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Fortnite Season 4 Is Here, And With It Are Many Changes

Fortnite Season 4
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The Popular Battle Royale game Fortnite Season 4 update is now rolling on the iOS. Earlier, the servers went down, suggesting the end of Season 3, and now, the iOS Season 4 update is live in the App Store.

Epic Games took to Twitter to announce the server downtime, and the launch of Season 4. The developer also launched a video announcing Season 4. Other than the patches and bug fixes, the developer has introduced new hero types, special rocks giving anti-gravity power and so on with the Fortnite Season 4 update.

“Shards of a massive comet have crashed into the map altering the landscape. Discover gravity-defying Hop Rocks and find new ways to play. Jump in and witness the aftermath of impact while you level up your Battle Pass and earn all new loot,” read the patch note of Fortnite Season 4.

Further, the post says that the comet has left a mark on the island and players would find glowing rocks nearby. The comet, which was visible a few days back before the release of the update, has scattered the glowing rocks all around. “Consume them and lift off with low gravity!” read the patch note. In the Season 4, maps have also been changed along with the iOS players’ ability to drag and drop the inventory items.

Before the update, rumors were that the hero theme would be linked to DC in someway, and the design of the characters in Epic’s tweets also backed the idea. However, now when the superheroes have landed, there is no mention of DC.

Epic has also introduced some bug fixes to up the performance and optimization. However, these fixes are not meant for the players who have the iPhone X. One of the most significant improvements made is “low-end mobile performance by dynamically scaling background draw distances with player height.”

Also, the input settings can be filtered based on the game mode. Further, the settings have also been segregated into categories like Combating, Building and Editing to ease the search process. The update also adds the icons for the tabs at the top of the Settings Screen. Epic has also added the “Ignore Gamepad Input” option in the accessibility settings tab to allow players to use external programs and remap their controller input.

Epic has set a different theme for all its seasons with the second one featuring the Medieval themed skins and cosmetics, whereas Season 3 was about the retro-futuristic styled space age goodness. However, the Fortnite Season 4 theme is still not known, and details would start rolling over as Season 4 is adopted massively. Season 4 has witnessed art releases such as magical headgear and a slew of intense glares. The additions make a lot of sense, clarifying the connection between the meteor and the new super heroes.

Like the previous seasons, Epic Games is offering Season 4 for free. However, the players will have to buy the optional Battle Pass to avail the cosmetics and rewards. If a player decides to buy the pass later in the season, they would retroactively get the things that they would have brought at the start.

The Season 4 Battle Pass costs $10 or 950 V-Bucks (Epic’s in-game currency for Fortnite). The Season 3 Battle Pass also cost the same. The Battle Bundle, which consists of the pass and boost to Rank 25, would cost higher at about 2800 V-Bucks. Further, for $150 you can unlock the Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4 Battle Pass without having to earn it.

“The Season 4 Battle Pass is here sporting 100 tiers of awesome new rewards, including new cosmetic items, emotes and Sprays,” the patch note says. The Fortnite Season 4 download size is 209.6MB on the iOS. It would be even bigger on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Players are not only interested in playing the free version, but are also spending money, and this is helping Fortnite to make big money on the iOS. Earlier in April, it was making close to $2 million a day from the iPhone users, according to SensorTower. Spending that kind of money on a video game comes as a surprise because any spending by the players is not helping them to play the mobile game, meaning it does not give them any advantage to win over other players. Players can use the money to purchase outfits, gear and dance moves in the Fortnite. Also, these goods are only cosmetic, not virtual.