‘Fortnite:Battle Royale’ Tease Reveals Season 4 (And The Comet) Hit Tomorrow

It’s official, Fortnite Season 4 arrives tomorrow, along with a new battle pass, superhero theme and a comet slamming into the map somewhere.Desktop Screenshot 2018.05.01 -

Epic has posted one final teaser image to their Fortnite: Battle Royale social media sites after a week of updating a different image with glimpses at what appear to be new superhero and supervillain skins.

Today’s image is different, however. We have four figures in the foreground who appear to be looking down into a crater, presumably created after the comet hits the map. On first glance, I thought that these might be the new heroes/villains, but upon closer inspection, that is not the case, and Epic is keeping those skins under wraps until their official reveal tomorrow.

Of the four skins shown here, there are at least three that are already in the game. I believe the one the third from the right, the one with the glowing eyes, is not yet in the game, and may not be directly tied to the superhero theme, but another skin that might be introduced into the game on its own. Correct me if it’s already in the game and I just missed it.

There’s no longer any real debate about whether the comet will hit the map in Fortnite or not. It will. Many of these images have been teased with the phrase “brace for impact” and this image flat-out shows what appears to the lip of the crater.Comete_Fortnite

While most still believe that Tilted Towers is in the crosshair of the comet, recent leaks suggest that a more unused area like Dusty Depot is getting nuked instead, which honestly, makes quite a bit more sense. As for whether there will be something in the new crater other than just…a crater, that remains to be seen. Do these new superheroes/villains come from space? Will they have a spaceship we get to play around in and farm for exotic metal?fortnite-comet

I can’t praise Epic enough for how they’ve managed to create interest and hype around season 4 with this comet tease and the past week of reveals. For a game that essentially doesn’t have a story (the Battle Royale portion doesn’t, at least), it’s been a really fun time guessing at what’s coming, and the past week of mini-meteors slamming into the map has also been pretty great.

From the other teases, there should be at least four superhero/villain skins that you can farm in the Fortnite battle pass starting tomorrow, and we’ll have a closer look at them then, along with new back bling, gliders and everything else added.

At long last, the day has come. Soon we won’t be watching skies, but we’ll be watching a giant hole in the ground instead. Brace for impact, indeed.


EPIC reveals ‘SUPERHERO’ Theme for Fortnite Season 4

We’re only a few days out from Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 4, and Epic is keeping us on the hook. 2 days ago, we got a chance to look at what appeared to be one of the new skins coming with the new Battle Pass: a stern-faced, square-jawed fellow distinctly reminiscent of The Flash. Despite speculation on everything from aliens to dinosaurs, the teaser likely confirms a new superhero theme for Season 4, though that’s not 100% official yet. Yesterday, Epic showed off what looks like the second skin from the collection.Desktop Screenshot 2018.04.28 -

We can only see part of this new skin’s face, but it’s clearly in line with the superhero theme. It’s a woman with sharp features and bold eyebrows, as well as a piece of forehead ornamentation that is definitely not close enough to Wonder Woman’s Tiara to invite any kind of lawsuits, but definitely evocative nonetheless. And the graphic design, at least, doesn’t make the two look all that friendly.

What’s most interesting here is the different text that came with the two images. The first read “Battle. Adapt. Win,” indicating a sort of nihilistic, power-focused worldview from the male superhero depicted. The second reads “fight with honor,” which is clearly intended to stand as a contrast to the first message. Are these two figures at odds, I wonder?

The other option would be that these two heroes are on one side, and we’re about to get introduced to another. There are three days left before the end of Season 3, and that leaves room for two villains plus the wide reveal.

It points to some sort of conflict in my mind, and my guess is that’s how we’re going to kick off Season 4. It’s unclear if this would be traditional aliens or Marvel-style “hero aliens” coming in on that comet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with some sort of battle in the first few days of the season. After that, the season might be themed along the lines of some sort of grand conflict between heroes and villains.

How that conflict will manifest in-game is anybody’s guess, of course. The brilliance of the meteors right now is that they provide a notable infusion of drama without changing the game all that much beyond the occasional explosion: any depiction of grand, Earth-shaking conflict here needs to either be mostly aesthetic, confined to the skybox or largely carried out in social media videos. Regardless, Epic is doing a great job keeping the hype going, so stay tuned.


All the latest news and rumours about GTA 6

Given the sheer quantity of sales Rockstar’s crime series commands, the prospect of GTA 6 is less a question of ‘if’, than ‘when’. Right, so when? We’re coming up to a period when the gap between entries suggests a new Grand Theft Auto could be around the corner, relatively speaking. The realistic view, however, is that we’re highly unlikely to see GTA 6 in 2018.

Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been announced, it’s pretty certain Rockstar will likely want to dedicate next year to its Wild West series. But with Red Dead Redemption 2 out of the way, the path would be clear for a return to present-day crime action. With that in mind, here’s everything we know (and guess) so far about GTA 6.

GTA 6: Release date

If the previous Grand Theft Auto release timeline is anything to go by, we can expect a gap of around four or five years between GTA 5 and GTA 6GTA: San Andreas came out in 2004, GTA 4 came out in 2008, while GTA 5 came out in 2013. That would hint at a potential release in 2018.

The problem is, Rockstar recently announced Red Dead Redemption 2, due to launch in Spring 2018. As both RDR2 and GTA 6 will be open-world adventures, it would make sense for the company not to want to rush one out after the other. So while a late-2018 launch is possible, a much more probable time frame would be a GTA 6 release in 2019 or even 2020. 

GTA 6: Where will it be set?

While Rockstar has yet to make any official announcements surrounding GTA 6, there have been some subtle hints which sort of show that the game might be in development, at least in an early stage. There have been a number of mutterings that Rockstar could be considering locations outside of America – even a return to London following 1999’s Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 mission pack for the original game.

Water has been thrown on that particular fire thanks to a 2013 interview with The Guardian, which suggests the game won’t be set in London. “I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then,” said Rockstar’s Dan Houser. “These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don’t know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don’t think it would be a GTA necessarily.”

Given that GTA has build itself around satirising American culture, we think it’s safe to assume the next game will stick to the ol’ US of A. There are even reports that Rockstar could be setting out to recreate a map that spans the entirety of the country, not just one city. Driving game The Crew offered players a condensed version of the US to navigate, so it could be that Rockstar wants to do something of similar scope. That said, there’s a big difference between county-spanning highways and the detailed environments seen in GTA 6. We’d prefer to see something with depth, rather than senseless grandeur.   

GTA 6: Who will you play?

In the 2013 Guardian interview, Houser also that Rockstar is open to the possibility of a playable female protagonist too, which would be a first for the series. “We didn’t really think about it this time [of GTA V],” he said. “That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we need Z,’ we weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.

“In the future, could we do a game with a lead female character? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about. It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic.” 

A female character would certainly be welcome, given their dearth in previous titles. We also loved the three distinct playable characters in Grand Theft Auto Vand would like to see this happen in the future, but perhaps they could expand on that, with the option to create your own character akin to the character creator in GTA Online. Of course, doing this would likely change the balance around scripted narrative. 

GTA 6: What will it look like?

We’d expect Grand Theft Auto 6 to be industry-leading in terms of visual fidelity and creating a believable world. We remember the first time we saw the announcement trailer for GTA 5 way back in October 2011 and were blown away by how good it looked, a feeling you may remember from GTA 4’s release back in 2008. Expect the same emotions when we see GTA 6 for the first time.

There’s also scope for Rockstar to push out something VR-related for GTA 6, although tacked-on virtual reality modes tend to be gimmicky and bit pants. Maybe a better option is a whole separate Rockstar title built from the group up around VR.

In terms of specifics, we don’t know anything about how the next GTA will look. Over the past few weeks there were murmurs of excitement in GTA 6-land, after an alleged stunt actor résumé surfaced, noting to a motion capture credit on none other than Grand Theft Auto 6. Several publications jumped on it, as evidence that production on the game is well underway, but the actor has since come out to deny it is his real CV.

“That isn’t my page, account or résumé,” Tim Neff told PCGamesN. “I don’t even know that website. I worked on GTA 5 a long time ago and haven’t done anything since. Sorry for the confusion. It seems I’m being trolled online really badly.”

The CV has since been notably reduced, leaving only some photos and bare-bones information. Following Neff’s account, it looks like the online CV was the work of some nefarious third party – for reasons that remain unclear. 

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Are any of you interested in the upcoming Intel X299 platform?

First off, this is going to become quite confusing for people less familiar with computer hardware. Intel has Z270, AMD has X370, and now Intel is going to have X299, and AMD is going to have X399/X390. But I digress.

X299 is a bit interesting as it’s going to have two separate ranges of CPU’s: Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X.

Honestly the less interesting of the two, Kaby Lake-X will be limited to 4 cores and 8 threads, so basically you’re not getting an improvement over the standard Kaby Lake platform. In fact, it’s limited to 16 PCIe lanes and dual-channel memory, so besides maybe some extra USB and SATA ports versus the Z270 platform, I really don’t see what purpose Kaby Lake-X has. Maybe it’ll just have more power available to it for more stable overclocks? I’m not really sure.

Skylake-X, on the other hand, will be the next HEDT platform, and will now be expanded to include the first consumer 12 core, 24 thread CPU. It’ll also feature up to 44 PCIe lanes and quad-channel memory.

Of course the big question is price. I’d expect that the Kaby Lake-X chips would start around $350, because otherwise if they’re more expensive you might as well just get a 7700K. As for Skylake-X, who knows?

Taking past specs and pricing into account, I’d maybe expect the 7800K to be a 6-core for around $400, the 7850K to be an 8-core for around $600-$650, the 7900K to be a 10-core for around $1,000 and the 7950X to be a 12-core for around $1,700, following the 6000-series pricing.

Of course, Ryzen may convince Intel to drop their prices, considering that the 1700X and 1800X can obtain comparable performance to a 6900K for less than half the price. In that case, the prospective 7850K may drop to only around $500 to compete with the 1800X, but I honestly expect the 7900K and 7950X to stay at high pricing just because that’s what Intel has always done with their ultra-high end products. Although if AMD comes out with 10 or 12-core options on their X390/X399 platform that may influence Intel to drop the prices of those as well.

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Intel Core i9 Versus AMD Threadripper: Massive CPU War Is Coming

The high-end desktop market looks set for a massive showdown this summer between Intel and AMD. The former is set to release its new X299 platform and the latest rumors point at up to six Core i9 and Core i7 CPUs sporting up to 12 cores as it looks set to replace its current X99 platform

AMD on the other hand had already shown part of its hand, by announcing Threadripper – an entirely new range of CPUs based on its Zen microarchitecture that will sit above the  Ryzen 7 series. These will have up to 16 cores and if current rumors are anything to go by, AMD is planning a top to bottom range with nine CPUs with 10, 12, 14 and 16 cores.

Traditionally, these high-end desktop platforms are used as workstations and for multi-threaded performance but do have the benefit of supporting multiple GPUs with extra bandwidth too for high-resolution gaming. This could mean that Intel will have a real fight on its hands with AMD already offering excellent value in multi-threaded applications with its Ryzen CPUs, which have offered similar performance to Intel but for much lower costs.

One area AMD has struggled is with low-resolution gaming, but that’s not likely to be a target for owners of high-end desktop systems so Threadripper could be even more disruptive here than Ryzen was in the mid-range.
Several websites have leaked data regarding the new CPU ranges and you can see all the supposed new CPUs listed below. Hexus pointed at a post on Anandtech that claims to list the entire Skylake-X or Core i9 CPU line-up. Meanwhile Wccftech cites https://en.wikichip.org as the source for its list of Threadripper 10, 12, 14 and 16-core CPUs from AMD.
All information is unconfirmed at this point so take it with a generous pinch of salt.
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