Epic Games has acquired the game development company, Psyonix, and its famous Rocket League game. This is a major acquisition that could be telling of future consolidation.
Epic Games has been busy with developing Unreal Engine and Fortnite for quite some time. The staff has been reported to be over-worked, but Epic Games may have found another way to expand their gameplay offerings.
Epic Games Acquires Psyonix
Psyonix, the creators of Rocket Leagues, has been bought up by Epic Games.
The company is mainly known for the development of Rocket League. The acquisition could be a major sign of Epic’s plans for the future as they seek to grow beyond Fortnite.
Fortnite has enabled Epic Games to become the forefront creator of video games, but they require additional staff in order expand game development. Building new studios takes time, but acquiring established studio is a much safer venture.
Psyonix put out blog post to explain some of the initial questions that fans might have about the purchase. You can read the entirety of the post on their website.
Psyonix promises that the team will remain the same at the studio level, but with the added power of Epic Games’ backing. Details of this backing are not yet known.
“What happens to the Psyonix team?”
‘We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!’
While we don’t doubt the statement to be currently true, Epic Games will now (presumably) have control over the company’s future. Changes are almost inevitable, no matter what the studio currently says.
“No, really. What does this mean for Rocket League?”
‘In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us.
In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.’
As Epic Games moves Rocket League to the Epic Games Store, this might mean that the game will no longer be accessible on other online platforms like Steam.
“What does this mean for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem?”
‘We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you’ll find our future in esports to be very exciting — especially in the near future, where on June 21-23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) finals will end our 7th season with a bang!’
Psyonix must, of course, keep a positive tone within their own acquisition post, but a little context should be added.
Epic Games has been notoriously bad at running Fortnite’s esports features. Their refusal to follow the example of other major esports and their lack of a dedicated competitive ruleset have set Fortnite’s growth back significantly.
With this said, Epic Games may seek to learn from Psyonix’s own example as they have been able to resurrect Rocket League’s esports through careful work.
What does this mean for Epic Games?
The acquisition should not affect Fortnite’s development in the slightest. Epic Games will not be moving staff over to Psyonix as the studio already has a full development staff.
Some minor positions may change for possible crossover projects, but the overall structure of both companies will remain the same.
As for the future, this new purchase sheds a little light on Epic’s plans. Not to be melodramatic, but we believe world domination may be on Epic’s minds.
By consolidating large companies into a single entity, Epic would get a piece of everyone’s pie. It’s business practice that has been taking over many other industries in the past two decades.
For example, most of the brands you know and love are actually owned by a single corporate mega structure. While this is great for the business, it often hurts consumers as the quality of service begins to decrease due to little competition.
In many ways, Epic’s parent company, Tencent, has already begun to rapidly take over the industry. They own rights to many of the most well known gaming franchises as well as many movie studios.
An extreme example of this is the news media industry where six companies own almost all US news. You can see why such a phenomenon might be a problem.
It’s a form of legalized monopoly. We will have to see if Epic Games decides to walk down that path or are they simply trying expand their pool of games just a tad?
Fortnite adds new movement mechanics to Save The World with v21.20 update
Finally Epic Games have added major updates to its PvE Save The World campaign with the latest v21.20 update. Here’s the latest on that.
After a long time finally, Fortnite’s PvE campaign Save the World receives major updates with v21.20 and players cannot be happier. It has been almost a year since the game received an update with the latest game mechanics and things are looking good for the game mode more than ever.
Save The World campaign has been around in Fortnite ever since its initial days. Some OG players would say that the game mode itself was the actual Fortnite and still is due to its originality in the storyline and the classic graphics it boasts.
During Chapter 2 of the Battle Royale game mode, players slowly parted ways with Save The World, once it came out of Early Access and was accessible to anyone who bought a special cosmetic pack from the Item Shop. As a result, Epic also stopped updating the game mode with the latest mechanics and features and instead shifted its focus to Battle Royale.
But ever since the launch of Chapter 3, when Epic decided to add animals to the PvE campaign, players were hoping to finally get some latest Sprint, Mantle, and Crouch mechanics to the game mode soon enough. Looks like the day has finally arrived and Epic has indeed added some major updates to the game mode.
Epic adds new Movement Mechanics to Save The World in the latest update
Save The World game mode has just received a major update in the form of the latest movement mechanics as Sprinting, Sliding, Mantling, Crouching, and Shoulder Bashing Doors gets added to it. Now players can use the latest movement mechanics they have been using in Battle Royale game mode in Save The World and fight the Husk Monsters in their own unique way.
Fortnite also posted some clips on their official blog alongside the Homebase Status report v21.20 of how players can use the Ninja hero in their loadout and climb greater heights by combining the mantle feature with a double jump.
In addition to these features, Epic also added Fennix as the next hero to enter the PvE campaign and has given a dedicated questline called Flight of the Fennix to the character. Players can now jump in the game and complete quests linked to Fennix to acquire the hero in their loadout and use its ferocious powers to Save The World.
As Epic continues to improve the stability of its Battle Royale and Creative game modes, it is surely pleasing to see that finally Save The World is receiving a similar treatment with major changes being made to improve its gameplay experience. Nevertheless, the player base speculates in the coming days the PvE will also receive the popular Overshield feature as they experience in Zero Build as well as some new weapons added to their loadout.
What are Social Tags in Fortnite Season 3 and how to use them?
Social Tags are finally here in Fortnite and players can connect with random players across the world based on their preferences. Here’s how you can use them.
Fortnite Season 3 has introduced players to several new features, a new UI and a more colorful island to drop in. One of these most awaited and heavily rumored features was Social Tags. Now that it’s finally here, players are loving how it adds their in-game personality to their profile.
Loopers are enjoying every bit about the latest Chapter 3 Season 3. From ballers, exciting new POIs, the brand new Reality Sapling loot system, all the new additions accompany one another in a perfect manner.
However, the user interface options in Fortnite have stayed stagnant for a long period of time and required a major overhaul with the evolution of the gameplay. With the addition of Explore and game playlists options earlier this year, Epic showed its player base about the potential of what Fortnite can be.
In addition to all these features, something felt missing that allowed players to connect with other active players who have similar interests and the way they play Fortnite. Enter Social Tags which were added in the most recent v21.10 update. Here’s what they are and how you can use them.
Use Social Tags to define your choices and find similar players in Fortnite
Social Tags in Fortnite are basically name tags you can add to your Fortnite profile on the sidebar section. These tags signify how you play Fortnite and you can get recommendations on the Explore Menu of similar experiences.
If you enjoy a certain Battle Royale or Creative mode, you can add a tag for it. One player at max, can add 3 tags to their profile. It could be a mix of Creative, Battle Royale which bbasically have gameplay modes and Miscellaneous which has more options like Chill, Quests, Mic On etc.
To apply Social Tags to your profile, do the following steps:
- Click on your profile icon in the left sidebar.
- Select +Add Tag option on your profile.
- Add social tags from the list available there.
- Save and confirm the selected tags. (Max 3)
Once assigned, they will show up on your profile and would tell others how you choose to play Fortnite. Furthermore, you can head to Looking For A Party option on the left sidebar, right above settings to search for random players who play Fortnite the way you do.
It will then show a list of players who are active currently in-game and are in the lobby with how many players. Moreover, you can send them a party invite or a request to join your party. You can also choose to turn off this option.
This feature promotes healthy connectivity between players who play Fortnite in a similar way and helps prevent toxicity between Casuals and Sweats in the game. Additionally, it creates a healthy divide between the two communities if one enjoys grinding Arenas while others purely enjoy Public matches.
How to get the Skate Park Royalty STW pack in Fortnite Season 3
New Season, New Save The World pack hits the Item Shop. Here’s how you can get it.
Fortnite’s seasonal Save The World packs always offer a great cosmetic item, a bunch of V-Bucks and access to the exclusive PVE campaign that OG players still love. This season brings a fresh cosmetic Skate Park Royalty pack to the shop and loopers are digging it’s vibe.
Ever since Save The World came out of Early Access, it has been fairly accessible to all players alike as it comes along with a separate item shop pack which not only offers the game, but rewards that loopers can use in Battle Royale modes as well. Gone are the days when upon purchasing a STW pack used to give daily V-Bucks to players and Bonus Quests where they could farm V-Bucks.
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As some would say the game mode is nearly dead, Fortnite keeps updating its world every once in a while and keeps on fixing its issues so it stays intact with its niche community of players. From adding animals to the game to introducing new Loot Llamas, Epic has been putting in the work to keep the game alive while they can.
However, the only thing about the mode that attracts the player base is the bonus cosmetics and V-Bucks a player gets upon purchasing the game mode. With the launch of Season 3, where the island is colorful and loopers are vibing, a skater appears in the latest STW pack.
Fortnite releases Skate Park Royalty Pack to Season 3
Fortnite announced the latest Save The World pack this season named Skate Park Royalty Pack. The pack includes cosmetics like the Toni outfit, Ollie Oop Backbling, Inline Impacter Pickaxe which are all skate themed.
Moreover, the pack rewards the players with an exclusive access to Save the World PVE Campaign as well as a whopping 1500 V-Bucks to use across all game modes. However, the price of the pack is $15.99 USD (US) | £12.99 Pound Sterling (UK) .
Loopers can purchase this pack from Epic Games Store or the Fortnite Item Shop. The pack received positive reviews from the player base and pros who are regular buyers of STW packs and stands its reputation alongside Metal Team Leader and more OG STW skins.
However, the future seems bright for Save the World players as features like Gyro and Flick Stick and Vault/Sprint are yet to be added to the game, which might be a possibility soon. Although more will be revealed later this season as the first update v21.10 drops today.
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