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This week in Fortnite – Respawn Vans, Hamster Balls and more

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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.

Patch Notes

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.

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.

The Baller was changed in a separate update

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.

Ladies and Gentleman… Priorities! from r/FortNiteBR

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.

State of the Game v8.3 Community Edition from r/FortNiteBR

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.

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:

  • 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.

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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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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite Battle Labs Mode Art

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

Fortnite Mode Select Screen

However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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