Epic Games’ fast patching schedule leads to balancing problems from time to time, but the studio looks to have delivered a massive success with latest update. Fortnite Youtubers, pro players, and streamers expressed their happiness via social media.
Fortnite’s quick updates are a double-edged game development sword. On one hand, mistakes at a more frequent interval than other games. On the other, successful patches deliver swift fixes and amazing content updates for players.
In the v9.30 Content Update #1, Epic has unvaulted the Pump Shotgun & Suppressed SMG, released a revised Revolver, and patched several weapons’ stats.
The community’s overall response has been exceedingly positive with praise pouring in from casual, competitive, and professional members. It’s been some time since such overwhelming support has been seen for a content update.
Ninja, Liquid Chap, and others love the v9.30 Content Update
If there’s a single phrase to sum up the community’s excitement over this Content Update, it’s “Let’s ****ing go!” The applause for Epic’s latest patch has been essentially universal due to a genuinely extraordinary patch.
Ninja weighed in on the patch as part of his daily stream tweet. The Fortnite ultra-star can’t wait to get his hands-on more of the patch. He specically praises the ingenious idea to unvault weapons for single day during the event.
1 unvaulted gun a day for 14 days of Fortnite summer?! LETS GO 😀 And a new pistol? Should be a great dayhttps://t.co/QC3Dpr8MTr— Ninja (@Ninja) June 25, 2019
TSM Myth also wanted to show his support for Fortnite’s course correction. Many of the changes point to Epic’s want to promote player skill over lucky plays or fluky mechanics. This surely excites any competitive player.
I like this Epic Games redemption arc pic.twitter.com/h5yulaWCfx— Myth (@TSM_Myth) June 25, 2019
Liquid Chap & Poach generally keep a firm tone against Epic’s patches to the game. Their comments serve as a testament to the update’s success. We tend to agree with their assessment that it’s truly surprising to see an update of such caliber these days.
this patch is actually so good wtf? did epic hire someone with a brain recently or something— Chap (@LiquidChap) June 25, 2019
That’s alot of vaulting and unvaulting and I like it a lot. I love that the suppressed smg, pump and shockwaves are back. Also very interesting to see how end-games play without rifts, very essential for a long time.— Jake (@Poach) June 25, 2019
The reactions continued with Hogman posting in disbelief as he read the patch notes. Rifts gone, pumps back, shockwaves return…there’s a whole lot to love. The good vibes are a nice change of pace from the typical (justified) doom and gloom.
WHAT IS THIS PATCH! It looks so insane!!— Hogman (@Hogmanlolz) June 25, 2019
PUMP IS BACK!
So many great balance changes
Can’t wait to play this today 😭😭
NRG’s benjyfishy kept it nice and simple with four quick words to describe the patch. To be honest, the patch speaks for itself. Nothing much is needed to be said.
GOOD UPDATE LETS GO— benjyfishy (@benjyfishy) June 25, 2019
Ghost Issa, Kamo’s duo partner, also listed some of the patch’s main features. The pro couldn’t contain his joy and added a rallying cry that we’ve repeated throughout Twitter and Reddit.
unvaulted:— issa (@ghostissa7) June 25, 2019
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Anyway, we think you get the point. The latest Fortnite content update resoundingly succeeds in delivering a better meta for casual and competitive players. With essential weapons unvaulted and annoying gimmicks deleted from the game, we may finally see the tide turn for Fortnite.
Could Epic Games finally be realizing the damage they’ve done to their brand through ‘noob-friendly’ additions? We certainly hope so and would love to see influencers this happy everyday. More of the same please, Epic Games!
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.
These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.
A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.
Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.
As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.
There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?
Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items
Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.
Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.
With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.
For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.
Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak
There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.
On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.
Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite
Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.
The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.
On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.
Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.
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