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Fortnite v5.30 Officially Rolls Out, Leaks Discovered

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Fortnite dropped a new update today and patch v5.30 is full of some exciting leaks that are sure to make your day!

Always doing solid investigative work, dataminers found references to two new weapons and one grenade in the patch files. According to @FNBRLeaks, there are multiple entries regarding a flamethrower within the game’s files.

The weapon is listed under LMGs, and uses medium bullets, however there is currently no in-game render for the flamethrower just yet. A folder, added by Epic Games, was found to contain effects for the flamethrower, including smoke and flames.

It also appears that the Quad Launcher, which had been available in Fortnite’s Save the World mode in the past, will be returning to Battle Royale soon.

Making a debut will be the Shockwave Grenade, which has an early render within the patch v5.30 files, and, additionally, @TwoEpicBuddies noted that it’s a legendary version of the Pulse Grenade, but further information on what the Shockwave Grenade can do is not available at this time.

Additionally, Epic added files for an upcoming event called Cube, which is believed to include a rocket launcher.

Here are the official patch notes:

General

  • New Message of the Day format for both Save the World and Battle Royale modes.
  • Added keyboard presets to the keyboard input tab in the settings.
  • Now you can quickly select either the default keyboard controls (Standard) or the original (Old School) controls.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a delay when trying to open the top bar menu immediately after switching to the Store tab.
  • Fixed UI bug where holding down the primary button on a Widget, then moving to a new widget, would result in the current selection disappearing.
  • Fixed issues with burst-fire weapon local ammo amount occasionally being displayed incorrectly when equipping or unequipping while firing.
  • The shader cache now adjusts how many shader entries are processed each frame based on how long it takes to compile each shader. This makes the process faster when the operating-system or driver has internally cached the shaders on a previous run.
  • Fixed an issue causing autorun to immediately turn off after being toggled on.
  • Modified the Options screen so that player inputs will not immediately cause it to close during gameplay.
  • Fixed reticle hit notify image appearing when switching quickly from a melee weapon to a ranged weapon after inflicting damage.
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally allowed weapons to display ammo in the magazine if all ammo was dropped while reloading.
  • Fixed an issue with trying to fire while opening a door, which was causing a fire animation to play without the weapon actually firing.
  • Smoke generated from the destruction of objects is now 50% more translucent than before, increasing visibility close up.

Battle Royale

Limited-time mode: Score Royale

  • Earn points by collecting coins, opening loot containers and eliminating other players. The first to cross the High Score threshold wins the Victory Royale!
  • Early game Storm circles are larger and the Storms move in more slowly, giving players more time to spread out and search for loot.
  • Late game Storms move in fast! Earn enough points for the Victory Royale before they close in.

-Scoring chart

  • Winning Score (Solo) – 2,000
  • Winning Score (Duos) – 3,000
  • Winning Score (Squads) – 4,500
  • Use an Apple or Mushroom – 10
  • Open an Ammo Box – 25
  • Open a Llama – 50
  • Open a Supply Drop – 100
  • Eliminate an Enemy – 100
  • Open a Treasure Chest – 50
  • Find a Bronze Coin – 30
  • Find a Silver Coin – 50
  • Find a Gold Coin – 100

Limited-time mode: Playground

  • Playground has been updated with a couple dozen new ATK’s available, some more ramps to jump them off of, and a handful of new Rifts scattered throughout the map. Head to the hilltops and see if you can find them all.

Weapons and items

Rift-To-Go

  • Rift-To-Go is a portable Rift that can be carried in inventory and deployed immediately.
  • When activated, you are teleported into the sky and placed in skydiving mode.
  • The Rift will remain at the location it was deployed for 10 seconds, allowing other players to use it.
  • Epic rarity. Drops in stacks of 1 with a max stack size of 2.
  • Can be found in chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops and Loot Llamas.

General

  • Pump Shotgun equip time has been shortened from 0.96 seconds to 0.88 seconds.
  • Double Barrel shotgun now has a spread reduction of 15% while crouched.
  • Clingers will now only explode when their fuse has expired.
  • Clingers will no longer explode if the object they are attached to is destroyed. They will be affected by gravity and fall until they stick to another object or their fuse expires.
  • Impulse Grenade max stack size increased from 8 to 9.
  • Bouncers now need line of sight of a player to activate.

Bug fixes

  • Damage Traps will now properly affect enemy players who are within their range.
  • Remote Explosives now damage everything in their radius that can be destroyed.

Gameplay

  • Added the ability to use Emoticons and Squad Comms while knocked down.
  • Combat and Builder Pro Configs: Added functionality to the right stick click action that will cycle available traps if the player isn’t repairing or rotating a build piece.
  • Added an option to auto-sort consumable items to the rightmost empty quick bar slot when picked up.
  • Added smoothing to motion controls on platforms that support it.
  • Lowered the dead-zone used for aiming on Xbox One controllers.
  • Tuned controller input and accelerations to allow for more fine tuning when aiming.

Bug fixes

  • Vehicles will now fall properly if the structure beneath them is destroyed.
  • Characters who crouch and uncrouch will no longer cause visual or hitbox inconsistencies.
  • Fixed an issue causing 0 damage number to be displayed.
  • Players affected by network issues such as packet loss are now limited in how far they will move until the connection is stable again.
  • Additionally, fixed some inconsistencies with how far and fast players could move under these conditions.
  • The Save the World reward flow will no longer occasionally appear in Battle Royale.
  • When health and shield damage occur at the same time, they will now be combined and displayed as a single shield damage number.
  • Fixed an issue with controller aiming where the input was not properly scaled when aiming down sights or aiming with a scoped weapon.
  • This will slightly increase sensitivity when aiming down sights or with a scoped weapon.
  • Players will no longer emote with their pickaxe in hand.
  • Fixed issue where damage would always show blue numbers when a player’s shield amount would get stuck at a value between 0 and 1.
  • Fixed some shrubs and bushes that took more swings to harvest then intended. They will now be destroyed after the intended number of swings.
  • Weapons will now auto reload if they are equipped and their ammo type is looted.
  • Vending Machines now display the proper costs in the Playground LTM.

Performance

  • Fixed some very long hitches seen during long game sessions caused by the Replay System.
  • Optimized loading of Outfits to reduce disk load during the early game (particularly skydiving). This should mean buildings and Outfits load faster.
  • Improved building streaming performance on Xbox One and Switch. This will help buildings load in more quickly during skydiving, reducing the chances of landing on a low-detail model.
  • Improved load times on Xbox One and Switch.

Audio

  • Additional stereo content has been added to your own gunfire sounds.
  • Laser Chomp tail swing audio adjusted to more closely match the animation.

Bug fixes

  • Emote music no longer breaks when playing back to back emotes.
  • Music now plays properly when using the Hang Time glider.
  • Added a max time for the clock ticking sound that plays prior to the Storm shrinking.
  • Prevents 3 minutes of this sound from playing at the end of a Playgrounds match.
  • Pick Squeak pickaxe now properly squeaks on every hit.

UI

  • Added a display timer and new animation for Item Shop carousel tiles.

Bug fixes

  • Health bars for objects with more than 1000 health now display properly.
  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t use LT/L2 to zoom on the fullscreen map while spectating because it would open the report player window.
  • The ATK now displays the proper controls for players on a gamepad.
  • Fixed an issue where all buses would display as enemy buses on the starter island.

Art and animation

  • Purple trails on Split Wing Glider will now appear properly.
  • Whiteout Outfit now has 100% more neck.

Replay system

  • The camera will no longer get stuck following the Battle Bus in replays.
  • Shield bar will now properly update after a player is revived.
  • Weapon icons on nameplates will now display properly.

Mobile

  • Players must now select a preferred fire mode before proceeding to matchmaking.
  • A dedicated button to powerslide while driving has been added to the UI.
  • The button for exiting a vehicle will now always remain consistent.
  • Turbo building will no longer be interrupted by switching structure types.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed camera jitter while moving and looking simultaneously.
  • Fixed an issue where settings would appear in-game lower than intended resulting in missing shadows and lower image quality.

 

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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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