Fortnite Adds Tournaments and a New Vehicle

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s patch day. Fortnite version 6.10 is here, and it makes some considerable changes to the game.

The first of which is the Quadcrasher, an ATV that seats two people. Unlike the ATV and shopping carts, the Quadcrasher is fast and meant to get you and a friend across the map in a hurry. Tournaments are the other new addition in today’s update. Tournaments are open to everyone, regardless of stats and skill levels, and they allow players to compete with others with similar skill levels.

You can check out the full patch notes below.

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LIMITED TIME MODE: DISCO DOMINATION

Summary
It’s time for the ultimate dance-off. Dance Floors have spawned around the Battle Royale island. Take them over by clearing out any enemies and then dancing to raise a disco ball up from the floor. The team that fills their meter the fastest by capturing and defending the dance floors will win the match!

What’s New?

  • Reduced all bandage spawns by 50%.
  • Removed all Common weapons.
  • increased the variability of where you can spawn by 30% along your sides storm circle.
  • Brought in the side dance floors closer to the Storm edge.
  • Reduced max respawn distance by 20%.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • The Port-a-Fortress has been disabled as we work to resolve some issues related to this item.
    • Drop rate for Port-a-Fort increased from 3.05% to 4.89% while Port-a-Fortress is disabled.
      • The goal is to keep the drop rate of Port-a-Fort the same as if both items were enabled to help with the completion of Challenges.

Bug Fixes

  • Guided Missile no longer fires the wrong direction
  • Players will no longer permanently attach to a Supply Drop when grappling to it.
  • Attempting to fire while reloading the Double Barrel Shotgun will no longer interrupt the animation.
  • Weapon equip animations no longer skip when simultaneously attempting to sprint and target.

GAMEPLAY

  • Quadcrasher
    • Seats two players.
    • You build boost just by driving. Unleash that speed with the hotkey once you’ve filled your boost meter.
    • Smash through buildings while boosting.
    • Boost off ramps or cliffs to catch sick air.
    • Launch players into the air by smashing into them.
  • You can now view and change Edit Controls separately from Combat and Build Controls in the controller menu.
  • PS4 controller lighting will match player marker color.
  • You can now set building mode sensitivity for controllers in the options menu. It is a multiplier on the default controller sensitivity and allows up to a 2x increase.
  • Controller sensitivity slider in the options menu now allows for more than 10 values.
  • Added an option to Builder Pro that allows for building as soon as you switch to the piece, instead of selecting first and then placing. This allows for faster building without a preview.
  • Added an option that allows for edit hold timing to be adjusted.
  • Opening the Emote Picker with a controller will happen when the button is released, while holding the button will replay the emote that was last played.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed inconsistencies with the damage trap not triggering properly.
  • Allow slight movement when using a consumable with Sprint by Default enabled. This will help match how it works without Sprint by Default enabled
  • Fixed problem with character orientation getting stuck after falling off the island in a vehicle.
  • Glider Redeploy now functions properly in game modes that support this feature.
    • This will solve the issue that was causing the deploy prompt to not appear as well as preventing players from deploying their glider when jumping from a sufficient height.

EVENTS

  • Tournaments can be found inside of the new ‘Events’ tab available in game.  This tab will host a variety of online competitions which are open to everyone.  Jump in and explore!
    • Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times that the competition will be run. A carousel of all upcoming competitions and times will be available for browsing, so you can plan and practice.
    • Every scheduled session is a completely clean slate with all players starting on an equal footing at the beginning of play.
    • Compete over the course of several hours to earn points by eliminating multiple opponents or surviving against the competition.
    • Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session.
    • Score enough points during any scheduled event session and you’ll earn a golden pin for that tournament!

PERFORMANCE

  • Weapon replication optimization for dedicated server to reduce load during rapid weapon switching.
  • We’ve made CPU performance optimizations on Switch across all threads. This results in a smoother gameplay experience and fewer hitches.
  • Improve multi-threading during heavy physics simulation.

AUDIO

  • Celebrate with style. The music selected in your Locker will now play after getting a Victory Royale!
  • Remove the Doppler effect from the audio when players are gliding.
  • Added an in-air loop to Grenade Launcher projectiles so you can spatialize where they’re coming from.
  • Improved Grenade Launcher bouncing audio.
  • Reduced volume of medium-range Grenade explosion sound.

Bug Fixes

  • Cube ambient sounds no longer randomly play in the middle of matches.
  • Sequential explosion sounds no longer interrupt each other.
  • Added missing audio to the Compact SMG and SMG medium/distant fire sounds.
  • Audio ‘pops’ no longer occur when emote music loops.
  • Re-added the audio cue that plays before a new wave of Supply Drops start appearing.

UI

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some touch issues for the controller mapping screen on Switch.
  • Fixed a bug where the player’s banner in the top bar would not update when changing the banner in the locker.
  • Made the reticle hidden when skydiving.
  • Fixed issues with the display of the on-screen map and inventory inputs.
  • Fixed issues with touch functionality on the map for the Nintendo Switch
  • Resource buttons no longer cancel auto-run.

ART + ANIMATION

Bug Fixes

  • Cosmetic items that change in some way over the course of a match are now marked as “Reactive” in-game (e.g., a harvesting tool that changes as you get eliminations).
  • Fixed visual display issues with cosmetic music items..
  • Animation pops no longer occur while in the air after using the Chiller trap.

REPLAY SYSTEM

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing the first replay not be selected in the replay browser.
  • Fixed the nameplate distance slider not working.
  • Fixed an issue where firing guided missiles would start with the camera facing the wrong way in replays.

MOBILE

  • Major performance improvement for devices running Android 7 or earlier.
  • Memory improvements on iOS devices.
  • The first weapon you pick up will now auto-equip itself on mobile.
  • Touch control input now has smoothing enabled.
  • Tapping selected buttons on the build quickbar will once again build the selected build piece.
  • All elements in the Mobile HUD should now be placeable/movable in the HUD Layout Tool.
  • Updated visuals for independent Quickbar slots in the HUD Layout Tool.

Bug Fixes

  • Drag and dropping on the Quickbar will no longer select the thing you drag. Players can now adjust their inventory without interrupting other actions.
  • Fixing a bug causing some touch input to fall through the settings screen to gameplay.
  • Fixing edit button visibility issues when crouching on Mobile.

PSN Name Changes Officially Happening

PlayStation Network users will soon be able to change their usernames after years of waiting.

A post on the PlayStation Blog details the highly requested feature, which will be rolling out very soon as a part of the PlayStation Preview Program. Users that have registered for previous system software betas will be the first to gain the ability to change their names, with a full rollout scheduled for early 2019.

Similar to how name changes are implemented on Xbox Live, your first PSN name change will be free, and then it’ll cost you $9.99 every time after that. PlayStation Plus members will get a sizable discount, only being charged $4.99 per change.

When you change your online ID, you’ll be able to display your old name alongside your new one, that way your friends can recognize you. This choice is permanent, however. Whether you choose to display your old alias beneath your new identity, you won’t be able to adjust that setting after the name change process is complete.

Interestingly, it seems not all games will support name changes. The blog post states “this feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date.” This makes it sound like the username changing functionality is much more complicated under the hood than it may seem, which would explain why it took such a highly requested feature so long to be implemented. If you run into any issues, you’ll be able to revert back to your old ID at any time, and a list of compatible games will be provided on the official PlayStation website once the feature fully launches.

Here’s looking at you, xX_GokuKid420_Xx.

Will you be changing your PSN name? Be sure to let us know down below, and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for everything PlayStation.

November’s PlayStation Plus Games Already Announced

Sony seems to have accidentally revealed next month’s lineup of PlayStation Plus games way ahead of schedule.

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On the first Tuesday of next month, Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami can both be yours if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

Normally, Sony doesn’t announce the next month’s lineup until the very end of the previous month. This month’s titles, Friday the 13th: The Game and Laser League, were revealed on September 26, just one week before they went live.

As of writing this article, the image has been taken down and replaced with this month’s pair of games. The leak seems to be legitimate. The image was uploaded to the official PlayStation website, and a SEGA PR representative has confirmed that Yakuza Kiwami is a free title next month on PlayStation 4.

Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition is a remaster of Gearbox’s 2011 first person shooter, and it still holds up well today. Yakuza Kiwami is a fantastic entry point to the critically acclaimed series, overhauling the 2005 PS2 original in the engine of 2017’s Yakuza 0, bringing the gameplay up to modern standards.

Both games over wildly different experiences, but both are fantastic games, and it looks like next month will be a good one for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

New Nintendo Switch Model Reportedly Coming Next Year

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is planning to release a new verison of it’s console-handheld hybrid next year.

Sources told the publication that active discussions are underway about new hardware and software functionality and the costs to implement them in a potential redesign. Sources also indicated the new Switch model could arrive in the second half of 2019, and maybe as early as summer.

While this isn’t a Switch 2 or anything like that, it could still be a substantial upgrade over the existing model. Some features on the table include an upgraded screen closer to those found in “more recent smartphone LCDs” and an increased battery life. Of course, price is still a limiting factor, so don’t expect a high-end OLED display or a significant boost in processing power.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see what exactly Nintendo has in store for the first revision of its smash hit console.

 

 

Leaked Harry Potter RPG Looks Phenomenal

Footage surfaced late Monday night of what appears to be a Harry Potter game in development.

The footage, which you can watch here, was initially shared on Reddit by user VapeThisBro, who claims they were shown the video for market research at a mall. Phones and cameras were reportedly not allowed into the room, but the company neglected to check them. Reddit users initially express disbelief, asking about an NDA and the overall legitimacy of the video, but VapeThisBro explained the company in charge forgot to have them sign their NDA.

While this may seem too good to be true, multiple signs point to it being real. The footage was initially uploaded to YouTube, but once it started to get spread around, it was taken down via a copyright strike from Warner Bros. Entertainment Interactive.

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The video shows character customization, familiar Harry Potter locations, and gameplay involving spells like Stupefy, Expelliarmus, and Levioso. VapeThisBro uploaded an alleged description of the game to Reddit and later to YouTube.

“Set in the 19th Century (1800’s) Wizarding World, this 3rd person open-world action RPG game centers around your character with unique abilities who has eared (sic) a late acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are a newly arrived 5th year student to Hogwarts that demonstrates a latent gift for magic with a unique ability to track and identify remnants of a pottant (sic) ancient power.

Upon arrival, strange events begin to materialize In the Forbidden Forrest and trouble begins o (sic) brew within the castle walls. Together with Professor Elezar Fig, you embark on a journey through both familiar and never before seen locations to bring to light the truth behind these mysterious occurrences.

On your quest you will craft potions, master new spells, and discover fantastical beasts. You will battle Dark Wizards, Goblins, and other supernatural enemies and uncover the truth about your destiny – the Fate of the Wizarding World lies in your hands.

FEATURES

-Journey to Hogwarts to become one of 8 different Wizard types

-Experience Hogwarts, make new friends, uncover new secrets, and change the fate of the Wizarding world.

-Experience a new magic system that creates countless possibilities to master magic.

-Freely explore the Wizarding World for the first time, Choose your house and friends at Hogwarts, and decide to pursue a path of good or evil.

-Create your own witch or wizard, and experience a (sic) all new story separate from the books or films.

The Internet first speculated the game was Batman Arkham developer Rocksteady’s next project. Rocksteady would be a perfect fit for this game, being a British studio owned by WB Interactive. However, sources told Eurogamer that the studio’s next large game is not Harry Potter.

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So if not Rocksteady, then who is developing this supposed Harry Potter game? Signs point to Utah-based Avalanche Software, the studio behind the now defunct Disney Infinity. Avalanche’s most recent game, Cars 3: Driven to Win, a tie-in based on the Cars series of movies, released in June of last year, but Avalanche has been hiring for a larger project for some time.

Job postings from early 2017 called for staff with a “deep understanding of British culture and grammatical presentation”, with good knowledge of “gaming narrative and branching storytelling, particularly in the realm of RPGs”. Other postings from around the same time described Avalanche’s next project as a “large-scale console game project” and a “AAA” title.

BBC News reporter Liza Mzimba tweeted at Eurogamer in response to the leaked footage,  confirming the RPG is in development and the title is currently “Harry Potter Magic Awakened”, with other titles like “Magic Forever” also being considered. She also states that other Potter games are coming in the future.

Warner Bros. recently announced a slew of Harry Potter games coming under the dedicated Potter label Portkey Games. The first of which was free-to-play mobile game Hogwarts Mystery. Pokemon Go developer Niantic’s Wizards Unite is slated to arrive next, although the exact release date is still unknown.