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New Mysterious ‘Rifts’ Added to Fortnite in Season 5 – Video

Published: 12/Jul/2018 10:35 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 16:01

by Calum Patterson

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The new ‘rifts’ in Fortnite Battle Royale are one of the headline additions to the game as part of Season 5, and provide an absolutely insane new way to get an advantage on opponents.

Little was told about the rifts in the official patch notes, other than they would take ‘courage’ and would result in a ‘wild ride’ – and Epic Games were not lying.

Similar to jump pads, the rifts are placed in numerous locations around the updated Season 5 map, and are activated by simply getting close enough with your character.

Once in radius, the rift sucks your character in and magically transports you high into the sky, giving you another opportunity to skydive back down and get the scope on the area.

From early uses, it looks like the rifts will only launch you in the sky above the area it is located, and the elevation isn’t as high as if you were jumping out the bus again.

This means you are limited to a section of the map in which you can land and ambush, but it could prove very useful if you are in a tough spot and need to make a quick escape and reposition.

Courtesy of FaZe Clan player “cloak”, here is one of the very first attempts at using the new rifts, and cloak is suitably shocked by what happened.

It is not yet known if the rifts appear in the same locations each game, a rotation of spots, or if they are completely random.

They should prove to be very useful, allowing players to reset their position if in a tough spot, but could also be frustrating when used against you, so make sure to be on the lookout.

It also turns out that using the rift in combination with the new ATK vehicle actually works – and results in some ridiculous air-time.

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xQc slams Fortnite’s competitive changes as “unfair” in Season 5

Published: 4/Dec/2020 11:56

by Alex Garton

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Twitch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has slammed the current state of Fortnite’s competitive arena mode and the casual features it includes. 

The release of Fortnite’s Season 5 has brought a wealth of changes and new content for players to check out. These new features include new NPC’s, dialogue, and side missions which have been added to both the standard and competitive mode.

Epic’s decision to add these extra features to Fortnite’s competitive mode has displeased certain members of the community. Twitch personality xQc has voiced his opinion on the matter in a heated rant whilst streaming.

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Members of the Fortnite community argue unnecessary features ruin the competitive mode.

xQc criticizes Fortnite’s competitive mode in rant

Everybody enjoys checking out new features in games, especially when it’s as exciting as a new season in Fortnite. New dialogue, music, and NPC’s all assist in making gameplay more immersive and fun, but should they be added into a game’s competitive mode?

That’s the ongoing debate taking place in the Fortnite community as Epic has opted to add all of Season 5’s new features to the competitive mode. This had led to members of the community arguing that these features water down the competitive nature of arena matches.

Twitch personality xQc has expressed his view on the topic, slamming Fortnite’s competitive mode in a rant on stream: “how is that I queue for a competitive game mode and there is quests to do, there’s bots, there’s side missions… I queued to play against players.”

As you can see, it’s obvious xQc isn’t the biggest fan of the new features added to competitive.

A competitive mode should provide players with an environment in which skill determines a victor. Therefore, it’s easy to see why members of the Fortnite community are frustrated that these features are being added to arena matches.

A solution offered by xQc is to clearly establish a casual and competitive mode: “I feel a lot of the time this game tries to bridge competitive and casual at the same time… that’s unfair to people who only care about competitive.”

Currently, casual and competitive receive the same features so it’s difficult to establish a difference between the two.

This is certainly an issue Epic may have to address if the community continues to complain about the cluttered state of the game’s competitive mode.