19/Oct/2020 12:53

by Connor Bennett

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A new Fortnite leak has claimed that the Flare Gun could be set to make a return in the near future, and it would be receiving quite a substantial buff too. 

As Fortnite seasons unfold, weapons and items are regularly cycled in and out of the loot pool – either for being too strong, too weak, or not fitting the theme of the new patch. 

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This means that some fan-favorite weapons might disappear from the game for one reason or another, either to return at some point later in the future or to never be seen again. 

In the case of the Flare Gun, which was initially added to the battle royale back in the v13.20 update but it was removed at the start of Chapter 2, Season 4. With some fans hoping to see it return, especially given the new fire mechanics, it appears as if Epic have got something up their sleeve. 

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The Flare Gun first appeared in a small short video from Epic Games.

Following the v14.30 update, which gave a buff to the Combat Shotgun and also brought the Rally Royale limited-time mode to the party, leakers uncovered a handful of changes coming in the future.

This includes the Flare Gun, which as leaker Mang0e_ pointed out, could be set to return to the battle royale after a spell in the vault, but with a little bit of a boost too. 

“The flare gun may be coming back to core modes soon,” the leaker tweeted on October 15. “The duration for marking enemies was re-added and increased to 15 seconds.”

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While this is not set in the stone, as the leaker tweeted that it may return, some fans will be hoping that the Flare Gun does return – especially given its reported buff.

This increase in time with marking enemies would certainly make players think twice about ignoring the chance to use the Flare Gun. But, as ever, it’ll be up to Epic to make the final call.