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Fortnite v9.21 Patch Notes – Proximity Grenade Launcher, Horde Rush LTM, and more

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The Fortnite v9.21 update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Proximity Grenade Launcher weapon to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode!

What are your thoughts on the changes introduced in this update?

Check out the full Patch Notes blog post from Epic Games below…

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
It’s not a horseshoe or a hand grenade, but close still counts!


Horde Rush (Coming Soon)
A new 4-player Co-op Limited Time mode is just around the corner! Survive the Horde Rush on June 13.

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LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

One Shot Duos
Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Sniper weapons are the only weapon, Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Horde Rush
Fortnite Fiends are back on the island and angrier than ever! Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding hidden score multipliers, opening special loot chests, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. Traverse across the map, survive all of the Defend locations and take down the Final Boss to win!

  • Mode Details
    • Four player Squad mode divided up into multiple stages.
    • Prepare to defend an area by searching for weapons & items, scavenging materials, and building defenses.
    • Rack up points by fighting Fiends, collecting score multipliers, and destroying Fiend Spawners.
    • Recover from the battle and search for more equipment.
    • Travel across the map to the next defense point.
    • Respawning is enabled until the last stage when players have to destroy a Boss Fiend and his horde of minions.
    • Keep an eye out for special loot chests, which contain powerful weapons & provide a scoring bonus.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Found from Chests, Loot Carriers, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.
  • Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 11.3% to 12.09%
  • Small Shield Potion
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from 16.95% to 18.13%
    • With items being added and removed, we’ve noticed that Shield Potions and Small Shields have been less available in Chests. So we’ve increased the chance to find Shields from Chests to compensate for that.
  • Shotguns
    • Increased the overall chance to find from Floor loot from 8.50% to 9.77%
    • After seeing the community’s feedback about Shotgun availability, we’ve increased the Shotgun availability from Floor Loot to make finding them in the early phases of the game easier.
  • Infantry Rifle Epic and Legendary variants
    • Increased the availability from Floor loot from .067% to .105%
    • Increased the availability from Chest loot from .414% to .645%
  • Heavy Assault Rifle Common variant
    • Decreased the availability from Floor loot from 2.04% to 1.715%
    • Decreased the availability from Chest loot from 12.47% to 10.46%
  • Mounted Turret
    • Decreased the availability from floor loot from .59% to .46%
  • Storm Flip
    • Adjusted Storm Flip to cause flat damage instead of being based on which Storm Phase is currently active.
      • Causes 5 damage every second.
      • This change may not be immediately available at the time of release. It requires a server update and will become active at some point later in the day.
      • We noticed with scaling damage that players held onto their Storm Flip later into matches, creating undesirable effects. This change gives players more value in using it earlier in matches.
    • Reduced the availability from Chests from 3.39% to 1.69%
    • Reduced the availability from Floor loot from 3.32% to 1.66%
    • Added back into the Arena and Tournament playlists.
      • We have visual effect changes coming in v9.30 that will help improve readability.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes

  • Audio was sounding muffled due to a filter optimization issue.

MOBILE

We’ve noticed iOS patches have experienced delays appearing in the App Store recently. Apple has stated that any application can take up to 24 hours to appear in the App Store. If no update is available, be sure to check our social channels for more info.

CREATIVE

What’s New?

Proximity Grenade Launcher
Imagine and create new maps to explore all the possibilities of this explosive new weapon!

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Proximity Grenade Launcher
    • Fires an arcing, bouncing, explosive projectile that explodes when in proximity of an opponent.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary Rarities.
    • Semi-Automatic.
    • Uses Rocket Ammo.
    • Holds 2 Explosive Rounds.
    • Rate of Fire: 0.65 shots per second.
    • Player Proximity Radius: 250 units (about half the width of a tile).
    • Explosion Radius: 300 units (about 60% of the width of a tile).
    • Explosion damage:
      • Player: 67/70
      • Environmental: 131/138
    • Reload Speed: 2.8s/3s
    • Projectiles explode automatically after 10s or if it has nearly come to a stop.

PREFABS

  • Roadside Garage Gallery
  • Grass & Mud Floor Gallery
  • Forest & Grass Floor Gallery
  • Grass & Forest Floor Gallery
  • Sand & Rock Floor Gallery
  • Dinosaur Prop Gallery

DEVICES

Bug Fixes

  • Text placed on Billboards prior to the v9.20 release will no longer be misaligned.

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Plasmatron 9000
Tongue twister: How fast can you say piercing plasma shots!

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Quantum Countdown
Step right up, and try to keep your attention on the teleporting bomb.

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

New Wargames simulation: Quantum Countdown

  • In this simulation, an unstable bomb is teleporting around your base. The Husks are drawn to its energy and trying to destroy it. Quickly adapt to protect its new location as the Husks take new, and unexpected, routes.
  • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner, and more variety to the Daily Quests.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • A new weapon, the Plasmatron 9000 arrives in the Weekly Store.
    • Short ranged automatic energy pistol that shoots expanding rings of plasma that pierce enemies.
    • Available Wednesday, June 12 at 8 PM Eastern Time until Wednesday, June 19 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

GENERAL

SOCIAL

  • Added pop-up and Main Menu messaging to help players understand when their Xbox Live or PlayStation voice chat is being prioritized over Fortnite Party voice chat.
    • These visuals appear only if someone else in your party is active in Fortnite Party voice chat, and will not reappear unless you join a different party.
    • This is in response to players looking for guidance on various voice chat issues that were related to Xbox Live / Playstation party voice chat prioritization.



KNOWN ISSUES

Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

PlayStation 4

How to claim the new PlayStation Plus Celebration pack

Epic and Sony have joined forces to offer PlayStation players another free Fortnite cosmetic pack.

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Yesterday, we covered the news of Sony’s large investment in Epic Games and what that meant for Fortnite. One of our biggest takeaways in the article is that PlayStation would likely get some additional exclusive cosmetic bundles for their players.

It didn’t take long for this to come to fruition. A day later, Epic announced the new PlayStation Celebration bundle to go along with their other exclusive skins. This one includes the “Introducing” emote, Stratosphere Glider, and Down Arrow Contrail.

The Celebration Pack should be available to all players, worldwide, on July 10. Some players already have access to it. Those who have already claimed their exclusive Fortnite cosmetic items should know the process, but here it is for those who are unaware:

  • Visit the PlayStation Store
  • Navigate to Fortnite
  • Scroll down until you see the new Celebration Pack
  • Download the cosmetic pack.

This pack replaces the old Celebration Pack that included a couple of free skins, but you can grab both if the former pack is still in the shop. Don’t worry too much if you missed it, as we expect Fortnite to release several exclusive PlayStation packs in the future.

We don’t know how long this bundle will be in the store, but you can expect it to last a couple of months, at least. Grab it now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Epic Games

What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?

The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.

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On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.

Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.

Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.

According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.

What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.

Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.

Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.

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Esports

Fortnite pros vote on the greatest player of all-time

Who is the Fortnite GOAT? Find out what the pros think.

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The topic of “the greatest Fortnite player of all time” is an inherently subjective one. We’ve seen several players make their claim for being in the conversation, and a single player has yet to completely dominate all versions of the game. Additionally, we’ve only had a handful of major Fortnite LAN events, which means most of the regions are stuck competing in their own bubbles.

The GOAT has also shifted over time. There was a period where Ninja was considered the best player. Myth had is day in the limelight, along with Tfue. Now, there’s a massive crop of young Fortnite pros who can all claim a ranking as one of the best players in the game.

Leven2k put this statistics to this subjective argument. He asked 60 of the best Fortnite players in the world who their GOAT was. He released that statistics on July 9.

Bugha is a must to include in any discussion about the best Fortnite player of all time. He is, after all, the first and only World Cup solo champion and has well over $3,000,000 in winnings – coming it at 7th with 1% of the votes.

Mongraal and MrSavage come in with 3% and 6% – both of which are considered among the best players in the EU region, and both duoed with BenjyFishy, who came in fourth with 8% of the votes.

After these names, we get into the meat of the survey. Zayt finished with 22% of the votes, which makes sense to those who have been following the entire story of competitive Fortnite. Zayt may be the single most consistent player in the game. He was there in the beginning and he’s still at the top of the heap, today.

Zayt might not be a major streamer like most of these other pros, but he put in the hours to remain relevant throughout all of the changes Fortnite has gone through.

One of the only other World Cup winners, Aqua, came in at number 2 with nearly $2 million in earnings, behind Mitr0 with over $700,000. Earnings doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Mitr0 has been one of the best performers since the World Cup.

Of course, these statistics are only a collection of opinions from some of the top players in the game. Who knows, we may see a completely different list a year from now. It’s safe to say, though, that these seven players deserve to be in the discussion.

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