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Fortnite v5.21 New Patch Brings New Heavy Sniper Rifle, Soaring 50’s LTM

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A brand new patch has arrived on Fortnite and patch v5.21 introduces a new weapon (the heavy sniper rifle), a new constructor (Thora) for Save the World players and much more, which you can see in the official patch notes listed below:

Fortnite v5.21 Patch Notes:

Heavy Sniper Rifle:

The Heavy Sniper Rifle makes its way into Battle Royale, and it’s an interesting one. Its large rounds deal a meaty 150/157 damage to players and a massive 1050/1100 damage to buildings.

A building damage archetype for weapons is quite underexplored in Battle Royale, and could help to shake up the base-heavy endgame by giving you more options to attack your opponents.

The Heavy Sniper Rifle comes in Epic and Legendary variants and can be found in all the usual places – like floor loot and chests.

You’ll get a chance to test it out in the returning Sniper Shootout LTM.

Soaring 50’s LTM:

With Soaring 50’s, the good ol’ 50v50 mode is getting a bit of a revamp. Now you’ll be able to redeploy your glider whenever you fall from a large height, including Impulse Grenades and Bounce Pads.

BATTLE ROYALE

LIMITED TIME MODE: SOARING 50’S
Summary
This mode is a twist on the traditional 50 vs 50 mode, featuring an extra emphasis on mobility. Gliders can be re-deployed when falling from large heights. Additional Impulse Grenades, Bounce Pads, and Launch Pads will be spawned throughout the map. Jump in and soar to new heights!

Mode Details

  • 50v50 loot, ammo and resource levels
  • When in mid-air and greater than 10m up, press Jump to deploy your glider
  • Added Impulse Grenades to chests at double the standard spawn rate
  • Added Impulse Grenades to floor loot
  • Decreased Spike Trap spawn chances
  • Increased Launch Pad & Bounce Pad spawn chances
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are not tracked in this mode.

LIMITED TIME MODE: SNIPER SHOOTOUT
Summary
In this limited time mode, players will do battle using sniper rifles. May the best aim win!

What’s New?
Scoped Assault Rifles have been removed.
The Heavy Sniper Rifle has been added.

Mode Details

  • Only weapon drops are Sniper Rifles.
  • Floor Loot spawns reduced by 50%.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode.

WEAPONS + ITEMS
Heavy Sniper added
Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
Each shot delivers devastating damage at the cost of a long reload.
Deals 150/157 damage to players.
These large rounds deal increased damage (1050/1100) to buildings.
Projectiles fired from the Heavy Sniper have less bullet drop in comparison to other Snipers.

Minigun
Minigun headshot multiplier has been reduced from 2.5 to 1.5.

Bug Fixes
Grenades now properly grant progress for the Week 5 Challenge: “Deal damage to players with a Clinger, Stink Bomb, or Grenade.”

ART + ANIMATION
Cloth physics have been fixed and will now appear properly.

SAVE THE WORLD

MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

Weekly Horde Challenge – Bullet Proof Husks
Features bulletproof enemies that must be defeated with melee weapons, traps, or Hero abilities.
One time completion Quest Reward
1500 Gold
Repeatable quest reward
75 Tickets
Removed the Power Rating restrictions on Challenge the Horde missions.
These restrictions were blocking some players from accessing the Weekly Challenge Missions even though their Power Level was at the necessary level.

Bug Fixes
Fixed an issue where the modifier between Challenge the Horde missions wasn’t appearing between waves.
The Constructor Leadership quest will no longer fail to advance when purchasing the skill tree node.
Atlas activation has been fixed in multi-gate Fight the Storm missions.
Track completion now advances the mission properly in Level 28 Deliver the Bomb.
Survivors and quest items no longer appear as orange boxes in the world.

HEROES
New Constructor Machinist: Thora added to the Event Store.
Available Wednesday, August 15th at 8pm ET.

GAMEPLAY
Bug Fixes
Fixed an issue that could cause Rocket Launchers to take up a large portion of the screen.

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Epic Games Delays Fortnite Season 6, Implements 400% XP Bonus Weekend

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Epic Games has announced that Fortnite Season 6 will be delayed until September 27th, two days after it’s initial release date of September 25th.

While the delay is a drag, Epic did unveil that this weekend would be 400% bonus XP, a nice consolation prize for the delay.

 

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Fortnite Patch v5.41 Arrives, Adds Spiky Stadium, Port-A-Fortress

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Fortnite’s latest update, patch v5.41, has officially arrived and it brings with it the addition of port-a-fortress and Spiky Stadium.

Additionally, the legendary Valkyrie outfit, along with a number of other skins, are now available.

Port-a-Fortress (Battle Royale)
This new consumable creates a massive fortress to defend against and repel enemies!

Horde Challenge Week 7 (Save the World)
Many Husks have gathered for this weeks Horde Challenge and this crowd can’t be controlled!

Bowler – Flintlock Launcher (Save the World)
Strike down enemies with the newest weapon in the Flintlock set, spare none!

GENERAL

PERFORMANCE

  • CPU optimization for Xbox One (optimized memory copy operations). This is expected to improve performance.
  • Optimized file layout on Xbox One to improve streaming performance. This should reduce instances of buildings rendering in late.

KNOWN ISSUES

Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

BATTLE ROYALE

LIMITED TIME MODE: SOARING SOLOS

Summary
Classic Battle Royale with gliders that can be re-deployed by pressing Jump when falling from large heights.

PLAYGROUND

We’ve introduced a new consumable to the Playground LTM that will allow you to spawn an entire Spiky Stadium. We were inspired by the amazing things you’ve been making within Playground, and cannot wait to see what you create as we continue to build out the future of creative mode in Fortnite.

  • Limited Time Item: Spiky Stadium
    • Present in Playground only, found in red Supply Drops (along with a ton of impulse grenades).
    • Builds a 7×11 sized stadium full of Damage Traps and Bouncers.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Port-a-Fortress
    • It’s huge!
    • Builds instantly.
    • Includes built-in Bouncers for an easy exit.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Found in Vending Machines, chests, Supply Drops, and Supply Llamas.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where there was a slight delay when consuming multiple Small Shield Potions.
  • The Grappler will no longer result in an inability to change equipment.

GAMEPLAY

  • Reduced the edit button hold timing when using a controller.
    • Old School from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Quick Builder from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Combat Pro from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Builder Pro from 0.25s to 0.15s.
  • The Storm wall no longer destroys structures during the last few circles of the match.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes

  • Reload audio for the Double Barrel Shotgun no longer plays twice.

UI

  • Unsupported characters within in-game names will now show up as �, rather than the fallback debugging font glyph that was previously used. Loading the fallback font was causing long hitches for clients, so we’ve disabled it.
  • Hidden Matchmaking Delay feature has been added to the Options in the Game tab.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing the reticle to not appear until after you’ve switched weapons.
  • Added new generic icons to represent console and desktop platforms for cross-platform play.

ART + ANIMATION

  • Added edge glow to wall bounce pads, only visible from the reverse side. This is to help players recognize when a wall bounce pad is on the opposite side of a ledge in front of them.

Bug Fixes

  • CUBE visual effects will no longer get stuck after a player has left the area.
  • The Grill Sergeant Outfit will now render properly in-game.
    • This fixes the issue where players were seeing a floating head and pickaxe.

SAVE THE WORLD

MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • Weekly Horde Challenge 7
    • This week, deploy your fort against hordes of enemies who are immune to crowd control effects. Stuns, knockbacks and slowing fields won’t help you this time!
    • Earn 1500 Gold for the first-time completion.
    • This challenge is repeatable for Event Tickets.
    • Available Wednesday, September 19th at 8 PM ET.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing players from being able to complete Storm Shield Defense side missions.

HEROES

Bug Fixes

  • The Keen Eyes ability now properly highlights nearby loot.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Bowler Flintlock Launcher added to the Weekly Store.
    • Fires cannon balls that damage and knockback groups of enemies.
      • The cannon balls can bounce before exploding, damaging nearby enemies with each bounce.
    • Available Wednesday, September 19 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, September 26 at 8 PM ET.

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Fortnite Update v5.40.2

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Fortnite has rolled out another patch and we have the full patch notes available so you can see what was addressed in v5.40.2, courtesy of Epic Games.

Suppressed Assault Rifle (Battle Royale)
Take down your enemies quickly and quietly with this new Assault Rifle that rewards precision over rapid-fire.

Field Agent Rio (Save the World)
Phase into battle with the new Mythic Outlander.

Weekly Horde Challenge 6 (Save the World)
Shields won’t help you this time! Take on even more aggressive Husks with Week 6 of the Horde Challenge.

LIMITED TIME MODE: THE GETAWAY

Bug Fixes

  • Players in the Getaway LTM can no longer land on the van without building.
  • Reduced the Victory music at the end of a match.
  • Jewel will no longer appear in inventory hotbar after being put in the Down-But-Not-Out state.
  • Player models will no longer get stuck under the van after winning a match.
  • Player models and items will no longer fall to the ground after winning a match.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Suppressed Assault Rifle Added.
    • Sneaky weapon that rewards trigger discipline with precision.
    • Can be found in Vending Machines, floor loot, Treasure Chests, and Supply Drops.
      • Available in Epic and Legendary Variants.
        • 32/33 damage per shot.
  • Vaulted Drum Gun

ART+ANIMATION

  • Enforcer Outfit no longer appears distorted to other clients from certain distances.

PERFORMANCE

  • Sub-Region Matchmaking added for Southeast Asia.
    • More details here.
  • Disabled Video Capture for the Nintendo Switch.
    • This was done for performance and stability reasons.

SAVE THE WORLD

MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • Weekly Horde Challenge 6
    • Available Wednesday, September 12 at 8 PM ET
    • This week, deploy your portable Fort against hordes of assassin Husks – and players have no shields!
    • Earn Field Agent Rio for the first-time completion.
    • This challenge is also repeatable for Event Tickets.

HEROES

  • New Mythic Outlander – Field Agent Rio, has been added to the Weekly Horde Challenge.
    • Features new Subclass – Rook
      • New Perk – Phase Cannon: Phase Shifting empowers the equipped ranged weapon causing the next shot fired to shoot a Phase projectile which pierces enemies and deals 60 base energy damage. Switching or holstering weapons removes the effect.

Bug Fixes

  • Mythic Ninja: Bladestorm Enforcer no longer appears distorted to other clients at certain distances.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Wraith Assault Rifle added to the Weekly Store.
    • A silenced assault rifle with excellent headshot damage that maintains impressive accuracy when fired in controlled bursts.
    • Equipped with a suppressor that greatly reduces the distance that enemies hear gunshots.
    • Available Wednesday, September 12 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, September 19 at 8 PM ET.

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