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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 v18.21 Patch Notes: Cube Town POI, Fortnitemares begins, pumpkin launchers return

The Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes add fan-favorite weapons, a new POI, and kick off the Fortnitemares 2021 event in style.

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The fourth update for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 is here, and these are the V18.21 Patch Notes!

Fortnite Season 8 has been a bit of a snooze. Even with the Fortnitemares event kicking off at the start of October, it’s been pretty eventless. But now, Epic Games is kicking things up a notch.

With the Cubes converging on the center of the map and the Fortnitemares event officially starting, players are in for some exciting content. Maybe it will finally feel like Fortnite Season 8 has started.

Only a few more updates remain before Season 8 ends. Here are the Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes.

Fortnitemares 2021: Wrath of the Cube Queen

With the Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes, Fortnitemares 2021 has officially begun. This year’s Fortnitemares event is titled Wrath of the Cube Queen.

The event kicks off with a new spooky lobby and plenty of new quests. As well, Jumpscare Zombies have been added to public lobbies (not Arena).

Similar to previous Fortnitemares events, the map has seen some significant changes. Instead of fog, this year’s map features widespread cube corruption.

There are also several Fortnitemares quests that can be completed. These quests will reward players with free limited-time cosmetics.

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Massive Cube Town POI

After being revealed a couple of weeks ago, the Cube Town POI is finally coming to Fortnite. However, the new POI is actually named The Convergence. Players have watched as the Cube’s roll around the map, and they’ve finally made their way to the center.

The center has been a crater since the start of Season 7. However, that crater is going to be filled with a Tilted Towers-esque POI. The new city will be made entirely of cubes. It will also change its shape over time.

Pumpkin Launchers & Brooms return

The annual tradition of bringing back the Pumpkin Launcher continues. They have been found inside the Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes, and will be activated either this week or next.

For those who aren’t familiar, Pumpkin Launchers are a Halloween variant of the Rocket Launcher. Instead of launching rockets, they launcher an explosive pumpkin. The Pumpkin Launcher is a fan-favorite item and it will be in-game soon.

As well, players can ride around the map on Brooms. These are vehicles similar to the hoverboard. Unlike cars and boats, Brooms don’t require fuel.

Fortnite Season 8 Cube Queen revealed

Each Fortnite season has a secret Battle Pass skin. The most recent seasons have kept the skin hidden until late into the season. And that’s the case for Fortnite Season 8’s Cube Queen.

As a part of the Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes, the Cube Queen skin has been revealed. This was to be expected since the Fortnitemares 2021 event focuses on the Cube Queen.

Additionally, Cube Queen has brought with her a monster called the Caretaker. These massive beasts are hard to take down, but they also drop a ton of loot!

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New Mythic Sideways Scythe

The long-awaited Sideways Scythe is finally in-game. This melee weapon can be found inside Sideways Anomalies and can be upgraded to Mythic Rarity.

As well, it grants healing to the player on elimination. This will bring siphon to public lobbies if players are skilled enough to kill other players with a melee weapon.

These are all of the highlights from the Fortnite v18.21 Patch Notes. For more Fortnite, check out how to get every Mythic Weapon in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite v18.10 Patch Notes: XP Update, Super Styles, “Tilted Towers”, and more

The Fortnite v18.10 Patch Notes are here and a lot has been added to the game. Check out a new POI, weapons, items, and more!

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The Fortnite v18.10 patch adds a ton of content to the game, and here are the latest patch notes!

This week’s Fortnite update is a massive one adding a ton of new content. There are new weapons, characters, and an upcoming POI similar to Tilted Towers.

As well, Epic Games has made some changes to Fortnite Season 8’s XP system. This season’s Super Styles have been revealed and can now be unlocked. And there’s a bunch of new Toona Fish styles that can be earned.

All of these changes and more are detailed in the Fortnite v18.10 Patch Notes below.

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Fortnite Season 8 Super Styles and XP Changes

The v18.10 Patch Notes added the Fortnite Season 8 Super Styles. As well, this update made some major changes to the XP system. Players haven’t been happy with this season’s XP, and Epic promised to make the necessary changes with this update.

The Cubes have corrupted even the Battle Pass! (But in a good way.) Bonus Styles for Chapter 2 Season 8 Outfits have been available for players who progress past Level 100. But now: this Season’s Super Level Styles have been added! Progress past Level 140 this Season and start unlocking new runic Styles for Charlotte, Kor, Fabio Sparklemane, J.B. Chimpanski, and Torin.

To help you get there, we’ve made improvements to XP earned through Battle Royale:

  • XP earned from your Daily Punchcard missions has been greatly increased.
  • We’ve added XP to all Shared Quests. (They still reward Bars too.)
  • All new and future Character Punchcards have substantially increased XP rewards.
  • Weekly Punchcard XP has been slightly reduced. This was done to lessen the setback of not completing them.

New “Tilted Towers” POI

Players have been asking Epic to add Tilted Towers back to Fortnite for several seasons. Well, the actual Tilted Towers may not be returning, but Epic Games is adding a new large POI that is similar.

According to leaker HYPEX, Fortnite will add a new POI called Cube Town. Its a very large city-style POI with lots of loot chest spawns.

Fortnite v18.10 New Weapons and Items

Epic Games added a few new weapons and items to this update as well. The OG Chug Splashes have returned alongside a new variant called the Chili Chug Splash. The Chili Chug Splash functions the same way as the OG, but it also gives players a speed boost.

As well, the Dual Fiend Crossbows are making their debut. The Fortnite Season 8 trailer showed off these dual-wielded crossbows. However, they are now in-game.

Even more Toona Fish styles

New Toona Fish Quest Styles have been added! Ink up your Toona Fish with new Styles inspired by even more of your favorite Fortnite characters. Complete themed Quests to copy Mancake’s drip, resemble regular Fishstick, and more. With 20 new styles to collect immediately (and one we can’t talk about just yet), there’s a ton more options to color Toona Fish your way!  

The final style is the Cube Queen style which is also this season’s secret skin. However, this update did not reveal the secret skin.

Balance Changes and Bug Fixes

As always, the Fortnite v18.10 patch notes include a series of bug fixes, but Epic Games has also made some balance changes. These will make rounds fairer during the late game by disabling slipstreams. Here are all of the balance changes and bug fixes:

  • Slipstreams will disable at the final Storm circle in core playlists.
  • Slipstreams will disable at phase 5 of the Storm in competitive playlists.
  • Chug Cannons are no longer available from Loot Llamas. In the Chug Cannons’ place are the spicy Chili Chug Splashes. 
  • In competitive playlists, Sideways Anomalies will despawn earlier than they did previously.
  • The Rail Gun has been removed from competitive playlists.
  • Fixed an issue involving vehicles taking heavy damage when colliding with Mothership wreckage pieces.
  • Donation Boards displaying items in English even when another language was selected has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue involving voice chat on Nintendo Switch not connecting to party chat after the player left and rejoined the party.
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Fortnite Season 8 Patch Notes: new weapons, punch cards return, & more

Fortnite Season 8 is here which means there’s a ton of new content to explore. Check out everything that Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 offers.

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Following one of the wildest seasons to date, Fortnite Season 8 takes players even further into the unknown. Here’s everything new in Fortnite Season 8.

Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world… literally. The season featured an ever-changing alien invasion that was quite unpredictable. It also offered a variety of weapons, vehicles, and crossovers.

However, if you thought an invasion was strange, wait until you see what Season 8 has in store. The theme for Fortnite Season 8 is “Cubed” and it focuses on the return of Kevin. Not just one Kevin, but a lot of Kevin’s scattered around the map.

Season 8 not only features the return of one of Fortnite’s most beloved characters. This season brings a slew of new weapons, hostile zombie creatures, and the return of some fan-favorite features.

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Fortnite Season 8 New Map

Of course, with every new season comes a new map. Despite the massive Mothership explosion, the map is relatively unscathed. With a couple “new” POIs, players might be a bit underwhelmed. Here are the new POIs:

  • Sludgy Swamp (Formerly Slurpy Swamp)
  • Corny Crops (Formerly Corny Complex)

And that’s it. However, there are various new biomes dotted around the map. As you can see below, these biomes are quite large. They are likely where different Kevin Cubes are placed.

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Season 8 New Weapons and Items

While the map doesn’t offer many changes, there are a lot of new weapons and items. These new weapons can be found inside chests, including a new chest variant.

Like last season, there is a new variety of weapons. These weapons are called Sideways weapons, and they are very powerful. The Sideways is similar to Stranger Things’ Upsidedown. It is a mysterious place but produces some seriously powerful equipment.

  • Sideways Rifle
  • Sideways Minigun
  • Shadow Flopper
  • Dual Crossbows
  • Port-a-Portal
  • Carnage Symbiote Mythic
  • Venom Symbiote Mythic
  • Sideways Chest
  • Cube Monster Parts
  • Sideways Light Blade
  • Armored Wall
  • “Spicy Soda”
  • Rainbow Ink
  • Color Bottles
  • Sideways Shotgun (upcoming)
  • Sideways Scythe (upcoming)
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Battle Stars, Toona Fish, Punch Cards, and more!

Fortnite Season 8 features the return of some fan-favorite systems. These include the Battle Stars which was present during Season 7. As well, Toon Fishstick is this season’s customizable skin.

Outside of what was present last season, players can also enjoy the return of Punch Cards and Quest Sharing. Punch Cards allow players to earn XP faster by rewarding players more often. As well, Quest Sharing allows players to work together to complete quests.

Additionally, players will get to decide which new weapons will be added to Fortnite during this season. Players will also get to vote for which fan-favorite weapons will be unvaulted! The voting process will be revealed at a later date.

Fortnite Season 9 Bug Fixes

When Epic Games releases the official patch notes, we will update this story with the new bug fixes. Stay tuned for more news as information is made available!

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