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Fortnite Short Nite 2 brings short movies and a premiere to Party Royale theater

Epic Games has announced the return of its Short Nite event with the new Short Nite 2. As with the original event, this latest short film showcase is happening in Fortnite‘s battle-free Party Royale mode where players can gather around the big screen. The first short debuted earlier today with more to come throughout the weekend.

Fortnite‘s Short Nite is exactly what it sounds like: an event involving short films that are, in this case, displayed on the outdoor theater in Party Royale. The event started at 2 PM ET today and will remain live through July 25 at 2 PM ET.

The event will be non-stop during these dates, according to Epic, meaning you should be able to head over to the in-game theater at any point through mid-Sunday to catch the clips for yourself. The showcase includes the world premiere for Gildedguy series’ “next entry” called Gildedguy Gets Up!.

Ultimately, viewers will get to see short movies featuring action, comedy, and rhythm, Epic says, noting that the overall runtime is around 40 minutes. Players can view a trailer with clips from the short movies in the Fortnite news feed now.

As with the previous event, Short Nite 2 includes support for the game’s picture-in-picture mode, assuming you access it during the right times and have the feature turned on in the game settings. Streamers should avoid turning this feature on over potential copyright strikes or demonetization of their videos.

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Fortnite Rainbow Royale gets LGBTQIA+ colorful with free items

The Fortnite Rainbow Royale event just appeared in the in-game shop for all platforms. This event is a celebration of Fortnite’s LGBTQIA+ community with assurances that “everyone is welcome on the Battle Bus.” It should be made clear, here, that this event is taking place outside of the trendy confines of Pride Month, where brands of all sorts make it a point to turn their social media rainbow-colored.

Here in July of 2021, Epic Games updated the in-game shop in Fortnite with “a bunch of free stuff.” That includes a “Take a’bow” Emote, Sunshine & Rainbows Wrap, and four different Rainbow Royale Sprays. These include Vibrany Star, Vibrant Boogie (a rainbow disco ball hand grenade), Vibrant Llama, and Vibrant Heart.

This week Fortnite Creative has a new rainbow flag prop. It’s basically a black flag with a “Vibrant Star” flying across its face. This event will also feature a set of song you might’ve heard blasting in Rocket League’s Love ISLV playlist.

The playlist of songs highlights LGBTQIA+ artists and can be heard in Fortnite’s Battle Royale arena. You’ll find Montero by Lil Nas X and Platium by Big Freedia in Beatbox. In Radio Underground you’ll find Pain by King Princess, STUD by Troy Sivan, and Imagine by Ben Platt. With Power Play you’ll hear Malibu by Kim Petras, Found My Friends by Hayley Kiyoko, and Bad Girl by Daya.

The Rainbow Royale event will take place starting today, July 20, 2021, and it’ll run until July 27th, at 8PM Eastern Time. Take a peek at the timeline below for more information on Fortnite updates and the inner workings of the latest code for the game – things continue to get weird and wonderful! Make sure you tap in and adjust your settings for the latest update with Preferred Item Slots!

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Fortnite Concept Royale contest will turn two fan concepts into reality

Epic has announced a new contest called Fortnite Concept Royale. The new opportunity will result in two ‘exceptional’ fan concepts being turned into actual in-game outfits, giving creators the chance of bringing their idea to a massive audience. In addition to having their concept turned into an outfit, the two winners will both also get cash rewards.

Many Fortnite players have shared their own skin concepts online, but this new contest gives them the rare opportunity to catch Epic’s attention. The Fortnite Concept Royale contest officially started yesterday, June 15, and will continue to run until the very last minute of July 11.

During that time, creators can post their original skin concepts on Instagram or Twitter. The posts will need to feature the #ConceptRoyaleContest hashtag in order for Epic to find them. It seems Epic wants concepts related to the winter season, noting that the two winning concepts will be revealed as official skins this December as part of whatever Winter 2021 event the company has planned.

“Send us your most festive, frosty, and fun designs to bundle up this holiday season,” Epic said in its announcement. Creators and fans who plan to participate should be sure to read the full contest rules [PDF] before developing their concept to make sure it qualifies for the challenge.

In addition to seeing their concept turned into an actual Fortnite skin, Epic says the two winners will also each receive $2,500 in cash. The contest is limited to people who are ages 13 and older and the company is only allowing one entry per creator.

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Fallout 76’s battle royale mode is getting nuked in September

As it turns out, not every game needs a mode after all. Almost two years to the day after Nuclear Winter, take on the genre, Bethesda Game Studios says it’s shutting down the mode in September due to dwindling player interest.

Although many players dove into Nuclear Winter in the mode’s early days, since then, “we’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game,” the development team wrote . “It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times.”

Bethesda has also found it challenging to keep working on “meaningful updates” for the mode while developing updates for Adventure Mode at the same time. The developers acknowledged some will be disappointed by the move and said they’re working to include other player vs. player options. There’ll be more info about new ways to play the game later this year.

To try and make up for killing off Nuclear Winter, Bethesda will give players perk coins based on their level and how many Overseer Tickets they earned. Everyone who finishes at least one match will receive a Nuclear Winter-themed pennant as well. Many of the rewards players could earn through battle royale matches are coming to Adventure Mode, so they won’t be unobtainable after Nuclear Winter is axed.

Fallout 76 will be featured at the on Sunday, where the dev team will share some details about what’s coming to the game down the road. Meanwhile, if you’ve been curious about Fallout 76 but haven’t checked it out, you can play the entire game for free until June 16th.

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Now Oculus owns the best VR battle royale game

It’s tough to imagine how much more the battle royale genre can expand, but with so many popular games already, it’s inevitable that new platforms like virtual reality will need their own spin on it. Population: One has managed to arrive as a breakout VR hit with its 24-person games and Fortnite-like gameplay, and now Facebook’s Oculus arm has acquired its developer, Bigbox VR.

Devindra Hardawar quickly fell in love with the game last fall, and particularly enjoyed its crossplatform VR chops. According to a blog post, Pop: One “will continue to be supported on all its current platforms,” so even if you’re on a non-Facebook headset you will still be able to play this game, which the team will continue working to expand even as it develops new projects. 

As Upload VR notes, the current business model for the game also follows Fortnite and other BR hits by using a paid “battle pass” system of unlockable content. It will be interesting to see how that develops over time, and if the graphics get an upgrade to take advantage of more powerful VR hardware in the future. The last big studio Oculus acquired was Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn in a deal announced last June, so this is also a sign that Facebook will keep spending to find interesting content for its VR platforms.

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Fallout 76 is losing its Nuclear Winter battle royale mode

If you’re a fan of Fallout 76‘s battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, then we’ve got some bad news for you: Bethesda has announced that it will be sunsetting the mode later this year. While Nuclear Winter will be going away, it isn’t all bad news for those who enjoy PvP, as Bethesda says that it’s working on new ways to play the game that will be revealed at a later date. In addition, those who played Nuclear Winter will be getting some compensation for its removal in the form of Perk Coins.

In a blog post to the Fallout website – which also details preparations for July’s Steel Reign update – Bethesda explains that, over time, Fallout 76 players have largely stopped playing the Nuclear Winter mode. “It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times,” Bethesda wrote. “Additionally, we’ve found it challenging to provide meaningful updates for Nuclear Winter, while also developing and supporting exciting new content for Adventure Mode in recent and upcoming updates.”

So, Bethesda has decided to nix the mode altogether. Nuclear Winter isn’t going away immediately, but rather it’ll be removed from the game with an update that’s landing at some point in September. “Ending support for the mode was a difficult decision, and not one that we made lightly,” Bethesda continued. “We’re still working to provide methods of PVP combat for those who enjoy squaring off against other former Vault Dwellers, and a little later this year, we will release details on how we plan to offer players even more ways to play Fallout 76.”

In addition to this vague promise of more ways to play Fallout 76, Bethesda promises that those who have participated in Nuclear Winter mode will be compensated with Perk coins. When Nuclear Winter goes offline, Bethesda will give players 6 Perk Coins for each Overseer Rank they achieved (with a maximum of 600) and 1 Perk Coin for each Overseer Ticket they earned (up to a maximum of 200). Every player who completed at least one Nuclear Winter match will also get a Nuclear Winter Pennant for the CAMPs.

So, those who played a lot of Nuclear Winter are going to get a bunch of Perk Coins when the mode goes away, but what of the rewards that were available through the mode? Bethesda says that while some items will remain exclusive, there are others like Power Armor/weapon paints, outfits, and CAMP objects that will become obtainable through other game modes and events, including “Scorched Earth, Project Paradise, Encryptid, A Colossal Problem, and even Hunt for the Treasure Hunter.” For more on Fallout 76 and the impending removal of Nuclear Winter, be sure to check out the Fallout blog post linked above.

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Battlefield 2042 nixes campaign, battle royale

Earlier today, Electronic Arts and DICE officially revealed Battlefield 2042, the next game in the long-running series. While we’d usually expect new game reveals to be light on details, the two companies actually revealed quite a bit about Battlefield 2042 today. The focus was entirely on multiplayer, and there’s good reason for that, as Battlefield 2042 apparently won’t ship with either a single-player campaign or battle royale mode.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Battlefield 2042 would feature a campaign, given how much of a backstory this game seems to have. That narrative, however, only seems to serve to bolster the game’s multiplayer mode. DICE revealed the lack of a campaign to Eurogamer today.

“I think that’s just something that enables us to really lean into what we are best at,” Battlefield 2042 design director Daniel Berlin said in an interview. “If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we’ve been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we’re not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we’re going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best.”

Just as well, the game won’t have a battle royale mode, despite seemingly every game having a battle royale mode these days. Berlin, however, suggested that there are other modes that will be well worth paying attention to. “Battle royale is definitely something that is exceptionally popular right now,” he said. “We don’t have any battle royale plan at this point, but we do have other experiences within the game that we can’t talk about which we are super excited for.”

One of those modes is apparently in development at DICE LA at the moment, but we’re not going to get any details on it until EA Play Live on July 22nd. It’ll be interesting to see how DICE manages to fill the gap left by the lack of a single-player campaign, which is something that’s been present in recent Battlefield titles. We’ll have more information on Battlefield 2042 as DICE and EA confirm it, so stay tuned for more.

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Fortnite players can watch the FNCS Finals in Party Royale today

If you’re a Fortnite and esports fan, you can watch the big FNCS Finals competition today directly in the game’s Party Royale mode. Epic will kick off the Finals at 1 PM ET today with the European finals, followed by broadcasts for other regions later on in the day. Players will be able to tune in to the esports event in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese.

Party Royale is Fortnite‘s fun non-combat mode, enabling players to join together for concerts, to compete in mini-games, play with unique items like paint shooters, and more. The mode includes an outdoor movie theater where players can sit and watch content on the ‘big screen,’ which has previously been used for things like extended movie previews and trailers.

Today, you’ll be able to watch the Fortnite FNCS Finals on the Party Royale big screen starting at 1 PM ET. The live coverage will kick off with the EU event, followed by the live North America East coverage at 5:15 PM ET and the North America West coverage at 9:15 PM ET. The live broadcast will end at around 12:30 AM ET / 9:30 PM PT, assuming you watch the entire thing.

The Finals event will crown the FNCS champions in Europe, North America East, North America West, and Brazil. Players can set their game’s language for the particular coverage they want to hear, such as Spanish or German, before joining the Party Royale mode. If you set your language to Portuguese, you’ll see the Brazil FNCS Finals coverage start at 3 PM ET.

You can head over to the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account to keep tabs on any changes that may arise before the event starts, as well as highlights from different matches and more. The account will also reveal the champions once the event’s over in case you can’t make time to watch the live broadcasts.

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Nintendo Switch Animal Battle Royale trailer is two things: adorable and disturbing

The game Super Animal Royale is not made for little kids. It looks super cute – and it is! But it’s rated T for Teens – for all the violence it contains. This game comes from MODUS and Pixile Studios and was made to be a sort of alternate reality iteration of Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG. In the Super Animal World, characters are excited to participate in a death match against one another for ultimate glory – and it’s sort of like Animal Crossing, too.

“We are the Super Animals, and we can sing, rap, tell jokes, cook, and fight!” The song in the intro trailer has the tiny baby animals sing, “Armed with only the most modest melee mop…” The game also recalls the source of the madness that is the modern age of Battle Royale… the movie Battle Royale (2000). In said movie, the intro is similar, and the idea that you’d get a random “weapon” at the start is in place.

The intro goes on to show how similar it is to other Battle Royale games, saying “now the hard part’s deciding where to drop!” The characters are flown over the battleground in a giant bird bus, floating slowly downward courtesy of an array of umbrellas.

“Cause the battle’s raging on, and they’ll fight ’till there’s just one,” sing the animals. “And there’s never been a tie – do the winner dance or cry.” Again, this is a game that is not meant for children.

“Hand gun. Machine gun. Hand grenade! Hamsterball! Emu! Banan!” That’s a hand gun and a machine gun, a hand grenade (which explodes), a hamster ball (in which the animal can run and crush opponents) – an emu (the animal on which your animal can ride), and a banana.

“And we’ll never stop ’til we feel the skunk gas burn.” The skunk gas arrives when enough time has passed to make certain there’s no collaboration between animals. Wouldn’t want the animals deciding they’d rather just all stay alive than kill until they win.

“We may be cute but you are about to learn,” sing the animals, “we are the future, humans have had their turn!” At this point the bloody fist logo is shown on multiple animals – this is another reference to the original Battle Royale movie franchise.

The game Super Animal Royale has a release date of “later this year” with an un-listed price. The game appears to be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Cross your fingers for cross-platform play and mobile iterations too – but don’t get your hopes up!

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PUBG owner teases a new Battle Royale mobile game for India

South Korea’s Krafton Inc — rights holders of the PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) game — released a teaser for a new game called Battlegrounds Mobile India specially made for the country.

Last September, the Indian government banned PUBG and 118 other Chinese apps over data security concerns. The IP holding company tried to distance itself from China-based Tencent, the distributors of the game in India, in order to get the ban lifted.

Two months later, Krafton said that it aims to bring the game back in the country in some form. The firm also pledged to invest $100 million in the local gaming community.

We don’t know much about the game apart from the fact that it’ll be a Battle Royale game — just like PUBG Mobile. The teaser suggests that the upcoming game could very much look like the banned title. Krafton said in a statement that it’ll have a pre-registration period before the game officially launches in the country.

According to the privacy policy listed on the game’s site, the game will follow all local laws regarding data storage. This is probably to avoid any conflict with the government’s insistence on storing all user data in the country.

In an interview with SportsKeeda, a top PUBG creator revealed yesterday that the new game is expected to be released in June. But take that information with a pinch of salt as there’s no official confirmation yet.

Before it got banned, PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games in India with more than 15 million active users. So a lot of players have been eagerly waiting for the title’s return.

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