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Fortnite gets new patch and beats Minecraft on YouTube

The devastating guided missile is the latest weapon to be added to Fornite's arsenal. (Source: Metro News)
The devastating guided missile is the latest weapon to be added to Fornite's arsenal. (Source: Metro News)
Epic Games has released patch v3.4 for Fortnite, and among the numerous bug fixes there is also a new weapon for players to become familiar with. This large update was swiftly followed by patch v3.4.1 which dealt with a couple of gameplay issues. Undoubtedly, having a new weapon to play with will help Fortnite’s YouTube viewing figures increase even further, as the game overtook Minecraft for total monthly views in February.

A couple of new patches for Fortnite have just been released by the American video-game company Epic Games. Patch v3.4 was the main update and featured a new weapon for the battle royale sensation: the guided missile. In fact, the developers are so proud of this new item they even created a teaser trailer for it (see below). An updated version of the game mode Sniper Shootout (v2) is also part of the patch, with a hunting rifle and crossbow included and the revolver removed. The patch features a huge amount of fixes and changes for both the Battle Royale game and Save the World. A small follow-up patch, v3.4.1, was released to deal with issues like multiple crashes and animation delays.

It is likely that offering a new weapon like the guided missile to play with will help pump up Fortnite’s YouTube views considerably. According to a new report, the battle royale hit has just overtaken Minecraft as the most viewed game on YouTube. Minecraft has been racking up billions of views a month and has been the champion of video-game viewership on that particular video-sharing platform for a long time. However, Fortnite overtook the popular sandbox-style game in February and has now started pulling clear, with figures looking like they will reach 3 billion views in the very near future. Minecraft amassed well over 5 billion views a month at its height, but it is in decline and there’s no saying whether Fortnite can equal or surpass this lofty pinnacle.

However, issuing comprehensive patches and gaining impressive YouTube statistics does not mean that Epic Games can become complacent about Fortnite’s continued success. There have already been issues with hackers stealing hundreds of dollars from users’ accounts and eventually there will be a new kid on the block wanting to steal the game’s thunder. Just ask PUBG’s developers how that feels.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-03-31 (Update: 2020-09-30)