Epic has released the patch notes for Fortnite v4.5.0 featuring the much anticipated Playground mode, the new ‘Dual Pistols’ weapon and more. Here’s everything you need to know:

Dual Pistols (Battle Royale)
Experience two times the fun and firepower with Dual Pistols, the newest weapon introduced to Battle Royale.

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Playground LTM (Battle Royale)
Train, explore, battle! Show us your creativity in the new Playground LTM as you drop onto the island with up to 3 friends.

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Map Markers (Battle Royale)
Go towards the light! Visual indicators are now shown in-game wherever friendly map markers are placed.

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Limited Time Modes

Playground

Summary
Playground is a low-pressure environment where friends can let their creativity run wild. Build massive structures. Practice with the weapons and items. Fight against your friends. Have fun!

Mode Details

  • You’ll have one hour to create, play and train as you wish. Hop in and try out version 1 of Playground!
  • Drop into the Battle Royale map with a squad of friends for an hour
  • Friendly Fire is on
  • Players respawn on death unless killed by the storm
  • The storm doesn’t start closing in for 55m, and takes 5 minutes to close in
  • Resources gathered grant 10x the normal rate.
  • 100 Llamas will be spawned on the map
  • Chests & Ammo Boxes spawn 100% of the time

Final Fight Teams of 12

Summary
Make it to the final circle and then fight for the Victory Royale!

Mode Details

  • Final Fight plays similar to standard Battle Royale, but instead of the storm circles closing all the way in, they stop part way through the match.
  • When the circles have finished closing in, the Final Countdown timer will begin.
  • The remaining teams will battle it out until the timer expires.
  • The team with the most players remaining at the end of the timer wins!
  • In the event of a tie, the two (or more) teams tied for the lead win the match.

Weapons + Items

  • Dual Pistols Added
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
      • 41-43 base damage.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.
    • Shoots both pistols with one pull of the trigger.
    • Can be found from floor loot, chests, and Supply Drops.
    • Does not use first shot accuracy.
  • Significant jumps that are landed with the Shopping Cart now appear in the elimination feed (height, distance, and time).
  • Weapon damage to structures now correctly scales with rarity.
  • Shotgun damage to structures has been reduced by 50% for Pump Shotgun, and 25% for both Tactical Shotgun and Heavy Shotgun.
  • Explosions now damage all structures within range, whether or not they are visible from the explosion center.
  • We’re making the following changes to further solidify the identities and strengths of Tactical and Silenced SMGs.
    • Tactical SMG
      • Removed first shot accuracy.
      • Increased base accuracy by 25%.
      • Lowered the sprinting accuracy penalty by 15%.
      • Lowered the ADS bonus by 10 %.
      • Increased damage by +2.
    • Silenced SMG
      • Increased base accuracy by 10%.
      • Increased ADS accuracy bonus by 20%.
      • Increased damage by +2.
  • Shotgun ammo now drops in stacks of 4 instead of 5.
  • Grenade Launcher visuals have been temporarily changed to shoot fireworks instead. This is a cosmetic change only.

Bug Fixes

  • Boogie Bomb explosions are no longer blocked by vehicles.
  • Thermal Scoped Rifle will now consistently exhibit intended accuracy while in scoped in.
  • Clingers can no longer stick to players through the ceiling or floor.
  • Spike traps placed on a ceiling no longer damage players on the floor above.
  • The Thermal Scoped Rifle no longer highlights opened chests.
  • Weapons will no longer appear to fire while switching weapons under certain network conditions.

Gameplay

  • Progress for elimination quests will now be granted if you down an enemy with the required weapon rather than needing to actually eliminate them with it.
  • In Build Mode, walls will now try to build at a closer location when placement is blocked due to lack of structural support. Stairs, Floors, and Roofs are not affected.
  • Auto-open doors no longer functions while in the Down-But-Not-Out state.
  • Pickaxes will no longer hit the Shopping Cart if you are riding as the passenger.
  • Players in the Down-But-Not-Out state can no longer enter Shopping Carts.
  • Improvements made to the auto pickup weapons feature to better handle picking up large groups of weapons.

Bug Fixes

  • Items dropped in water now stay above the water’s surface.
  • Excessive fall damage is no longer applied when under certain network conditions.
  • Supply Drop crates no longer briefly persist in the world after being opened if it was shot down.
  • Smoothed out the location of all soccer balls and basketballs while under varying network conditions.
  • Players are no longer able to hit building weak spots through other buildings.
  • Having the Sprint Cancels While Running setting turned on will no longer prevent players from auto-reloading their weapon after sprinting.
  • Fixed an issue that applied a constant force to players if they were hit by a Shopping Cart.
  • Doors that are interacted with multiple times rapidly no longer get out of sync with their state on the server.
  • Fixed an issue where if a player was using a consumable and then exchanged it for a different pickup, it would select the pickaxe instead of the new item.
  • Chests no longer create invalid pickups, such as a 2x Chug Jug instead of 2 individual Chug Jug pickups.
    • This created an issue that caused players to be unable to pick up building materials.
  • Players are now awarded an elimination if the opposing player bounced off terrain and took fall damage before taking enough damage to be eliminated.
  • Fixed a small number of accounts that had incorrect Week 5 Challenges.
  • Mushrooms no longer spawn on trees in Moisty Mire.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the ability to open chests by preemptively holding the interact button while approaching the chest.
  • Fixed a gap in the terrain that was caused by the sporting goods store in Greasy Grove being slightly moved by accident.

Performance

  • Improved performance of skydiving on all platforms (especially Switch), by reducing rendering related CPU hitches
  • Fixed a source of hitching on Xbox one. In rare instances, this was causing up to 2-second hitches for some players
  • Improved framerate around swing-sets by adjusting physics.
  • Improved performance by doing less work when players are moving outside of your view.
  • Improved performance for moving ammo and weapon pickups.
  • Improved player movement updates in large team games. This should make the movement of other players appear smoother.
  • Fixed skydiving rings ticking the entire match.
  • Improved framerate around swing-sets by adjusting physics.

Audio

  • Changes to enemy building audio (friendly building audio remains the same).
    • Increased volume of enemy building audio.
    • Increased range of enemy building audio by 2 building tiles.
  • Added variation to water footsteps on mobile and Nintendo Switch platforms.
  • Re-balanced bass content for surround sound mix.

Bug Fixes

  • Reallowed the first few milliseconds of audio to play if an emote is triggered while jumping.
  • Suspension audio on cars is no longer spammed when jumping or sliding off of them.
  • Shopping Carts no longer spam their collision audio if flipped upside down.
  • Fixed issue that caused doors to play an open and a close sound when opened.
  • Fixed the slowed audio for the Step it Up emote.

UI

  • The switch seat icon is now hidden when you can’t switch seats.
  • The minimap now draws the whole map and bus paths instead of nothing when on the Starter Island.
  • Existing map markers are removed when landing after jumping from the Battle Bus to reduce map clutter.
  • Custom voice chat output devices can be selected on PC.
  • Removed damage numbers from Shopping Carts and added a health bar.
  • HUD Elimination and Down-But-Not-Out notifications have received updated animations.

Bug Fixes

  • Damage numbers no longer overlap if damage is done to both shield and health.
  • Object stacks no longer appear as 0 ammo when looted.
  • Map marker icons now properly appear even while on the Starter Island.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes map markers wouldn’t be removed when pressing right click and moving the mouse slightly.
  • Fixed an issue where the player was unable to drop or split an item after dropping a full stack of items.

Art + Animation

  • The cape on the Battlehound* Outfit is now available as Back Bling.
  • Added capes to the Ventura* and Venturion* Outfits.
  • *Anyone who purchased these Outfits has been granted the Back Bling to be used on any other Outfit.

Bug Fixes

  • Visual effects for the Oracle Axe Pickaxe and Ominous Orb Back Bling now appear correctly on consoles.
  • Back Bling no longer appears in low detail while spectating players.

Replay System

  • Removed ProAm replays from the Replay Browser.
  • Replay Browser entries will now scroll if text doesn’t fit.

Bug Fixes

  • The Replay Browser no longer loses gamepad focus if chat window is opened.

Spectating

Bug Fixes

  • The shield bar no longer incorrectly fills and empties when switching between players in spectator mode.
  • Storm effects no longer get stuck on players that were in the Storm while being spectated even after leaving the Storm or after switching to a new player.

Mobile

  • Added settings on mobile for low power mode and scalability.
  • Improved touch interaction logic to be more consistent and reliable.
  • Touch rotation sensitivity in the locker has been reset.

Bug Fixes

  • Vibration setting no longer resets to the wrong value on mobile devices.
  • Fixed a bug where lower end mobile devices weren’t displaying the whole island while on the bus.
  • Volume on mobile devices will no longer occasionally become muted.

SOURCE: Epic Games