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Fortnite Battle Royale hits 40 million players as map update looms

Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale has surpassed 40 million players across all platforms with 10 million joining in the past month alone.

Available for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the Battle Royale title is receiving a significant map update in celebration of the impressive milestone.

Having only passed 30 million players in December 2017, the free-to-play title is gaining popularity at an incredibly speed with little signs of slowing.

“To put it in context,” lead system designer Eric Williamson told Eurogamer, “some of the folk around the office are saying hey, we could be the biggest Battle Royale game in the western world, which is crazy.”

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The forthcoming update to Fortnite Battle Royale’s signature map, dubbed ‘Map 2.0’ by Epic Games, will see its terrain and environments overhauled completely.

Some of the new additions include high rise buildings, underground mines and existing areas receiving a noticeable upgrade.

Epic Games has said many of these changes are possible thanks to the introduction of level-streaming technology in Fortnite’s engine.

“Level streaming is technology which uncaps us to be able to increase the variety and quality of the localised area you’re in at any given time. It’s great technology that is useful in Battle Royale but also in all of our Unreal Engine licensees.”

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