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Fortnite v12.20 Update patch notes

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Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 is now well underway, with Epic Games releasing the v12.20 Update to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, March 17.

Rumors have been circulating since Season 2 kicked off about the impending arrival of a new mode of transport in the form of Helicopters, and after weeks of speculation, Epic Games have finally released the new vehicle on the masses, introducing the Choppa to the game.

On top of that, players can also take part in the Spy Games, a new event with its own Limited Time Mode, and enjoy a host of bug fixes that the developers have implemented to improve quality of life for fans of the battle royale game.

Fortnite players can jump into the new Choppa in-game. Credit: Epic Games

Choppas

The headline addition to Fortnite in the v12.20 update is the new Choppa, giving players a new and exciting way to travel around the map.

Rumors suggested that the item would only be able to carry one player at a time, but this has proved to be incorrect and will have plenty of room for your entire squad to fly above the map and search for loot or enemies during a match.

Fortnite becomes the latest battle royale to introduce helicopters, with Call of Duty already utilizing the vehicle in both Blackout and Warzone. At the moment, Choppas are only available in core game modes, and can’t be flown in Arena matches.

Helicopter stats:

  • 1500 HP
  • Rotors deal 50 damage
  • Has a boost
  • Can hover
  • Takes damage when crashing
  • Can fit up to five people
  • Does not allow you to re-deploy your glider
  • Not available in competitive modes

New Locker

The first thing that you might notice when you enter Fortnite is the new-and-improved Locker design.

Finally, Epic is giving us the ability to set desired skin combinations and cycle through them. They will likely add more features in the future, but this is a huge improvement from the previous system.

Spy Games

The secret agent theme rolls on in Fortnite Season 2, as more the Spy Games kicks off with a brand-new event and Limited Time Mode added to the game in the latest update.

Players who own the Battle Pass can take part in this new event by dropping into the new LTM named Operation: Dropzone, with a new Tech system introduced that gives players perks that they can use as a way to give them an advantage against their enemies. There will also be a special set of challenges for players to sink their teeth into, which each task offering 80,000 XP as a reward.

Fortnite players can take part in the new Spy Games challenges.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games have also moved to fix a number of bugs and glitches that have been affecting the game, in an attempt to curb any which give players a competitive advantage or affect items in negative ways.

You can view the full list of fixes taken from the developer’s Trello board below.

  • Auto-Sprint not resuming once stopped.
  • Locker is missing the vault banner.
  • Low detail on buildings and structures in Fortnite.
  • Player markers not working as they should (placed too far away).
  • Players getting stuck inside Fortnite’s Porta Pottys.
  • Players unable to use the navigation buttons at the end of a match, such as returning to lobby, reporting players, or going to the Item Shop.
  • Unable to place traps when the icon hasn’t loaded up.

Community-discovered changes

As always, Epic has made some under-the-radar changes that they haven’t told anyone about. It’s up to the community to find these changes.

We’ll keep this post updated with all of the changes made to the game as they are uncovered. Here’s what we know, so far:

  • Explosion delay between each C4 is increased from 0.3sec to 0.5sec
  • Slight delay added to the Grappler

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Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?

Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?

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News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.

Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.

Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.

So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.

Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.

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Upcoming Fortnite BTS emotes leaked

BTS makes their mark on Fortnite with two new emotes. Take a look at them before they come into the game.

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By now, most Fortnite fans know all about the Fortnite X BTS collaboration that will be coming to Party Royale this weekend. This is, likely, the biggest collaboration that we’ve seen in Party Royale to date.

The official choreography video for the BTS hit song, “Dynamite,” will be shown on the main stage in Party Royale on September 25 and 26. Fortnite players will be the first to watch the exclusive video.

Epic also announced that they’d be releasing two Fortnite emotes that were choreographed by BTS, themselves. These emotes will hit the Item Shop on Wednesday, September 13.

Thanks to data miner @iFireMonkey, we were able to get a closer look at these emotes before they come into the game. Here’s a look at the audio and video of each of the two upcoming BTS emotes.

On top of that, Epic also released a map for Creative Mode which is, according to them, a “recreation of the world from the original ‘Dynamite’ music video.” You can use the code 0272-4337-3889 at the Creative Hub to enter. Enjoy!

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How to unlock Fortnite cosmetics in Rocket League ‘Llama-Rama’ event

Rocket League is celebrating going free-to-play with an in-game event and Fortnite crossover: Llama-Rama.

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Rocket League fans, largely, rejoiced when they learned that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, had purchased the Rocket League development team, Psyonix. Rocket League is a brilliant game, but the monetization efforts weren’t too player-friendly – especially for a game that cost $30.

Fortnite, on the other hand, has one of the most user-friendly microtransaction systems in all of gaming. You can say what you want about Fortnite and the choices of the developers, but it’s hard to criticize their approach to monetization.

Epic has already been making its mark on Rocket League since its acquisition of Psyonix. They made the loot boxes transparent, made the game free-to-play, and are now bringing the first in-game event with unlockable cosmetics.

The ‘Llama Rama’ Fortnite crossover event will run from September 26 through October 12 and will give players the chance to unlock the Battle Bus cosmetic pack, Llama Wheels, the Loot Llama Decal, the Top Llama Topper, and the Llama Fly Antenna.

You’ll need to complete some in-game challenges to earn these rewards. The challenges haven’t been released at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the event goes live this weekend.

Update: Rocket League challenges released

The challenges are now live in Rocket League, which unlocks rewards for both Rocket League and Fortnite. Here’s a look at all of the challenges and rewards for the event:

  • CHALLENGE 1: LLAMAS, START YOUR ENGINES!
    • Rocket League Challenge: Play an Online Match in Any Playlist
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Flyer Antenna 
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Spray 
  • CHALLENGE 2 – FLAGGED FOR VICTORY
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 1 Online Match in Casual with the Llama Antenna
    • Rocket League Reward: Top Llama Topper
    • Fortnite Reward: Holodata Drop Contrail
  • CHALLENGE 3 – TOP OF THE WORLD
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get 5 goals, saves, or assists with the Llama Topper
    • Rocket League Reward: Loot Llama Octane Decal
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket Groove Music Track
  • CHALLENGE 4 – AN EPIC ENDEAVOR
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 5 Online Matches in Any Playlist with the Llama Decal (Octane)
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Wheels
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Emoticon
  • CHALLENGE 5 – LLAMA LEGEND
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get MVP in any Online Match with the Llama Wheels
    • Rocket League Reward: Battle Bus + Battle Balloon Antenna, Battle Bus Wheels, and Battle Bus Engine Audio
    • Fortnite Reward: Octane RL Backbling + style variant
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Rocket League is the kind of game that no one knew they wanted until they played it. It’s incredibly fun and we strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

Like Fortnite, Rocket League is a simple game with a massive skill ceiling. It’s easy to get the hang of but incredibly difficult to master – something that most Fortnite fans will naturally love in a game. Now, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.

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