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Fortnite’s Crafting Update Detailed

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An impressive new update is heading to Fortnite and Epic Games has a lot of gamers buzzing about what’s on the way in the crafting v. 3.0.0, which was initially delayed but is now back on track.

According to the latest blog update from Epic Games, here is what is heading to Fortnite:

Turbo Building
“Turbo Building” allows you to hold down primary fire and continuously place the selected building piece (Toggled in the Game options). Now you can “paint” building pieces into the world quickly. This will be very useful for defensively building walls around you and sprinting up ramps while building them simultaneously.

Automatic Material Swapping
“Auto Change Materials” will switch to another material when your current supply runs dry(this can be toggled in the Game options). In addition to “Turbo Building” this makes the building process fast and simple. It also allows for quick defensive structures from flanking with less input and worry about running out of a particular material.

Build Through Stuff
Sometimes it’s frustrating when your placement is blocked unexpectedly and you aren’t sure why. Currently, smaller objects like furniture and shrubs are destroyed when you build over them, but trees, rocks and vehicles can still get in the way. We’ve changed the building system to allow you place structures right through large objects, meaning you can now build pretty much anywhere at anytime!

NOTE: Player structures must still be supported by the terrain and other buildings. For example: A sky ramp that passes through a tree will still fall if the connection to the terrain or floor is destroyed.

Switching Building Pieces (Battle Royale only, for now)
Switching between building pieces can sometimes feel laggy or unpredictable, especially on controllers. To improve this, we’ve changed the network code so cycling through building pieces no longer requires a round trip to Epic’s servers. Initially this improvement will be Battle Royale only, but we’re working to bring it to Save the World!

Though the above changes are only coming to Battle Royale to begin with, it will be arriving later for their first game mode: Save the World. Haven’t checked that aspect of the title out yet? Now’s a great time because all editions of the game outside of the free Royale mode are half off for a limited time!


That’s not all as Epic Games has teased a John Wick Character Skin and a brand new weapon.

An Epic Games employee going by the name ‘arctyczyn’ responded to comments that the new character resembles movie character John Wick by saying: “The name’s Jason … Jason Wick. He has a particular set of skills” and also teasing more information about the character coming on Thursday.

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Xbox Q2 Revenue Dips 13%, Game Pass Continues Growth

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Microsoft has reported declines in Xbox revenue during the three months ended December 31, 2022 with gaming revenues were down 13% and Xbox content and services revenues down 12%, but were offset by the growth of Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox Game Pass subscription business has reported a record number of active players, reporting a record 120 million monthly active users across its gaming ecosystem.

  • Revenue: $52.7 billion (up 2% year-on-year)
  • Net income: $16.4 billion (down 12%)
  • Operating income: $20.4 billion (down 8%)
  • More Personal Computing (incl. Xbox) revenue: $14.2 million (down 19%)
  • Gaming revenue: Down 13%
  • Xbox content and services revenue: Down 12%
  • Xbox hardware revenue: Down 13%
  • Monthly active users (gaming): 120 million

The company said that a number of the declines were in line with expectations.

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Riot Games Victims of Cyberattack

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Riot Games issued a statement on Wednesday saying that they  received a ransom email after hackers stole source code for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, with the attack also targeting its legacy anticheat platform, according to an official release.

“Needless to say, we won’t pay,” Riot said in the statement.  “While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.”

Riot Games continued by saying that it’s been working to assess the leak’s impact on anticheat as “any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging.” The company added that “experimental features” were also exposed, saying that “most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released.”

Riot Games first announced the hack back on January 20th, saying it was a “social engineering attack.”

 

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland Resigns

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland has officially resigned from his position at the company after news broke that Adult Swim would be parting with popular series ‘Rick & Morty’, according to an official announcement.

Per the company, Roiland’s resignation was received on January 16th, and the company added that it will continue to support High on Life, which released on December 13, 2022, and “keep developing games we know our fans will love.”

Roiland, who is the studio’s co-founder, was charged with felony domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit earlier this month.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior vp communications Marie Moore said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Rick & Morty’ will continue, but with new voice actors cast in the iconic roles voiced by Roiland.

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