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Fortnite v12.61 patch made a secret change to storm circles

One of the unannounced changes in Fortnite v12.61 is an adjustment to storm circles.

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The Fortnite v12.61 update is a small one, so most players thought that little had changed. We saw some aim assist adjustments – that many consider a buff – but little buzz other than that.

After a few hours of playing, however, players began to notice that there was a change to how the storm circles worked. The first circle, now, encompasses the entire map in most games. This storm phase ends quickly before the zone shrinks to be much smaller in phase 2 – similar to the size of the original, phase-one zone.

After that, the storm appears to close a bit quicker than it used to, although that is unclear. We used to have some downtime before the first circle appeared. Now, it appears as soon as the bus has finished its run.

The overall result appears to be a storm circle that closes a tiny bit slower than it did in previous updates. We have a Warzone-like circle to start the match before going back to the storm phases we’re used to.

We’ll need to complete more testing before we can give a final verdict on whether this slows down or speeds up engagement. At the moment, it appears that little has changed.

The objective appears to be slowing down the game so that there’s more excitement in mid-game fights. A lot of the time, there’s very little action between those early-game fights and late-game scenarios. Unfortunately, the new system is resulting in some circles like the one shown by AussieAntics.

The good news is that this isn’t in competitive modes, just yet. Epic seem to be testing the new storm before Season 3 begins. If it works, then we can expect it in all modes this time next week.

Update: Some players, including popular YouTuber Ali-A, are suggesting that this is the work of Midas, controlling the Storm with the Doomsday Device. He could be onto something, especially when you look at the leaks surrounding the event.

This is probably an accurate assessment of what’s going on but could also signify future changes to the storm circle in Season 3. The mid-game lull is an issue, which could be cleared-up with more mobility and quicker storm phases.

Epic could be weaving a change to the storm circle into a preexisting plotline, fitting everything into a nice, tight ending of the season. We’ll have to see what happens after the event takes place on Saturday.

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Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM

Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine

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Wolverine standing in front of Stark Industries

Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.

Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.

Wolverine Arrives

Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.

Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”

Takeover LTM

Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.

As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.

New Storm Hero Ability

Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.

You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.

It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.

The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.

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  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island missing.
  • Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.

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Fortnite v14.20: what to expect

Here’s what to expect in the next Fortnite update: v14.20.

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It’s been two weeks since the last Fortnite patch, and all signs are pointing to the v14.20 patch coming this week. We’re writing this before any official announcement, but our best guess is that there’s a patch incoming tomorrow, September 22.

We have a few ideas of what’s to come, including the bug fixes that come with nearly every patch. Let’s get into it.

Bug Fixes

As always, there are several issues that should be resolved when v14.20 goes live. Here’s a list of all of the bugs that are listed as “Fixed in Next Game Update” on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board:

  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with Effects set to Low.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island Missing
  • Redline Ramirez’s Commander Perk doesn’t work properly with charged Sniper Rifles. (Save the World)
  • Inconsistent Fishing Spot visibility on Nintendo Switch and Android.

2020 Birthday Celebration

Fortnite: Battle Royale released on all platforms on September 26, 2017. That means that Fortnite’s third birthday is coming up – on Saturday, to be exact.

Each year that passes, Fortnite brings some sort of celebration to the game. The past two years have given us free cosmetics along with some birthday-themed challenges.

We don’t have a ton of information about what will come this year apart from some leaked weapon wraps, but we’ll almost certainly get some more details when the patch comes out.

The next hero or POI

This is a general prediction, but we think that another batch of hero abilities and/or a new POI will come to Fortnite when v14.20 goes live.

We saw Stark Industries come in the last patch and most fans assume that some of the abilities in Marvel Standoff will come to the base game at some point. In v14.20, we could see any of these abilities with their accompanying hero as a boss or another hero we haven’t seen yet.

Again, this is only a prediction and doesn’t have too much tangible evidence behind it.

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Now, all that’s left is to wait for an announcement. We’re pretty confident in our prediction of a patch coming this week, even if it doesn’t go live tomorrow.

Of course, we’ll update this post if our prediction is wrong or if we learn more ahead of the update.

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Fortnite update enables Henchmen and Bosses in Battle Lab

All hero abilities are now available in Fortnite Battle Lab.

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Battle Lab is one of the more overlooked game modes in Fortnite. It’s not as suited for small-scale combat as Creative Mode is and doesn’t bring the same “real game” feeling that you can get from the dozens of private matches that are available every day. Party Royale has now become the true “casual” way to enjoy Fortnite, which left Battle Lab in a weird spot.

What Battle Lab does best is to allow people to drop in and get a feel for the match. They can learn the map, find out where things spawn, and test some in-game features without the involvement of other players.

Strangely, however, Battle Lab was missing two of the most important components of a modern Fortnite match: Bosses and Henchmen. Several seasons have come and past without the inclusion of these characters in Battle Lab. Players could visit The Authority, for example, but weren’t able to see what it would be like in a real game. Jules and her Henchmen were nowhere to be found.

It was one thing for this to be the case when Mythic weapons and items were upgraded versions of other in-game weapons. This season, however, with the introduction of hero abilities, players were unable to explore how these abilities worked without trying them in-game.

Thankfully, Epic remedied this issue with an update to Battle Lab. Now, you can find bosses, henchmen, and even Gorgers in Battle Lab matches.

Previously, Mythic Hero Abilities that dropped from Quinjet landing sights were already available. The addition of bosses (Doctor Doom and Iron Man, for now) means that all of the hero abilities are now available for you to try without hot-dropping one of the two most popular POIs on the map.

Of course, any progression you make toward your challenges won’t register in Battle Lab, so don’t think that this is just an easy way to finish your challenges. It is, however, a great way to get used to the hero abilities before you find them in a real Fortnite match.

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