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Fortnite v12.40: What to expect



Take a look at what to expect in the upcoming Fortnite v12.40 patch notes.

Update 4/14 4:56 PM: Epic have announced that the downtime for v12.40 will begin on 4/15 at 2 AM EST.

Original article: Fortnite v12.40 has yet to be announced at the time of writing, but the Season 2 update schedule has been like clockwork. Epic release a new patch every two weeks and sometimes add a content update or maintenance patch in between.

We’re waiting on an announcement any minute now, but it should state that downtime will begin at 2 or 4 AM EST on April 14. We’ll update this post when the Fortnite Status account confirms this news. If not, then all of this applies to the next update.

Let’s take a look at everything that we can expect in Fortnite v12.40. We have bug fixes, a Doomsday Device, and a leaked weapon that we can look forward to.

Bug Fixes

We don’t have a ton of expectations in this patch, but bug fixes are nearly always an area of focus for the Fortnite team.

This week, we can expect Epic to address the following bugs. These are all listed as ‘Fixed in next game update’ on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board.

  • Controllers may not vibrate when the player takes damage.
  • Grenade temporarily disabled.
  • Unable to interact with Ollie, preventing completion of Skye’s Adventure Challenge.
  • “Pull a player or Henchman with a Harpoon Gun” Challenge not working with Henchmen.
  • Visualized Audio pulses icons instead of being solid.

Unfortunately, performance issues are still listed as ‘Important’ on the board, with no time frame as to when improvements could go into effect.

Doomsday Device

After v12.30, players started noticing strange hatches appearing around The Agency. These could be bunkers, a tunnel system, missile silos, or anything in between.

At the same time, we saw leaks of a rumored Doomsday Device on which Midas has been working. We could see this come to fruition in v12.40.

Fortnite v12.41 and v12.50 are slated to come out in the next two weeks, which means we probably won’t see the entire device in v12.40. Midas will probably add something, however.

New Rocket Launcher

Fortnite data miners also found a new Rocket Launcher in the game files. According to their findings, this launcher will be able to lock onto helicopters, making it an anti-aircraft weapon.

We first heard about this Rocket Launcher over the weekend, so it could still be a week or two away from coming to the game. Still, there’s a chance that Epic release the new weapon to Fortnite in v12.40.

So, there you have it; everything that we know and theorize about what’s coming in Fortnite v12.40.

Of course, we’ll have you covered with the crowdsourced patch notes when the update comes out along with all of the leaks, cosmetics, and everything else.


Speculating on the rumored Flare Gun in Fortnite Season 3

How do you think the rumored Flare Gun will work in Fortnite Season 3?



Fortnite Season 3 has been delayed by an extra week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate about what it will bring. We’ve seen leaks and rumors that revolve around a flooded map, seemingly confirmed by the early release of the Season 3 icon on the PlayStation store.

One of the Season 3 leaks includes mention of a Flare Gun, which has a portion of the community guessing as to how it will work. Here’s one speculation from Reddit user u/DaBobbyKing.

Via: u/DaBobbyKing

We think these numbers seem reasonable, but that this isn’t the only application of the Flare Gun. We think that it will be similar to the Harpoon Gun in more ways than one.

In our opinion, the Flare Gun will be used for a new mechanic in Fortnite Season 3. It could even have a single use and trigger a Supply Drop, similar to Loadout Drops in WarZone.

This is only working within the confines of the mechanics from Seasons 1 and 2. It could be related to something entirely new – the same way that fishing was added to Chapter 2 Season 1.

Either way, we’re looking at the rumored Flare Gun through the same lense as the Harpoon Gun. We predict that it will be a support item first and a weapon second. Sure, you can deal some damage with it, but more players will use it for its primary feature.

What will that feature be? Until June 17, your guess is as good as ours. Let us know in the Twitter replies and comments.

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Fortnite players claim Epic missed an opportunity with Season 3 delay

Some Fortnite fans are claiming that the Season 3 delay was a “missed opportunity” to raise money for charity.



On June 3, we learned that Epic Games were postponing Fortnite Season 3 due to the current climate and protests against police brutality in the United States. The season was set to release on June 11 but has been pushed another week until June 17.

This is the third time that Season 2 has been extended, nearing Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. Despite the delay being predicted and understandable, Fortnite players were disappointed to hear the news.

Following the delay, many Fortnite players took to social media to express their frustrations. Some even called this a “missed opportunity” for Epic Games to incite some genuine change with their massive platform.

Several posts hit the r/FortniteBR subreddit that suggested that Epic should have released the season as planned and donated a portion of their Battle Pass proceeds to related charities.

Two posts, specifically, called out Epic Games for this missed opportunity, including one from @KudosOnYT and another from u/ViangelPlaysGamesYT. Both posts have since been removed by moderators of the subreddit.

The post by ViangelPlaysGamesYT suggested that Epic add something to the Item Shop to generate money for charity instead of delaying the season and “really changing nothing.”

Electronic Arts, with all of the hate they get in the gaming community for their microtransactions, announced that they’d be donating $1 million to charity and “double match any funds that you donate to these and any other local organizations through our YourCause program during the month of June.” They announced several related initiatives in their blog post as well.

Credit: Epic Games

We’ll have to see if Epic take any of these suggestions to heart. As of now, a chunk of the community tends to view the Season 3 delay under a selfish light – that Epic didn’t want the new Fortnite season overshadowed by real-world events.

Hopefully, that’s not the case and we see some sort of related charitable efforts from Epic and other studios and publishers in the wake of recent events. The opportunity is not completely missed, yet.

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How to make an explosive drone in Fortnite

This Fortnite exploit allows you to make Proximity Mines hover in the air.



Fortnite exploits run the gamut of being incredibly overpowered to meme-worthy. There will always be exploits in a complex game like Fortnite, and this one falls into the latter category.

We first saw this exploit on display from trickshotter FaZe Mew. He used the floating Proximity Mine/C4 exploit to hit another in a long line of insane shots. It’s too bad that it only resulted in a hitmarker.

Reddit user u/Slushyguy posted a brief tutorial on how to make these items fly. All you have to do is throw them at a wall, edit the wall, then destroy the wall. From there, the explosives will fly on their own.

It appears as though you can change the direction of these explosives with additional building pieces. At least, you can make them go higher into the air with ramps.

This is an interesting exploit, but will probably get more attention in the trickshotting community. We’d love to see someone get a kill with this roaming mine, though. At least, it’s something that will keep you busy while we wait another two weeks for Chapter 2 Season 3.

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