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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.”

The conversation starts at the 25-second mark for mobile users.

“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.


Fortnitemares 14.40 Update map changes: Witchshacks, Midas & more

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:53

by David Purcell


Epic Games have rolled out their spooky Fortnitemares update in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 and there’s a load of map changes to talk about. Here, we look through everything that’s changed in patch v14.40. 

The game is always in line for a wild update every Halloween and the same has happened this year. The dark forces of the battle royale world have come back from the shadows, all to celebrate the return of Midas – who disappeared earlier in the season.

Now, with the huge update on October 21 comes a shakeup for the game’s ever-changing map.

So, let’s run through everything you need to know for the next time you jump from the Battle Bus.

Fortnite Halloween update map changes


Fortnite Witchshacks
Epic Games
These Witchshacks have some very useful items inside.

One of the first things players will notice is that a number of Witchshacks have been dotted around the island. These were found by leaker FortTory, soon after the patch rolled out.

You have to feel, just because of the nature of them and the fact brooms can be found inside, that these will soon become hotspots for players dropping in.

Midas return location

Midas POI fortnite
Epic Games
Also found by FortTory is this Midas location, which looks to be his return location.

This appears to be the place where Midas will rise once again, with candles lit in a circle and the throne sitting in the background.

Soon enough, we’ll get to see what happens here, but an interesting addition nonetheless.

The Ruins POI: Fortnitemares

The Ruins Fortnite
Epic Games
Here’s how it looks in-game.

The game’s middle point of interest has been given a spooky makeover, called The Ruins.

Surrounded by ghouls and who knows what, this could be one of the most dangerous places for members of the community moving forward.

Halloween decorations

Fortnite Halloween props
Epic Games
If entering haunted houses is your thing, Fortnite is definitely worth playing this Halloween.

Some players will have seen many of these prior to the update, but much of the settlements in Epic Games’ popular title are now filled with Halloween props on the inside and out.

Here, we can see huge spiders placed on buildings and webs, so get used to seeing that.

We’ll be updating this article with more map changes as we find them…

Fortnitemares trailer

Last, but not least, you can check out the official Fortnitemares trailer – showing off all of the new features.

It was posted to the Fortnite Twitter account on October 21, once the patch rolled out.

So, there you have it! A jam-packed update for players to sink their teeth into this October.

If you want to see more map changes that those stated in this article, you know what to do – jump into the action!