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Fortnite update v12.61: what to expect

Take a look at what to expect in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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Epic have announced the downtime for Fortnite v12.61. The update will release on all platforms at 2:00 am on Tuesday, May 26.

We don’t know everything that the patch will bring, but we have some guesses. Here’s what to expect in tomorrow’s Fortnite update.

Aim assist nerf

This is, likely, the primary gameplay change that’s coming in the v12.61 patch. Following the v12.60 patch, Epic told players that they’d be working on an adjustment to controller aim assist on PC. They wanted to wait until after the FNCS, though.

Well, the FNCS wrapped up this past weekend, which means that Epic are free to change aim assist without affecting a tournament that’s in progress. We can expect to see this change go through in v12.61.

Will this substantially affect the power of controller players on PC? Will console players be affected? Will this nerf go the way of the last one, where little changed? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Bug Fixes

It’s only been one week since the last patch, so we shouldn’t expect any new or major bugs to be addressed. The primary issue seems to be the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider, which was recently changed due to pay-to-win complaints.

Here are all of the changes listed as ‘Fixed in next game update” on the Community Issues Trello board:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits.
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider.

More Doomsday Event files

We can expect some more Doomsday event files to be added to the game after this patch, but most of them will, likely, be encrypted.

We won’t be giving too much of the event away – depending on what’s out there – but we’ll probably be able to gain some additional information about what to expect. Updating the event files is probably the primary reason for this content update, after all.

So, there you have it: everything that you can expect in the v12.61 content update. It will be a small one but could mean massive changes for controller players.

As always, we’ll keep you posted with all of the Fortnite patch notes, leaks, and unannounced changes when the update goes live.

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Fortnite v21.20 early patch notes: Indiana Jones, No Sweat Summer, Luke Skywalker skin, more

Fortnite v21.20 is right around the corner. From Indiana Jones to new content for the 2022 No Sweat Summer event, there’s a lot to expect.

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Indiana Jones, No Sweat Summer, and other content that should arrive in Fortnite v21.20

Fortnite is all set to release the 21.20 update on July 6, 2022. Indiana Jones will finally become available in the Battle Pass, No Sweat Summer content will arrive in Battle Royale modes, and as usual, the Reality Tree will continue to grow.

The community has sky-scraping expectations from Fortnite v21.20. Even though map changes have been frequent and brilliant in Chapter 3 Season 3, the No Sweat Summer event and the XP system (in terms of more opportunities to earn XP) certainly need improvement.

Reality Root growing in Fortnite
Reality Roots that are heading towards Sleepy Sound in Fortnite (Image via JayKey/FN)

Here’s everything players can expect in the second major update for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3.

Fortnite Reality Tree to affect Condo Canyon, Sleepy Sound, and Temple Bloom in v21.10

First and foremost, the Reality Tree will reach major locations like Sleepy Sound. Loopers have discovered a new set of roots near Shifty Shafts and they’re most likely heading towards Sleepy.

Another location where we will see the influence of the Reality Tree is Condo Canyon. Interestingly, leakers have already revealed the upcoming themes. Like Butter Bloom and Logjam Lotus, Sleepy Sound and Condo Canyon will have recurring themes which include:

  • Froniter
  • Coliseum
  • Coral Castle
  • Neo Tillted for Sleepy Sound and Lazy Lagoon for Condo Canyon

There’s a Reality Root near the Temple Bloom landmark as well. HYPEX has revealed that one of the themes in Temple Bloom is codenamed The Tower in the files, and that’s the only information we have for now.

There’s a possibility that v21.20 only focuses on Condo Canyon and Sleepy Sound as the developers are yet to add the updated version of Temple Bloom in the files.

New Indiana Jones skin and temple to arrive in Fortnite v21.20

Indiana Jones is the secret skin in the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Battle Pass. It cannot be unlocked at the moment, and will be available from July 7, 2022. Loopers who own the Battle Pass wil have to complete special quests to unlock the cosmetics which include:

  • Indiana Jones outfit
  • Indiana Jones Banner Icon
  • Raider’s Relics Harvesting Tool
  • Rogue Archaology Wrap
  • Expedition Bag Back Bling

It is worth noting that these are the cosmetics on Page 1. These will not only become unlockable with v21.20, but you’ll also be able to get a look at the next page.

Even though this might be a stretch, but many players believe that Indiana Jones will get his own spawn location. The aforementioned Temple Bloom POI could turn into a temple dedicated for the Indiana Jones boss/NPC. However, readers must take this claim with a huge grain of salt.

New No Sweat Summer content coming to Fortnite Battle Royale

The Island Hopper quests were decent, but players were disappointed to see them as the only ‘summer event’ content. However, leakers like iFireMonkey and Epic Games itself have claimed that more summer content is coming.

NPcs like Unpeely, Summer Drift, and Boardwalk Ruby, and vehicles like Surfboards will return to BR modes. Moreover, you can look forward to completing summer-themed quests in Battle Royale that should grant XP and free cosmetics.

Battle Royale content will certainly help in making No Sweat Summer 2022 one of the best summer events in Fortnite’s history.

Luke Skywalker NPC

Epic Games has released a ton of Star-Wars content in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 which includes Darth Vader as a boss and his skin in the Battle Pass as a tier 100 reward. HYPEX has disclosed that there’s a Lightsaber in the files for a Luke NPC.

Based on the leak, it is safe to assume that Luke Skywalker will be released as an NPC and a skin, like this father. However, it is uncertain if he’ll be a part of the upcoming update.

Last but not least, weekly quests for Week 5/ Week 6 and Vibin’ quests will be added to files with Fortnite v21.20. There aren’t any solid leaks regarding weapons as we’ve already received three new weapons (Two-Shot shotgun, Hammer AR, and DMR) this season.

Fortnite v21.30 will release on July 19, 2022 following which Epic Games will take a summer break that will take place between July 24 and August 12.

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Fortnite nerfs the Visualize Sound Effects range in Season 3 update

The most broken feature of Chapter 3 has now finally received a nerf and players couldn’t be happier. Here’s the latest on that.

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After a long wait, Epic finally fixes the most broken feature of Fortnite that sweats were just tired of ever since the beginning of Chapter 3. Visualize Sound Effects was a feature which was recently nerfed in an update where players got to experience it as they jumped into a Battle Royale match.

Fortnite has had a history of broken features and glitches that have been well exploited by the player community over the last few years. From XP Glitch Maps to weapons meta, players have been using these exploits to gain a gameplay advantage that sometimes ends up getting them banned for their actions.

While some actions or exploits get them banned, others are just bugs in the game that is an error from the developer’s end that they take it casual enough to fix. One such exploit that was legit in the game was Visualize Sound Effects in sound settings.

When one enables the option, they can see visual cues of chests, gunfire, footsteps, reboot vans or even if someone is healing nearby. This then aids a player in judging the direction where the activity is happening and respond to it.

Ever since Chapter 3, this option was broken as players were able to hear the sound of gunfire, footsteps or even healing from afar which was an advantage to several sweats who always love to rush their opponents and engage in close combat. But in a recent update in Season 3, Epic finally decided to nerf it for good.

Epic nerfs Visualize Audio range as it’s not broken anymore

In last week’s update of v21.10, Epic nerfed the range of Visualize Sound Effects option as it was one of the most broken features in the game. Players weren’t informed nor were aware of this major change that took place in Fortnite until they tried it out themselves.

The update has fixed the distance and the radius of the Visual Audio cues one gets upon going near Chests, hearing footsteps or gunfire. After the update, players will only be able to see visual cues if they are approx. 100m close to the objects or their opponents which is a major relief to casual players or campers.

While casual players or noobs enjoy this news, sweats are surely unhappy and so are players who basically need these hearing aid options in-game to help them orient their gameplay. Moreover, this major change by Epic in one of the oldest Fortnite settings was not announced in any of the patch notes or their official Twitter handle, which it should have, according to the player-base.

However, players think that this fix might be a random update as Visual Audio has always been messy in-game ever since it was added. From reboot vans sounding from miles away to footsteps being heard from a long distance, Epic still needs to put in some work to fix those audio issues.

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Fortnite landmark Butter Barn now has three forms, thanks to Reality Tree

The map changes in Fortnite have been consistent lately. After Logjam Lumberyard, the Reality Tree has now affected Butter Barn.

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Fortnite Butter Barn

Butter ‘Bloom’ is the newest location in Fortnite to be affected by the infamous Reality Tree. The landmark will now have three themes based on OG POIs like Coral Castle.

The mysterious Reality Tree in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is controlling the island in a manner that we’ve never seen before. Locations like Logjam Lotus and Butter Bloom now magically change themes, and it is hard to claim if this phenomenon is worth celebrating (from the storyline’s perspective).

Here’s everything players need to know about the latest map changes in Fortnite.

New Butter Bloom themes released in Fortnite Chapter 3

Butter Barn is now called Butter Bloom, and it will switch between the following themes:

  • Roman theme- Coliseum
  • Atlantis- Coral Castle
  • Neo Tilted

In its Neo Tilted form, Butter Barn will feature buildings like Peely’s Banana Stand, the Pump Gym, and gas stations.

Butter Barn as Neo Tilted in Fortnite
Butter Bloom’s Neo Tilted theme in Fortnite Chapter 3

The Coliseum theme is similar to the one in Logjam Lotus.

The landmark gets fortified and the buildings represent Roman Architecture.

Butter Barn as Colossal Colosseum in Fortnite
Butter Bloom’s Roman theme in Fortnite Chapter 3

The final theme is Atlantis with which Butter Bloom turns into a miniature Coral Castle. Vintage dome-shaped buildings surround the region and there’s a small pool as well.

Will Coral Castle finally become relevant in Fortnite?

The indirect return of Coral Castle has received a mixed response from the community. While some believe that Epic Games should have picked a more prevalent POI for Butter Bloom’s Atlantis theme, others are elated that Coral Castle is now located in a much better position strategically.

Back in Chapter 2, it was the most despised location on the map (like Daily Bugle in Chapter 3). Even though there was good loot, players were ignorant due to its location which affected rotations, and the unusual landscape.

Butter Barn as Coral Castle in Fortnite
Butter Bloom with Coral Castle theme in Fortnite

In contrast, Butter Bloom is a great spot in Chapter 3 and the Coral theme should not prevent players from landing here. To be fair, Coral Castle is one of the most beautiful locations in Fortnite history but loopers neglected it owing to its position on the map.

Hence, Coral Castle might get its well-deserved credit in Chapter 3.

It is worth noting that after turning Butter Barn into Butter Bloom, the Reality Tree’s roots have already reached Temple Bloom. The landmark is located south of The Sanctuary, and we might witness similar map changes there as well.

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