The ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple has put iOS Fortnite players in the crossfire. On August 26, Epic confirmed what many of us had already assumed – that Fortnite Season 4 would not be released on iOS devices.
This news comes after the court blocked Epic’s appeal to bring Fortnite to the App store in time for the new season. “Your client created the situation,” the judge told Apple’s lawyers. “Your client can’t thus come to this court with clean hands.”
The company broke the news to their iOS player base in the form of a blog post. “Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices,” they wrote. “As a result, Fortnite’s newly released Chapter 2 – Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27.”
The two tech giants appear as though they’re willing to go back and forth for the foreseeable future. Epic, for their part, has the backing of fellow tech companies like Facebook and Microsoft. Interestingly, it may be Epic Games and Fortnite that force Apple to allow third-party app sellers to operate on their platform – although not before a massive fight
Although the game was kicked off of the Google Play store as well, Android players can still access Fortnite through the Epic Games launcher. There’s still hope for Season 5, but iOS users will not be able to experience the Marvel-themed Fortnite Season 4.
The Fortnite Competitive team have finally issued a statement about the rampant cheating in Season 3.
3 hours ago
August 26, 2020
Anyone who followed the Fortnite Season 3 competitive season knows that cheating was a huge issue. Tier-one pros were tweeting about it, low-level pros were getting caught by teammates, and everyone was paranoid that there were cheaters in each game.
One of the biggest problems with this was that Epic kept their mouth shut for the entire season. To many, it seemed like these cries for help were falling on deaf ears. On August 26, however – the eve of the new Fortnite season – Epic broke their silence in the form of a competitive blog post.
The first piece of news that the blog post provided was information about an apparent bug in their anti-cheat system. This could have been why the competitive team was so tight-lipped about the cheating problem up until now. According to the post, the error prevented real-time detection and bans like we’ve seen in the past. “This error has been corrected and all automatic actionings are functioning in near-real time again,” the competitive team wrote.
The blog post then asked for help from the community. Epic have provided a new way to report suspicious players, and ask for everyone to keep a level head throughout the reviewal process. They clarified that they won’t comment on these issues, but that, “Any perceived lack of action towards reported players generally means one of two things: either we’re still actively investigating and want to make sure we take the time to make the correct decision based on the facts, or we’ve determined the player in question did not violate the rules.”
We can also expect a new and improved set of rules for the upcoming competitive Fortnite season. This is one of the ways that Epic can clarify things like teaming, cheating, and general competitive integrity.
This was the blog post that a lot of competitive Fortnite players wanted to see. Cheating was a huge problem in the last competitive Fortnite season, and now we know why. It also makes sense that Epic didn’t speak up until now. If they had told us about the bug, it would have been a green light to cheaters, everywhere.
Hopefully, the next season of competitive Fortnite goes off without a hitch. The uptick in cheaters seems to have been the result of a bug rather than a systemic issue with the anti-cheat. All around, this is good news for the competitive Fortnite scene.
The Final Fortnite Season 4 teasers are live on social media and in-game.
4 hours ago
August 26, 2020
Fortnite Season 4 is, officially, less than 24 hours away. Despite what everyone predicted, Season 3 will be the first season in Chapter 2 to end without an extension.
The online and in-game teasers are heating up. Today, August 26, Epic revealed the thematic word for the season, Nexus, along with some new comic pages that confirm a few previously-leaked skins for the new season. As it turns out, the leaks from Hypex and Tabor Hill only gave us a couple of days head-start on what Epic would eventually release ahead of Season 4.
Wolverine, Iron Man, Groot, Storm, Dr. Doom, and more Marvel characters will all be a part of Season 4 – either through the Battle Pass or Item Shop. There are even rumors about a double Battle Pass for Season 4. The news seems promising and realistic, but we’re not getting our hopes up, just yet.
Of course, the teasers aren’t isolated to social media. Epic released an in-game teaser in the form of Bifrost markings outside of Weeping Woods. Like Thor’s Hammer, we expect to see these lifted when Season 4 goes live early in the morning of the 27th.
As for the rest of what Season 4 will hold, your guess is as good as ours. We’ll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow when the new season goes live. We’ll be up all night reporting on the new season, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL to be the first to know everything about Fortnite Season 4.
Another Fortnite exploit lets you build through walls with ease.
21 hours ago
August 25, 2020
Fortnite is no stranger to building exploits. There seems to be a new one popping-up every season or so. Competitive Fortnite players are always looking for an advantage, and that often leads to mechanics that Epic Games never intended to be possible.
Players have been able to build through walls in Fortnite for a while. This only consisted of an occasional cone and ramp. If you’re lucky, you can build a whole 1×1 on the other side of the wall, but this method was tricky and never too consistent. It took longer and wasn’t very practical.
Reddit user u/OfficialHR posted a video that showed an easier and more consistent way to build through walls, however. To do this, all you need to do is edit the left side of a cone, move all the way to the right, and start building.
You won’t be able to box-up an opponent who pushes you with this method, but it’s a great way to extend your box without revealing yourself during a late-game competitive match.
We saw some people reference the “easier” method in the replies – the method that has you looking to the bottom-left and placing the structures. In our experience – although this method sounds easier – it’s tough to pull off and doesn’t always work in the heat of battle. When testing this strategy, it worked every time.
Of course, players at the highest level are likely able to use the aforementioned exploit more efficiently. Most players aren’t at that level, however, and this exploit is far more consistent.
We don’t expect this exploit to get patched anytime soon. This type of building mechanic stays in the game indefinitely – we still have similar glitches in the game from Chapter 1. It’s worth learning if you’re interested in taking competitive Fortnite seriously. The more tricks you have in your bag, the better.