It’s a new year, and Fortnite fans finally have a new update to get excited about thanks to the v11.40 patch, which went live on January 15 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

It’s been a long wait for the latest update to the ultra-popular battle royale title, with Epic Games last releasing a patch on December 18, marking almost a month since any changes have been made to the game by the developers.

With their festive break now finished and the snow cleared from the map, Epic Games are bringing a brand-new patch to the game, which includes a new system for upgrading weapons and the return of the Heavy Assault Rifle.

The Heavy Assault Rifle has returned in the v11.40 Update. Credit: Epic Games

Sidegrading

The biggest inclusion in the January 15 update is the introduction of Sidegrading, a new system that allows players to trade their weapons.

Players who visit a Workbench while holding a regular Assault Rifle will be offered the chance to exchange it for the Heavy version of the weapon, in exchange for a few materials.

At the moment, this only works on Assault Rifles, but may be a glimpse at what we can expect for guns in other classes in the near future.

Fortnite players can use Workbenches to exchange their normal Assault Rifle for a Heavy version. Credit: Epic Games

Heavy Assault Rifle

Of course, this means that the Heavy Assault Rifle is officially back in the game, returning after being placed into the Vault during 2019.

The weapon had already been leaked by dataminers, and some had even found a way to use it inside the game’s Creative mode, and even though it disappeared for a period, the gun still packs a punch.

The Heavy Assault Rifle deals 46 damage when a bullet connects with an opponent, and holds 26 shots in each magazine, meaning you should be able to wipe out players fairly easily as long as you hit your shots.

Bug Fixes

Epic Games also introduced a number of bug fixes to address issues that cropped up during the Festive period when they were on break, meaning some of the glitches that have been plaguing the game are now gone.

The developers made sure to fix the Toxin vs Remedy challenges, in which one asked players to visit three Bus Stops in a match but only seemed to count a number of random stops towards the completion of the task.

There are also fixes for the game’s Editing system, keybinds, and Hideouts which were causing crosshairs to disappear if players used them while holding a Sniper Rifle. You can view the full list of bug fixes taken from the Epic Games Trello board below.

GENERAL

  • Fixed issue causing players on console to get stuck and not be able to progress through the gifting process if they do not have 2-Factor Authentication.

BATTLE ROYALE

  • Fixed issue causing players’ Star Wars Legacy entries to have disappeared.
  • Fixed issue causing ‘F’ key to not allow proper movement after direction is remapped from a non-‘F’ key.
  • Falling into a Hideout (haybale, dumpster, port-a-potty) while holding a Sniper Rifle no longer causes the crosshairs to disappear.

CREATIVE MODE

  • Fixed issue causing Featured Island portals to not work correctly.
  • Bandage Bazooka now respects the infinite ammo and reload settings applied by a game.

MOBILE

  • Fixed issue causing players to become stuck in a loop on the Select Fire Mode screen.
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