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[Update: Over the past couple of weeks, Fortnite players have been reporting that their accounts have been compromised and purchases are being made in their name with their money without their permission. Epic has said that it’s aware of the problem and suspects phishing scams rather than an elaborate hacks. It encourages any players who believe their account has been affected to contact its support center immediately.
Before it gets to that point, there are some steps you can take to keep your account safe. The first of these is to read the Epic account security bulletin. Next, you ought to make sure that you have a strong original password and two-factor sign in. Outside of this, ensure you keep an eye on your transactions and acting on any suspicious activity early.]
You’ve probably noticed, but Battle Royale games are having something of a moment. One of the biggest of the Battle Royale titles available at the moment is Fortnite Battle Royale from Epic Games.
Available for free on PC, Xbox One and PS4, Fortnite Battle Royale supports up to 100 players at a time in a game, either playing as individuals or in squads of up to four. When starting up, you’re thrown onto an island with no weapons or armor and you must scavenge for supplies and fight for your life to be the last man or squad standing at the end of the game.
Like most Battle Royale games, Fortnite is split into matches of varying length with a map that shrinks as the match progresses, forcing players closer together.
Epic Games actively works on Fortnite Battle Royale, making changes through patches and updates. Here you’ll be able to find the latest changes to the game.
What’s the latest Fortnite update?
Season 3 of Fortnite is now well underway – we’re now three patches in! Update 3.2 has gone live as of March 8 and it brings with it a new limited-time mode of play as well as some quality of life improvements.
The new mode of play has been added to last-man-standing which has expended with a Team of 20 event.
It’s very much a ‘does what it says on the tin’ event title as Teams of 20 basically divides each match’s 100 player count into five teams of 20.
Twitch Prime benefits
Those who use Twitch Prime and play Fortnite will be glad to know that they have access to free loot right now. Those with a Prime account can claim the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack which includes a host of cosmetic items and is available across all platforms.
The pack includes two exclusive gliders and outfits: the Havoc Outfit and Back Bling, plus the Sub Commander Outfit and Slipstream Glider.
PS Plus subscribers can also download the PS4 Celebration Pack for free right now which also includes an exclusive outfit and glider.
What’s a Battle Pass?
The Battle Pass is a purchasable item in Fortnite that gives you access to exclusive in-game rewards.
As players complete daily challenges and level up their rank, they earn Battle Stars which can then be used to unlock Tiers in their Battle Pass. Each new Tier you unlock will bring both Free and Premium rewards. The Tiers vary from season to season but in season three you get around 100 items in each Battle Pass which can take anywhere between 75 and 100 hours of play to unlock.
Everyone that has a Battle Pass will get the Free reward they unlock, but only Premium Pass holders will get the Premium reward. Battle Pass Premium can only be purchased with in-game V bucks and not with real money.
You can purchase a Battle Pass for around £7/$10 in the Battle Pass tab of the game’s menu.
What’s coming up in Fortnite?
Fortnite is a game that undergoes pretty frequent updates so week-by-week you can expect to see patches which either squash bugs or make small changes to gameplay which improve quality of life.
The biggest announcement that’s been made is that Fortnite will be coming to iOS and Android, with cross-platform play supported between mobiles devices, PC, Xbox One and PS4 (though you can’t connect from games on Xbox One to PS4 and vice versa). The iOS beta has already kicked off and Android support will come in the next few months.
It was also recently announced that jetpacks will be coming to the game. They will, apparently, be coming soon – in fact, they were intended to be included in the game’s last patch – but have been delayed due to some “last minute design” issues.
In the long term, Epic Games has said that it’s planning to make improvements to social features and Limited Time Modes as well as add Custom Matches.