'Fortnite' celebrates birthday with new challenges, cake cosmetic set

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That's right, the world's most popular battle royale game is turning one-year-old, and to celebrate the occasion, Epic Games has launched a new patch (version 5.10) that introduces a bunch of goodies, including the return of Playground mode. The bus has been updated with balloons, and gamers are tasked with finding birthday cakes across the map and dancing in front of them.

The lack of team selection appeared to play a big part in Epic taking down the game mode so quickly earlier this month.

Update: Epic has said you're going to have to wait until the store refreshes until the Challenges unlock for some players.

Fortnite Birthday Challenge
Fortnite celebrates its birthday with a big patch update – and cake

As per Epic's 5.10 update patch notes, the Fortnite Playground Mode V2 release date is no real secret: Wednesday, July 25 is the date you need to mark in your calendar. However, after completing all three challenges you will be able to unlock the Birthday Cake back bling. Each slice gives players +5 health and +5 shield when eaten. Players can also earn tickets to spend on birthday llamas which will award heroes and weapons from every event this year (not including heroes or weapons earned from quest rewards). Coupled with the Private Match mode, the developers are giving players access to the brand new compact SMG and Founders Pack skins. As far as we can tell, both skins look identical to the designs teased previously, which is to say they're not quite as extravagant as some of the more recent skins to hit the Fortnite Item Shop. Players will find some neat new additions including the new "team selection options that let you and your squad set up team battles for practice and training". You can read the full list of patch notes for the game on Fortnite's website.

On top of that, the report says premium Battle Royale games will overtake free-to-play games in terms of revenue in 2019, earning more than $10 billion against $6.5 billion for the free-to-play market.

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