Fortnite's Infinity Blade Sword Launches Right After Infinity Blade Games Removed From App Store
Out with the old Infinity Blade, in with the new Infinity Blade.
Epic Games has retired work on its mobile series Infinity Blade--and pulled all three games from the Apple App Store--just as it issued a new patch (7.01) to Fortnite that inserts the titular weapon into the game. The weapon is fittingly extremely powerful, serving as an homage to the studio's last mobile hit, but be prepared to have a tough time getting your hands on it.
Unlike most weapons in Fortnite, there's only one Infinity Blade. Picking it up from its castle on Polar Peak, where it's always found, is currently very difficult--in most matches, you've got a ton of players wanting to use it, which leads to the situation you see in the video above. Expect to die a lot if you head to Polar Peak right now.
Assuming you do get the sword, it will grant you double health and shields, you'll gain 50 health upon scoring a kill, and it will allow you to move faster than other players. It can also destroy players and structures very quickly. As a trade-off, though, picking it up sheds all of your other weapons and inventory items. There's only one Infinity Blade in any given match, and you can kill a player to force them to drop it.
Naturally, this also makes the Polar Peak area extremely dangerous, since the allure of the weapon is bound to attract players and force bottleneck bloodbaths. It's possible that this weapon will only be available temporarily, similar to the powerful Thanos' Gauntlet--though that was in its own limited-time mode, rather than in the main battle royale.
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Infinity Blade was Epic's first big mobile release, pushing the power of its own Unreal engine on Apple devices to serve as a showpiece. It was a timing-based fighting game consisting of various boss fights. The name comes from the weapon itself, which is wielded by descendants of a warrior who was killed by the immortal God King. Each playthrough maintains the experience of your previous run, until you've confronted and defeated the God King and beaten him with the Infinity Blade. Later sequels added more RPG elements and a more detailed plot structure.
This weapon addition is the first of its kind and was teased shortly after the Fortnite 7.00 patch released. That season changeover also introduced an aerial vehicle and a snowy makeover for the map. You can check out some pointers on how to complete all the new tasks in our Fortnite Season 7 challenges roundup.
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