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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
Via Epic Games

Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

Glitches

How to use your bare hands as a pickaxe in Fortnite Season 4

Every wanted to smack trees with your bare hands in Fortnite? Now, you can.

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Fortnite always has a handful of active glitches – as does nearly every game that provides regular updates. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to some degree; the developers squash one glitch and two more pop up. As a community, all we can hope is that the glitches aren’t game-breaking and don’t affect our enjoyment of Fortnite.

There are a few glitches in the game, right now. Just today, Fortnite players discovered a glitch with the Storm hero ability that allows you to fly around the map for about 20 seconds. Thankfully, however, this and the bulk of the other known glitches that are currently in Fortnite don’t have a drastic effect on who survives a fight.

One glitch, publicized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, is the ideal kind of Fortnite glitch. It has no affect on gameplay but is entertaining to those who use it. The glitch allows you to use your bare hands as a pickaxe.

To complete this glitch, you’ll need to own the Pom Pom or Hulk Hands pickaxes. Epic may add more pickaxes like these, but they’re the only two that will work, for now. After equipping one of these, finishing the glitch is simple. All you need to do is throw up an emoticon and quickly use a throw-able emote. This will remove the pickaxe and let you punch structures for materials with your bare hands.

As the video states, you will fix the glitch if you emote again, but you can always go back by completing the process a second time.

This glitch could stay in the game indefinitely, as it has 0 impact on anything related to competitive integrity. There are almost always bigger fish to fry when it comes to fixing issues in Fortnite. It’s just a fun way to show off to your friends and get them to ask how you did it. Enjoy!

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Everything you need to know about DLSS & Ray Tracing in Fortnite

Find out the system requirements, graphical improvements, and how to turn on ray tracing in Fortnite.

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Several weeks ago, NVIDIA and Epic Games announced that RTX Ray Tracing would be coming to Fortnite in the near future. The setting is now available as of September 17, 2020.

What does ray tracing bring you? In short, you’ll be able to achieve better, more immersive graphics. According to the Epic Games website, “Ray tracing allows new visual and lighting effects previously not possible in Fortnite.”

The most notable changes will come in the form of reflections, water graphics, and similar improvements. One of the most publicized features allows players to see their entire reflection in in-game windows and similar surfaces.

Ray tracing isn’t the only improvement that is coming to Fortnite on PC. NVIDIA is also offering DLSS, which boosts performance and allows you to achieve higher frame rates at high graphical settings. In other words, you won’t have to compromise as much when it comes to graphics vs. performance.

System requirements

Of course, not everyone is going to have access to ray tracing in Fortnite. It’s exclusive to those with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and Epic are recommending that players use an RTX 2080 or higher – an expensive threshold to meet.

Here are the minimum system requirements and recommended system requirements for the ray tracing setting from the Epic Games website:

Minimum requirements:

  • Requires DirectX 12 
  • CPU: 4 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Recommended requirements:

  • Requires DirectX 12 
  • CPU: 8 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

How to turn on ray tracing in Fortnite

If your PC meets the minimum system requirements, at least, then you can enable ray tracing by following these simple steps:

  • Ensure that your Windows and all of your drivers are up to date
  • Launch Fortnite and open the “Settings” tab
  • Ensure that you’re using DirectX 12 (switch from 11 if you haven’t already).
  • Navigate to “Advanced Settings” and turn DLSS on
  • Enable the Ray Tracing option and any or all of the available ray tracing effects
Via: Epic Games

Most PC players with GeForce graphics cards will likely fall in the middle ground between the minimum and recommended settings for ray tracing. With the enhanced customization options and DLSS, however, players will be able to keep their high frame rates while experiencing better graphics.

We suggest checking out the new improvements if you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, even if you don’t keep them activated in the long-run. These features are, largely, aimed at high-end PCs, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from the improvements.

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Fortnite showcases graphical improvement & new animations on PS5

The PS5 Fortnite showcased revealed changes that are likely coming to all platforms.

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PlayStation fans were eagerly awaiting Sony’s showcase of their upcoming system along with all of the games that will be available on the device when it launches. Naturally, one of the biggest games on the planet, Fortnite, was among the games that Sony showcased on the PlayStation 5.

Sony has a minority stake in Epic Games after a recent $250 million investment, which means the two are more connected than ever. Along with the launch of the PlayStation 5, we can expect to see some Fortnite cosmetics that will be exclusive to PS5 owners.

The trailer of Fortnite on the PS5 was only 35 seconds, but it showed a lot of changes that we can expect to see on all platforms – not just on the PS5.

Yes, we see the enhanced graphics that come with the new system, but that’s to be expected. Hopefully, Epic give the next-gen console players the option of turning their settings down to improve performance – something that most PC players are already doing.

Along with the graphical improvements, however, what appears to be a new death animation, enhanced fire mechanics, and an awesome new Chug Jug animation – hinting that we haven’t seen the last of this healing item. You can also hear some new sounds, including a rocket shot.

Even more interesting is the sound that plays when the character dies. Could the iconic Fortnite death sound be changing? Only time will tell.

This news is exciting for PS5 players, but everyone should be experiencing the changes that are likely coming to the game when the next generations of consoles launch. We’ll keep you posted if and when we learn more about all of these new animations and anything else that changes.

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