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Fortnite Search and Destroy change and phasing bug fixed

Epic has adjusted the Search and Destroy game mode as well as fixed a game-breaking phasing bug.

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Epic has adjusted the Search and Destroy game mode along with fixing a game-breaking phasing bug.

Most players assumed that Fortnite v11.50 was going to be a drastic shift from the game that we’d been playing for over two years. When the patch finally came out, we saw that little had changed.

Epic could be holding off until Season 2 before they make any sweeping changes, which makes sense. Why would they completely overhaul the game’s physics right before a new season begins?

One thing that the update did, however, was to introduce a host of new bugs to Fortnite. There’s a long list of issues – some send you through the map and others make farming more difficult. The most game-breaking bug allowed you to phase through structures as if they weren’t even there.

This was a rough one. Epic needed to get on top of the bug quickly and, to their credit, they did. They released a hotfix for the issue a few hours after the patch came out.

There are still several other bugs plaguing Fortnite at the moment. The most annoying one, to me, is weak points in structures failing to register. This bug makes farming far more difficult and only seems to affect some of the players in a match.

Search and Destroy

Anyone who played the new Search and Destroy game mode before around 7 PM EST on February 5 may have noticed that the matches took forever. Players on the losing team would almost always quit before the game ended.

When Search and Destroy released, the winning team had to win seven rounds. Epic pushed a hotfix to lower the rounds to ‘best of seven,’ rather than ‘first to seven.’

Search and Destroy is an entertaining break from the base Fortnite game, but the rounds were far too long before the hotfix. It’s good to see Epic quickly responded to community feedback like this.

Now, all that’s left is for the Fortnite team to iron out the rest of the kinks in the v11.50 update. Hopefully, all of the major bugs will be out of the game by Season 2.

Glitches

How to use your bare hands as a pickaxe in Fortnite Season 4

Every wanted to smack trees with your bare hands in Fortnite? Now, you can.

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Fortnite always has a handful of active glitches – as does nearly every game that provides regular updates. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to some degree; the developers squash one glitch and two more pop up. As a community, all we can hope is that the glitches aren’t game-breaking and don’t affect our enjoyment of Fortnite.

There are a few glitches in the game, right now. Just today, Fortnite players discovered a glitch with the Storm hero ability that allows you to fly around the map for about 20 seconds. Thankfully, however, this and the bulk of the other known glitches that are currently in Fortnite don’t have a drastic effect on who survives a fight.

One glitch, publicized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, is the ideal kind of Fortnite glitch. It has no affect on gameplay but is entertaining to those who use it. The glitch allows you to use your bare hands as a pickaxe.

To complete this glitch, you’ll need to own the Pom Pom or Hulk Hands pickaxes. Epic may add more pickaxes like these, but they’re the only two that will work, for now. After equipping one of these, finishing the glitch is simple. All you need to do is throw up an emoticon and quickly use a throw-able emote. This will remove the pickaxe and let you punch structures for materials with your bare hands.

As the video states, you will fix the glitch if you emote again, but you can always go back by completing the process a second time.

This glitch could stay in the game indefinitely, as it has 0 impact on anything related to competitive integrity. There are almost always bigger fish to fry when it comes to fixing issues in Fortnite. It’s just a fun way to show off to your friends and get them to ask how you did it. Enjoy!

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Concepts

PS5 Fortnite trailer fuels custom kill animation concept

Could customizeable elimination animations be coming in Fortnite Season 5?

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Yesterday, September 16, Sony revealed the new PlayStation 5 along with some games that will be coming to the next-gen console. The company also used Fortnite as one of their returning games, showing players the visual enhancements that will come with the PS5.

Some of these improvements may be exclusive to the new PlayStation, but the trailer also showed us a handful of changes that will likely apply to all platforms – not just the PS5.

We touched on a lot of these changes in an article, yesterday, but fans have taken the speculation a step further since the trailer came out. Specifically, Fortnite players zeroed-in on the changed elimination animation that you see in the trailer.

This, along with the update Chug Jug and flame effects, was the central focus of the trailer for a lot of viewers. Clearly, Epic are planning on changing the elimination animations in the future.

Some players are suggesting that this change could point to Epic adding a customizable elimination animation for players.

It would make sense for Epic to add something like this. The more cosmetic options they have, the more money-making opportunities there are. Imagine if the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass contained unique kill animations for the first time. Who wouldn’t buy that?

Games like Valorant already have a variation of this feature. Another Epic Games title, Rocket League, has its own version of this as well: customizeable goal animations. This concept is far from confirmed, but it’s a realistic addition for which we can hope.

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Glitches

Storm Superhero ability triggers flying glitch in Fortnite

Storm’s Tornado Launch has a glitch that allows players to fly freely around the Fortnite map.

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Fortnite Season 4 brought an interesting twist to the mythic items from the past couple of seasons. Instead of ramped-up versions of existing Fortnite items, Epic gave us unique hero abilities to fit the theme of the season.

What’s more, there is more than one of each hero ability available in a given match. Doctor Doom and Iron Man still require you to eliminate them and grab their abilities, but the Groot, Silver Surfer, and Thor abilities can spawn at every Quinjet landing site.

Fortnite Season 4 Marvel characters

There are also some abilities that are isolated to specific Marvel LTM’s – at least, for now. Venom, She Hulk, Wolverine, Black Panther, and Storm all have abilities in Fortnite, but they’re not in the base game right now. Whether or not they’ll come to core Fortnite modes remains to be seen.

One of these abilities, Storm’s Tornado Launch, has a substantial glitch attached to it that was recently discovered. If you emote before using the ability, your character will start to fly around the map. The mechanic feels a lot like flying in Creative Mode. You will go wherever you point your screen.

Since Storm’s Tornado Launch is only available in Marvel Standoff, the glitch isn’t too useful. You can’t build or use any of your abilities until the glitch wears off, so using it doesn’t give you that much of an advantage. This would be a huge issue if the ability came to the base game, however.

Right now, this is only a fun way to freak people out while playing one of the most casual modes in the Fortnite lineup. It’s worth trying while it’s still in the game. You’ll only be stuck like this for about a minute.

We’re just thankful that this glitch was uncovered in Marvel Standoff rather than after Storm’s Tornado Launch came to core and competitive Fortnite modes. It’s still early in the season, and we expect to see all of the Battle Pass heroes gain abilities in Fortnite. Hopefully, Epic address it if they plan on bringing Storm’s ability to the base game.

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