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Ninja lays out big changes Fortnite needs to “thrive again”

Published: 14/Apr/2020 3:14 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 3:15

by David Purcell


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has followed the suit of many other Fortnite content creators and revealed the big changes that need to be made to revitalize the battle royale game. 

Members of the Fortnite community have been taking to social media to express their anger with the current state of the game of late, with #RipFortnite trending on April 12 for hours on end.

Following on from that, Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan revealed a video on April 13, laying out his biggest gripes with the game in its current state, and Ninja has now revealed his take.

Epic Games
Epic Games have made a lot of in-game changes in Chapter 2, but many Fortnite content creators have quit the game since.

In a video posted to Twitter, the content creator shared Hassan’s video, explaining that it really “hit hard”.

He tweeted: “Wow, SypherPK‘s most recent video really hits hard. I love Fortnite so much and really wanna see the game thrive again and be goofy and fun in regular matches. Would really bring back the streamers and YouTubers we all miss.”

Those who watch Fortnite videos and streams on a regular basis might be saddened to see a number of big names abandon the title in recent times. Ninja has also been touched by this, with two of his previous teammates – CouRageJD and DrLupo – having quit the game.

Ninja, though, would like to see changes implemented that bring them back, proposing a major shakeup for Epic Games to consider.

In the video, he says: “I would like to see a larger-slash-goofier loot pool in regs, and in normal gameplay I feel like solos, duos and squads have gotten very serious. Bring back some more goofy, fun gameplay.

“Maybe more players in regular games. There’s always 10 or 20 people left at the end of the first circle, before it even finishes closing,” he adds, before pointing out that the map has expanded massively since we entered Chapter 2. Other BR games, of course, do have a larger player count.

SypherPK’s video, referenced by Ninja, can be found below.

Another point Ninja came onto, which is something he has mentioned continuously in his Mixer streams, is the need for more skilful weapons for competitive modes.

The streamer has previously advocated for the return of the Infantry Rifle, to counter the skill advantage controller players have been handed.

Signing off, he said: “This game has been my entire life for the last two and a half years. It’s been a lot of you guys’ lives for the last two and a half years. I would just like to see some more communication out of Epic.”

Whether or not Epic Games will act upon these calls from high profile streamers remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, something needs to be done to bring back the content creators who are leaving the game in droves.


Fortnite update 14.40 early patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020, more

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:00 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 3:02

by Isaac McIntyre


Fortnite developers Epic Games have now confirmed the next Chapter 2 Season 2 update, patch v14.40 ⁠— the spookiest of the season ⁠— is on its way. Here’s all the early patch notes, downtime details, and more for the Oct. 21 update.

It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing in Fortnite: the ghoulish Fortnitemares annual event is back! This Halloween-themed patch will bring everything from Fortnite’s old spooky enemies, Husks, as well as a mysterious resurrection.

We’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s coming in the terrifying Halloween patch update on Oct. 21 too; here’s everything we know about patch v.14.40 so far ⁠— starting with all the details on Fortnite’s impending update downtime.

When is the Fortnite v14.40 patch coming?

Epic Games has officially locked in the v14.40 update for Wednesday, October 21. Downtime is expected to begin at 4am ET (8am UTC, 9am BST, 6pm AEST).

Expect a lengthy downtime for the v14.40 patch. Fortnite matchmaking will be disabled 20-25 minutes before the Halloween update.

Also, be warned, the patch size on PC will be “much larger than normal.” Epic has confirmed the update will clock in at around 27GB but once the patch has gone live it should “massively reduce” the size of the game on your hard drive.

Fortnite update v14.40 early patch notes

Fortnitemares returns

It’s October, and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Spooky season in Fortnite means “Fortnitemares,” which we should see enter the game soon.

Map changes for the Halloween event may not come right on the patch drop, but that means data miners will dig up information on it soon enough.

Expect map swaps, fog, and spooky new skins in Fortnitemares 2020. 

There’s also a chance Midas returns to the Authority as a ghost after his failed test with the Device, so that could be one thing found when patch v14.40 goes live.

Two characters looking at the screen from Fortnitemares
Epic Games
The Fortnitemares Halloween event usually runs in the last week of October, so patch v14.40 is right on schedule.

Midas’ Revenge

Speaking of Midas’ return, the theme of this Halloween patch has already been leaked, and it’s all based around the former Fortnite villain coming back with a vengeance.

According to the datamined leaks, Midas will once again take over the Authority in v14.40, and this time he’ll have spooky Ghost Henchman at his side. He’ll also trade out his iconic Drum Gun for a Gold Scar, just to change things up a little.

Midas was never going to be gone from Fortnite forever.
Epic Games
Midas was never going to be gone from Fortnite forever.

Husks return in Halloween update

Fortnitemares 2020 is also set to bring back Zombie Husks. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Husks are another iconic part of any Halloween update in Epic’s battle royale.

Whether you’re a fan or not, the Husks will be returning too; Fortnite dataminer @Mang0e_ discovered updated versions of the Husk spawner files. Whenever those get a makeover, the lumbering zombies they spawn aren’t too far behind.

In Fortnitemares past, these cubes spawned all over the map.

There’s a chance this may happen again, but it’s more likely they remain in Retail Row. The last time they appeared ⁠— during Season X ⁠— this was their hub.

Halloween items, consumables

The final pre-patch v14.40 leaks pointed to new Halloween items and consumables being added to the game when Fortnitemares goes live on Oct. 21.

Multiple dataminers, including Hypex and Tabor Hill, discovered mention of new rideable Broomsticks. These new items, marked “wbroom” in the Fortnite code, should work similarly to Silver Surfer’s Surfboard, or the Glider Re-Deploy.

The Halloween patch will also add “pepper ming,” “hop drop,” “candy corn,” “jelly beans,” and “thermal taffy,” all of which could provide boosts or power-ups.

Fortnite v14.40 bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will likely include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including the issues with Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb.

Here is the full list of bug changes potentially set for v14.40:


  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.


  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

So, there you have it! That’s our early patch notes with expected changes and fixes coming in Fortnite’s v14.40 update patch. Once the official details are released and added to the game, we’ll be the first to let you know.