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When are helicopters being added to Fortnite Season 2?

Published: 16/Mar/2020 23:09 Updated: 16/Mar/2020 23:10

by Bill Cooney

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The new Fornite Chapter 2: Season 2 trailer from January left everybody wondering about whether or not a new vehicle could soon appear in the battle royale game. 

Season 2’s trailer premiered in January 2020 and one thing sharp-eyed players soon noticed a chopper landing in one shot on the roof of the mansion, which appeared to be yet another hint that flying vehicles could be experimented with once again.

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Helicopters aren’t entirely new to Fortnite – one was spotted around the map from Seasons 4 through 8 in 2019, but that never led to a version that was actually usable by players.

Now that we know patch v12.20 is on the way, there’s a chance helicopters could be added then. Let’s take a look at everything we know so far. 

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This golden heli was spotted during the Season 2 trailer.

Helicopters clues in Fortnite

Helipads

After seeing one landing on top of the mansion in the trailer, we have seen many other clues that may suggest they’re coming soon. Players have also noticed that every single one of the new areas on the map has a helipad somewhere in it.

They’re marked with all of the distinct characteristics of any ordinary helipad – a wide surface with a large H in the middle of a circle.

While you wouldn’t necessarily need a helipad for a helicopter to land, if Epic were planning on adding the vehicle in, it would make sense to have them as a place for it to spawn.

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Helipads such as this have popped up in all of the new areas on the map.

Leaked emotes

But some of the most convincing things we’ve seen to suggest the flying vehicles are coming to Fortnite come from prominent dataminer HYPEX, who leaked some helicopter-themed emotes and information about the new vehicle from back-end game files.

HYPEX warned these stats could just be placeholders, but they’re one of the best indications so far the vehicle is definitely coming. The chopper will have 1500 HP, be able to boost and it can damage players if it hits them.

The emote in question is named “Get To The Choppa” a nod to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legendary 1987 sci-fi action film “Predator”, and it definitely looks like a good sign for choppers coming to the game soon.

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More leaks

Last, but certainly not least, it has also been suggested that the new vehicles won’t be able to carry more than one person at a time, which would mean teammates wouldn’t be able to travel in a group.

This information, posted to Twitter by user spedicy, is still unconfirmed. They also claimed that they would have 1500 HP, which would make destroying them quite the challenge.

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Helicopters wouldn’t be the first flying vehicle to be in Fortnite either; players used to be able to take to the skies in the X-4 Stormwing planes before they were vaulted at the end of Season 7.

However, due to their overpowered nature, the Stormwings were widely disliked by the player-base and remain to this day as one of the more controversial additions to the battle royale.

Fans will hope that if choppers are indeed coming, Epic Games will have made sure that they can’t cause too much havoc, or we’ll have another aerial catastrophe on our hands.

As of now, there is no expected release date for helicopters in Fortnite, but with Season 2 nearly a quarter of the way done and patch v12.20 just around the corner, you just never know what may happen.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson