Ninja plays devil's advocate on controversial Fortnite v8.20 patch: "Epic has their reasons" - Dexerto

Ninja plays devil’s advocate on controversial Fortnite v8.20 patch: “Epic has their reasons”

Published: 27/Mar/2019 15:53 Updated: 27/Mar/2019 16:38

by Calum Patterson


Top Fortnite streamer Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins has weighed in on the controversy over the latest v8.20 update, which has disappointed, or even angered, other Fortnite personalities and pro players.

The issue with the update is not anything new that Epic have added in, but rather a reversal of gameplay changes that were added back in Season 7.

The plus 50 shield/health that was granted for each elimination has been removed, as well as the cap on materials and reversed the 40% increase in harvest rates.

Epic’s explanation for all of this was that it had created an “unhealthy level of aggressive play” – but this certainly wasn’t a satisfactory explanation for many.

Dakotaz, Daequan, CouRage and more were all in disbelief at the changes, sharing their dismay on social media.

But, one streamer noticeable by their absence from all the complaining, was Ninja. After starting his stream to try out the new update, he finally voiced his opinion, stating he wished to “play devil’s advocate.”

“You know who isn’t going to be tweeting [complaining] today? The tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of casual players that don’t care about social media, and don’t have a following. The ones who might have hated the last updates, but we’ll never know about it, because they don’t post online, they don’t post on Reddit.”

He also says that he trusts Epic Games “have their reasons” for making the changes, regardless of how he, or any other streamer or pro player, feels about it.

The battle royale team at Epic Games are always paying attention to feedback, and if the community sentiment is largely in favor or returning to the pre-v8.20 version, it’s likely they will steer in that direction.

Previous examples of this community-informed decision making include the X-4 Stormwing and the Infinity Blade, both of which were removed after streamers, pros and casuals alike all voiced their discontent on various social channels.


Baby Yoda coming in Fortnite Season 5, Mandalorian Star Wars theme leaked

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:58 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 15:48

by David Purcell


Huge Fortnite Season 5 leaks have revealed the next major update will be a crossover with Star Wars and The Mandalorian, featuring Baby Yoda. 

The update is expected to land at the end of November, with Epic Games continuing their relationship with Disney. Previous seasons have been all about Marvel, and following on from the success of The Mandalorian Season 2, it looks like the game is set to strike while the iron is hot on the hype.

On November 24, within the week the patch is expected to roll out, leakers ShiinaBR and others are reporting the crossover is imminent.

First of all, the dataminer tweeted: “So the next Battle Pass is Star Wars themed?? Both the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda will be a part of it!”

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass leaked: Star Wars & Mandalorian

This very quickly caught the attention of fans, before later posting a leaked image of the Battle Pass advertising.

As seen below, there is an image of Fortnite skins – spearheaded by the Mandalorian – and to his side you can see little Baby Yoda, which will presumably be a Back Bling in the next major update.

Fortnite Crew leak

Fortnite Crew
Epic Games
Fortnite Crew will be a paid subscription service each month.

A first look at the new Fortnite Crew subscription service has also been revealed ahead of schedule.

There are reports that this will be a monthly subscription service to the game, which will land players a select amount of V-Bucks per month, the Battle Pass for each season, and new skin packs to open with cosmetics and outfits inside.

Presumably, that will roll out alongside the next major update. According to website Indigo Pearl, it will cost £9.99 / $9.99 per month and will including the following.

  • Battle Pass
  • 1,000 V-Bucks each month
  • New Monthly Crew Pack!

Once we have more information confirmed by the developers, we’ll be the first to let you know. It looks like it’s going to be a big season for the game, following on from Season 4 which was all about the Avengers and ultimately – Galactus as well.