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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 Dropping Trailers for Season 9

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Fortnite has been busy on social media, particularly Twitter, where it has dropped a handful of trailers hyping up the arrival of Season 9.

With the Tilted Towers now destroyed, damage reaching a number of other areas, and the Drum Gun back in circulation, there is a lot going on, and a lot in store as we head into Season 9, which is set to arrive on May 9th.

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Fortnite Update 8.51 Brings the Shadow Bomb

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Epic Games has rolled out a brand new update, update 8.51, for Fortnite and it is highlighted by the Shadow Bomb.

Here are the patch notes:

WEAPONS + ITEMS

Shadow Bomb

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  • Shrouds yourself in shadow, briefly becoming invisible to enemies.
  • 6-second duration
  • User becomes more visible to others near the end of the effect.
  • Increases your movement speed, provides the ability to double jump, and wall jump.
  • Players are unable to attack, build, or loot while under the effects of the Shadow Bomb.
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Can hold a maximum of 6
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Supply Llamas.

GAMEPLAY

Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • Sound effects for Jetpacks were occasionally playing much louder than they should be.

UI

Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • The Victory Royale UI animation was displaying for all players in Limited Time Modes with respawning enabled.

Previous Fortnite patch notes for update 8.50 (Battle Royale only)

Here are the Fortnite 8.50 patch notes for the Battle Royale mode, with credit to Epic Games and copied verbatim from the official Fortnite site.

LIMITED TIME MODE: ENDGAME

Summary

  • Thanos and his Chitauri invade the Battle Royale island, in search of the six Infinity Stones.
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Mode Details

  • Endgame features a team of heroes fighting to stop Thanos and his Chitauri from claiming all six Infinity Stones.
  • Both teams respawn when eliminated until the other side completes their objective.
  • On one side is the Hero team. Heroes respawn when eliminated until the enemy team has found all six Infinity Stones.
  • Heroes start with a treasure map that leads directly to a Mythic Avengers item.
  • Other Avengers items can be found in Chests throughout the map.
  • The goal for the Hero team is to destroy the Chitauri army and defeat Thanos.
  • Team Thanos is comprised of Chitauri Invaders and Thanos himself.
  • Chitauri Invaders start with a powerful laser rifle, an anti-structure grenade attack, and a jetpack that lets them briefly leap high into the air.
  • The first Chitauri to recover an Infinity stone will be transformed into Thanos.
  • Thanos has a powerful punch, a destructive beam attack, and the ability to jump high into the air and then smash anything in his way when he comes back down.
  • Each time an Infinity Stone is claimed, Thanos’ abilities grow more powerful and the Chitauri gain health.
    • Reality Stone (Red) = Heath & Shields doubled (1000->2000)
    • Soul Stone (Orange) = Siphon activated (grants Thanos shields only)
    • Mind Stone (Yellow) = Jump height doubled
    • Space Stone (Blue) = Ground Pound AOE size tripled, damage x6
    • Time Stone (Green) = Big knockback added to each hit, damage x3
    • Power Stone (Purple) = Laser damage x6
    • If Thanos is eliminated from the match, another Chitauri will become him after a short wait (unless Thanos is the last one standing).
    • If Thanos & the Chitauri find all six Infinity Stones, Heroes will no longer be able to respawn.
    • The goal for Thanos and his army is to find the stones and then eliminate the remaining heroes.
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Fortnite Season 9 Could See Battle Pass Gifting

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Epic Games could be rolling out a nice new feature to the popular Fortnite game next season, according to dataminers.

According to Fortnite News, players will soon be able to gift a Battle Pass to other players, and that feature is likely to be rolled out for Season 9.

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