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The Baller gets major change ahead of Fortnite World Cup

Published: 11/Apr/2019 16:36 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 16:51

by David Purcell


Epic Games have rolled out their first major change to vehicles, with The Baller receiving a significant nerf ahead of the Fortnite World Cup. 

Many Fortnite players would have been expecting the first change to be included in the latest v8.30 content update, but the only mention of anything vehicle related was Reboot Vans being scattered around the map to give players a second chance after being eliminated.

However, the developer has now revealed that they had implemented a hotfix for the game’s hamster ball vehicle, following complaints from members of the game’s competitive community. 

Epic GamesThe Baller can be found near many Expedition Outposts in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Baller finally gets a nerf in Fortnite

“We deployed a hotfix reducing the health of The Baller from 300 to 200,” Epic posted to the Fortnite BR subreddit. 

“In the 8.20 patch notes, we said we would add the ability to shoot through the glass of Ballers in a future update. We’ve played with shooting through glass and it didn’t feel like the right solution,” they added. 

Baller Health Adjustments from r/FortNiteBR

The vehicle, which has had its problems in the past and was once temporarily removed from the game, now has less health. This means that those driving the vehicle will now be more vulnerable than they would have been in the past. 

Members of the game’s online community have since given their feedback on the change, and it’s generally more positive than negative. 

Epic GamesThe Baller’s HP has decreased by a third. Which vehicle will change in Fortnite next?

One Reddit user described the change as a “step in the right direction,” while others suggested that simply removing The Baller from competitive would level things out. 

After the developer confirmed that changes to vehicles were indeed on the way, in response to previous rumors, it’s now expected that further tweaks will be made by Epic Games ahead of the Fortnite World Cup tournament. 

The competition is set to take place between July 26-28. 


Fortnite leak hints at Tomb Raider crossover with Lara Croft skin

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:42

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players are convinced that the game’s next major crossover skin will be Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise.

When Season 5 of Epic Games’ popular battle royale launched in December 2020, it came with the theme of ‘bounty hunters’ as Agent Jonesy attempted to “gather the greatest hunters across all realities” to protect The Loop.

So far, we’ve seen hunters including God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and of course The Mandalorian make appearances in the game as playable skins.

Who’s next? Well, fans have been gathering clues – alongside a recent leak – and they think they’ve discovered that the next newcomer to The Island will be none other than Tomb Raider legend Lara Croft.

Tomb Raider 2013
Square Enix
Fortnite fans think Lara Croft is coming to The Island.

Is Lara Croft going to be in Fortnite?

According to Fortnite dataminer Mang0e, a new crossover skin codenamed ‘Typhoon’ will be arriving in the game soon. It will be a female character with reactive styles, and the portal on the map indicting her arrival has a ‘flicker’ effect.

While codenames like this one don’t always have a link to the final skin, some fans believe that ‘Typhoon’ is a reference to the opening of 2013 reboot Tomb Raider, where Lara gets stranded on an island after a violent storm sinks her ship.

As for being reactive, there could be a number of possibilities. One could be that as the player receives damage, the skin appears more bloody and bandaged up, which would reflect Lara’s modern appearance in the recent trilogy of games.

Tomb Raider 2013
Square Enix
Lara Croft would fit the ‘hunter’ theme of Fortnite Season 5.

A recent tweet from the official Tomb Raider account has added even more fuel to the fire. Using symbols, the tweet depicts Lara thinking about three emojis. One of them is a pickaxe, which is a piece of Fortnite iconography.

Of course, Lara uses a pickaxe in her own game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. Lara would also fit the ‘hunter’ aspect of the season, as she uses her bow and arrow to hunt prey in the games.

The rumors have even got some dedicated fans creating their own artwork. Twitter user @wawa_cwoft mocked up what Lara Croft could look like as a Fortnite character, and it’s got us fully on board with the concept (as if we weren’t already).

But what if it’s not Lara Croft? Well, there’s been heavy speculation about Metroid’s intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran joining Fortnite as a crossover skin.

With Kratos representing PlayStation and Master Chief representing Xbox, Nintendo are the only company behind the ‘big three’ consoles who haven’t got a skin representing them yet. Samus could be perfect for the job.

Whoever the new crossover skin turns out to be, fans will be able to get their hands on them soon enough as Season 5 of Fortnite is scheduled to come to an end on March 16, 2021.