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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 Season 7 brings next-gen visuals to PC

At the start of Season 7, PC players will be able to enjoy Fortnite’s next-gen visuals without buying an Xbox Series X or PS5.

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When Fortnite launches on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, its graphics surpassed that of PC. Now, PC players can enjoy Fortnite’s next-gen visuals at the start of Season 7.

Fortnite’s next-gen visuals aren’t incredibly breathtaking, but they do add a bit of flair to the game. The storm’s visual effects are different, and there are some pretty cool clouds. However, they’re not anything that would make someone want to spend hundreds of dollars for a new console. The fancy smoke clouds and liquids are impressive, but they don’t add much to the overall gameplay.

Now, players won’t have to buy a new console to enjoy these visual effects. Fortnite’s next-gen visuals were exclusive to consoles, but they’ll soon be coming to PC. Epic Games announced that when Chapter 2 Season 7 launches next week, so will a patch that upgrades PC visuals.

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Fortnite on PC gets a next-gen visual upgrade

This upgrade will ramp up the visuals for those who play with “Epic” Quality Presets. According to a press release from Epic Games, “You’ll notice that both Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid.” This upgrade also features improved post-processing features that help with bloom, lens flares, and shadow qualities.

While players won’t have to purchase a next-gen console, they will still need a beefy computer to use these settings. Low and Medium setting specification requirements won’t change after v17.00, but High settings will be the equivalent of the pre Season 7 Epic settings. Below are the new required Epic Quality Presets Specifications:

  • Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
  • 4 GB VRAM or higher
  • Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
  • 16 GB RAM or higher
  • NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 64-bit

These are not the recommended specifications for playing the game optimally, but they are the required specs to run Fortnite with Epic visuals. If a player wants to enjoy the new cloud effects and liquid simulations, they might end up having to pay a good chunk of change to upgrade their PC.

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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.

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
  • Marksman Six Shooter: sold by Deadfire northwest of Lazy Lake
  • 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.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.GG

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