Epic has announced that Fortnite v11.20 is getting DirectX 12 support. Weird, eh? Why would anyone in their right mind choose to enable DX12 on an old game that already plays well on lower spec machines? Two words… ray tracing. Or one word, if you’re Microsoft. Because its DirectX Raytracing API is the one responsible for all the shiny real-time ray tracing effects Nvidia’s RTX GPUs have been pumping out since Gamescom last year.
Fortnite shocked the world when it literally imploded earlier this week, leaving only a black hole in its wake. Then, on Tuesday, Fortnite Chapter 2 sprung forth from the aether, with a fresh slate of content, including a new, unseen island for players to explore. Or, it was thought unseen, until the realization it had been leaked on Reddit in September, just nobody thought it was real.
What do you do when your favourite online game goes down? There’s a strong statistical probability that the answer is ‘look at pornography,’ and hundreds of thousands of Fortnite fans proved it by flocking to porn searches while the game was absorbed in a black hole. Fortnite Chapter 2 may be upon us, but some things never change.
Fortnite launched on July 25, 2017. That version eventually became known as Save the World after the free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale launched on September 26. The latter is now one of the biggest games in the world, and with the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2, it’s embarking into a new era with loads of new features. Yet somehow, it’s all still in early access.
Remember, remember the 15th of October when everyone was talking about Fortnite Chapter 2. In this massive update of the insanely successful battle royale, you can now kidnap other players. That’s right, if a player happens to be heavily wounded, or ‘downed’ as one might say, a friend or a foe can pick you up and take you wherever their heart may desire. That is until they’re shot.
After a couple of days of downtime that saw all of Fortnite literally get sucked into a black hole over the weekend, Epic’s incredibly popular online shooter has been reborn as Fortnite Chapter 2 – but players have noticed that things are a little bit fishy, and we’re not talking about the actual fish.
Fortnite is currently in blackout, and the world – or at least the game’s fan legion – is waiting to see what it’ll look like when the game comes back up. Early leaks suggested that the game would rebrand with a Chapter 2 heading on what would’ve been the Fortnite season 11 release date – and based on a leaked trailer, it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.
The biggest event in the history of Fortnite took place this weekend – no less than the death of the entire game. Players watched helplessly as all parts of Fortnite were sucked into a black hole, and now it’s impossible to access any part of the game – all you can see is the black void of space.
Fortnite is offline right now, as Epic build anticipation for whatever’s coming to that battle royale next. Leaks have provided good reason to believe it’ll be called Fortnite Chapter 2, but regardless of what form the game takes as it comes back, the event has been tremendously successful. It’s set massive records on Twitch, and a substantial chunk of those viewers are sticking around even as the game remains unplayable.