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Ninja explains how new physics engine could “reset Fortnite completely”

Published: 27/Jan/2020 0:56

by Brad Norton


Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has reacted to the latest Epic Games blog post about Chapter 2 Season 2, expressing concern over the future of the game due to the new physics engine that will soon be implemented.

Fortnite is set to switch things up in a major way over the coming weeks. Announced in a January 24 blog post from Epic Games, Chapter 2 Season 2 will see a major update shipped to the game’s engine.

However, the changes has one of Fortnite’s most popular players concerned over just what it could mean for the future of the Battle Royale title.

Fortnite explosion
Epic Games
A new physics engine could change the impact of explosions in Fortnite.

Having remained on Unreal Engine 4 since its release in 2017, Fortnite has undergone a great deal of change over the years. From new maps and countless items, to entirely new mechanics. However, things are set to be shaken up under the hood with the implementation of a brand new physics system. 

“Beginning with the release of the 11.50 update in early February, Fortnite will be moving to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics system,” the blog post explained. “At launch, the goal is to ensure that Fortnite still feels like Fortnite. Along the way there will be some bumps, so we’re starting tests with a small group of players.”

Reading through the post during a recent stream, Ninja was left in a state of shock as he couldn’t quite comprehend the magnitude of the shift. While no one is yet aware how the drastically moment to moment gameplay will be impacted, the Mixer streamer was quick to voice his concern.

“Dude, it’s gonna change everything,” he said. “I have so much speculation, I wonder, man.”

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“Has a game ever changed the engine it’s on? I’m not talking about a sequel, I’m talking about an actual game.”

Trying to understand why such a massive adjustment was being introduced, Ninja expressed how he believes the developers want to “reset Fortnite.” In order to re-establish the earlier feeling of the Battle Royale title, he argues that they want to bring back a version of Fortnite “where everyone sucked.”

While Ninja recently called for a crazy update to liven up the game, not even Ninja anticipated an overhaul of this kind. Questioning just how significant the update might be, he pondered whether Epic would change the game at its very core.

“What if they remove building? I’m being serious, I think we might see some drastic changes,” he concluded.

Fortnite running from explosion
Epic Games
There’s no telling just how significant the engine overhaul will be when Season 2 begins.

Only time will tell just how significant a moment in time this will be for the Fortnite community, though Ninja is confident that the shift will be enormous. 

Chapter 2 Season 2 is set to go live on February 20 and while no official details have been revealed just yet, a recent leak might have provided a first look at brand new map changes.


Fortnite death map reveals most dangerous locations

Published: 26/Jan/2021 13:26

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re looking to stay alive until the very end of a battle royale match in Fortnite, you might want to avoid these deadly locations on the map.

We’ve all been there: You spend ages traveling across The Island, collecting and upgrading the best weapons, getting some epic takedowns… and then you die, losing everything in your arsenal and missing out on that Victory Royale.

It’s a frustrating moment, for sure. But avoiding some of the game’s elimination hot spots could help you on your path to success – or at the very least, make you one of the Top 10 remaining players.

Fortunately, one Fortnite leaker has put together a map highlighting the points of interest that have significantly more deaths than others, meaning you’ll know where to avoid next time you go for the win.

Tilted Towers, now blended with Salty Springs, was spotted in the Fortnite Season 5 battle pass trailer.
Epic Games
Some locations have way more deaths than others in Fortnite.

Where is the most dangerous place in Fortnite?

Fortnite leaker Lucas7yoshi has collected a huge sample of 50,000 deaths that have taken place during Season 5 of Fortnite, and highlighted exactly where they happened on The Island.

Put together, they form a very useful heatmap that shows off the deadliest locations players can visit.

As you can see from the map below, areas with the highest amount of deaths include Lazy Lake, Pleasant Park, Misty Meadows, Colossal Colosseum, Retail Row, and Stealthy Stronghold – which is probably due to Predator now appearing there.

But there’s a clear winner here: Salty Towers. There are a few reasons that might help explain why this point of interest – which can be found just west of the Zero Point – is such a deadly area for players to visit.

Firstly, it’s near the center of the map, which is where a lot of the action ends up taking place. Secondly, it’s covered in sand, which means players can really take advantage of the sand tunneling feature to sneak attack their opponents.

Finally, the point of interest was a new addition in Season 5, acting as a combination of previous locations Salty Springs and Tilted Towers, so it makes sense that it’s a popular destination as people rush to check it out.

Lucas7yoshi also shared a zoomed-in map of Salty Towers which shows off the exact point where players in their sample died. They’re marked as red dots on the image below.

Fortnite Salty Towers death map
Epic Games / @Lucas7yoshi
It’s official: Salty Towers is the deadliest location in Fortnite.

Interestingly, this map may have also revealed the most dangerous building on the Island, as there are significantly more deaths centered on the tall building at the south of Salty Towers.

Whether you’re new to the game and still working on your skills, or you simply want to survive as long as possible to get the best chance at a Victory Royale, it’s probably best to avoid Salty Towers at all costs.