Open-world Fortnite may be the only way to attain Donald Mustard’s metaverse
Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard has a vision for Fortnite’s metaverse, and the open-world game mode could be what takes it there.
A leaked document from the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit titled Stipulated Exhibits Documents revealed plans to take Fortnite beyond battle royale. Paired with Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard’s vision to create the metaverse, it’s possible an open-world Fortnite may be the only way to do so.
Mustard has often referenced Fortnite’s overarching storyline which isn’t the easiest to follow. From the outside looking in, Fortnite seems like a cartoony battle royale featuring cash-grab crossovers with popular media icons. However, there is a complex story that has stretched across multiple seasons over the past three years. In an interview with The Verge, Mustard states, “It might not necessarily be story in the traditional character-driven, three-act structure… That story is happening, but you’re only seeing some of it.”
Fortnite’s goal of becoming a metaverse is admirable, and it has proven it can entice brands to relinquish the right to their characters. Fortnite has seen an entire Marvel-themed season that not only affected The Island but also made Fortnite a canonical universe in the Marvel comics. And currently, Fortnite is having a similar impact on DC Comics. However, Fortnite’s current last-player-standing gameplay limits storytelling, player enjoyment, and the sense of community players can form.
When people think of the term “metaverse” they often think of the digital world of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. While Fortnite has perfected its battle royale mode, a small party-based island and massive in-game event every few months does not a metaverse make. Yet, Epic Games’ plan to implement an “open-world simulation sandbox mode” may be what Fortnite needs to fulfill Mustard’s vision.
Mustard is aware that fighting 99 other players to be the last man standing every 20 minutes isn’t the most ideal format for storytelling. Yet, Fortnite has managed to weave an intricate storyline into the fabric of the battle royale. Epic Games is undoubtedly great a storytelling, and what it has managed to do with a game like Fortnite proves that. Rather than attempt to build a more universal metaverse from the ground up, Epic can mold Fortnite into the proper game fitting for that title.
The open-world sandbox that’s described in Epic’s court documents makes it easier to visualize a metaverse. Fortnite’s expert storytelling, arsenal of licensed characters, and immense popularity can flourish when removing the intensity of the battle royale. Player won’t have to always be looking over their shoulder for the next sweaty opponent. Instead, they can explore and enjoy the richness of Fortnite’s lore-filled world.
“Our lofty goal is to create the entertainment experience of the future,” stated Mustard, and that experience could be right around the corner. Assets for the upcoming open-world mode have already been loaded into the backend of Fortnite, and many speculate it could be implemented as soon as next season. Regardless of when it comes, it needs to be given the same amount of attention as Fortnite’s battle royale.
The Party Royale mode is a great example of how Fortnite shouldn’t handle the open-world experience. What started with the intent to allow casual players to hang with friends quickly became the least interesting facet of Fortnite. There are digital concerts and movie showings on occasion, but Party Royale doesn’t offer much more outside of these events. If Mustard truly wants to establish the metaverse within Fortnite, it needs to be rooted inside of this open-world experience.
Fortnite will continue to tell brilliant stories that incorporate the icons of today, tomorrow, and yesterday regardless of whether that takes place in the battle royale or a new experience. But as the need for digitized social interactions grows, so will the need for a revolutionary digital platform. That platform very well may be Fortnite’s imminent open-world experience.
Final Fortnite x Zero War cover reveals Imagined Order vs Marvel and The Seven
The latest cover of Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War #5 portrays a massive showdown right before The Collision live event. Here’s the latest on it.
Fortnite and Marvel collaboration grows stronger every day as heroes and villains of both worlds collide in an epic storyline for the hunt of the elusive Zero Shard in Zero War comic series. Fans finally got the first issue last week which has them even more hyped for the epic finale the series promises.
The Zero War comic storyline is the second comic book collaboration between Marvel and Fortnite, with the first one being Nexus War during Chapter 2 Season 4 seasonal collab. The previous collaboration, however, did not reward the owners of the comics with in-game rewards. It was rather a free to read comic series where loopers enjoyed reading Thor and his adventures against Galactus.
However, the latest Zero War series is a 5 issue comic series written by Marvel veteran Christos Gage and Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard, with art from Sergio Davila. The series promises the buyers of the comic books with in-game rewards with every purchase alongside a surprise reward if they have all the 5 issues.
Moreover, the storyline of the comic focuses around a fragment of the Zero Point that has entered the Marvel universe and heroes are trying to hunt it down and save it from the grasps of Marvel villains and the Imagined Order. A latest cover of the final issue reveals the epic showdown that goes about which results in a major shift in the storyline.
Fortnite X Marvel Zero War issue #5 cover reveals the final battle between heroes and villains
Fortnite and Marvel collaborations are running wild as the Zero War comic series hits comic book stores worldwide. Fans of both the franchises are loving what writers have created intertwining both the worlds together into a form of epic storytelling.
The latest cover of issue #5, which is the final issue of the series was revealed by Marvel’s official website earlier this week. The cover promises an epic battle with a mix of Marvel heroes and The Seven going against the Imagined Order forces and Marvel villains.
Moreover, fans speculate that this is the battle that takes place right before the Collision live event as the IO forces gets defeated by The Paradigm’s Mecha, operated by her and the loopers. However, the cover also promises Dr. Doom playing a major role in shifting the magnitude of the battle in either of the sides as he was recruited by IO’s boss, Geno.
“There’ll be a few things you see in both the game and the comic—mostly in our final issue,” Gage told in a recent interview. “But for the most part, what happens in the game and what happens in the comic are different fronts in the same war. Some questions that players might have about the game are answered in the comic, and vice versa, though neither are required to follow the story in the other.”
The second issue for Fortnite X Marvel Zero War arrives July 13 to comic book stores and promises an exclusive Iron Man based reward to fans. More details will follow as the story keeps progressing.
All Tier 100 Fortnite Battle Pass Skins ranked
Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.
Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.
We’re 20 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 20 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.
Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!
20. Doctor Strange: Chapter 3 Season 2
This may come as a shock as Marvel skins tend to rank very high, but we’re on a three-season streak of tier 100 Marvel skins. It’s getting old, and this one isn’t really that great.
Doctor Strange feels like it should have been given the Superman treatment, not the Spider-Man. Plus, they didn’t use Benedict Cumberbatch’s face which makes the skin even less exciting to unlock.
19. Vendetta: Season 9
The Vendetta is one of the least favored tier 100 skins of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.
This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.
18. Ice King: Season 7
The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.
The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.
17. Ultima Knight: Season X
The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.
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Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle
16. Dire: Season 6
The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least popular skins you’ll see in the game.
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The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.
15. Carnage: Chapter 2 Season 8
Despite being a crossover skin, Carnage is pretty forgettable. With Season 8 being the finale of Chapter 2, the Cube Queen secret skin was more iconic than the Symbiote. It’s big and bulky, and downright ugly.
14. Ragnarok: Season 5
The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.
13. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1
The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.
I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.
12. Rick Sanchez : Chapter 2 Season 7
Being able to play as Rick Sanchez is pretty cool seeing as he’s the most iconic character in one of the most popular animated series in recent history. His unique cell-shaded style makes him stand out from other skins, and his smug look makes it seem like every elimination is a cakewalk.
Rick is lower on the list because of his lack of utility and inevitable plummet in popularity in a few seasons. His cartoon style makes him stick out like a sore thumb in-game. His head is a massive target. And players will likely only use this skin for the next season or so.
11. Omega: Season 4
The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.
I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.
10. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5
This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.
Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.
9. Luxe: Season 8
The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.
The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.
8. The Reaper: Season 3
For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.
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There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.
Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.
7. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6
The Spire Assassin jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin is one of the best to be released in all of Chapter 2. You look like a dominating force when dressed in its full suit of armor.
It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.
6. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3
The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.
Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.
5. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2
Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.
The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.
4. Darth Vader: Chapter 3 Season 3
I know, I know… Chapter 3 Season 3 may be the fourth season in a row where Fortnite’s Tier 100 skin was a crossover character. But it’s Darth Vader!
Star Wars fans and Fortnite players alike have waited for the famed Sith Lord to make an appearance in Fortnite since their first collab a long, long time ago. This skin is iconic, and well designed, and people will be rocking this Jedi for a long time to come.
3. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4
Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.
With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.
2. Spider-Man: Chapter 3 Season 1
Wow, who could have guessed that one of the most highly-praised crossover skins would make it to spot number 2. Previously held by Iron-Man, it makes sense that Peter Parker would take his place eventually.
What’s not to like about his skin? It’s clean, slick, and has some of the best alternate styles to date. Even it’s enlightened skin variants look phenomenal which is something that can’t be said for most Tier 100 skins.
1. Black Knight: Season 2
I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.
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The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.
The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.
What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.
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Every Fortnite Crew Pack skin ranked from worst to best
Fortnite has released several monthly Crew Packs, and here is every Fortnite Crew pack skin ranked from best to worst.
We are almost seven months into Fortnite’s paid subscription service, and that means seven exclusive skins have been added to the game. Here’s every Fortnite Crew Pack skin ranked.
In November of 2020, Epic Games began to issue surveys that asked if players would be interested in a subscription service. The monthly Crew Pack would come with an exclusive skin, instant Battle Pass access, and 1,000 V-Bucks. All of this, and more, would cost $11.99 USD a month.
When the first Crew Pack was released in December, players got their first taste of the subscription. Since then, Fortnite has sweetened the deal by including free subscriptions to other premium services.
There are now 19 different Crew Packs released since December of 2020. But with that many exclusive skins, there are bound to be some worse than others. Here is our ranking of every Fortnite Crew Pack skin from worst to best.
19. Green Arrow – January 2021
Green Arrow is by far the lamest Fortnite Crew Pack skin to be released. There’s very little flair to his character, and he isn’t a very interesting hero outside of Fortnite. We most certainly can’t forget his ridiculous pickaxe design. There also wasn’t much else included in his Crew Pack that made players want to purchase it.
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18. Alli – April 2021
The Green Arrow is the worst, but Alli isn’t much better. Yes, she is a much more colorful character, but her design is too busy. With three long flowing strands of hair, a copycat hat, and a face paint mask; April 2021 might have been a good month to skip. She did come with a wrap and loading screen, but the pros didn’t outweigh the cons.
17. Llambro – March 2021
Llambro quickly became one of the most forgettable and least used Crew Pack skins to be released. His design is very on-brand for Fortnite. A Llamacorn head mounted on top of a burly figure is quite hilarious, but its bulky nature and vibrant colors exclude it from many players’ favorite skins. Regardless, it still has a very fun design and the pickaxe and wrap are worth the cost of admission.
16. Snow Stealth Slone – January 2022
Snow Stealth Slone isn’t the worst Fortnite Crew Pack skin, but it isn’t turning any heads. Slone’s original skin wasn’t the popular choice during Chapter 2 Season 7, and that’s still the case for her Crew Pack exclusive skin.
15. Loki – July 2021
Loki is the second licensed skin to be released exclusively through the Fortnite Crew Pack. His design is much more exciting than Green Arrows, but he suffers from being overly flamboyant. The large horns on his helmet make him easy to spot, and his scepter glows a bright blue. It’s cool to be able to play as the god of mischief, but he lacks any competitive advantage.
14. Chaos Origin – October 2021
Chaos Origin is the predecessor to Chaos Agent, and it’s also the less appealing of the two. His sleek stylish skin has been muddied with drab clothes and a bulky headdress. It’s a shame to see his accessories are also a bit of disappointment.
13. Deimos – May 2021
Deimos is another male skin which makes him less useful than the others. He has a sleek black design with only a pop of color. As well, his three different style choices allow players to switch up their look. His ax and back bling are also pretty sweet and can be mixed and matched with other skins.
12. Vi – February 2021
Vi was the first Fortnite Crew Pack to come with a loading screen and wrap, and her arrival was also hyped up by the Fortnite Twitter. Her headgear may be bulky, but she is still a cool continuation of the Drift storyline. She also has two styles making her skin either electric or icy.
11. Aftermath – February 2022
Aftermath is a wild skin from head to toe. His golden skull looks ridiculous when his hood is removed, and his iridescent clothes make it apparent he is ready to party. Does he stick out like a sore thumb? Yes! But is he really cool-looking? Double yes!
10. The Burning Wolf – September 2021
The first of the three of Midas’ first agents, Burning Wolf is a pretty wild design. And while he is also another really cool-looking skin, his bulky head is way too easy to spot. But if you’re into cosplaying as a cyber wolf, Burning Wolf is the perfect skin.
9. Mecha Strike Commander – June 2022
Mecha Strike Commander is a special skin because of its importance to Fortnite’s storyline. Its design is identical to Mecha Team Leader but it has a sleeker color pallette. However, its bright lights and bulky build will keep this skin from being widely popular. Regardless, we love it!
8. Sayara – April 2022
Sayara is another assassin-type skin to be added via the Crew Pack, but it isn’t as appealing as the Cube Assassin (which we will get to in a moment). He Back Bling and Pickaxes are kind of lame, but her overall design is fairly solid.
7. Cube Assassin – December 2021
After getting manhandled by these NPCs all season long, the Cube Assassin was released as a Crew Pack exclusive skin. It’s sleek, it’s cool, and its darker tones give it a small competitive advantage. It’s also a plus that the reactive effect gives players a sense of overwhelming power.
6. Southpaw – May 2022
Southpaw is the first Fortnite Crew Pack skin to utilize the disembodied arms/hands model. This type of skin might not be for some, but we think it looks pretty awesome. Her bulky mechanical arms are easily spotted, especially with their glowing pink energy. Nonetheless, she’s got a great design and is without a doubt worth the price of admission.
5. Galaxia – December 2020
The first-ever Fortnite Crew Pack skin, Galaxia, is also one of the best. Her galaxy-patterned skin is a stellar design choice, and her long pink hair isn’t overbearing like Alli’s. She also has a skin variant that depicts Hella from Thor: Ragnarok. The back bling and pickaxe that come with her set are also fairly interesting in design.
4. Summer Skye – Auguts 2021
Summer Skye is really high on this list because of what it signifies. Not only is it a really cool design, but it also incorporates a bunch of community-made skins in one. Combining 7 different skins in one, Nollobandz hit this design out of the park!
3. Tracy Trouble – March 2022
Tracy Trouble stole our heart when she debuted because of how well designed she is. Her base skin might be a bit too bright for some, but her dark alt style is not only one of the best Crew Pack skins, but also one of the best skins in Fortnite history.
2. Sierra – November 2021
Is Sierra the most interesting skin on this list? No, not really. But she is the most competitively viable. Her small profile makes her harder to hit and she has all the qualities of a sweaty skin. She’s one of the very few Fortnite Crew Pack skins I regularly come back to when I’m trying to perform my best.
1. Cuddle Team Master – June 2021
The Cuddle Team Master skin is the best Fortnite Crew Pack skin so far. The sleek futuristic redesign of the Cuddle Team Leader skin comes in three different styles. The large head may make hiding a bit more difficult, but a hero never hides in the heat of battle. For fans of Power Rangers or other shows from that genre, the Cuddle Team Master pack is a must-have.
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