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Fortnite Boom Bow With Balloons Is the New Meta

FortniteThe Boom Bow is already a formidable weapon in its own right. If you connect a shot, an enemy player not only takes the general impact damage of the projectile but also explosion damage, and headshots double the damage. If a player draws the bow to its maximum strength over a coupleof seconds, its usually enough to one-shot kill any player, and the fact that it uses shotgun shell ammo means you should be able to get at least a few shotsper game if you find one. Fortnite FortniteBalloons have…

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Fortnite Now Has Reboot Vans to Respawn Your Dead Teammates

Greetings, and welcome to another installment of Replay, WIRED's look at everything happening in the world of videogames. This week we've got news about Fortnite, PlayStation IDs, and the coolest fighting game moment ever. Let's get going! You Can Finally Change Your PlayStation Network ID, But You May Not Want To PlayStation has finally, after much ado, launched a feature allowing players to change their online ID in the PlayStation Network service. But, uh, based on what Sony has to say about it on their PlayStation Blog, you might not…

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Fortnite ‘Baller’ ride is plunging into the battle royale

sphere ride thingJurassic WorldFortniteThe Baller is a sphere-shaped vehicle youll be able to drive, and it has a plunger on its face, which leads us to believe that youll be able to grapple hook your way around the map. The Baller first appeared on the in-game news feed. The Baller is expected to go live with the next update, which will most likely drop between March 12 and March 14. The Baller isn’t Fortnite’s first ride. Previously, shopping carts introduced us to some epic moments, while the more recent addition…

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Fortnite adds bluetooth controller support on iOS, Android

Image: Epic Games Fortnite is a video game, a meme machine, an occasional subject of controversy, and now… a concert venue. Marshmello set up shop on a virtual stage set up inside the game on Saturday. He was there to perform, and that’s exactly what he did. The proof is all over social media. Fortnite maker Epic Games treated the whole thing like an actual, real world event. Construction work on the stage began earlier in the week, as players discovered when they ventured into the Pleasant Park section of…

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Epic sheathes Infinity Blade after Fortnite fan backlash

Epic, the maker of the insanely popular, cross-platform third-person shooter online game Fortnite, has ‘fessed up to a gameplay misstep when it dropped a super powerful new weapon into the battle royale arena earlier this month — triggering a major fan backlash. Complaints boiled down to it being unfair for the overpowered weapon to exist in standard game modes, given the massive advantage bestowed on whoever happened to be lucky enough to find it. Earlier this month Epic had trailed the forthcoming Infinity Blade as “a weapon fit for a…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process,  Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from…

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