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‘Hyenas’ is a team shooter from the creators of ‘Alien: Isolation’

Creative Assembly is best known for deliberately-paced games like Alien: Isolation and the Total War series, but it’s about jump headlong into the multiplayer action realm. The developer is partnering with Sega to introduce Hyenas, a team-based shooter coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PCs in 2023. The title takes its cue from tech headlines, but also doesn’t take itself (or its gameplay mechanics) too seriously.

You join three-person teams to raid spaceship shopping malls for the coveted merch left behind by Mars billionaires. You’ll have to compete against four other loot-seeking teams while simultaneously dealing with security systems, hired goons and zero-gravity. You can not only flip gravity on and off, but use bridge-making goo and other special abilities to claim the upper hand. And yes, it’s pretty silly — you can expect appearances from Richard Nixon masks, Sonic the Hedgehog merch and Pez dispensers.

The creators are currently accepting sign-ups for a closed alpha test on PCs. They’ve also made clear there will be no “pay to win” systems. While that suggests you might have the option of buying cosmetic items, your success should depend solely on talent. It’s just a question of whether Hyenas will be good enough to pry gamers away from multiplayer shooter mainstays like the Call of Duty series or Fortnite.

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AI Weekly: Is AI alien invasion imminent?

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Is an AI alien invasion headed for earth? The VentureBeat editorial staff marveled at the possibility this week, thanks to the massive online traffic earned by one Data Decision Makers community article, with its impossible-to-ignore title, Prepare for arrival: Tech pioneer warns of alien invasion. 

The column, written by Louis Rosenberg, founder of Unanimous AI, was certainly buoyed not only by its SEO-friendly title, but its breathless opener: “An alien species is headed for planet Earth and we have no reason to believe it will be friendly. Some experts predict it will get here within 30 years, while others insist it will arrive far sooner. Nobody knows what it will look like, but it will share two key traits with us humans – it will be intelligent and self-aware.” 

But a fuller read reveals Rosenberg’s focus on some of today’s hottest AI debates, including the potential for AGI in our lifetimes and why organizations need to prepare with AI ethics: “…while there’s an earnest effort in the AI community to push for safe technologies, there’s also a lack of urgency. That’s because too many of us wrongly believe that a sentient AI created by humanity will somehow be a branch of the human tree, like a digital descendant that shares a very human core. This is wishful thinking … the time to prepare is now.” 

DeepMind says ‘game over’ for AGI

Coincidentally, this past week was filled with claims, counterclaims and critiques of claims around the potential to realize AGI anytime soon.

Last Friday, Nando De Freitas, a lead researcher at Google’s DeepMind AI division, tweeted that “The Game is Over!” in the decades-long quest for AGI, after DeepMind unveiled its new Gato AI, which is capable of complex tasks ranging from stacking blocks to writing poetry. 

According to De Freitas, Gato AI simply needs to be scaled up in order to create an AI that rivals human intelligence. Or, as he wrote on Twitter, “It’s all about scale now! It’s all about making these models bigger, safer, compute efficient, faster at sampling, smarter memory, more modalities, innovative data, on/offline… Solving these challenges is what will deliver AGI.”

Pushback on AGI and scaling

Plenty of experts are pushing back on De Freitas’ claims and those of others insisting that AGI or its equivalent is at hand.

Yann LeCun, the French computer scientist who is chief AI scientist at Meta, had this to say (on Facebook, of course):

“About the raging debate regarding the significance of recent progress in AI, it may be useful to (re)state a few obvious facts:

(0) there is no such thing as AGI. Reaching “Human Level AI” may be a useful goal, but even humans are specialized.

(1) the research community is making some progress towards HLAI

(2) scaling up helps. It’s necessary but not sufficient, because….

(3) we are still missing some fundamental concepts

(4) some of those new concepts are possibly “around the corner” (e.g. generalized self-supervised learning)

(5) but we don’t know how many such new concepts are needed. We just see the most obvious ones.

(6) hence, we can’t predict how long it’s going to take to reach HLAI.“

Current AGI efforts as “alt intelligence”

Meanwhile, Gary Marcus, founder of Robust.AI and author of Rebooting AI, added to the debate on his new Substack, with its first post dedicated to the discussion of current efforts to develop AGI (including Gato AI), which he calls “alt intelligence”:

“Right now, the predominant strand of work within Alt Intelligence is the idea of scaling. The notion that the bigger the system, the closer we come to true intelligence, maybe even consciousness.

There is nothing new, per se, about studying Alt Intelligence, but the hubris associated with it is. I’ve seen signs for a while, in the dismissiveness with which the current AI superstars,= and indeed vast segments of the whole field of AI, treat human cognition, ignoring and even ridiculing scholars in such fields as linguistics, cognitive psychology, anthropology and philosophy.

But this morning I woke to a new reification, a Twitter thread that expresses, out loud, the Alt Intelligence creed, from Nando de Freitas, a brilliant high-level executive at DeepMind, Alphabet’s rightly-venerated AI wing, in a declaration that AI is “all about scale now.”

Marcus closes by saying:

“Let us all encourage a field that is open-minded enough to work in multiple directions, without prematurely dismissing ideas that happen to be not yet fully developed. It may just be that the best path to artificial (general) intelligence isn’t through Alt Intelligence, after all.

As I have written, I am fine with thinking of Gato as an “Alt Intelligence” — an interesting exploration in alternative ways to build intelligence — but we need to take it in context: it doesn’t work like the brain, it doesn’t learn like a child, it doesn’t understand language, it doesn’t align with human values and it can’t be trusted with mission-critical tasks.

It may well be better than anything else we currently have, but the fact that it still doesn’t really work, even after all the immense investments that have been made in it, should give us pause.”

AI alien invasion not arriving anytime soon (whew!)

It’s nice to know that most experts don’t believe the AGI alien invasion will arrive anytime soon.

But the fierce debate around AI and its ability to develop human-level intelligence will certainly continue – on social media and off.

Let me know your thoughts!

— Sharon Goldman, senior editor and writer

Twitter: @sharongoldman

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‘Alien: Isolation’ is coming to iOS and Android on December 16th

One of the most memorable survival horror games of recent years is coming to smartphones and tablets. Feral Interactive will bring Alien: Isolation to iOS and Android on December 16th.

Feral, which also handled the Nintendo Switch port of the 2014 game, claims it has replicated the “stunning AAA visuals, arresting narrative and terrifying atmosphere of Creative Assembly’s award-winning sci-fi masterpiece” for mobile devices “without compromise.” It added customizable touchscreen controls, though you can connect an external controller. The game, which costs $15, includes all seven DLC packs.

Alien: Isolation is set 15 years after Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror film Alien. Players take on the guise of engineer Amanda Ripley, who attempts to get to the bottom of her mother Ellen Ripley’s disappearance. 

Creative Assembly did a great job of replicating the terrifying atmosphere of the original movie. The first-person perspective certainly adds to the feeling of dread as you try to evade a xenomorph. Whether Alien: Isolation feels as immersive on mobile as it does on consoles and PC remains to be seen, though the Switch port was well-received.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play another classic survival horror game on their phone. Dead Space is now part of the cloud gaming library, thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with EA Play. Alien: Isolation is also available on Game Pass, albeit only on console and PC, not through the cloud.

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Fortnite Season 7, Week 9 Challenge Guide: How to Carry an Alien Sample from a Satellite Station’s Dish to an Entrance at Corny Complex

One of the final challenges you’ll likely aim to complete during Fortnite season 7, week 9 is for carrying an alien sample from a satellite station’s dish to an entrance of Corny Complex. It’s arguably the toughest challenge of the week due to a number of factors — the main one being that you have to escape from a satellite station, which is easier said than done. The challenge description doesn’t necessarily explain what an alien sample is, or where to carry it to, making this one tricky to complete.

Luckily, we’ve got all the details for getting through this challenge with ease. Here’s how to carry an alien sample from a satellite station’s dish to an entrance of Corny Complex in Fortnite.

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Where to find an alien sample

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Alien sample in Fortnite.

Alien samples are found in large crates at the base of satellites. These are located at satellite stations, so use the map above (thanks Fortnite.gg) to see where they are. At first glance, it might be tempting to visit the satellite station just south of Corny Complex since it means you’ll have less ground to cover to complete the challenge, but we advise avoiding this method. This is because the satellite station to the south of Corny Complex is often a high-traffic area, and it can be difficult to make it out alive.

For best results, we’d recommend picking pretty much any other station. Each base has a vehicle you can use to quickly make your escape, so there isn’t much of a downside in this regard. Either way, land at the base of the large satellite and interact with the crate to complete the first part of the challenge.

How to carry it to an entrance at Corny Complex

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From there, your aim should be to visit Corny Complex, so hop in a vehicle to get there quickly. The spot you want to visit is the large silo in the center of this area, where you’ll find another crate. However, you’ll want to be cautious because this is one of the most high-traffic spots on the map — due to not just the number of players that come here, but deadly NPCs as well.

It’s not a bad idea to wait until the storm closes in a couple times before making your way to Corny Complex — that way, you’re less likely to come across enemy players. On the west side of the silo is the crate you’ll need to interact with, so make your way there as carefully as possible and you’ll see it on the ground.

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Fortnite’s latest update fixed the game’s annoying alien parasite problem

The Fortnite universe has been overtaken by aliens, though they’re mostly hanging around in UFOs to abduct people. With the aliens’ arrival came one particularly annoying addition to the game: alien parasites, which are exactly what they sound like. While the parasites add a fantastical quality to the story, they’re also incredibly annoying for players.

If you’ve been playing Fortnite over the last few weeks, you’ve likely encountered the alien parasites. These creatures float around, their eyes boggling at the top of long stems, teeth jutting from their abnormally large mouths.

The parasites spawn from green eggs found in various places on the battle royale island; sometimes you’ll come across a parasite that has already attached itself to an animal. When you’re infected, the alien bites your character’s head, granting you the ability to jump in low gravity but at the cost of considerable amounts of health.

Many players have complained that the amount of health taken by the parasite is too much in contrast to the benefit it offers (the ability to jump higher). Epic has apparently heard these complaints and made an adjustment related to them in the game’s latest patch.

Going forward, Epic says alien parasites will be easier to avoid as they will move slower. If one does manage to catch you (or if you get deliberately infected), the parasite will siphon less of your health, ultimately improving the cost-versus-benefits ratio.



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Government UFO task force will use AI to study bizarre ‘alien’ aircraft

Last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a nine-page preliminary unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP), the government’s term for UFOs. This report wasn’t as exciting as some had hoped, though it is the start of what may prove to be an interesting development over the coming months and years. One tidbit from the report hints at how the government plans to learn about UAPs: by using artificial intelligence.

What we know so far

The unclassified preliminary report offers a very minor look at what various government sectors know about the UAP/UFO phenomenon, including instances in which these objects were observed. The report was intended to shed light on the potential threat posed by these unusual ‘alien’ aircraft, which have been spied in everything from close encounters with commercial aircraft to seemingly antagonizing intrusions with military vessels.

The gist of the report is that the government doesn’t know what these objects are and whether they’re an actual national security threat. The data comes from the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), a program formed by the Department of Defense that operates as part of the Office of Naval Intelligence. The task force is intended to “standardize the collection and reporting” of the phenomena. Among other things, the DNI report says, “Data continues to be collected and analyzed.”

The idea is that forming a standardized and consistent means for consolidating these UAP reports from agencies across the federal government will improve the quality of data while streamlining the analysis process. How, exactly, will the data be analyzed? Though many details aren’t forthcoming, the DNI report does contain one hint at how the government is approaching this mystery.

Artificial intelligence may be key

On page six of the report, the DNI reveals that the UAPTF will initially use AI and machine learning algorithms to “cluster and recognize similarities and patterns in features of the data points.” Using artificial intelligence to make sense of data is nothing new, but this is perhaps one of the most interesting uses of the technology to date.

Though human analysis can turn up many details, the tedious work takes considerable time as the amount of data grows and certain data points may not be recognized in the mix. Machine learning algorithms are able to rapidly process large amounts of data in search of things like commonalities and anomalies, alerting human experts to identified patterns and points of interest to help guide a deeper exploration of the topic.

The government’s use of AI will help address the biggest issue related to UAP/UFO reports: figuring out which ones are credible and truly involve unknown phenomena rather than mistaken, but quite mundane and explainable, objects. Shiny ballons, distant birds flying in formation, drones with LEDs, and similar subjects can be easily mistaken for UFOs when viewed by someone unfamiliar with the objects or in distracting environments like storms.

The DNI explains that as the UAPTF’s database grows, the artificial intelligence that analyzes it will learn to tell the difference between ordinary terrestrial objects like weather balloons from truly interesting and seemingly unexplainable objects.

Limited data is a problem

The report makes it clear that the task force is working under the assumption that sensors used to observe the phenomena “generally operate correctly” and that enough actual data is collected in the process to facilitate “initial assessments.” There may be instances in which sensor anomalies could explain why an observed object acts in erratic or unexpected ways, however.

At this time, at least as far as the report is concerned, the UAPTF has focused on a selection of observations and incidents largely reported by people who work for the US government. A total of 144 cases are briefly detailed, only one of which could be positively identified as a deflating balloon.

The majority of the reports involved multiple aspects of observation ranging from personnel who saw the objects to tracking with multiple types of sensors, including infrared and radar, weapon seekers, and more. Beyond that, the report confirms that some of the observations involved UAP that seemed to “exhibit unusual flight characteristics.”

The report cautions that a more “rigorous analysis” of these instances is necessary to determine whether the strange activity could have been the result of sensor errors or spoofing technology, the latter of which confuses tech systems into perceiving something that isn’t actually taking place.

Security concerns

The UAPTF is operating with the assumption that there are multiple explanations for these reports and that most of them will involve mundane reasons like industry programs or natural atmospheric phenomena. However, the government is accommodating other potential explanations in a catch-all “other” category, which the report notably fails to elaborate upon beyond covering objects for which “pending scientific advances” would enable a better understanding.

Though the US government has avoided all mentions of the possibility of these craft being alien in origin, it does emphasize a major concern about potential national security problems associated with the phenomenon. The report indicates that the technology could be the result of a foreign adversary, though critics of this idea point out the improbable and highly concerning notion that another country could have spent years operating such vehicles around the US military without being identified.

Beyond the national security concerns, the DNI report mentions that some pilots have reported “near misses” with UAPs, incidents that were documented in 11 cases. The instances in which these unknown objects have operated in close proximity to aircraft indicate they may be a threat to airspace safety.

Working together to solve the mystery

At this point in time, the UAPTF is developing an interagency system for analyzing and processing UAP reports and data. There are limitations to the analysis at this time as hinted at in the report. The UAPTF is largely working with information provided by the US Navy, according to the DNI, though it hopes to change this by opening a pathway for other agencies to easily consolidate and share their data.

The report indicates that the US Air Force did not contribute data to this report. The UAPTF is presently attempting to get any data the USAF may have, but it’s unclear what may be the current limiting factor and how far the task force is in this process.

The US Air Force is not uninformed about the issue. The DNI report reveals the USAF formed a pilot program in November 2020 that would run for six months. This program was intended to identify hot spots where UAPs/UFOs are most likely to be encountered. Though the pilot program would now be over without an extension, the report reveals that the USAF is currently “evaluating how to normalize future collections, reporting, and analysis” across the entire branch.

The Federal Aviation Administration is likely to play a major role in the gathering of UAP data. The UAPTF has started receiving some information from the FAA, which is said to acquire the data as part of its normal air traffic operations management. The UAPTF may particularly benefit from data the FAA continuously acquires, using it to find anomalies that may bolster its budding machine learning algorithms.

Beyond the military

The government likewise plans to expand its analysis to reports from more than just government employees, noting that the UAPTF can use the FAA’s “robust outreach program” to increase understanding and emphasize the need for reports from the aviation community. The DNI report’s note about “the importance of reporting UAP” incidents underscores the urgency the government may harbor in regards to the phenomena, which still remains of little interest to the general public.

The report goes on to explain:

The UAPTF is looking for novel ways to increase the collection of UAP cluster areas when U.S. forces are not present as a way to baseline “standard” UAP activity and mitigate the collection bias in the dataset.

Another tidbit in the report reveals that the use of machine learning algorithms in this program will not be limited to newly collected data. The DNI revealed that a proposal has been made to utilize “advanced algorithms” to study the mass of historical data from radar and other systems to potentially grow the dataset and learn more about the history of this phenomenon, which in turn may shed light on its present occurrence and the driving factor behind it.

The work is just getting started, however, and the UAPTF has made it known that more funding will help it develop its program and conduct research into UAPs. Artificial intelligence will ultimately play a major role in this effort and may speed up the rate of analysis considerably, paving the way for relatively rapid advancement in the understanding of these mysterious objects spotted around the world.

The full unidentified aerial phenomena report can be found on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s website.

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Fortnite Cosmic Summer Celebration teases alien event next week

It seems Epic has some sort of event planned for its battle royale game next week, and though many of the details are still lacking, we do know what it will be called: Cosmic Summer Celebration. The event will take place on a Fortnite beach where players will apparently need to congregate. The company has published an alien-themed invite for players to ‘RSVP’ to the event.

On Saturday morning, the official Fortnite Twitter account tweeted an invite that reads ‘Welcome Party’ joined by a picture of a grey-style alien wearing a pair of goggles. The invite has a ‘Coming Soon’ banner for an event that’ll take place at Believer Beach on June 22 at 9 AM ET.

The company hasn’t offered any follow-up tweets with more details, though we’ll likely see some over the weekend leading to Tuesday. The nature of the invite, including the alien wearing googles, indicates this will be some sort of in-game welcoming party the island’s residents throw for the newly-arrived aliens.

Attending the party may be worth the effort in terms of rewards, but we have to wait and see what Epic may be offering to those who visit Believer Beach on Tuesday. There’s no mention of how long this party will last, but presumably it’ll be something of a revolving door.

The beach party isn’t surprising — many of Fortnite‘s players are on summer vacation right now and Epic usually has season-based themes that follow real-life trends. Chapter 2 – Season 7 is just getting started; players have access to UFOs, futuristic guns, and an entirely new battle pass style that enables them to unlock the specific items they want using Battle Stars.



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Fortnite alien parasites will steal your health and give you powers

Epic will soon release a new living object in Fortnite called alien parasites. As the name suggests, these creatures originate from the alien invasion and attach to players like parasites — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It seems these creatures will offer players certain abilities that can be useful depending on the situation.

Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 7 kicked off with an alien invasion. Players got access to futuristic weapons and UFOs, plus there’s a giant mothership in the sky. That was only the start of this invasion, however, and Alien parasites are among the next big change. Players can expect to always find the parasites at the POIs with purple names, and there’s a greater than 50-percent chance they’ll also spawn at other random spots.

According to data-miner HYPEX, the parasites will appear as green eggs in the locations where they spawn. The creatures will emerge from the eggs if you walk near one, resulting in a swarm of purple parasites that want to be your ‘companions.’ If one attaches to you, you’ll sacrifice some health but gain ‘enhanced mobility.’

It’s unclear whether that is the only ability that will be offered by these parasites or if they’ll offer a variety of different boosts. Of course, you may not have enough health to sacrifice or may not need the ability, in which case you’ll be able to remove the parasite. The parasites will reportedly have 75 health, while the eggs will have 60 health.

HYPEX suggests that players may be able to pick up and throw the eggs, which would mean using them as a weapon against opponents who would lose some health. However, it’s unclear whether that feature will actually be made available or if that aspect of the alien parasites has been removed.



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How To Get Alien Artifacts Fast in Fortnite

Now that Fortnite chapter 2, season 7 is here, players will have plenty of new things to do, thanks to the slew of additional content added by Epic Games. This season is alien themed, and to coincide with that, you’ll need to acquire Alien Artifacts, which serve as a form of currency that can be used to customize your Kymera alien. These Alien Artifacts aren’t easy to find, though there are a couple of methods you can use to acquire them.

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What are Alien Artifacts?

The newly added Alien Artifacts are a new form of currency that is used to buy cosmetics for the Kymera alien skin. After buying the battle pass, players gain access to a customizable Kymera alien, but the only way to get more styles is to buy them with Alien Artifacts. Most of the lower-tier options are inexpensive at around two or three Alien Artifacts, but if you take a quick look at the options, you’ll notice it could cost a lot to get all the styles you want.

The upper-level styles cost around 17 Alien Artifacts, so if those are the ones you want, you’ll need to start working toward earning more currency. Below, we’ll get into a couple of methods to earn Alien Artifacts in Fortnite.

Map of Alien Artifacts

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There are two ways to get your hands on Alien Artifacts. The easiest way is to visit specific, fixed locations around the map to collect them. By using the map above (thanks, Fortnite.gg), you can see all five locations around the map. Each one grants you with four, so if you collect all of them, you’ll end up with 20 in total. Do keep in mind that once you collect one, it despawns, so you only get to grab each of them once. It’s possible more will spawn periodically to keep players stocked up.

Here’s where to find each one, specifically.

First Alien Artifact location: Northeast of Believer Beach

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You can collect them in any order, but let’s start with the Alien Artifact location to the northeast of Believer Beach. You can find this one on the steps of the spire, around halfway up. The spire is close to the shore.

Second Alien Artifact location: West of Weeping Woods

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Next up, head to the restaurant to the west of Weeping Woods. The Alien Artifact is under the roof outside with the stacks of wood.

Third Alien Artifact location: Center of map

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This one is the easiest to find. It’s right in the center of the map, floating above the water. This is the purple area that used to be The Spire in season 6.

Fourth Alien Artifact location: North of Corny Complex

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Next, you can head to the area north of Corny Complex near a bunch of trees. The Alien Artifact is found close to a house.

Fifth Alien Artifact location: Catty Corner

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Finally, the last one is at Catty Corner, on the west side on a platform. It’s to the north of the gas station.

Cosmic Chests

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There is one other way to get your hands on Alien Artifacts, though it’s less reliable. You can collect Alien Artifacts from Cosmic Chests, which spawn randomly throughout he map and only appear in Duos, Trios, and Squads (they do not appear in Solos). When the Cosmic Chest appears, you and your team must strike the weak points with your harvesting tools to get it to open. Currently, there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to getting them to spawn.

For this reason, we recommend landing on the small island to the south of Catty Corner to grab a flying saucer and use it to fly around the area until you find one. Be on the lookout for a glowing purple orb with a chest inside. Since the Cosmic Chests are small and can be hard to spot, we recommend staying closer to the ground, which will make them easier to spot. Once you find one, land next to it and hit the weak points until it bursts open. Do note that it takes several hits to burst open, so try to do this with a full team if possible.

You have a chance at getting a random number of Alien Artifacts using this method, from two to upwards of nine. The nice thing about this method is that you can continuously use it to gather Alien Artifacts, assuming you can find Cosmic Chests.

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Fortnite’s latest Season 7 teaser reveals alien pistol, takes jab at Superman

Epic has released its second Chapter 2 – Season 7 teaser, this one similar to the first teaser but with one big twist: it reveals what appears to be a piece of alien technology. The audio log takes a jab at Superman and includes a pair of glasses in a tractor beam. Visible behind the glasses, however, is a new kind of pistol.

The new teaser comes in the form of a short animation, one that features the same tractor beam we saw in the first trailer, as well as three objects: a guitar, glasses, and a weapon. The message, which is written as an observation log from the alien’s perspective, notes that glasses seemed to allow the aliens to blend into the battle royale island.

This indicates that the aliens have already been on the island this season, though in disguise. More important is the weapon featured on the right side of the objects: it is distinctly futuristic and appears to be a piece of alien technology. This hints at the kind of weapons we can expect to see in the next season, though it’s unclear whether all of the items will be futuristic.

The next season, which goes live on June 8, is titled ‘They’re Coming,’ which refers to the aliens who have found the battle royale island. These aliens are currently abducting players from the map, restoring their health, and then beaming them to another part of the map. It’s unclear how their presence will change with the next season.

Players have the remainder of today and tomorrow to finish their challenges and unlock whatever skins and battle pass levels they want. Fortnite Crew subscribers will get the next battle pass as part of the subscription, while everyone else will be able to buy it with V-Bucks starting Tuesday.



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