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Companies have been getting a lot more reactive with their reveals lately, one of which includes treasure hunt-style mysteries in big games to generate hype for a new launch, most notably in some of the biggest Battle Royale games these past few years. Well, AMD seems to have teased their upcoming next-gen GPUs in Fortnite, sparking speculation of an imminent announcement for their RDNA2-based graphics cards.
Well, this certainly is both surprising and not surprising, as both Apple and Google have removed Fortnite from their own app stores because Epic Games violated store guidelines by offering a way to get cheaper V-Bucks by paying Epic directly and circumventing any revenue towards Apple or Google.
Last month had quite the reveal from Epic Games when they announced the Unreal Engine 5 with a stunning tech demo. There was a lot of nifty tech being used in the demo, but most importantly it allowed developers to include photorealistic textures and high quality geometry without sacrificing much on performance (though we’re pretty sure the demo ran at sub-30fps)
Sony has revealed the most downloaded games on the PlayStation Store for the entirety of 2019. It’s filled with all the usual suspects but what we’re really interested in is the bestselling DLC of the year.
I know you’ve all been itching for DirectX 12 support in Fortnite and now your wish has been granted. Seriously, someone was looking forward to this, right? It’s the headline feature of AMD’s new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.11.3 graphics card driver and it also happens to be one of the biggest games in the world right now.
And Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, only this time you had half a million people on Twitch at all times, staring at a black hole and trying to decipher some sort of meaning.
Big changes are afoot for the world’s most popular battle royale shooter. Fortnite’s next season could see a total rebrand if a new leak is to be believed.
Much like EA, Epic Games used its meeting with the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee (DMSC) to display a complete disregard for their own responsibilities as a business. The bulk of Epic’s presence revolved around Fortnite, one of the most popular games in the world right now. It’s free-to-play of course, but it’s also stacked with a bucketload of cosmetic purchases alongside the regular Fortnite Battle Passes.
Epic’s Tim Sweeney has spoken up about plans to usurp Steam as the dominant PC gaming storefront, as well as how the wealth of Fortnite cash has allowed it to accelerate its plans for the Epic Games Store.
The previously untouchable dominance of Fortnite looks as if it’s under threat. New figures published for the highest grossing titles worldwide in January 2019 has revealed Fortnite’s earnings dropped a massive 48% month on month compared to December.
It was announced over the weekend that Counter Strike Global Offensive has been updated to CSGO Danger Zone, which has made it free-to-play over on the Steam store. This update by Valve also includes a Battle Royale mode, presumably positioning it to better compete with the powerhouse known as Fortnite, and probably an attempt to counter Epic's aggressive charge forward into the Games As A Service space. Which followed Valve's slightly lacklustre announcement to improve developer sales margin on Steam platform, but seemingly only for hugely successful titles, rather than the indie devs who really need that kind of support.