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Fortnite leak reveals first look at unreleased Mandalorian cosmetic

Published: 11/Jan/2021 10:53

by Daniel Megarry

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A Fortnite leaker has shared some first-look footage of a new Mandalorian pickaxe in the game, suggesting there’s more to come from the Star Wars crossover.

In Season 5 of Epic Games’ popular battle royale Fortnite, Agent Jonesy brought together some of the world’s greatest bounty hunters, including a high-profile crossover with hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

Players who purchased the season’s Battle Pass were given access to a skin based on the show’s protagonist Mando, and as they progressed they unlocked a series of cosmetics including a Razor Crest glider, new pieces of Beskar armor, and even a Baby Yoda back bling.

Fortnite's Battle Pass in the new Chapter 2, Season 5.
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The rewards for Season 5 are epic, starting off with The Mandalorian at level 1.

But now it seems that’s not all fans can expect from the Star Wars crossover in Season 5, as a new gameplay video shows off a player using a pickaxe that appears to be part of the Mandalorian cosmetics set.

Is The Mandalorian getting a pickaxe in Fortnite?

It was recently teased that a pickaxe based on The Mandalorian’s Amban Sniper Rifle could be coming to the game, as well as potential changes for the Razor Crest crash site POI that appears on the map.

Now, a new video from leaker @TwitchTilted shows the Amban pickaxe in action during a match. Of course, it works just like any other pickaxe in the game: Destroying structures and farming materials.

The big appeal is that it would mean The Mandalorian cosmetics set would finally be complete, as the Star Wars character currently doesn’t have a themed pickaxe in the game.

(Via: @TwitchTilted) Here some gameplay of the Mandalorian pickaxe! It isn’t fully clear if it will actually become an axe or if it is just a placeholder for his sniper rifle. from FortniteLeaks

 

It’s currently unknown when – or if – this pickaxe will actually appear in Fortnite. Some rumors have suggested that a new pickaxe is being worked on instead, which could be based on the Beskar Spear or even the Darksaber.

Those would certainly be more interesting for Fortnite players, as the current pickaxe model shown above looks identical to the Amban Sniper Rifle, which is already available to find as a Mythic weapon in the game.

“This would have been a good secondary back bling for the Mandalorian, they should’ve made the Beskar Spear his pickaxe, missed opportunity,” wrote one fan on Reddit. Another agreed, adding: “I like it but the Beskar Spear would have been way cooler.”

We’ll have to wait and see if the Amban Sniper Rifle pickaxe eventually gets added to the game, or if it will be something different entirely. It would be a shame for The Mandalorian to never get his own pickaxe.

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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.