This is a new series we are starting every Friday where we break down the biggest things that happened in Fortnite over the past week.
Each Friday, we will recap the biggest news of the past week and what the Fortnite community was talking about at the time.
We start with the biggest news that comes out in any individual week. The Patch Notes. This week we actually got two different patches, but we will start with v8.30.
Despite plenty of calls of “Revert,” another patch came and went without a change to the controversial update which removed siphon-on-kill and increased material farming speed.
Instead, we got Reboot Vans. A popular mechanic from other Battle Royales like Realm Royale and Apex Legends, Reboot Vans allow players to respawn teammates who have died. They are a solid addition to Fortnite and make the average game a bit better.
Being able to respawn makes duo and squad games more interesting as players are always engaged in the match, even if they have been eliminated.
The other major note that made waves in these patch notes was Epic no longer allowing Stretched Resolution in competitive modes.
Stretched Res was becoming more popular among competitive players and was taken away just a week before the start of Fortnite World Cup. For more information on Stretched Res and why players are using it, check out this article.
There were plenty of bug fixes and also new prefabs added to Creative mode so check out the full patch notes here.
Challenges for Week 7 of Season 8
This week featured plenty of interesting challenges and the unique ones mostly centered around Pirate Camps placed around the map.
As always, the most comprehensive infographic to help you tackle these challenges comes from SquatingDog who uses a clean layout to show you what you need to do to complete all your challenges.
Patch Notes #2 – The Re-Patchening
Patches in Fortnite used to be a once-a-week occurrence with occasional hotfixes being made during the week. This week we got four separate patches or hotfixes.
Fortnite Team Rumble was given a hotfix to improve the gameplay in end games on the same day as the main patch.
Another bug fix and stability update came out this morning which addressed some new bugs that came out of the main patch on Wednesday.
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But the biggest change other than the main patch notes was a nerf to The Baller. Since it entered into the game, The Baller has caused problems in competitive matches.
Many players spend the game rolling around in a ball, trying to get top tens. That doesn’t make for a good viewing experience for Fortnite esports and Epic hopes that taking the health from 300 to 200 will make it less of a problem as the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers are set to begin.
State of the Community
In this section, we will try to capture the mood of the community during the week. This will be based on top posts on various social media platforms and key comments from notable community members.
It’s safe to say, this week hasn’t been great. The second most popular post on FortniteBR over the past week was a quick meme video that did well to summarize the issues currently facing Fortnite.
That post tackles the key issues which are: Players wanting shield on kill, console graphics issues, phasing through builds and The Baller.
Another post took a different approach to show the bugs and how the most famous streamers in the community are reacting to them.
As much as people like to bash streamers for complaining, their opinions do reflect a solid amount of the Fortnite player base.
Even notoriously positive streamers like SypherPK have started posting public complaints for the first time in recent days.
I just want to say that if @FortniteGame keeps the Hamster Balls in the World Cup Qualifiers or Finals then the tournament will be an absolute joke. If you don’t understand why the hamster balls are noncompetitive and make for a terrible viewing and playing experience then idk…— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) April 12, 2019
This isn’t usual content for SypherPK and is further indication that Fortnite has a real problem on its hands.
Top News of the Week
We cover a lot of different topics every week at this site, and some posts are always popular.
People love the daily item shop, Patch Notes and challenge guides.
But those categories only make up a small percentage of the work we do week-to-week. Here are the most popular posts on the site that don’t fit in those major categories:
- PlayStation led the way as they finally allowed people to change their PSN IDs.
- A leak revealing that a Thanos LTM is coming back to Fortnite excited a lot of people because the hype for Avengers: Endgame is growing.
- We also covered some times that leakers found files that never appeared in the game in the article: “Top 5 Fortnite Leaks That Never Happened.”
- Finally, we had Ninja’s animated rant comparing Fortnite to H1Z1. As one of the first Battle Royale’s, H1Z1 provides a cautionary tale to Epic Games about what can happen to a game that loses the support of the community.
That’s all for this round-up of this week in Fortnite. Let us know if you enjoyed this recap, and what sections you want to see added in future weeks.
Fortnite v15.40 leaked skins and cosmetics revealed
Epic Games have revealed the new Fortnite v15.40 update and leakers have already found a bunch of new skins.
Epic Games has dropped patch v15.40 in Fortnite and with it comes a boat load of leaked skins as well as cosmetics.
The latest update brought back one of the game’s older weapons, which had been vaulted for some time, and that’s the Flint Knock pistol.
As the pirate theme died long ago in Chapter 2, the weapon hasn’t been around for much of Chapter 2 – but now it’s back in the loot pool.
As usual, following an update, leakers have been hard at work looking around for any potential teasers for upcoming content. To that point, leaked skins and cosmetics have emerged.
Fortnite v15.40 leaked skins
Before we dive into the individual skins and how they’re going to look in Fortnite, it’s worth noting VastBlast discovered four new bundles are included.
These can be seen below – coming with individual pickaxes, back blings, and more.
On top of that, ShiinaBR revealed how some of the new skins shape up in-game.
Last but not least is the SypherPK Locker Bundle, found by iFireMonkey.
Fortnite v15.40 leaked cosmetics
Here’s the list of new cosmetics leaked, courtesy of HYPEX – one of the game’s most accurate leakers.
As you can see, a number of weapon wraps and other cosmetics are in the works.
Now, it’s only a matter of time before they’re added to the battle royale experience. Which one do you have eyes for? Let us know by tweeting us @FortniteINTEL on Twitter.
Fortnite v15.40 early patch notes: Flint Knock returns, LTMs & more
The “most amazing” Fortnite patch ever has been revealed, and here’s everything that’s included.
Epic Games has confirmed a few key details on Fortnite’s v15.40 update. From all the new content to an exact release time, here’s everything there is to know.
Another week brings us another Fortnite update. Fresh content is always right around the corner in Epic’s battle royale and this latest batch has fans eager to jump back in.
Not only are popular limited time modes back in full force, but a fan favorite weapon is also being unvaulted. Moreover, the game should be smoother than ever thanks to the latest wave of bug fixes.
The February 16 update is finally here but before we get there, here’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 15.40 patch.
Fortnite v15.40 patch downtime
No different from previous weeks, Epic Games has confirmed the exact timing for the next update. Fortnite’s v15.40 patch will be deployed on Tuesday, February 16. Downtime is scheduled to begin at roughly 4AM ET | 10 AM BST | 9 AM UTC.
While the new update brings new content, it will also remove various “unreleased assets are props,” Epic added. This means downtime could be a little longer than usual as the developers overhaul bigger chunks of the game.
However, as a result of these changes, the overall file size of Fortnite should be reduced moving forward.
Fortnite v15.40 patch notes
Epic had teased the return of a popular item. “Blast back with an unvaulted favorite,” they shared in a February 15 tweet.
‘Blast’ points towards something explosive on the way. From the Quad Launcher to Dynamite, there are plenty of explosive options that have been vaulted away for a number of months.
On February 16, once the dust settled on the update, it was revealed that the Flint Knock Pistol was the one returning to battle.
Fortnite leakers have reported that two Hunter portals have been added to the game, potentially lining up two new crossovers for Season 5.
We’ve already seen The Mandalorian, God of War, Halo and others appear during the course of the current season – and ShiinaBR has revealed two more encrypted skins are on the way, too.
Limited Time Modes: Air Royale & Floor is Lava
With Fortnite’s 15.40 update, two LTMs are making a return. Both Air Royale and Floor is Lava will be back for everyone to enjoy.
The first was an extremely popular mode upon release in April 2019. Air Royale loads all players into X4 Stormwing’s until there’s just one survivor left.
Meanwhile, Floor is Lava is the polar opposite. Rather than soaring through the skies, players begin on the ground and have to climb their way up to avoid deadly lava.
Fortnite v15.40 bug fixes
Outside of the new content, Fortnite’s latest patch comes with a number of bug fixes as well. The 15.40 update is expected to fix issues across not only the battle royale, but Save The World and Creative modes too.
Below is a full list of every fix that is expected to go live with the latest Fortnite patch.
- Total Bars appearing as “0” in a match.
- Purple XP Coins disappearing when driven through (without granting XP).
- Matchmaking doesn’t start if unreadied player leaves early.
- Phone Booths do not respect island settings when players change Outfits.
Save the World
- Mythic Lead Survivor portraits appear only as silhouettes.
- Locating a Durrr Burger not counting towards the “Locating: Burger Break!” Ventures quest.
That’s everything there is to know about Fortnite’s 15.40 update for the time being. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as further information becomes available.
Image Credit: Epic Games
Fortnite v15.30 update patch notes: New weapons, Mando’s Bounty LTM & more
Fortnite v15.30 update is live, bringing new weapons and a Mando’s Bounty LTM. So, here are some patch notes for the update.
Epic Games have rolled out their v15.30 update for Fortnite, adding three new exotic weapons to the battle royale as well as a new LTM, and a whole host of new cosmetics.
One thing that has always set Fortnite apart from it’s battle royale rivals are the regular updates that Epic Games roll out. They’ve slowed a bit since the move to Fortnite Chapter 2, but the updates are still welcomed.
On February 2nd, the devs rolled out another decently sized update, adding further to the Hunter’s theme has encapsulated Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.
That includes three new weapons, a Mando’s Bounty LTM, as well as a decent number of bug fixes too. So, without any further ado, let’s get into the changes.
New weapons: Burst Quad Launcher, Frozen & Chug Cannon
Keeping with the growing number of exotic weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3, Epic Games have added three new weapons – the Burst Quad Launcher, Frozen SMG & Chug Cannon.
Starting with the latter there, as the name suggests, the Chug Cannon works like the Bandage Bazooka where teammates can be healed by the weapon.
The Frozen and Burst Quad Launcher are heavy hitters though. The pair of them will deal some nice damage, 35 and 42 respectively, while the Frozen has an alright reload time of just a shade over two seconds.
Mando’s Bounty LTM
The Mandalorian has also recieved some love in this update. Sadly, the previously rumored cosmetics have not been released, but he has got his own limited-time mode.
“The best hunter in the galaxy wants to prove himself—against you. Challenge other players to see who can score credits the fastest,” the description reads. Take out bounty targets for extra credits and eliminate specially-marked hunters for high-tier loot.
“When the Mandalorian enters the match, he will hunt down the player with the most credits. You can get to the top but can you stay there?”
Fortnite v15.30 bug fixes
Finally, the bug fixes. These can be found on Epic’s Trello board before the update goes live, so we can always get a sense of whats being fixed.
This update has a decent amount of changes for each mode for battle royale, Save the World, and Creative – including the return OG Bear vehicles.
Here is the full list of bug fixes coming in v15.30:
- Difficulty editing Banner with a controller.
- Long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation/Xbox.
- The Child Back Bling blocking vision when players aim down sights.
- Jumpshot Outfit missing its facial hair.
- Sound effect audio delay.
- Matchmaking doesn’t start if an unreadied player leaves early.
- Receiving damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
- OG Bear vehicle temporarily booted.
- Zero Point healing effect temporarily disabled.
- Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
- Prop holograms become invisible in certain situations for Xbox Creators.
- “Devices” and “Prefabs” tabs swapped when viewing the Creative Inventory.
Save the World
- Locating a Durrr Burger not counting towards the “Locating: Burger Break!” Ventures quest.
- Eliminating Takers not counting towards the “Eliminate: They Came from the Mist” Ventures quest.
Mobile Top Issues
- Motion Axis setting stuck on “Roll” on Nintendo Switch.
- RT/LT Triggers on Xbox Elite controller on Android.
Image credits: Epic Games
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