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SypherPK explains how NPCs have ruined Fortnite’s Shotguns

Fortnite streamer, SypherPK, isn’t content with the state of shotguns in Season 5, and he believes that NPCs are responsible for that.

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SypherPK doesn’t like the state of Fortnite shotguns in Season 5, and he believes that this is because Epic Games replaced Upgrade Stations with Bounty Hunters that are spread out across the map.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 is filled with a plethora of exciting content. We have brand new map changes, cosmetics, quests, weapons, and crossovers with other franchises. There is a lot to enjoy in this update, but that doesn’t mean that fans consider it to be flawless.

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has been having a great time with Season 5, but he has one major issue that he went over in his latest video. He’s not a fan of the way shotguns this season, and he feels that the addition of NPCs is the reason for this.

SypherPK explains how NPCs have ruined shotguns in Fortnite

Sypher started by talking about how many times the Fortnite shotguns have been vaulted in the past. They were removed when the Combat Shotgun was introduced, as well as during Chapter 2 Season 3. The lack of Pump Shotguns led to players spamming during combat.

Despite that, he considers the situation to be different in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5. He explained that the problem he has with the state of this weapon is related to the upgrades. You used to be able to improve weapons at Upgrade Stations, but now you need to rely on specific NPCs.

“I’m not a fan of the current state of shotguns,” he stated. “I love this season, and I’m having a great time playing the game, but I’m really not a fan of how the shotguns are this season, and there’s a good reason why.”

“[It’s] because of the way upgrades are being handled right now,” he explained. “You upgrade your weapons using gold at certain NPCs, right? So, already there’s a bit of a problem because the amount of NPCs that can actually upgrade your weapons is a lot less than the [number] of Upgrade Stations that existed.”

“Not every single NPC can upgrade your weapon. Actually, most NPCs do not upgrade weapons for you,” he said. “This upgrade stuff is relevant is [because] a Green Tactical Shotgun is not the strongest gun. It’s not that reliable.”

“But a Purple Tactical Shotgun or a Gold Tactical Shotgun goes pretty hard,” he added. “I think they’re very strong, reliable guns. The problem is, in a lot of games, you don’t get the opportunity to upgrade even if you have gold.”

“I think every single NPC should give you the option to upgrade your weapons,” he said. It’s a simple solution that will make it easier for players to get their hands on better shotguns, which will make them more viable.

SypherPK Fortnite Shotguns NPCs

Ultimately, SypherPK disagrees with the decision to replace Upgrade Stations with Bounty Hunters. This is because not every one of these NPCs gives the option to upgrade your abilities, so having to travel to the right ones can be tedious.

Whether or not you agree with this opinion on shotguns in Season 5, his suggestion to give every NPC the ability to upgrade your weapons would certainly make things more convenient. The comments are filled with fans who share this view.

He also mentioned that he believes we’ll see the return of Pump Shotguns to the game soon. They may not be added in the current season, but hopefully, we’ll see them become part of the game before the year is over.

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Epic Games announces FNCS 2021 prize pool & details

Epic Games have announced their plans for the 2021 FNCS prize pool, competitive format and ruleset.

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Epic Games has released details regarding the 2021 FNCS prize pool and competitive format.

In an update posted on Januray 19, 2021, Epic Games has announced changes to the FNCS 2021 rules after community outrage regarding the prize pool distribution. Previously, Epic Games had consoles and PC in separate prize pool ladders, but now, they have brought back cross-platform competitive play and prizing.

The joining of the playerbases allows for the prize pool to increase for individual events, making the events much more lucrative for players to compete in.

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 5 Schedule

The schedule for the upcoming competitive season will be as follows:

  • Qualifier 1: February 4-7
  • Qualifier 2: February 11-14
  • Qualifier 3: February 18-21
  • Bye Week: February 25-28
  • Semi-Finals: March 5-7
  • Reboot Round: March 12 & 13
  • Finals: March 12-14

Prize pool distribution

The prize pool will be distributed into four seasons, all with a $3 million dollar prize pool spread across multiple regions depending the regions player count and competitive participation. When the year ends, the top players will all be invited to a seperate competitive series with an $8 million dollar prize pool.

You can see the prize breakdown chart below for each region:

Competitive Playlist Changes

In addition to these announcements, Epic Games have also adjusted competitive to improve the competitive integrity of ranked play in advance to the 2021 FNCS season. The changes are as follows:

  • Addition of Lever Action Shotgun
  • Vaulted Rift Fish
  • Vaulted Shockwave Grenades
  • Removal of Elevators and IO Guards
  • Sand tunneling will remain in competitive playlists and tournaments as long as it remains in the core playlists, as it is a major feature of this Season’s map.
  • We’ve made adjustments to the amount of Bars players start with in competitive playlists. We’ll continue to monitor how the Bars system fits in competitive, and will make adjustments as necessary.

As a side note, for console players, Epic Games has also announced they are planning a few Console exclusive tournaments with exclusive prizing, separate from the official prize pool.

You can read more about the prizing and competitive format changes on Epic Games official blog post.

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Fortnite Baby Yoda back bling being called ‘pay-to-lose’

The Baby Yoda back bling cosmetic in Fortnite Season 5 is plagued by a bug that is causing players to become irritated.

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The Mandalorian in Fortnite Season 5

A new Fortnite bug is causing aiming problems for players with the Baby Yoda back bling and is rendering the cosmetic useless. Now fans are Epic Games to provide a fix for this problem.

The Mandalorian headlined the Season 5 Battle Pass for Fortnite. Epic Games introduced a ton of new Mandalorian-themed cosmetics such as skins, a glider, the Razor Crest, and Beskar armor. There’s also a Baby Yoda back bling that you can equip at Level 100.

Many players have started to unlock the back bling as Season 5’s end draws near, but they’ve come to discover that it’s plagued by an extremely irritating bug that keeps them from being able to aim properly. Now, fans are demanding a fix from the developers.

The Mandalorian and Grogu in Fortnite Season 2 Chapter 5.

New bug discovered in Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling

When you equip the Baby Yoda back bling it will block a good portion of the screen, and prevent you from seeing the game clearly. This happens after entering and exiting a car, which causes little Grogu to become static.

Reddit user SweggyBoi posted a clip of this bug in the official Fortnite: Battle Royale subreddit, and suggested that Epic Games either make the Child see-through when aiming, or move him more ot the left so that he doesn’t take up most of the screen.

One player added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

This post got over 10,000 upvotes at the time of writing, and other fans brought up a different problem with the back bling. The cosmetic tends to clip through walls or show around corners while you’re trying to hide from enemies.

The recent customizable superhero skin controversy led to the devs being accused of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, and now the back bling is being called “pay to lose” due to its poor functionality in combat situations.

With Season 5 coming to an end on March 15, many Fortnite players have worked hard to get through most of the Battle Pass and unlock this cosmetic. Hopefully, we’ll see a fix for this problem before that time.

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Lara Croft could be coming to Fortnite Season 5

Leaks point that Lara Croft from Square Enix’s Tomb Raider franchise could be appearing as a playable skin in Fortnite.

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A recent rumor suggests that Lara Croft could be making an appearance as a playable character skin in Fortnite.

With characters like Master Chief and Kratos, it’s no surprise Epic Games is looking to expand the crossover cast of skins. Each of these skins come from different publishers and developers, so expanding to Tomb Raider would mean some communication with Square Enix.

This new skin would add to the long list of publishers with skins already in the game, such as Microsoft’s Master Chief, Sony’s Kratos, Disney’s The Mandalorian, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

According to a Twitter post by popular leaker Mang0e, there are new strings in the game’s code referencing “Typhoon,” which will be a female character, with reactive styles.

Commenters under the tweet shared some of their speculations, stating that the character could also be Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn, or even Samus from Metroid.

Since this skin has reactive styles, it’s possible that as the player takes damage, the skin will get bloodier, similar to how the health system works in Tomb Raider.

Adding to the fire is an additional Tweet from the official Tomb Raider Twitter, which depicts a pickaxe, a girl (Lara Croft), and a bow, teasing a possible Fortnite appearance.

This could also just be a teaser of Tomb Raider in general, but the timing with this leak is definitely interesting. The current Season of Fortnite is slated to end March 16, 2021, so we’ll find out if these rumors are true very soon.

Of course, this is not confirmation Lara Croft will be coming to Fortnite, but we can still hope, as information points to her appearance coming to the game.

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