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Patch Notes for v3.0.0 – Season 3 Battle Pass, Building Improvements and more

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Another week, another patch! Epic Games have released the Patch Notes for version 3.0.0 which includes the start of Season 3, huge changes to building and more. Here they are:

Season 3 Battle Pass

The Season 3 Battle Pass is now available in-game, featuring new Outfits, Back Bling, Skydiving FX and more! More Tiers. More Loot. More Info.

60 FPS on Console

Experience Fortnite like never before. PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One X now support 60 FPS mode, hand-tuned for each console to provide an extra-smooth gaming experience while maintaining visual fidelity.

  • Battle Royale now defaults to 60 FPS, but you can switch back to 30 FPS in Settings if you prefer higher quality visuals.
  • This replaces the Uncapped mode.

Build Mode Improvements

We’ve hammered down some upgrades… turbo building, automatic material change and more!

Turbo Building
“Turbo Building” allows you to hold down primary fire and continuously place the selected building piece (Toggled in the Game options). Now you can “paint” building pieces into the world quickly. This will be very useful for defensively building walls around you and sprinting up ramps while building them simultaneously.

Automatic Material Swapping
“Auto Change Materials” will switch to another material when your current supply runs dry (this can be toggled in the Game options). In addition to “Turbo Building” this makes the building process fast and simple. It also allows for quick defensive structures from flanking with less input and worry about running out of a particular material.

Build Through Stuff
Sometimes it’s frustrating when your placement is blocked unexpectedly and you aren’t sure why.   Currently, smaller objects like furniture and shrubs are destroyed when you build over them, but trees, rocks and vehicles can still get in the way.  We’ve changed the building system to allow you to place structures right through large objects, meaning you can now build pretty much anywhere at anytime!

NOTE: Player structures must still be supported by the terrain and other buildings. For example: A sky ramp that passes through a tree will still fall if the connection to the terrain or floor is destroyed.

Switching Building Pieces
Switching between building pieces can sometimes feel laggy or unpredictable, especially on controllers.  To improve this, we’ve changed the network code so cycling through building pieces no longer requires  a round trip to Epic’s servers.

Hand Cannon

  • Fires Heavy ammo.
  • Epic and Legendary rarity.
  • Found in Floor Loot, Treasure Chests and Supply Drops.

Colour Blind Options

  • This can be found in the new “Accessibility” tab in the game’s options.
  • There’s a strength indicator so that you can find a level that works best for you.
  • This feature is still in development. We’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you’re unable to find a level that makes the colors better for you.

 

General

  • Holding down the “Interact/Use” button when approaching a chest or downed ally will now automatically perform the action once in range.
    • This also works when reviving teammates.
  • Messaging now displays when party functionality has degraded due to server issues.
    • This includes being able to join parties and send invitations.
  • Easy Anti-Cheat protection added to Mac.
  • Improved the look & feel of the game window title bar, buttons and borders on Windows.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Auto-Run being cancelled when opening the map or inventory screens.
  • Inventory icons should no longer get stuck in a selected state after being dragged out of the inventory.
  • Improved CPU performance when activating overlaps, such as traps or triggers.
  • Optimized grass rendering to improve overall frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue where incorrect numbers could be shown if you enabled the “Show Net Stats” HUD option.

Weapons + Items

 

  • Pump Shotgun behavior has been addressed. Firing the Pump Shotgun and quickly switching weapons will now require you to pump the Shotgun before the next shot.
    • We will be monitoring any fallout from this and continuing to iterate on how this works throughout the next patches.
  • Grenades no longer have the ability to Crit.
  • Removed the Valentine’s Day skin from the Crossbow.
  • Adjusted Pistol drop chances in floor loot:
    • Increased Uncommon Pistol by 25%.
    • Increased Rare Pistol by 100%.
    • Decreased Epic Suppressed Pistol by 33%.
    • Decreased Legendary Suppressed Pistol by 20%.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the colorful outlines around weapon pickups not showing up.
  • Fixed the Crossbow not reloading if the fire button is pressed with an empty ammo clip.
  • Fixed the Impulse Grenade sometimes not sticking to the environment.
  • Fixed a recoil recovery issue that caused the reticle to be in a lower position than expected after switching weapons.

Performance

  • Optimized weapon and building selection to be much more responsive under non-ideal network conditions.
  • Several HUD elements have been optimized to improve performance.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed hitching that occurred when jumping out of the Battle Bus.
  • Fixed hitching that occurred when encountering certain skins for the first time in a match.

Gameplay

  • Players now remain in control of their character for 10 seconds after earning Victory Royale!
  • Players who do not have an Outfit equipped will now have the same Outfit both in-game and the lobby.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where sometimes no weapon would be equipped on first weapon pickup.
  • Fixed the crosshair reticle disappearing in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong item was dropped after switching inventory slots immediately after picking-up a new item.
  • Fixed an issue where Supply Drops were unable to be viewed from long distances.
  • Fixed issue where other player models could appear giant in certain network conditions.
  • Fixed wall traps not triggering if placed behind certain stair configurations that didn’t visually block the trap.
  • Fixed the wrong item stack sometimes being consumed when multiple instances of a stacking item are in the quickbar.
  • Fixed a rare server crash when a player would join a match.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause visual delays when acquiring pickups or opening chests.

UI

  • The fullscreen map can now be opened while spectating.
  • The fullscreen map now displays information about what the buttons do in the top right.
  • The path of the Battle Bus is now visible on the map prior to launch.
  • When picking up items, we once again display the names and quantities on the HUD, with an improved appearance.
  • Ammo count is now shown in the tooltip for weapons on the ground.
  • Added new “Streamer Mode” setting to the Game Options menu, which anonymizes all names that aren’t squad members.
  • When spectating players, the number of players they’ve eliminated now appears under their name.
  • Text notifications no longer appear when a spectator leaves.
  • The “You placed X” message now appears for only 10 seconds instead of 20 while spectating.
  • Added a Help button to the Battle Pass tab with a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where, after being eliminated, the banner rank of the opponent wouldn’t match their rank but would instead match your own.
  • Fixed unclear description of the Emote key binding in the Input Settings menu.
  • Fixed an issue where messages and popups were affected by the HUD Scale option.
  • Fixed an issue with escape behavior where it was cancelling game actions rather than bringing up the menu.
    • Downed players that were still in build mode could not open the menu.
  • Fixed an issue where spectators would see the character model obstructing their view, if the spectated player was scoping a Sniper with their back to a wall.
  • Fixed an issue where text notifications would show for spectators joining despite “Show Spectator Count” being disabled.
  • Fixed not having enough visual padding between the current ammo in the magazine, and the amount left in reserve.

Social

  • Emoting is now available in the pre-game lobby.
    • You can do this by clicking on your avatar > “Emote”.
  • Banner, Boost Level, and Battle Pass Tier of party members are now shown in the lobby.
  • The top menu in the lobby now shows expanded information on party members (similar to the in-match menu).
  • Party Finder has been restyled with streamlined invite/join visuals.
    • The actions you can take for each friend or invite request are now shown in-line.
  • Ray no longer enthusiastically announces all friend invites.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed several cases of players failing to receive Party Invite notifications.

Art/Animation

  • Removed Depth of Field blur to greatly increase image sharpness for all players.

Bug Fixes

  • Lighting during all times of day/night now match the brightness across all Quality options.
  • Lighting contrast + intensity have been adjusted to improve contrast in certain times of day that were flat and to reduce shadows in times of day that were too dark.
  • Fixed an issue which caused downed players to become invisible if revived underwater.

Audio

  • Unique Audio coming to several Pickaxes + Gliders within the Battle Pass in V.3.1.0.
  • Created new Semi-Auto Sniper world impact sounds, so it doesn’t sound as overwhelming when shot at.

Bug Fixes

  • Implemented a fix that should resolve the stuttering and lagged audio issues that were introduced in the last update.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the pickaxe equip sound to play when other players jumped from the bus.

Known Issues

  • In rare cases, the game may crash in the frontend menus when ShadowPlay Highlights is enabled. To prevent this, please update to the latest version of GeForce Experience.
  • After opening a Supply Drop that has been shot down, the loot will sometimes spawn in the sky and slowly fall to the ground.
  • In rare cases, players may be unable to edit a player built structure.
    • The current workaround is to press the edit button on an adjacent structure.

 

 

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?”

A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Fortnite predator

Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

Fortnite Predator skin
Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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