Epic Celebrates 'Fortnite's' Birthday With New Patch, Game Modes & Festive Makeover

Fortnite's birthday cake event is set to celebrate the game's first birthday.

One challenge in particular tasks players with dancing in front of birthday cakes.

The limited time in-game event allows fans to earn unique birthday cosmetics by hunting down birthday cakes, as well as completing quests in-game.

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The birthday celebration includes birthday cakes placed around the map with consumable slices next to them. There are a total of three new challenges, and if you're able to complete all of them you'll get a special, birthday-themed reward item. According to Fortnite's design lead, Eric Williamson "In 5.10 Slurp will give 75 points (2hp/s), but prioritize HP first". We expect the game to come back online later today, seeing as Epic has promised a host of birthday challenges that will run until August 7. Based on that information, it sounds like Tactics Showdown will have more strategic gameplay than the core Fortnite battle royale experience. Now the Slurp Juice gives 25 shield and 25 health over a duration of 25 seconds.

As for Save the World itself, it's an incredibly dense and overstuffed game that you have to dig deep into to get anything out of. Thankfully, each of the challenges are fairly easy, though one of them will require you to spend a little bit of time running around the map and getting your dance on. Epic is also bringing back the popular Playground Mode on Wednesday with a bevy of additions, including the ability to switch teams in-game, increased drop rates for ammo and bounce pads, and golf carts (which now spawn every time). The community had a big complaint with the mode last time that players could edit the structures of other allied players, and this seems to have been solved this time around.

Eagle-eyed players will also notice that the Battlebus and Supply Drops have been decorated to celebrate the game.

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