Another week of Fortnite news, challenges and map changes is almost behind us. The fourth season of the game’s Battle Pass is in its seventh week, with Week 8 challenges dropping early Thursday morning.
As is the case every week, this post is designed to round-up the biggest Fortnite: Battle Royale stories of the week and help you mop up any challenges you might still be facing.
News and Updates
This past week was a big one for Epic Games and the Fortnite community. Perhaps the biggest story of them all was the launch of Fortnite: Battle Royale on the Nintendo Switch. Epic announced the release on the day of launch, during Nintendo’s E3 presentation.
Of course, that news was coupled with the revelation that if your Epic Games account happened to be linked to a PS4 account—for any game, not just Fortnite—you’d be blocked from using it on the Switch (as well as on Xbox One.)
Sony, it appears, is not content merely blocking cross-play, the company wants to block your cross-progression as well, locking all Fortnite purchases to that account (though you can still cross-play with PC, Mac and iOS.)
And you can’t just unlink your PS4 account from your Epic account. So much for your Battle Pass and cosmetics purchases; if you want to play on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch you’ll need a brand new account altogether.
Epic also released the v4.4 patch which added new weapons, modes and some balancing changes. The thermal-scope assault rifle is a cool new weapon that adds punch to the new version of Sniper vs. Sniper.
The studio also revealed that Fortnite: Battle Royale now has a staggering 125 million players. That’s . . . kind of insane to think about.
Finally, the Stink Bomb has been announced as the newest explosive weapon coming to the game.
One of the biggest map changes in recent days has been the sudden appearance of a mysterious image on all the game’s television sets scattered across the map. It depicts the Evil Lair—though on the Nintendo Switch that image has been replaced with a countdown timer.
The internet is awash with fan theories and speculation, but most seem to agree that these clues point toward the imminent launch of the rocket from the Evil Lair.
This theory is boosted by the sudden appearance of a hologram near the rocket, and the leaked loading screen of the Visitor apparently setting off the rocket. The Visitor is the secret Blockbuster Challenge reward. He’s also the alien that emerged from the meteor in Dusty Divot. In essence, he’s the culmination of much of Season 3 and Season 4’s various developments.
The question now is what will happen when the rocket goes off?
Some speculate that this will be a player-triggered action, wreaking havoc on the map, possibly as a weapon of mass destruction that downs other players or even structures. This is a fun idea, but dramatically changes the nature of the game. I find it more likely that there’s some kind of challenge that sets the rocket off—perhaps something similar to the disco ball, where more than one player needs to work together in order to set off the rocket.
At this point, given we still have weeks 8 – 10 remaining in the season, it wouldn’t surprise me if the rocket launched but didn’t come back down for some time. Who’s to say the rocket is even a bomb? Perhaps the Visitor is simply trying to go home, like E.T. After all, some rockets are designed to launch spacecraft into space rather than blow up an enemy. Perhaps the Visitor comes in peace . . . .
The other big map change of the week was the addition of a new (and rather massive) soccer stadium, in keeping with the new World Cup skins and challenges. Read all about it here.
Week 7 Challenges
New free PlayStation Plus content was made available for gamers this past week. Here’s what it is and how to download it (if you’re a member.)
Don’t forget, you still have time to download the free Twitch Prime Fortnite loot as well. Go here to learn how.
That’s All Folks!
Well, that’s all that we can think of, in any case. Last week was a big week not just for Fortnite but for video games write large. That’s because E3 2018 was going on last weekend and throughout the week, with tons of big game announcements, reveals, trailers and gameplay footage.
My favorite reveals of E3 were Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a new ninja game from Dark Souls studio FromSoftware, and the incredible gameplay footage of The Last Of Us Part II from Naughty Dog. But there was lots of great stuff this year and tons of games I can’t wait to add to the growing backlog of games I have. I’m behind on many of them thanks in no small part to my Fortnite habit. I’m sure some of you know what I mean.