Fortnite Joyride Update Adds New Cars And Skins To The Game

After weeks of teasing these new additions to the game Fortnite has finally added four new cars along with two new skins. Fortnite update 13.40 brings with it one of the most significant changes that the battle royale has seen in quite a while.

Vehicles which are quite a common feature in a normal BR, have been missing from the game ever since chapter one started, that is if you don’t count the golf carts, hoverboards, helicopters or boats. Players have been asking for this feature for a long time as they were limited to traversing the map on foot.


Four New Cars

(Image credit: Epic Games)

The Joy Ride update brings four new cars the Islander Prevalent, Victory Motors Whiplash, OG Bear, and Titano Mudflap. Player will be to drive around the map and refuel the cars at gas stations or by using gas cans which you find lying around. Each car has its own stats and brings different options to the table. However, there are also cars that players aren’t allowed to drive because of the tire boot look.

There are plenty of places that spawn these cars but it also depend on the spawn rate. Every location that can spawn cars:

  • Catty Corner
  • Pleasant Park
  • Salty Springs
  • Lazy Lake, particularly the west side
  • Holly Hedges
  • Sweaty Sands
  • Ricket Rig’s north side
  • Between Misty Meadows and Rickety Rig
  • The bridge heading east of Pleasant Park
  • Steamy Stacks, particularly on the west side
  • East and south of Frenzy Farm


New Skins

(Image credit: Epic Games)

Fortnite has also added 2 new skins to the game one of which is crash dummy skin for players who like to crash into things rather than drive straight. The second skin which was even featured in the update trailer is called “Sandshark Driver” whose description says that she is a world class heavy tank driver


Radio Stations

The Update also introduces Radio Stations which will play popular real world songs from well known artists who have collaborated with Epic Games. The artists featured are likely to be Diplo, Kenshi Yonezu, Marshmello, Drake and Travis Scott just to name a few. Currently there are four radio stations you can listen to-

  • Party Royale
  • Radio Yonder
  • Beat Box
  • Power Play

The latest update is also expected to introduce several new locations including a Waterworld-Esque town named The Fortilla, a menacing structure titled The Authority in place of The Agency.

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Phoenix Point PC Launch Trailer is Out

Phoenix Point puts players in the midst of a desperate fight to take back the Earth from a mutating, alien menace. Featuring turn-based tactical combat on procedurally generated maps, and resource management on a global scale, Phoenix Point offers endless replayability and a brutal challenge.Following a global environmental disaster, the Pandoravirus appeared and began reshaping creatures, including humans, into hideous mutants. Unable to stop the progress of the virus, much of human civilization was wiped out — only small enclaves remain, separated by their principles and the vast landscape. The Phoenix Project, an ancient failsafe against global catastrophe is the only hope to unite mankind and take back the planet.Lead the Phoenix Project from its base at Phoenix Point. Research and develop new technologies and techniques, plan operations, build alliances to unite the planet– or simply destroy your rivals. It’s up to you to save the planet and rebuild civilization, but there may be much more to the alien threat than meets the eye.

  • Mutating Alien Menace: Face down an ever-changing alien threat that adapts to your tactics and offers no respite even as your team becomes more powerful and technologically advanced.
  • Uncover the Secrets of the Pandoravirus: Phoenix Point features a complex narrative, with multiple endings that the player can only uncover via multiple playthroughs. Discover a secret history, as you learn about the origins of the mutants, the Pandoravirus, and Phoenix Point itself through exploration, diplomacy, and research.
  • Manage Diplomatic Relations: The Phoenix Project is not the only organization trying to reclaim the Earth. The militaristic New Jericho, the mystical Disciples of Anu, and the technophiles of Synedrion all offer unique rewards for co-operation and threats for opposition. It is up to you to decide how, or even if, to deal with them.
  • Take Aim on the Battlefield: In addition to equipping and commanding units, Phoenix Point lets you take direct control of your soldier’s shots in combat, with a unique free-aiming system. Target enemy weakspots, weapons, or valuables, or just go for center mass.
  • Next-Gen Tech with Classic Pedigree: Phoenix Point was designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the X-COM series in the 1990s. Keeping the core ethos of X-COM while updating the visuals, technology, and systems to modern standards has made Phoenix Point best-in-class.

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Epic Games Store is giving away For Honor and Alan Wake next week

Epic Games Store’s free games giveaway continues as next week we’re getting some pretty big games. And yes, we’re yet again getting two games.


While this week they gave away This War of Mine and Moonlighters, next week in August we’re going to get Alan Wake and Ubisoft’s For Honor.

Alan Wake is a great game that sadly never got a sequel. You play as Alan Wake, a writer whose wife goes missing while they’re on vacation and he now must solve this mystery while slowly getting entangled with the more sinister and mysterious forces of the world.

The other game is For Honor, a multiplayer game where you fight against other warriors using a fighting system that Ubisoft made for this game. The game is still going strong with new characters and seasons being added in and is one of the most unique multiplayer experiences.

These games will be given out from 2nd August till 9th August so make sure to get them by signing in to your Epic Games Store account.

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Epic Games and EA Try To Fool the UK Government?

With the recent craze of Battle Royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, video games have gotten even more into the limelight. While loot boxes are a topic of heavy contention with different viewpoints, governments and regulatory bodies have their own stance about it. Because of this very recently members of the UK Parliament sat down with representatives of Epic Games and EA to hear their views on certain topics and let’s just say that some things that they said during it were quite interesting.

When asked about what the companies thought and felt about loot boxes and whether or not the companies think it is ethical, EA was the first to talk about it. According to the EA representative, EA doesn’t use the term “Loot Boxes” and instead call them “Surprise Mechanics”. She likened it to Kinder Eggs where you get a surprise regarding what’s inside and she stated that people enjoyed the element of surprise, especially players who play FIFA and Ultimate Team.

She further went on to state that the “Surprise Mechanics” were fun and quite enjoyable and says that she doesn’t believe in the fact that Loot Boxes or “Surprise Mechanics” lead to gambling. According to her, the way EA has implemented loot boxes in their games is 100% ethical and that they have no qualms about it.

Throughout the entire meeting when asked pressing questions, Epic Games were very deflective and evasive as they would beat around the bush instead of actually answering the question and were even called out by an MP who asked them if they were coached to answer because of how they responded to questions.

While some of the questions asked were alright, some of the questions that were asked made it quite clear that the person wasn’t well-versed with video games and didn’t know much about the companies and topic at hand besides a few articles that they had opened up.

This begs the question that why isn’t there some sort of committee made up of people who know about the industry and are also well-versed with the technical aspect of it so that when such meetings take place, companies can’t just beat around the bush or talk their way out of it by throwing around technical terms.

The EA representative claiming that EA implements loot boxes ethically clearly doesn’t remember the Battlefront 2 debacle that occurred at launch. While the microtransaction aspect of the game has since improved, EA and other companies certainly seem to push microtransactions in subtle ways, especially towards pre-adolescent and adolescent teens.

There were a lot of other topics discussed during the meeting like whether or not they tracked how long players played a game(both companies replied they didn’t) and about addiction, parental control, and gambling which you can check out for yourself and see how bad some of the questions were and how evasive the responses were. The meeting is linked below and goes on for a bit over 2 hours long.

Meeting Video

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Is Epic Games’ Founder Tim Sweeney an Anti-Consumer Hypocrite?

Epic Games has been under a lot of fire because of the Metro exclusivity deal and while people on the internet believe it was a wrong move, Epic Games’ Founder Tim Sweeney thinks that’s not the case.


From the above tweet, it seems that Sweeney thinks it is okay to compete for developers and throw money at them to stop them from selling their game elsewhere. He also says that Valve lost the competition when in reality Valve never even knew there was one in terms of securing exclusive publishing rights for a game that was advertised to launch on their platform.

If you paid attention to the Metro Exodus debacle, you will be familiar with the fact that the devs, 4A Games had no say in the exclusivity deal and it was the publisher who made that deal. That is the complete opposite of what he’s saying in the tweet below in which he talks about how “devs should be free to use stores of their choosing”. He makes it very clear that he’s criticizing “curtailing users” and not exclusives when in reality the exclusivity deal has curtailed users to forcefully use his platform to buy the game.

All this twitter backlash came after Twitter user @TheDarkLordTAKu tweeted a PCGamer interview article from 2016 in which Sweeney bashed Microsoft for their Universal Windows Platform Initiative by saying they are working to turn today’s open PC ecosystem into a closed, Microsoft-controlled distribution and commerce monopoly“.

He even goes on to say [The Windows Store is] curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

2017 PCGamer Interview

That’s not the end though. In 2017 Sweeney had the following to say in an interview with PCGamer:


“The thing that I feel is incredibly important for the future of the industry is that the PC platform remains open, so that any user without any friction can install applications from any developer, and ensure that no company, Microsoft or anybody else, can insert themselves by force as the universal middleman, and force developers to sell through them instead of selling directly to customers.

Epic Games is paying developers to exclusively sell their games on their store and acting as the middleman so he has literally gone against everything he said. And this isn’t something he said a decade ago when things were different, this was just 2 years ago.

Instead of competing for customers, Sweeney and Epic Games think they should compete for developers instead. He preached about how the PC platform should remain an open one yet his store is the one that caused a whole debacle because of how it is the opposite of that.

Take what you want out of this but to me, it feels like he’s an anti-consumer hypocrite who thinks he’s doing the PC world a favour by competing against Steam and buying out devs.

If you’d like to read the full interviews or want a full thread on more of his antics, check the links below.

PCGamer 2016 Interview

PCGamer 2017 Interview

Tim Sweeney Reddit Thread

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Epic Games Store to Get Optional Review System

Epic Games Store will finally get a review system but with a catch. It is going to be optional and developers will get to choose whether to opt in or not.

After Epic Games was called out for being anti-consumer they seem to be listening to the criticism and feedback they’ve been getting. They’re adding a Review System that’s based on the one from the Unreal Engine marketplace.

They’ve made it optional by giving the developers the choice to opt-in if they choose to but is it really a good move? Tim Sweeney’s reasoning is that they don’t want review bombing and to prevent gaming-the-system. I mean if the game is bad or the developers do something to screw over the owners of a game, they can just muzzle the back lash by disabling Reviews.

Most of the time review bombs occur because either the developers or publisher do something to screw over the owners of the game. The Metro games are getting review bombed on Steam right now because of the sudden exclusivity deal that publisher Deep Silver struck with Epic Games.

Epic Games are getting bashed constantly now for being anti-consumer, more-so for being against the principle element of PC Gaming which is the ability to choose. Poaching developers to make games exclusively available on their lack-lustre store has more than just irked the community.

Steam’s review system helps fix the issue with review bombings by showing a recent review aggregate and also an overall one. Plus, you need to own the product to leave a review and there’s an option to mark the fact that you received the product you’re reviewing for free.

It’s not easy to make a new and robust review system but this attempt at having one just to tick the box isn’t what the people want from this platform. There’s a lot of angry folks screaming at Epic right now which makes it hard to read actual feedback and constructive criticism but good luck to Epic because even if they provide the developers with a better deal, if the people using the platform aren’t happy, they wont use it.

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Was the Metro Exodus and Epic Games Store Deal Pre-Planned by Deep Silver?

After the news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year hit the internet, there was backlash from people and that backlash might seem to be growing even bigger.

After the exclusivity deal between Metro Exodus and Epic Games was published, the folks who pre-ordered the game on Steam and those who bought the physical copies of the game were worried since they were also going to a receive a Steam code.

Those who pre-ordered on Steam were told that their product would still work on Steam and nothing would change for them. Physical Copies were also going to follow the same thing until we saw this tweet thanks to Reddit user /u/Nicolas873.

This is where this whole deal gets shady. Physical Copies of a game ship with the code already printed in them. And these copies are made in advance, usually when they go Gold. The game went Gold in December and when they go Gold, they’re packaged and prepared for release

Taken From the Rifle Class Youtube video that released on 23rd January.

With only 2 weeks until the release of the game, this means that the codes printed on these copies were already an Epic Store key and not a Steam key. Chances are high that the physical copy will have the Epic Games Store installer on it with no mention of Steam, thus making it evident that this deal was made well in advance of the announcement.

The publishers, Deep Silver, already had the deal in place because recalling so many units and then changing the code on them would be quite tedious and not cost-efficient. So even though they knew about the deal, they decided to wait until the last minute to make it public.

Taken on the Collector’s Edition Page of the game on 30th January.

But why wait until the last moment to do so? It’s pretty simple. Steam is still the biggest market out there and Metro Exodus has been featured on the Store Page which is free marketing for the game. So while the game units were packaged with Epic Store codes in them, they were still being advertised as being on Steam everywhere else. And, still is being advertised as such on the game’s website.

This whole deal seems really fishy and doesn’t make the Epic Games Store look good at all. Not to mention, the folks at Steam will surely not be happy with this and might take Deep Silver and/or Epic to court over this. Especially since they marketed the game as being on Steam.

As we get more information, we’ll update this post but until then, having a conversation about this deal and the way Epic seem to be taking on Steam would really help us consumers as this exclusivity of games on PC will just keep getting worse. Especially if it is exclusive to a platform that doesn’t benefit the consumer.

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Epic Games Sues Fortnite Youtubers for Promoting Cheats

Epic Games is strictly against cheating in their game Fortnite and they’ve gone and proven that once again by suing two YouTubers who have been promoting hacks for the game for their own profit.

The two Youtubers, Golden Modz and Excentric have been sued on the grounds of copyright infringement and for breaching Epic’s contract. The devs have stated that they had injected “unauthorized cheat software” in Fortnite which gave them aimbot hacks and were also promoting the hacks online on one of their websites. They were promoting these hacks through their videos and through the site and they were “selling” hacks that went up to $298.

While there are plenty of YouTubers out there doing similar stuff, the fact that they are promoting it and selling it is what might have caught Epic Games’ eye and has lead to the current situation. Epic seems to be making an example out of these two and could be the first steps against stopping all the people who are promoting hacks on Youtube.

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Fortnite Android Minimum Specs Leaked!

Fortnite for Android seems to be right around the corner and with the recent news that it might be exclusively available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for the first three months, a lot of fans have been disappointed. Fret not though as according to sleuths over at the XDA forums, they might have figured out the Minimum Requirements to be able to run Fortnite on your Android Device once it is out. By analysing the API that Epic uses to decide what Fortnite promotions and services an Epic account is entitled to and the output of said API, they figured out the minimum specs as mentioned below.

  • OS: 64-bit Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher
  • RAM: 3GB or higher
  • GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

From the looks of it, you’ll need a somewhat recent Android phone. Since it is an Unreal Engine game, it can be speculated that it will be GPU limited most of the time. This means that somewhat modern CPUs should be able to play the game without issues. Epic Games need to get into the Android market soon because PUBG is getting a very strong hold as of now and it will be interesting to see how they combat PUBG’s dominance.

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Fortnite’s Playground Mode To Return on 25th July

Fortnite players rejoice! The Playground mode is coming back and it’s coming back with a lot of more new additions. Set up squad battles with new team select options, skirt around in an ATK and gear up with lots more loot.

While they did announce that they would bring back Playground mode, the quick addition of it in the next update is quite good. They had also stated earlier that they want to include team selections to enable 1v1 and 2v2, teammate structure editing and other play-with-pal features. All the details will be known tomorrow when the update drops tomorrow. The update will also feature Founder’s Skin.

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