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Unofficial Fortnite v12.40 update patch notes

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The latest update in Fortnite Season 2, v12.40, is finally live as downtime has ended, with some much needed but fixes included.

Despite a number of leaks about new weapons found in the game files, there hasn’t been any major additions to the battle royale mode with this update.

However, some important fixes were implemented, plus some map changes, and couple new interesting features.

Compass changes

One of the most noticeable changes when you drop in after the update is the new and improved compass.

The compass has always been there of course, but it now shows the direction of enemy fire on it, a feature common in other battle royale games. A red dot will now appear on the compass to indicate where enemy fire is.

Map Changes

The Prison location, via HappyPower

There’s two significant map changes in this update, the first at The Agency and the other at the Shark POI.

The Shark has been totally converted into a large prison, complete with a basketball court, cells, and the Ghost Faction’s logo, meaning it could be part of the storyline.

Additionally, at The Agency, the five underwater hatches or bunkers are now lit up inside. There’s also a new island near the prison, and people are already speculating who could be held here.

Fortnite update v12.40 patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed controllers not vibrating when taking damage
  • Fixed Midas’ golden touch not changing items gold
  • Grenade reenabled
  • Proximity Mines temporarily disabled
  • Fixed being unable to interact with Ollie, preventing completion of Skye’s Adventure Challenge.
  • Fixed “Pull a player or Henchman with a Harpoon Gun” Challenge.
  • Fixed Visualized Audio pulsing icons instead of being solid.

In-game changes

  • Midas’s room has been updated
  • Shark POI changed to a prison
  • New Compass feature: Direction of enemy fire now shows on compass
  • New Tech in Spy Games:”Copycat your opponents, push through pain with Strong Resolve, or stock up mid-combat with Resupply. Unlock these new Tech upgrades and more by playing Spy Games today!”

Rumors

Speculating on the rumored Flare Gun in Fortnite Season 3

How do you think the rumored Flare Gun will work in Fortnite Season 3?

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Fortnite Season 3 has been delayed by an extra week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate about what it will bring. We’ve seen leaks and rumors that revolve around a flooded map, seemingly confirmed by the early release of the Season 3 icon on the PlayStation store.

One of the Season 3 leaks includes mention of a Flare Gun, which has a portion of the community guessing as to how it will work. Here’s one speculation from Reddit user u/DaBobbyKing.

Via: u/DaBobbyKing

We think these numbers seem reasonable, but that this isn’t the only application of the Flare Gun. We think that it will be similar to the Harpoon Gun in more ways than one.

In our opinion, the Flare Gun will be used for a new mechanic in Fortnite Season 3. It could even have a single use and trigger a Supply Drop, similar to Loadout Drops in WarZone.

This is only working within the confines of the mechanics from Seasons 1 and 2. It could be related to something entirely new – the same way that fishing was added to Chapter 2 Season 1.

Either way, we’re looking at the rumored Flare Gun through the same lense as the Harpoon Gun. We predict that it will be a support item first and a weapon second. Sure, you can deal some damage with it, but more players will use it for its primary feature.

What will that feature be? Until June 17, your guess is as good as ours. Let us know in the Twitter replies and comments.

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Fortnite players claim Epic missed an opportunity with Season 3 delay

Some Fortnite fans are claiming that the Season 3 delay was a “missed opportunity” to raise money for charity.

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On June 3, we learned that Epic Games were postponing Fortnite Season 3 due to the current climate and protests against police brutality in the United States. The season was set to release on June 11 but has been pushed another week until June 17.

This is the third time that Season 2 has been extended, nearing Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. Despite the delay being predicted and understandable, Fortnite players were disappointed to hear the news.

Following the delay, many Fortnite players took to social media to express their frustrations. Some even called this a “missed opportunity” for Epic Games to incite some genuine change with their massive platform.

Several posts hit the r/FortniteBR subreddit that suggested that Epic should have released the season as planned and donated a portion of their Battle Pass proceeds to related charities.

Two posts, specifically, called out Epic Games for this missed opportunity, including one from @KudosOnYT and another from u/ViangelPlaysGamesYT. Both posts have since been removed by moderators of the subreddit.

The post by ViangelPlaysGamesYT suggested that Epic add something to the Item Shop to generate money for charity instead of delaying the season and “really changing nothing.”

Electronic Arts, with all of the hate they get in the gaming community for their microtransactions, announced that they’d be donating $1 million to charity and “double match any funds that you donate to these and any other local organizations through our YourCause program during the month of June.” They announced several related initiatives in their blog post as well.

Credit: Epic Games

We’ll have to see if Epic take any of these suggestions to heart. As of now, a chunk of the community tends to view the Season 3 delay under a selfish light – that Epic didn’t want the new Fortnite season overshadowed by real-world events.

Hopefully, that’s not the case and we see some sort of related charitable efforts from Epic and other studios and publishers in the wake of recent events. The opportunity is not completely missed, yet.

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How to make an explosive drone in Fortnite

This Fortnite exploit allows you to make Proximity Mines hover in the air.

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Fortnite exploits run the gamut of being incredibly overpowered to meme-worthy. There will always be exploits in a complex game like Fortnite, and this one falls into the latter category.

We first saw this exploit on display from trickshotter FaZe Mew. He used the floating Proximity Mine/C4 exploit to hit another in a long line of insane shots. It’s too bad that it only resulted in a hitmarker.

Reddit user u/Slushyguy posted a brief tutorial on how to make these items fly. All you have to do is throw them at a wall, edit the wall, then destroy the wall. From there, the explosives will fly on their own.

It appears as though you can change the direction of these explosives with additional building pieces. At least, you can make them go higher into the air with ramps.

This is an interesting exploit, but will probably get more attention in the trickshotting community. We’d love to see someone get a kill with this roaming mine, though. At least, it’s something that will keep you busy while we wait another two weeks for Chapter 2 Season 3.

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