Fortnite's Avengers: Endgame Crossover And 8.5 Update Now Live, Adds Thanos Vs. Avengers LTM
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Fortnite developer Epic Games has spent the past few days slowly doling out teasers for an Avengers: Endgame crossover event coming to the hit battle royale title. Each of the images teased an iconic piece of Avengers equipment, and now with the launch of Fortnite's update 8.5, those items--and other Avengers goodies--have arrived alongside a special limited-time event.
The limited-time event pits teams of Avengers versus Thanos and his goons as they race to get equipment that can bring down the other. For the Avengers that means items like Cap's shield and Iron Man's Repulsor Gloves, while Thanos uses his trusty Infinity Gauntlet. You can win some cosmetic items including a nifty Quinjet glider, so be sure to check out our challenge guide. Separately, the in-game shop is selling some limited-time cosmetic items, like a Black Widow skin, harvesting tool, and emote.
The initial tweets teasing the event quoted the Endgame tagline "Whatever it takes" and used a #FortniteXAvengers hashtag. This last one showed a Fortnite character with Iron Man's repulsor gloves, which he uses in the films and comics for both propulsion and offense. The other teases showed Cap's shield and Thor's axe, Stormbreaker.
All of these teasers hinted that the battle royale event will let players equip iconic Avengers weapons, most likely in a limited-time mode. Alongside Avengers: Infinity War, Epic introduced a special crossover that let players equip Thanos' devastating Infinity Gauntlet. It was nerfed almost immediately so that more players would be able to defeat the "Thanos" player and don the gauntlet themselves. So far Epic hasn't detailed this crossover event, or if the Infinity Gauntlet mode will be returning in some form. These limited-time modes are all separate from the usual battle pass goodies.
Fortnite regularly rotates in special events and limited-time modes, along with rotating seasons on a fixed schedule. In fact it has begun teasing its next season already, with roaming runes that appear to be slotting into a vault in Loot Lake. But these frequent updates have apparently come at a cost, as developers have complained of crunch culture on a continuous loop.
Avengers: Endgame concludes the story arc of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point, and reviews have started to release online in advance of its debut. We also now know that for the first time in the MCU, this movie doesn't have a mid- or post-credits scene--a way of bookending this as the end of a story arc. It is still three hours long, though, so if you need to take a bathroom break, we have you covered with when it's safe to pee.
"But most of all Endgame is a love letter to the entire MCU--the whole thing," Michael Rougeau wrote in GameSpot's review. "It's messy and confusing, and there's going to be a lot of discussion about whether the ending even makes sense--it basically breaks the rules set up throughout the entire movie leading up to it. But holy hell is it an emotional, fulfilling ride. I have no doubt we're going to spend the coming weeks picking and pulling it apart until we've over-analyzed every single aspect imaginable. But right now, in the aftermath, Avengers Endgame feels like a win."
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