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Part 2: Why isn’t Epic releasing Fortnite patch notes?

This week, we saw the first true update of Chapter 2. v11.10 came with no Fortnite patch notes. Is this the future for Fortnite updates or is something else going on?

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This week, we saw the first true update of Chapter 2. v11.10 came with no Fortnite patch notes. Is this the future for Fortnite updates or is something else going on?

Fortnite v11.10 is live. This is the first true update of Chapter 2 and brought us the Fortnitemares 2019 event with a new LTM, Pumpkin Launchers, and a few subtle map changes.

One glaring thing is missing from this update, though: patch notes. Most players assumed that this would be the first time we saw Fortnite patch notes with the new season. Alas, we haven’t seen anything.

Epic did give us an update with a link to their Trello board so we can look at the bug fixes they addressed. We haven’t seen any balance changes, map updates, or anything else since Epic released Chapter 2.

Why? Why haven’t we seen any patch notes?

Community Reaction

The competitive community is furious over the lack of patch notes this season. Is Epic really protecting themselves from criticism by doing this?

My guess is that this isn’t the whole story. Epic must hear the cries of the community, asking for patch notes. The backlash they’ll get from a balance change is nothing compared to what they’ve been getting for keeping the patch notes hidden.

What’s more, we haven’t even witnessed a true balance update in Fortnite Chapter 2 (that we know of). A large percentage of the competitive community would revolt if Epic made a massive change without giving us any information. They would look at a positive change in a negative light and would explode if something controversial happened.

Credit: Epic Games

What if Epic hasn’t released patch notes because they haven’t changed anything? What if they don’t plan on changing much this season?

The community has repeatedly asked Epic to stop updating the game and focus on fixing the bugs. Are they finally listening?

Unfortunately, the lack of response from Epic leaves us wondering about their true motivations.

We saw a leaked weapon in the Harpoon Gun, which will likely come to the game next week. Will we finally see patch notes or simply an update detailing the new weapon? I’m guessing the latter.

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Challenges

Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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Concepts

This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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