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Fortnite Announces Performance Mode For PC

Epic Games has announced Fortnite will be receiving a new performance mode for low-end PC’s and Laptops on December 15.

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Epic Games has announced a new “performance mode” that will be added for the PC version of Fortnite with the v15.10 update.

On December 15, Fortnite will get a new performance mode option specifically aimed to give PC players playing on lower-end hardware, higher FPS. This feature will release in an alpha stage and will sacrifice visual quality to lower memory usage and CPU/GPU load, thus resulting in better stability and higher frame rates.

This new mode is huge for Epic Games and Fortnite players, as it makes the gaming experience on lower-end hardware better. It could bring many new players to the game who don’t have good gaming PC’s or laptops and reduce the entry-level to play Fortnite on PC.

Performance mode will be available under the Advanced Graphics option and is currently only available for the Battle Royale mode and Creative. If you are on low-end hardware, the game will issue a prompt recommending you try the new performance mode out.

Epic Games recommends having at least 6 GB of RAM available for the game to function well, and also states an SSD will reduce overall game hitches and stutters.

Save More Hard Drive/SSD Space

Also dropping with this update is the ability for players to uninstall high resolution textures from the Fortnite install. Since players who use the new performance mode won’t have use for these textures, they can benefit from having some extra hard drive space for other games.

Here’s how to uninstall the textures:

  • 1. Open the Epic Games Launcher
  • 2. Click on Library
  • 3. Click on the 3 dots on the bottom right, under the Fortnite picture.
  • 4. Click on options
  • 5. Uncheck the box next to “high resolution textures”.
  • 6. Hit apply.

Overall, this should reduce the game’s footprint by 14GB, making the game a very small 17GB (for today’s AAA standards) on your hard drive.

The FPS boosts have been massive for laptops especially. A test of a laptop running an Intel i5-8265U @ 1.6GHz, 8 GB of RAM and integrated graphics went from an unplayable 24 FPS at 720p to a smooth 61 FPS, nearly a three-fold increase.

Overall, the idea here seems to be targeted towards having Fortnite function well on laptops with integrated graphics. The results seem promising so far.

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When will Naruto come to Fortnite? New skin release date

A Naruto skin is seemingly on its way to Fortnite, and here’s everything we know about when the Fortnite Naruto skin will possibly arrive.

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There’s wide speculation about the arrival of popular anime character Naruto as a new skin in Fortnite, and here’s everything we know about this, including the skin’s possible release date.

Fortnite has become known for its major crossovers, and Season 8 brought a plethora of exciting new skins such as Carnage, Venom, and characters from the movie Dune.

More crossover skins were uncovered by data miners from a survey by Epic Games, including a Naruto skin. It seems that the popular anime protagonist is on his way to the battle royale title.

Here’s everything we know about his arrival.

Fortnite Naruto skin release date

Naruto in Fortnite

Some of the crossover skins teased in the survey have arrived in the game, like Lebron James and Ariana Grande. According to Fortnite leaker Shiina, Epic Games want Naruto to be included in Season 8.

While it was initially reported that he would be part of the Season 8 Battle Pass, it now seems like that Naruto will appear in the Item Store as DLC before the season comes to an end on December 5, 2021.

Is Naruto confirmed for Fortnite?

Twitch streamer candywingx appeared to confirm the arrival of the Fortnite Naruto skin after meeting with Chief Creative Officer at Epic Games Donald Mustard. It was hinted that they had been discussing the future of Fortnite.

At first, the streamer made it seem like Naruto would be included in the Season 8 Battle Pass, but this was later corrected.

On October 16, notable leaker HYPEX shared information about a new character with the codename ‘Headband’ that was added in the v18.20 update.

While details about this NPC are scarce, codenames often hint at the identity of the unknown character. This might be alluding to Naruto’s arrival since his headband is one of the most well-known parts of his design.

We might also see the arrival of other characters from the Naruto universe, like Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.

Prominent data miner Shiina stated that the anonymous source who previously predicted both the Ariana Grande concert and the recent Suicide Squad skins has claimed that Epic Games have acquired the rights to Naruto.

If Naruto arrives in Fortnite, the player base may significantly increase, since the anime has a huge fandom that’s spread out across the globe. It may even open the door to other anime crossovers like Dragon Ball.

It’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and Epic Games have yet to verify this information. So, it’s worth taking this information about a possible Fortnite Naruto skin with a grain of salt until they do.

Hopefully, they will give us some confirmation on the Fortnite Naruto skin’s arrival soon enough. We’ll keep checking for new developments and will be sure to update this article once we have any.

For more Fortnite, check out how to reveal the Command Symbol for Fortnite Ariana Grande Punchcard Quest, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

Image Credit: Epic Games / Madman Entertainment / Viz Media / Manga Entertainment / Toei Animation

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All NPC locations in Fortnite Season 8: Ariana Grande, Ghostbusters, more

Here are the locations for each of Fortnite Season 8’s NPCs who can turn you into a Prop, reveal future storm circles, and give you Quests.

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Fortnite Season 8 Dusk, Madcap, and Kitbash

Fortnite Season 8 features various wacky NPCs you can visit around the island, so here are all of the Fortnite NPC locations for whenever you might need to find these individuals.

Along with the beginning of Fortnite Season 8 came the introduction of several new NPCs, such as Carnage and Fabio Sparklemane. Some of these can be found around the island, and by spending Gold Bars, these NPCs can reveal future Storm Circles, give you a Rift, or turn you into a Prop.

To complete your collection of every character, you need to find all 25 scattered around the Fortnite map. Some are even necessary to complete the Character Punchcard Quests. This can be tricky as Fortnite no longer tells you where to find them once you’re in a game.

Here’s every Fortnite Season 8 NPC and their location on the updated map.

All Fortnite Season 8 NPC locations

All Fortnite Season 8 NPC locations

Thanks to the website Fortnite.GG, we’ve got the Fortnite NPC locations discovered in Season 8 so far. Fortnite.GG has also marked each character to tell you if they’ll reveal the future storm circle or turn you into a Prop for the right price.

Here are the detailed locations of each Fortnite Season 8 NPC:

  1. Baba Yaga: In the shack to the south-west of Sludgy Swamp
  2. Fabio Sparklemane: In the Apres Ski building south-west of Misty Meadows
  3. Dark Jonesy: In the main building of Steamy Stacks (sells Rift)
  4. Kor: On the east end of Misty Meadows
  5. Dusk: On the hill directly west of Lazy Lake (turns you into a Prop)
  6. Torin: North-east side of The Aftermath (reveals Future Storm Circle)
  7. Kitbash: In the container area at the east end of Dirty Docks
  8. Madcap: In the barn to the east of Corny Crops
  9. Penny: West side of Retail Row
  10. Pitstop: North-east corner of Boney Burbs (reveals Future Storm Circle)
  11. Charlotte: South-east house of Pleasant Park
  12. Scuba Jonesy: West of Coral Castle
  13. J.B Chimpanski: In the Weather Station south of Catty Corner (reveals Future Storm Circle)
  14. Toona Fish: In the Viking Vessel west of Holly Hedges
  15. The Brat: At the Food Truck north of Lazy Lake
  16. Wrath: Inside the remains of Stealthy Stronghold (reveals Future Storm Circle)
  17. Grim Fable: West side of Weeping Woods
  18. Big Mouth: Pizza Pit north-east of Corny Crops
  19. Cube Assassin: Inside Sideways encounters
  20. Raven: Inside Hydro 16 (sells Rift)
  21. Nighthare: At FN Radio, east of Craggy Cliffs (sells Rift)
  22. Dire: South building in Camp Cod
  23. Ragsy: In Risky Reels
  24. Ariana Grande: On the pier in Beliver Beach
  25. Containment Specialist: East building in Camp Cod

The NPC that might trip players up is the Cube Assassin. This hostile NPC can only be found inside Sideways encounters. These appear as dark rifts on the map, and when you activate them, you’ll need to fight Cube Monsters and the Cube Assassin. Once completed, you can purchase Cube Monster parts from them.

Also, if you want to finish the Ghostbusters Questline, you’ll need to speak to the Containment Specialist in Camp Cod’s eastern building.

Fortnite Season 8 Cube Assassin NPC

These NPCs are guaranteed to spawn in every match of Fortnite, so you should have no trouble finding the Fortnite NPC locations. However, NPCs are known to move around, so we’ll update you if they are found in any more locations.

More Fortnite NPC locations are expected to be added throughout the season, so we’ll update this article with any new characters.

Ariana Grande Fortnite location

Fortnite season 8 ariana grande npc

A few months after Ariana Grande’s hit Rift Tour event, she has now arrived in Believer Beach’s pier as an NPC.

Her Punchcard Questline went live shortly after the 18.21 update, and you’ll need to repeatedly visit her to receive each Quest, such as revealing the command symbols. But expect Believer Beach to be busy, as several players are all trying to complete her Punchcard Quests for the Fortnitemares challenges.

Also, her new Spacefarer skin is rumored to be hitting the Item Shop at 8 PM ET on October 21.


As Fortnite Season 8 continues, you’ll be tasked with finding several of these NPCs to complete each Character Punchcard. So it’s well worth studying up and learning their locations to give you the edge in completing these.

You can also check out how to get the new Sideways Scythe in Season 8.

Image Credit: Epic Games / Fortnite.GG

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How to get Spacefarer Ariana Grande Fortnite skin: Release date, price & bundle contents

A new Ariana Grande Spacefarer skin has been leaked, and here are all the latest details on it in Fortnite Season 8.

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Fortnite is set to welcome a brand new Ariana Grande Spacefarer skin and bundle into the game. Find out when and how you can get your hands on it and how much it is.

Flashy skins, bundles, and cosmetics have become a massive staple of the Fortnite experience, and Ariana Grande has been a recent beneficiary of Epic Games’ attitude towards celebrity skins.

Ariana Grande has had multiple tie-ins to Fortnite with a special Ariana Grande ICON Series skin and also a live event concert. She’s now set for another partnership with Fortnite as a Fortnite Ariana Grande Spacefarer bundle has been leaked.

Here’s everything we know so far.

Fortnite Ariana Grande Spacefarer bundle release date

According to notable Fortnite leaker HYPEX, the Ariana Grande outfit will arrive in the Item Shop on 21 October at 8 PM ET. You’ll also get to access Ariana’s Questline around the same time.

We’ll be sure to update this article with more information on the new Ariana Grande outfit as it becomes available.

How to buy the Ariana Grande Spacefarer bundle

ariana grande icon skin

The new outfit will probably come with a cosmetic bundle that you can also purchase from the Fortnite Item Shop. As with other bundles, you’ll likely get to use it to customize your character before a game.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Epic Games have yet to verify this information, and these are currently just leaks. So, take this information with a grain of salt until the developers announce something official.

How much is the Ariana Grande Spacefarer bundle?

ariana grande walking up stairs

Using data from the last Ariana Grande bundle, we would estimate that you’ll be able to get the skin on its own for about 1,500 V-Bucks, and the complete bundle for around 2,800 V-Bucks.

Again, we only pretty much know of the skin and bundle’s existence, and there is nothing official regarding it. We will be sure to update this once we know the official price of the items involved.

What’s in the Ariana Grande Spacefarer bundle?

footage from ariana grande concert

Epic Games are pretty good at giving its players choice when it comes to buying skins. Based on the datamined pictures, we expect them to offer the Fortnite Ariana Grande Spacefarer skin separately and provide an entire bundle with a pickaxe, glider, and more.

Judging by the leaked images, these are the items we expect to come with the Ariana Grande Spaefarer bundle:

  • Ariana Grande skin
  • Pickaxe
  • Back bling
  • Glider
  • Emote

That covers just about all we know about the leaked Fortnite Ariana Grande Spacefarer skin and bundle. As we’ve said, this will hopefully become official very soon, and once it is, we’ll update this with all the necessary info.


Also, check out the full Fortnite 18.21 update patch notes.

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