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Unofficial Fortnite v12.30 patch notes

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Epic Games have officially released a brand-new update for Fortnite, with the v12.30 Update now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.

Fortnite fans are always excited for the newest patch to drop for Fortnite, which usually includes new items, weapons, or map changes to help keep the game fresh and keep players coming back to the battle royale.

Now, competitors have a brand-new patch to sink their teeth into in the form of the v12.30 Update, which officially went live on Tuesday, March 31, introducing two new items and a host of bug fixes that should change how the game is played going forward.

Fortnite fans have two new items to help them win matches in Chapter 2, Season 2. Credit: Epic Games

Kingsman Umbrella

The most interesting addition to the game in this patch is the Kingsman Umbrella, a melee weapon that also helps players avoid taking damage in a number of situations.

Players can spin the Kingsman around at high speed to earn a boost which propels them towards an enemy, and then beat them over the head with the umbrella in hopes of finding an elimination. On top of that though, the item may also save your life, as you can open it to deflect bullets away from you when under fire, and also use it like Glider Redeploy from earlier seasons, allowing you to drift down to safety should you leap from a great height.

Details:

  • Legendary
  • Breaks when falling from too high
  • Does not totally prevent fall damage
  • Can be used to farm materials and break structures – like the lightsabers
  • Opening the umbrella shields you in a particular direction
The Kingsman umbrella can be useful in all situations. Credit: Epic Games

Crash Pads

There’s more than one way to avoid fall damage following the v12.30 update though, with Crash Pads also introduced to keep players from crashing into the ground when they find themselves plummeting towards solid ground.

The Crash Pad is an item that can be picked up around the map and sits in your weapons inventory. Should you find yourself hurtling down to the ground, you can simply throw one of these inflatable pads down and land on top of it, which will then bounce you to safety.

Details:

  • Rare
  • Drops in 3’s
  • Deflates afters some time
  • Can only be placed on floors
The Crash Pad is an easy way to avoid taking fall damage. Credit: Epic Games

Bug fixes

As always, there are also some bug fixes as Epic Games attempt to keep on top of the issues that creep up between major updates. The developers have confirmed all the glitches that have been addressed by this patch on their official Trello board, and you can view the full list below.

General

  • Tournament scores are visually incorrect in Lobby and in-match

Battle Royale

  • Unintentional Carry or Shakedown on controller
  • Spy Games: Stuck on “Select Tech” screen
  • Style selections for certain locker items not saving
  • Harpoon Gun not catching loot consistently
  • Auto Pick Up not functioning properly
  • Deadpool Plunger not visible on 4:3 aspect ratio

Creative

  • Billboard Settings do not save when copied
  • Interactive UI not functioning properly when using the Quick Menu on mobile

Mobile

  • Shadows darker than expected
  • Black Bar displayed on Note 10+

Crowd-Sourced Updates

  • Doomsday structures appeared at the agency
  • Deadpool-themed loot boxes and Battle Bus
  • Recoil and bloom on KBM has been changed to be the same as the controller
  • No flinch added to KBM
  • ‘Random’ loadout preset option added

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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
Via: Epic Games

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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