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Fortnite potentially adding a test server to try patches early

Published: 15/Feb/2020 13:53

by Joe Craven


Fortnite’s second season could be adding test servers so players can try out patches before they experience a wide release, judging by a new game option in the Epic Games launcher.

Since Fortnite Chapter 2 was released back in October of 2019, developers Epic Games have been criticized for no longer releasing exhaustive patch notes. While complete patch notes were provided throughout Fortnite’s first chapter, Epic have not released them for some time. 

It is thought to have been prompted by players refusing to play if they see a change they do not agree with, but the developers have been tight-lipped about the reasons for the change. 

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Fans want complete patch notes for Fortnite Chapter 2.

Regardless, it looks like players are heavily in favor of test servers, which would provide them with the chance to try out new additions before they make their way into the full game. 

A tweet from British professional player Benjamin ‘benjyfishy’ Fish showed a new game option alongside regular Fortnite called ‘FortnitePublicTest’. 

This quickly stirred some excitement in the community, as players interpreted it as the upcoming implementation of test servers, similar to games like Rainbow Six: Siege, PUBG and Overwatch.

Test servers essentially enable developers to use a wider player base to test their changes, as well as get a better idea of the community’s consensus on larger patches, before rolling out to the main game.

However, community spirits were dampened as the pro player suggested that the test server might only be available to players attending DreamHack Anaheim, who will be playing on a slightly different build of the game. 

This didn’t stop players expressing their desires for a test server, however. One fan described Epic as “teases” for naming the file the way they did, while another said that Epic “need” to bring one out to help players prepare for tournaments. 

While it’s not clear whether there are plans for a public test server in Fortnite Chapter 2, the incident has shown that there is definitely an appetite for it.

The season 2 update is set to release on February 20, so we might know more then.

Over to you, Epic. 


Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

Fortnite x Predator Crossover
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Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.