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When does Fortnite Winterfest start? Dates, Christmas challenges & more

Published: 13/Dec/2019 15:57 Updated: 13/Dec/2019 16:54

by Connor Bennett

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Epic Games are throwing another holiday celebration inside Fortnite with their Winterfest event. With it just around the corner, here’s what you need to know.

The developers of the uber-popular free-to-play battle royale have been able to keep the fanbase growing and growing with their constant updates and bringing the real world to Fortnite.

Back in season seven, the introduced their first round of winter holiday celebrations, adding an arctic-themed biome to the south-west of the map, subsequently covering the map in snow for a few, and adding a number of limited-time modes in what was called the 14 Days of Fortnite. Now, they’re taking things one step further with Fortnite Chapter 2 by introducing Winterfest.

Epic GamesFortnite’s holiday celebrations are coming soon.

Fortnite Winterfest start date

Winterfest will be Chapter 2’s answer to the 14 Days of Fortnite with a few changes to keep in-tune with the new season. According to data miner KrispyLeaks, the holiday celebration will kick off on Tuesday, December 17 and run until Monday, January 6, 2020. 

That date is obviously longer than the original 14 days, so you won’t be racing against the clock to get the challenges done. There’s a more leisurely pace to things this around.

Fortnite Winterfest challenges

The challenges for the event have already surfaced, and again, they’re going to task you with getting into the holiday spirit.

These Winterfest challenges, where only one is currently unknown, will require looting some stockings, getting warm by a cozy fire, and channeling your inner Grinch to hand out some lumps of coal. 

A wide range of winter-themed cosmetics – including Wraps, Music Pack, Sprays, a Glider, Back Blings, Pickaxes, and a Contrail – will be up for grabs during the campaign though, so it will be worth your while.

Twitter: HypezThe Fortnite Winterfest challenges have already surfaced ahead of the update.

As for everything else, Epic has dropped a few new spots onto the battle island – notably the Winterfest Cabin and the Shiver Inn – so you can spend some time there too. 

However, it won’t be long before the Winterfest madness begins and you’re trying to tick these challenges off. Just watch your back – there could be a sneaky snowman lurking.

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Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

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Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.