Fortnite mysterious Driftboard could finally be on its way to the battle royale. Several months after the futuristic new vehicle was originally announced, there’s been no official word on its existence, but dataminers seem to have uncovered footage of the new item in action.
Thanks to Fortnite, one streamer in particular has been transformed into a household name. Epic’s battle royale helped Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins become one of the most popular broadcasters in the world. He’s popped up almost everywhere, from Times Square to the Superbowl, and now he’s getting his own toy line.
Fortnite Season 7 is drawing to a close, so it’s time for Epic to start setting up yet another apocalyptic event. We’ve had meteors, a villainous rocket launch, and an uncaring purple cube, but now it’s time for something a little more down to earth.
From Scrubs actor Donald Faison to rappers Snoop Dogg and 2 Milly, many creators of memetic dance moves have expressed concern at videogames incorporating those moves as emotes (or, in Faison’s words, “jacking that s**t”). They’ll probably be disappointed to learn that the US Copyright Office has refused to register Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro as the owner of the iconic ‘Carlton Dance’.
Epic Games could probably start printing its own money at this point, with the Fortnite player count now bigger than the population of all but the largest countries, and monthly revenue in the hundreds of millions. So perhaps it’s of little surprise that the company is giving away one of its most consistent revenue streams for free.
Epic Games has filed to have 2 Milly’s lawsuit against the company dismissed. The developer, which is being sued by the rapper of its use of his ‘Milly Rock’ dance move as an in-game Fortnite emote, says that the lawsuit is “fundamentally at odds with free speech principles.”
Besides all the top line content coming in the next Fortnite update, Epic is also making an array of notable balance changes to the battle royale. Those include a broad set of nerfs for some of the game’s most controversial items, as well as a interact button for ziplines and more measures to make them safer to interact with.
Fortnite is getting romantic this month in the Share the Love event. The event starts tomorrow and lasts until the end of the month and the start of Season 8. In addition to new challenges and cosmetics, the event brings double XP weekends, a bunch of Fortnite Creative highlights, a new competitive series, and bonus rewards for participating in the Support-a-Creator programme.
Epic Games is expanding the affiliate program that began with Fortnite to apply to every single game on the Epic Games store. Support-a-Creator, a scheme which originally enabled Fortnite content creators to profit from their fans’ purchases, will now be rolled out across the studio’s entire platform.