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Lego Fortnite getting laidback Cozy Mode, permadeath Expert Mode, more

Epic Games is readying a new update for Lego Fortnite, set to arrive on 13th June, this time expanding the brick-based survival mode with a range of new difficulty settings to suit more discerning tastes.

First up is Lego Fortnite’s new Cozy Mode, designed to offer an experience somewhere between the peril-free japes of Sandbox Mode and its standard-difficulty Survival Mode. Cozy Mode’s default settings basically gives players a smattering of combat to keep them on their toes, but with enemies set to easy and all surveil meters – hunger, temperature, and stamina – disabled.

“Whether you’re a beginner survivor or a builder who likes a little bit of thrill,” Epic explains, “Cozy mode’s up your alley! Create a world and get greeted by Slumber, a friendly face who’ll guide you through your journey step-by-step.”

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Fearless players wanting to really ramp up the challenges also get in a new option in Lego Fortnite’s V30.10, this time in the form of a permadeath Expert Mode. Central to this brutal new offering are Storm-Wild enemies, newly introducing opponents that do more damage, have more health, and move faster than standard enemies. That’s not to say standard enemies are a slouch though; Expert Mode also makes those stronger too.

The big challenge, though, comes from that permadeath mechanic. If a player loses all their hearts, they’ll be permanently eliminated from their world – but there’s a way to avoid that devastating fate. Players carrying a Totem of Return upon death are revived in their bed with their backpack, but that totem will then be immediately destroyed.

Players brave enough to face Expert mode will have the chance to unlock three new trophies – the Grasslands Trophy, Dry Valley Trophy, and Frostlands Trophy – each unlocking after defeating a biome specific Storm-Wild Brute then interacting with a Level 10 village.

And that’s on top of various Lego Fortnite improvements, adjustments, and bug fixes included in the new update. These range from clearer error messages – specifying low memory issues or instances when too many constructs are nearby – to swimming wolves and reduced skeleton spawns in villages. Full patch notes can be found on the Fortnite website.

Fortnite’s Mad-Max-inspired Chapter 5 Season 3 is currently underway, bringing with it a timely Fallout crossover and – according to data miners – an upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean crossover. The latter inclusion tallies with a previously leaked roadmap detailing Fortnite’s plans for 2024 – a roadmap whose veracity has seemed increasingly likely since the game’s Billie Eilish crossover went live in April.

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