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Patch Update V 2.2.0 releases January 18, includes new map update and more

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Epic Games has announced that the next patch update for Fortnite, version 2.2.0, will release on January 18. This new update includes big map updates with new new city, underground mine and a number of other brand new locations on the west side of the map.

Here’s the new map update trailer:

In addition, Epic has announced a Battle Pass bonus for users who buy the Season 3 Battle Pass:

  • Get a free 5 tier head start in Season 3 when you purchase the Season 2 Battle Pass.
  • Buy ten Battle Pass tiers for the price of six with this special bundle in the store. On sale now for a limited time!

Update 2.2.0 Patch Notes – Battle Royale:

WEAPONS

  • Removed the Scoped AR from Supply Drops.
  • Updated the scope for the Scoped AR.
    • Replaced the old arrow reticle with a more modern design. It should be easier to tell where you are aiming and where your crosshair actually is.
  • The Snowball Launcher has been replaced by the normal Grenade Launcher.
  • Slightly increased the size of the grenade (loot).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed frag and smoke grenades exploding on impact when hitting shallow water.
  • Fixed an issue where the grenade toss animation ended prematurely when tossing the last grenade in a stack.
  • The Boogie Bomb effect will now kick players out of weapon targeting.
  • Players can no longer place traps while affected by the Boogie Bomb.
  • Explosion effects now play properly on water surfaces.

GAMEPLAY

  • Friendly Fire is now disabled. This is exploratory and subject to change. We will be closely evaluating this and want your feedback!
  • Players will now immediately aim their weapon upon landing on the ground if they press and hold the aim button while in the air.
  • Pickups no longer take priority over reviving DBNO squad members.
  • Empty chests and metal street lights will no longer block players from building.
  • Corn stalks are now destroyed upon taking any damage.

Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted how ammo crates drop ammo so that they don’t overlap the ammo box itself.
  • Attempting to use a scope while playing an emote will now cancel the animation.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from picking up eliminated player’s items.
  • Fixed a few issues which caused supply drops to pass through player built structures.
  • Fixed an issue which caused a trap to deal no damage if a ramp or roof is placed in front of the trap.
  • Build mode visuals no longer persist when using a Launch Pad or when knocked into the DBNO state.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to see through the smoke grenade effect while scoped.
  • You can now move forward and backward while gliding when facing straight up and down.
  • The Cozy Campfire trap no longer heals eliminated players.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the glider to sometimes deploy sideways after using a launchpad.

WORLD

  • The map has been updated with many new points of interest, biomes, and more!
  • Players now interact with grass and foliage as they walk through it.
  • Added water effects when entering and exiting water.
  • Added a new post-process effect for when your camera goes below the water surface.
    • It will now look like you are actually underwater, and you can no longer see for an infinite distance.
  • Added Ammo Boxes to Dusty Depot.
  • Increased the amount of metal harvested from shipping containers.

Bug Fixes

  • Water no longer blocks bullets and projectiles.

ITEM SHOP

  • Starting on January 17th, 2018 players should see six daily store slots instead of four.
  • Starting on January 21st, 2018 the Weekly Item shop is changing to the Featured Item Shop.
    • Offers will update twice weekly instead of once.

UI

  • Sniper elimination feed messages now include elimination distance in meters.
  • When spectating a far away player, a “loading” message may be displayed for a short time, and the game world will appear after loading completes. You cannot switch to another spectated player until the load completes.
  • The “Reset Building Choice” option now defaults to “Off” in Battle Royale.
  • Added a new option to select which voice chat input device to use.

Bug Fixes

  • The “Select Mode” button is now greyed out and unselectable after readying up.
  • When selecting “Report Player” the “Name” field will no longer auto-fill the the player’s own name.
  • Adjusted the “Cancel/Unready” button so it looks more like the “Ready” button.
  • The “Press E to Pickup” prompt no longer persists for DBNO players.
  • Fixed an issue that made the voice chat icon appear to be active if the player disabled their voice chat while it was active.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the revive icon to remain over a player if two players revived them at the same time.
  • Players will now be able to unready if the party leader cancels matchmaking while in the “Loading Content” phase.
  • The matchmaking UI will now properly update when joining a different Battle Royale lobby while the user is set to Ready.
  • Fixed local user always showing up in the global leaderboard with 0 wins if they aren’t in the global top 50 list.

PERFORMANCE

  • Added level streaming, which loads the world on-the-fly as you move around, enabling a richer map and improved performance.
    • Improved frame rate by greatly reducing the number of objects that need to be updated.
    • Loading times have been greatly improved. It’s over twice as fast to load into the match on PS4 and Xbox One!
    • Loading content before matchmaking now completes quicker.
    • Greatly reduced hitching when garbage collecting memory every minute.
    • Greatly reduced hitching caused by updating objects when the time of day changes from day to night, and vice-versa.
  • Reduced the amount of system and GPU memory used.
  • Optimized the visual effects played when distant buildings are hit.
  • Improved overall frame rate by optimizing how player animation and footsteps are handled.
  • Cozy Campfire and Boogie Bomb items no longer cause a hitch when seen the first time in a match.
  • Encountering players with specific skins for the first time in a match no longer causes a hitch.

ART/ANIMATION

  • Greatly improved the visual quality of distant trees by using impostor billboards instead of regular meshes. This also improves overall frame rate and reduces visual popping as you approach the trees.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause remote players to look like they have stopped animating.
  • Improved the “Ride the Pony” animation so the character’s arm no longer pops.
  • Players will no longer appear as if they are still holding a weapon after being hit by a Boogie Bomb.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the character’s launch animation from playing if a Launch Pad is placed directly at a player’s feet.
  • Adjusted the color of the Shield Potion so that’s easier to see.
  • Fixed an issue that caused teammates to appear stuck in the sliding animation if they were knocked DBNO while in the air or sliding.
  • Cozy Campfire special effects are now visible on low and medium settings.

AUDIO

  • Added new audio for pickaxes that were previously using default swing sounds.
  • Added a pick-up sound effect for the damage trap.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused footstep sounds to play at an incorrect cadence or not at all while a player is not on screen.
  • Consumable item audio is now adjusted with the SFX volume slider rather than the Dialogue slider.
  • Fixed an issue which caused players to hear bullet “whiz-by” sounds from their own shots.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a falling wind sound to loop repeatedly after being eliminated.
  • Gunfire audio will no longer pan to the left & right as you move away from where you shot.
  • Reduced volume of consumable pick-up sounds.
  • Reduced volume of collection sound when harvesting wood.
  • Fixed issues with rapid left/right panning when dropping weapons, and attempting to build in an invalid location.
  • Removed the jarring stone impact sound from the AC/DC pickaxe.

GENERAL

  • Voice chat now supported in the pre-game lobby.
    Cosmetic items can now be rotated in the locker and store pages. Left click and drag or use the right thumbstick on the controller to rotate them.
  • Removed the winter theme from the pre-game lobby.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which allowed players to get credit for completing challenges that were not completed.Fixed an issue which allowed aim assist to function while using a mouse.
  • Friend requests can now be sent to players that have left the match, using the + icon next to their name.
  • Clicking “Join” on a Discord invite when the client is not open would will no longer cause you to fail when trying to join a party.

PATCH NOTES – SAVE THE WORLD:

GAMEPLAY

Bug Fixes

  • Shielders will now properly drop quest items for “Loks Book of Monsters” quest.
  • Fixed an issue with the Grenade Generation perk. The player is now rewarded with a grenade after eliminating 20 enemies rather than 21.
  • Fixed an issue where the pickaxe heavy attack was not harvesting resources.
  • Fixed an issue where the Shielder enemy would flicker after the Husk it was shielding was defeated.
  • Fixed an issue that caused quest highlights on objects to disappear when building near the object.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some parties to disband after a game.

HEROES

  • Added clarification to the tooltip of the Constructor ability, “DECOY”.
    • It now states it’s made of metal, and thus vulnerable to nature damage.

Bug Fixes

  • Impact from abilities will now properly scale with Hero Ability Damage. As a result abilities will now correctly stagger, stun, and knockback enemies at high levels.
  • Fixed an issue where proximity mines wouldn’t disappear when the player who placed them left the match or died.
  • Fixed an issue where frag grenades could still be used even when the player didn’t have enough stamina to use it.
  • Fixed an issue where the Soldier’s “Advanced Tactics” health bonus wasn’t properly scaling in the late game.
  • Fixed an issue where the Frag Grenade perk “Cluster Bomb” was triggering twice rather than just once.
  • Fixed the tool-tip for Air Strike which incorrectly stated that Air Strike drops 12 bombs, instead of 13.
  • Fixed an issue where the Outlander Fragment abilities TEDDY and Shock Tower weren’t receiving the energy damage bonus from the Energized support perk.

UI

  • The Commander XP curve has been inflated to make way for front-end crafting. This is to ensure that low-value items (e.g. ammo) are worth at least 1 Commander XP when crafted in the main menus.
    • Commander XP will appear larger than it did previously, but the amount of Commander XP you have earned toward your next level has been preserved, and the time it takes to level up remains unchanged.
    • Increased players’ current Daily Bonus XP and current Boost XP reserves to match the new Commander XP scale.
  • Squad screens will no longer show health and shield as being buffed at all times. It will instead properly show the buff/debuff arrows on health and shield stats when previewing slotting.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a localization issue in the Transform menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the game background would move while using a controller to view the mission details.
  • Fixed an issue which caused players to lose menu functionality after leaving a party.
  • Fixed a Research skill tree node that was missing a prerequisite.
    • Now the Research Tier 3 Party Resistance node requires Party Tech and Party Resistance.
  • Fixed an issue where recent player lists weren’t populating immediately after a game.

ART/ANIMATION

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected flame animation rotation on the Lobber head.

GENERAL

  • Searched chests and containers will no longer block players from building.
  • Cornstalks are no longer searchable.
  • Your game window will now properly appear on the primary monitor.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a rare crash on Xbox One.

SOURCE: Epic Games

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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All Fortnite Season 6 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and only a few Exotic weapons made it. Here are all Exotic weapon locations for the new Fortnite season.

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Fortnite Season 6 marked the return of Exotic weapons to Fortnite. Not all of the Season 6 weapons are there, however, and they’ve moved locations.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season c, with the addition of crafting, the map changes, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 6 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include the Spire Jumpboots and the Spire Assassin’s Primal Shotgun.

What’s more, Epic added craftable items to the game that allow players to create unique weapons out of existing parts. For instance, a Mechanical Bow and two Shockwave Grenades make the Shockwave Bow – a massive upgrade from both weapons.

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Fortnite Season 6 Exotic weapon locations

Exotic weapons have returned to Fortnite Season 6, but not as many as we had in Season 5. These will be supplementary items rather than the focus of the season, which appears to be on the new crafting mechanic.

Many of the NPCs who sold these items in Season 5 have also either moved locations or don’t sell them anymore, so a new guide is needed. Here’s a map of all of the Season 6 Exotic weapon locations.

Fortnite Season 6 All Exotic Weapon Locations

As you can see, there are seven Exotic weapons and items currently available in Fortnite Season 6. These are the:

  • Hop Rock Dualies: sold by Gutbomb in Logjam Woodworks
  • Chug Cannon: sold by Slurp Jonesy in Slurpy Swamp
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol: sold by Power Chord in Dance Club Cabin
  • Dub Shotgun: sold by Burnout south of Steamy Stacks
  • Grappler Bow: sold by Lara Croft in Stealthy Stronghold
  • Unstable Bow: sold by Rebirth Raven northwest of Sweaty Sands
  • Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow: dropped after eliminating Raz at The Spire

The good news is that, unlike last season, all of the NPCs that sell Exotics only spawn in one location – at least, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as Epic add more Exotics to Fortnite Season 6. We expect to see them takes things further as the season goes on, so stay tuned to more news on Exotic weapons.

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.

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Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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