Meanwhile the Fortnite team seem to be encouraging players to hashtag their birthday cake celebrations with #Fortnite1st on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, so that is sure to be trending in the next few days, keeping the biggest game in the world right in the very forefront of the gaming community.
You can now find birthday cakes dotted about the map with consumable pieces next to them. 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. In fact, its popularity has inspired Epic Games to create a version that will be a permanent game mode, but while fans wait for that iteration, they will get another chance to try out the limited-time Playground Mode when it returns on July 25th.
Each challenge a player completes unlocks a slice of the birthday cosmetic set.
These Cake slices give +5 health and +5 shield instantly when consumed, providing some critical lifelines on the island.
With all three challenges complete, you'll unlock a special back bling for your character.
Fortnite Save the World players can complete the Fortnite Birthday questline and earn the Birthday Brigade Ramirez Hero. 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.
Essentially, Epic is trying to counter the wood wall spam we see in many Fortnite matches. Some minor changes have made Playground Mode more fun, such as allowing gamers to switch teams and reduced spawn times.
Epic has also added a new Compact SMG weapon in Battle Royale, has changed the way that Slurp Juice works, and has adjusted the time it takes to build with certain material.
Loot drop rates have also been increased nearly across the board, so you'll have more chances to find the guns and items you want.