Fortnite is absolutely everywhere. Forget the crock of shit WHO diagnosis of Gaming Disorder and the media scare mongering about teens racking up double digit hours in a week and that being a sign of brain rot instead of bad parenting. Fornite is an addictive (playing right into their hands) free for all that you can enjoy with your friends and loved ones. Its simple formula has seen it go from strength to strength and as we head into Season 5, it's clear the snowball is only gaining pace!
I don't know about you, but I play Fortnite two ways. I can load in to a Solo game and go total try hard for a few hours as I attempt, but eventually fail, to attain a Victory Royale. I'm not great, and I do great frustrated to a point that I end up rage quitting, but something about it keeps bringing me back which is a huge accolade considering we have all been playing slightly different versions of just one map for close to a year now. The second way I play this is socially. Never in a big group, either with my girlfriend or, more rarely, my brother, we load into Duos, Squads or one of the big team modes (50v50 or similar) and just have a laugh. There's nothing more therapeutic than after a long day at work having an hour or two before midnight, winding down chatting away to a loved one as a game of last man standing happens around you. Sometimes my partner and I can be so engrossed in what we're talking about we don't realise we are down to the final ten.
In the newest update, live as of this morning, EPIC have added several more ways for friends and family to come together including a new Playground game type which we hope becomes a permanent fixture and not a limited timed mode as billed on their site. In it you get nearly 10x the amount of resources from objects and you have an hour to play before the storm comes in. Build and murder your friends to your hearts content. Chests, Llama's and air drops are all on high availability so new toys and gadgets are never too far away. This gives YouTubers a plethora of new potential content to exploit and me and mine more ways to goof off. As well as a new game mode, EPIC have also added new weapons, in the form of the dual pistols (which lets you channel your inner Deadpool), new team map markers that you can see without having to open a map (similar to the ones in Totally Accurate Battle Simulator) and a new Builder Pro controller layout which boasts easy building for console gamers to allow them to compete against the PC elite.
Speaking of console gamers and playing with friends, did you know Sony are currently blocking crossplay? I realised this, before getting a PS4, when trying to play against my girlfriend (running a PS4) as I was on an Xbox One. I had had no problem in the past playing against her whilst I was on a PC but I couldn't even see her as online on the Xbox. That turns out to be Playstation's fault. Former Sony Online Entertainment head John Smedley recently went on Twitter to state the reason was 'money'. He went on to say that Sony internally held the opinion that they didn't like that someone could buy 'something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation.' Although the tweets have now been deleted, he has left one in favour of putting pressure on Sony to soften on their crossplay stance. This was a quoted tweet from Greg Miller, a massive Playstation fan, who added his voice to the topic of not understanding the restriction.
During a talk with Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference, Sony executive Shawn Layden denied that his company was deaf to the growing outrage after the companies lacklustre original statement on the matter that explained the restriction away and instead told fans to enjoy playing with 'more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network. We've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.'
Shawn went on to say that 'We're looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.' Although this sounds a lot like buying time for the company to get to a point where they hope the community moves their attention to something else, it's nice to hear something more on the matter than just an immature go play with other Playstation people, Xbox is smelly.
Hopefully we'll get to a stage where Playstation will allow friends and family from all platforms to come together soon and Fortnite would be the perfect place to break that frigid corporate ice, especially with Season 5 right around the corner, due for release on July 12th at 4 AM EDT (08:00 GMT). As a special event to round out Season 4, Epic announced a +100% match XP weekend from June 29th to July 2nd to assist in players' pursuits to complete their Battle Passes and unlock more rewards before those are swapped out for good.
Are you looking forward to Season 5? What are some of your favourite Fortnite experiences with friends and family? What do you expect from Sony on the crossplay front? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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