#97 – Fortnite’s Next Chapter…

TODAY: Blitzchung gets his prize money, but does he want to come back? — Definitely no loot crates for Modern Warfare … at launch, anyway — Thinking about quitting that Gears 5 online match? Think again

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Fornite sucked into black hole as season ends, cripples Twitch

Epic Games switched off the servers after the finale of Fortnite’s tenth season, which is unusual, since you have always been able keep playing after the end of a season while Epic patched in new content in the background.

But not this time! Really, nothing says ‘The End’ quite like having the entire game world sucked into a black hole. It all started when the rocket was launched and flew into a portal. Then more portals appeared along with more and more copies of the original rocket.

The rockets whizzed around for a while, apparently at random, before concentrating at the meteor’s landing spot, apparently to create a huge portal it would fly through instead of hitting the island. Unfortunately, that seems to have backfired.

Fortnite sucked in all your cash, and now it got sucked into a black hole – poetic!

The portal and rockets reappeared along with the meteor, which proceeded to crash into the center of the island, creating a black hole that consumed the entire game – as well as Twitch, which crashed under the load of streamers and viewers.

After the island had vanished there was nothing left to do except watch the black hole for a while, or log out. In total, about six million viewers watched ‘The End’, with around 1.5 million of them watching from Twitch.

Looks like this is it for Fortnite as we knew it. It’s gone, and now Epic Games will presumably deliver not just a new season, but a whole new chapter of Fortnite. Maybe something will emerge from the black hole? Follow the stream over at the official Fortnite YouTube channel to see for yourself.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which iconic Fortnite elements did NOT appear in the first trailer in 2011?

  • DURRR Burger
  • Shopping carts
  • Blueprints and construction
  • Llamas

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Payday 3 expected 2022-2023 by Starbreeze Studios

Maybe troubled studio Starbreeze isn’t done for after all? They have just announced Payday 3, but it’s currently in the design phase and won’t be released until 2022 at the earliest. They also seem pretty optimistic about their future cashflow, for whatever reason.

Maybe they expect the console versions of Overkill’s The Walking Dead to sell like gangbusters despite the PC version flopping and being about half a decade late to the undead party?

Halo Infinite loses another executive

It’s always a bit concerning to see high-profile departures during development. Creative director Tom Longo left 343 Industries in August, and now executive producer Mary Olson has left to become Head of Production at Midwinter Entertainment, which is home to a number of Halo alumni. While no release date has been announced, Halo Infinite is most likely scheduled for launch alongside Xbox Scarlett.

Daily Fact

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine was meant to have aliens in it

There are some interesting similarities between Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine from 1999, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from 2008. Originally intended to feature aliens and UFOs, George Lucas himself nixed the original concept for Infernal Machine, which ended up focusing on ancient technology instead.

Infernal Machine was also moved to the Cold War instead of World War 2 since game director Hal Barwood felt that the Nazis had played out their role in the Indiana Jones canon.

Fast forward nearly a decade, and lo! Indy actually discovers a UFO and fights commies on the silver screen in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

Daily News

Blitzchung ‘yet to decide whether or not’ to return to Hearthstone

While Blizzard eventually decided to overturn its own decision to ban Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai from Hearthstone, the pro-gamer is still undecided on whether he wants to come back to the card table after all.

Blitzchung was originally hit with a 12-month suspension and had to forfeit a $10,000 prize after voicing his support for the anti-China protests in Hong Kong during a post-match interview. Blizzard has shortened the original 12-month suspension from Hearthstone Grandmasters, and Blitzchung is reportedly “grateful for Blizzard reconsidering” their ruling. He will also receive the $10,000 prize after all.

BlizzCon begins October 31, with protests already planned

“Since my next tournament is very likely to be the Grandmaster tournament of next season, it’s probably at least a few months from now on. I will take this time to relax myself to decide if I am staying in competitive Hearthstone scene or not. Hearthstone changed my the way I live, I really love this community. Blessing to all the players out there, and blessing to Blizzard.”

Activision Blizzard was adamant that their decision had nothing to do with their financial interests in China, insisting that neither the Chinese government nor their Chinese investors had any influence on the severity of the punishment.

Infinity Ward “definitely NOT working” on loot boxes for Modern Warfare

Art director Joel Emslie at Infinity Ward has clarified the studio’s stance on loot boxes on Reddit after “misinformed and incorrect info” about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare started to get attention.

The short answer: There will be ‘no loot boxes or supply drops’. This isn’t the first time the studio’s made similar claims in the run up to launch, but they have appeared later anyway. “What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system. Also, functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY,” wrote Emslie.

No loot boxes, but wait until you see our new innovative ‘gear crates’ mechanic!

All the game’s gear is supposed to be unlocked through gameplay progression, so we’re very curious to see what other creative plans Activision has for squeezing every last cent out of Modern Warfare. Our wild guess is that … drumroll … there will be loot boxes anyway.

The last few Call of Duty titles have started out with fairly mild and inoffensive microtransactions, before eventually getting outright exploitative and charging blood money for a measly laser dot sight. While some might be mollified by Joel Emslie’s Reddit post, others think actions speak louder than words and note that there were loot boxes in the Modern Warfare beta.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 25th.

News Bits

Cyberpunk 2077 ‘unlikely’ for a Nintendo Switch release

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on Switch, so maybe Cyberpunk 2077 will make an appearance too? Not too likely, according to CD Projekt’s John Mamais: “I guess we’ll see, if we decide to put it on the Switch, if we can do it. Probably not.” Maybe half a decade later, with all the DLC included?

Cyberpunk 2077 launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 16th, 2020.

Serial online quitters can face two year bans in Gears 5

People who quit online matches can have a very negative impact on the game’s performance and credibility, and Gears 5 now actively punishes people who blow a raspberry at their fellow gamers before ragequitting.

One ‘serial quitter’ has already received a 640 day ban after having “played 21 escalation matches and quit 18 of them” in a single day. Developer The Coalition reversed the bans later, but cautioned that this was a ‘final warning’ and that consequences would be severe in the future.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which of these iconic Fortnite elements did NOT feature in the game’s very first trailer in 2011?

Answer: Llamas!

Now that Fortnite is dead and gone, we can pour one out and reminisce about its humble beginnings. Who can forget its very first trailer from 2011, when it was announced at the Video Game Awards? A Minecraft-a-like from the creators of Unreal, Gears of War and, uh, Paragon. Little did we know what was about to be unleashed on an unwary gaming world …

It’s fun to watch the trailer now and see how many of the things we take for granted today were already present right at the start, even though it wouldn’t release until six years later. Shopping carts, the famous burger joint, skins, building in blueprints before finalizing them – it’s all there!

Maybe there’ll be more zombies when Fortnite returns from the dead?

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