‘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.

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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