Nintendo’s announcement felt like a dream come true after years of console makers refusing to play nice.But it isn’t a dream, because Sony continues to flip the bird to its competitors and Fortnite players on the PS4 are being left out in the cold, unable to play with Xbox or Switch gamers.I’m not too upset about this, largely because I hate Fortnite, which feels like a sloppy combination of game types thrust into a cartoonish world that lacks any real style.Like, do I really want to play a battle royale game sanitised for tweens and then raked over the Minecraft coals?Phil Spencer, Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft, mentioned the crossplay issue this week at E3.Framing it as a slight against the precious children, Spencer laid out a scenario to Giant Bomb, saying: “If you bought your son, your child, an Xbox, and I bought my child a PlayStation – and I’m just a parent, it’s their birthday, whatever – and the kids want to go play Fortnite and they all of a sudden go home and can’t play with each other.” He added, “It doesn’t feel like it helps the consumers.”
Massively popular battle royale game Fortnite is now available on the Nintendo Switch, and some frustrating news for PS4 users aside, it’s a pretty exciting arrival.The game brings the full Fortnite experience, including fort building, of course, but some have expressed concerns over the quality.Turns out, it’s not so bad.Now, it goes without saying that Fortnite on the Xbox One X or any decent PC is going to be much higher in quality than Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, which simply can’t compete in performance due to the hardware available.The big question remains: is the port of a high enough quality to offer an enjoyable experience?The folks at Digital Foundry have answered that question with a detailed evaluation of the Nintendo Switch Fortnite port, visually speaking.
The World Cup kicked off this week, and if you were wondering whether Fortnite was going to get in on the action, wonder no more!The company's strategy of monetizing its free-to-play battle royale game by enticing you to splash out on skins, emotes and dances has already paid off fabulously for its developer Epic Games, so it's inevitable it would get in on the world's biggest sporting event.To celebrate the World Cup, Epic has dropped a huge stadium on the game's map, added six themed skins with jerseys for both men and women characters, and added new weekly challenges to score goals on any of the island's many soccer fields.To root for your favorite team, you can buy one of the six soccer skins, then you can edit the style to represent any country you want.You can also change the number on your jersey to mirror your favorite player.There are soccer themed items, too, like a glider with with a soccer ball design and pick axes with a golden boot or a Vuvuzela (those irritating plastic horns).
When Electronic Arts' gaming showcase kicked off on Saturday in Los Angeles, one of the first games up for discussion was Battlefield V. No surprise there—the forthcoming title is part of one of the longest-running and most popular first-person shooter franchises in gaming."Every day, we'll bring something new," Oskar Gabrielson, a general manager at Swedish game studio DICE, said with a grin.Adding a battle-royale game mode to Battlefield V may have come with pageantry, but it was no surprise.While it's nothing new—Minecraft's "Hunger Games" mod, widely recognized as battle royale's first appearance, landed in 2012, and games like Day Z and H1Z1 popularized it—last year saw Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and then Fortnite propel it to new heights.Fortnite isn't just free to play—its gargantuan revenue coming from players buying costumes or subscribing to premium challenges—but it, like PUBG, can be played on mobile devices as well as on game consoles and PCs.Battle royale’s appeal isn’t simply about outlasting everyone else.
Get your trigger finger ready -- the first Fortnite World Cup will take place in 2019, Epic Games has confirmed.The news came via a company blog post, in which Epic also boasted that the battle royale game had reached a whopping 125 million users.It's unclear if that refers to total registered users, or active users, but I've reached out to Epic for clarification.The World Cup will be open to all players, worldwide and qualifiers will take place later this year ahead of the finals in "late 2019"."This is for you, the players.Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit.
Fornite‘s Battle Royale game mode has become the latest in the genre to garner massive buzz.It borrows quite a lot from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it differentiates itself in a few meaningful ways.The objective is pretty straightforward: Outlive 99 other players, all trapped on a battlefield that gets increasingly smaller.While we don’t have the special ingredient that will lead you to win matches left and right, we do have some tips that should help you outlast the majority of your competitors on a consistent basis in our Fortnite Battle Royale beginner’s guide.Not only will you get to the ground quicker, but you can still cover a lot of horizontal ground by deploying your glider early.While some players like to immediately converge on urban areas with the most structures — Retail Row, Tilted Towers, Greasy Groves, Dusty Depot, Tomato Town — those tend to be the most dangerous and chaotic parts of the map in the early going.
Brought to you by Coffee Stain studios, Satisfactory is a factory building sim, which puts you on an alien planet to build an autonomous factory.You’ll power the building of this factory by collecting resources from the surrounding area.You’ll pick up customers and speak with them in a deeply emotional narrative, where you’ll try to find a friend that has mysteriously vanished.We don’t know much beyond that, but it was enough to pique our interest.It wouldn’t be E3 2018 without including at least one Battle Royale game – the PC Gaming Show featured three – and Maverick’s Proving Grounds aims to separate itself from the pack by having gigantic maps with up to 400 concurrent players.It will also see players leave tracks in the environment, meaning that paying close attention to your environment can lead to victory.
Despite being the biggest event of the year devoted to video games of all styles and genres, PC gaming still feels like a bit of an outsider inside the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center.Even Microsoft, the company with the OS that powers the vast majority of computer gaming, gave PC games only a passing mention during its E3 press event, and even then, only in the context of games like Halo Ultimate and Gears of War 5 getting PC ports alongside the Xbox One versions.That's why I trekked across town to the historic Wiltern Theater, an art deco LA landmark.Despite being a good 15-minute drive away from E3 show, the 1,800-seat theater was about two-thirds full, impressive considering in previous years The PC Gaming Show was just a few blocks from the Convention Center.Highlights included cool-looking indie games like Neo Cab, as well as a 1,000-player battle royale game called Mavericks Proving Ground.Some classic franchises made appearances, like Star Control, Killing Floor and other fan favorites that are unlikely to get any stage time from the big E3 press conferences.
If you’re a fan of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds but just feel like it could use quadruple the player count, Mavericks: Proving Grounds might just be the game for you.At E3 2018, the game’s developer, Automaton, announced it will kick off a beta of its 400 player last-man-standing games on August 18, 2018.Better yet, if you sign up for the free beta before Sunday, June 17th you’ll also receive an exclusive E3 content pack full of special cosmetic items.First announced at the PC Gamer Weekender in February, Proving Grounds isn’t just a PUBG clone.In 2019, the game will widen up into an open-world MMO-shooter game that can support up to 1,000 players.From the looks of the trailer, it seems Proving Grounds will have a more dynamic map that includes everything from muddy plains to flaming ruins and many more interesting environments with dynamic water and other details.
I'm Nicolas Towner and I'm the new summer intern here at CNET.School's out for the summer, the stress of finals has come and gone, and while others are looking forward to warm summer days and cold drinks on ice; I personally am looking forward to the endless days of video game binging, and for me that means more Fortnite.Fortnite's Battle Royale game mode has seen its popularity grow exponentially in a relatively short time, and it is in fact gearing up to grow even larger.In addition to their announcement of an Android release this summer, there are also rumblings of a potential Nintendo Switch release, as rumored to be announced on next week's E3.This news, as well as news of complete cross-platform play to be in the works, has the gaming community at large preparing for even more Fortnite in our lives.Whether it was going out with friends , that really cool concert you wanted to see, the new Marvel movie, or really anything under the sun.
If you haven’t joined the millions of gamers who are enjoying the free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale right now, you’re missing out.This multiplayer title from Epic Games features a combination of third-person shooter and fort-building gameplay and has taken the world by storm.With a legion of players joining in worldwide and streamers like Ninja – as well as some celebrities like Drake – breaking Twitch records, it’s kind of a big deal.You don’t even need a PC or console to enjoy Fortnite, as the game has been in such high demand that developer Epic Games recently ported it to iOS, with an Android version coming later this summer.One notable feature of Fortnite is that it allows for cross-platform play, meaning that PC, console, and mobile players can all duke it out together no matter what system they’re playing on.As you might imagine, trying to play a fast-paced action game like Fortnite (or similar titles such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) on a phone or tablet touchscreen puts you at a disadvantage when you’re up against an enemy who is using a controller or a mouse and keyboard.
A number of credible leaks and reports suggest that Epic Games' ultra-popular battle royale game Fortnite will be getting a Switch port in the near future.The scuttlebutt around the Switch port started yesterday afternoon, when Fortnite showed up in a photographed list of Switch game logos that were purportedly being printed for display at Nintendo's E3 booth.That list also included other unannounced Switch titles such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Killer Queen Black, Paladins, and Overcooked 2.It's incredibly easy to generate an authentic-looking (but fake) list of E3 announcements, of course, and fraudulent "leaks" pop up all the time in the pre-E3 buzz.But there's sufficient reason to believe this leak is authentic.For one, embargoed pre-E3 planning information exists regarding the existence of at least one of the unannounced titles on this list (though we can't reveal more details until the embargo is up).
The battle royale craze has brought us everything from the gritty, slow-paced combat of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the colorful and intense Fortnite: Battle Royale.Those awesome experiences have led to plenty of imitators, but Unbroken Studios Fractured Lands stands out from the pack by making you feel like a survivor battling it out on the Fury Road.Coming to Steam Early Access this summer, Fractured Lands is a 100-person battle royale game from former Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield developers that combines traditional first-person shooting with vehicular action.You won’t only be using your vehicle to outrun enemies or quickly traverse the environment.In the game’s announcement trailer, we see a giant plow attached to the front, as well as rocket boosters that allow vehicles to easily run down those still on foot.It can also carry extra inventory, so you won’t be limited to whatever your own bag holds.
PUBG Corp, the developer of super popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has taken Fortnite developer Epic Games to court over alleged copyright violations.According to The Korea Times, the suit was originally filed in January with the Seoul Central District Court in Korea.A spokesperson for PUBG Corp said the company filed the suit in order to “protect its copyright.”Both PUBG and Fortnite are hugely successful battle royale games with similar gameplay.In each game, players have to fight to become the sole survivor after being dropped off on an island with dozens of other players.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was released in March 2017, a full six months before Fortnite Battle Royale was released as a free-to-play title in September 2017.
The insanely popular multiplayer game has taken over the gaming industry this year, with PCs, consoles and phones turning into glorified Fortnite machines.And it keeps getting more popular.Fortnite began as a zombie-killing, cooperative game where you built fortifications, held off hordes and moved on to the next attack.It was first revealed by developer Epic Games in 2011, making infrequent appearances for years before finally entering early access in 2017.That $40 cooperative title stood by itself for months, but it wasn't until Epic decided to add a free battle royale game mode to drum up awareness for the core game that Fortnite went from a mildly successful game to a worldwide phenomenon.It takes heavy inspiration from its namesake: a Japanese manga and movie of the same name that follows a similar, murderous arc.
Sorry, Fornite fans with Android phones, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer until you can pick up those Victory Royales on the go.Battle royale addicts with Android devices have been holding out for a set release date for Epic Games’ insanely popular title hit iOS devices just over two months ago.In an official developer update earlier today, the developer/publisher confirmed that development is still underway and that it is “targeting this summer for the release.”Epic said back in March that the online shooter would arrive on the Play Store “in a few months.” The new release window given today suggests we’ll see Fornite come to Android phones and tablets between late June and early September.While it’s disappointing to hear that there’s still at least another month to wait, it seems like the extra time will be put to good use.Epic is looking to improve the experience on mobile, no doubt to ensure that it can fully compete with the platform’s other massively popular battle royale game, PUBG Mobile.
Epic Games may be planning to launch Fortnite, its hit battle royale game, on Nintendo Switch.A hint of the unofficial plans appeared in a job listing posted by Iron Galaxy Studios, the company that brought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the Switch.The job listing, which has since been edited to remove all references, made a mention of work on Fortnite.Iron Galaxy posted a job listing seeking a “Director of Game Design” who will work in the company’s Chicago office leading teams.In its description of the company, Iron Galaxy mentioned that it is known for its work on “Killer Instant, and Divekick; which are complimented by our technically superb Fortnite and Skyrim Switch ports.”No official announcement about a Fortnite for Nintendo Switch edition have been made, meaning Iron Galaxy likely just let the secret out early.
Twitch this week announced a new feature which allows viewers to filter streams in the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds by the number of players left in the game.No one likes a chicken dinner when it’s cold.Be there for the big moments by watching @PUBG on Twitch with our new custom filters.— Twitch (@Twitch) May 15, 2018The context: The filters let you choose PUBG streams with more than 50 players remaining, 25-50, or less than 25.You can also filter streams by those who are playing solo or in teams.
Boss Key Productions, the studio behind gravity-bending shooter Lawbreakers and '80s-themed battle royale game Radical Heights has shut down.Founder Cliff Bleszinski, previously best known for his role as director on the Gears of War series, announced the studio was "effectively no more" Monday afternoon on Twitter."Lawbreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction, and in a last-ditch attempt we scrambled to do our take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received, however, it was too late," Bleszinski's statement says, in part.He adds that while "videogames will forever be a part of who I am, and I hope to make something new someday," he will be "tak[ing] some time off to reflect" in the near term.After decades as a major public face of Epic Games, Bleszinski retired from the company in 2012 only to announce a comeback by forming Boss Key in April of 2014.What started as Project Bluestreak would eventually become Lawbreakers, which Boss Key launched in 2017 after extensive public demonstrations, beta tests, and gameplay tweaking.
They let you take advantage of a desktop graphics card with your gaming laptop, giving you that extra graphics performance that allows you to play the latest games on a laptop that wasn’t meant to play them.I tried out the Razer Core V2 External Graphics Enclosure with the Razer Blade Stealth laptop with a 13-inch screen.I loaded up Fortnite on the machine and soon enough I was getting killed by total strangers in Epic’s hot battle royale game.The Razer Blade Stealth weighs slightly less than three pounds, and it has a nice black case and a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) touch display with great clarity.It comes with a 512 GB PCIe SSD, a quad-core Intel 8th Gen Core i7 processor, and Intel integrated graphics.And on its own, it can’t, except for less-demanding games like League of Legends, DOTA 2, or World of Warcraft.