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Top 5 things we want to see in the Fortnite v8.30 update

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Patch v8.20 was extremely controversial due to the siphoning removal from public matches as well as decisions made by Epic Games regarding competitive Fortnite. Here’s what we want to see change in v8.30.

Updates come at a rapid pace for Fortnite, but Epic Games has not dealt with the type of warranted negativity it is currently facing.

Epic Games has made puzzling decisions regarding the balance of the general gameplay, siphoning, and competitive supports that has left the community riled up. It’s with good reason.

Let’s take a look at what we want to change in patch v8.30. This is not a definitive list, rather just a few of the most poignant issues for Fortnite.

Siphoning Change Revert

Siphoning rewards skillful and aggressive gameplay – via Epic Games

Yeah, we had to start with this. The siphoning removal from public gamemodes has caused so much outrage from the community that Epic would be truly lost if they don’t revert.

This revert isn’t just wanted by some small portion of the community. EVERYONE wants the siphoning to return to the game. We’re talking good players, bad players, casual players, competitive players, YouTubers, streamers, the cashier from the Kroger down the street, etc.

The only real question with the siphoning revert is why Epic decided to take it away in the first place?

The community has been asking for a better distinction between competitive and casual Fortnite, but making the core worse is not the answer. Rather Epic should focus on removing/adjusting items specifically for competitive modes.

Competitive Specific Gameplay Adjustments

Fortnite World Cup
The Fortnite World Cup begins on April 13th around the world

The discussion around casual/competitive Fortnite has been steered into dead end, in part by Epic Games.

We believe that there is no reason for casual and competitive Fortnite to conflict with each other. Casual should not be affected by competitive changes and vice-versa, it’s only fair.

Beginning with v8.30, Epic Games should begin to make adjustments asked for by the competitive community. These changes should only competitive mode like Arena, Cups, and Scrims.

This way casual Fortnite can remain the way it currently is without being a detriment to the competitiveness of Fortnite as an eSport. If Epic doesn’t start doing this or something similar, pro players will eventually begin leaving the game behind as it cannot be current practiced properly.

Urgent Fixes for any Reboot Van bugs

Reboot Vans arrive in v8.30 – via Epic Games

Every feature in a massive game like Fortnite is bound to run into a bug or two after its launch. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that as long the support for fixing them is snappy.

The first Fortnite World Cup starts on April 13th, the Saturday of the v8.30 patch week.

The Reboot Vans will completely shake up the meta right before the event (an issue in itself) so it is imperative that Epic fix all known bugs for the Reboot Vans before Saturday. We know it is a tough ask, but the timing was brought on Epic by themselves.

A new Item Shop cosmetic type/category

Back-Blings were among the first additions of additional cosmetic types

It’s been awhile since Epic added an all new type of customization type to Fortnite.

Wraps and Back-Blings both have become extremely popular and increasingly more complex. We have no doubt that players would love to purchase more gear to customize their skins even further.

The main categories for gear which could be added into Fortnite in v8.30 are from among the leaks. Data-miners found that new Hats, audible taunts, and Battle Bus skins could be heading to Fortnite at some point in the future.

Our vote is for audible taunts. The simple act of sending out a little quip to nearby enemies can be such a sweet, simple joy. It would be nice way to get around the toxicity of proximity chat while having all the benefits.

Rewards for Arena Mode Progression

Arena Mode is Fortnite’s take on ranked gameplay – via Epic Games

Arena Mode has had a bumpy start in terms of the high-tier playerbase, but has quickly risen to be a popular game mode. This is due to it having a goal to reach for at all times. It always feels good to make it to Contender League or bag a few points for that Top 5.

With that said, Arena Mode doesn’t actually offer anything as reward to players save the Cup entries. Cup entries are a decent reward for high-end players, but low-tier and mid-tier players will likely never win Cups.

So, we hope Epic has sat down and talked this through as a team. The conclusion being that players should be rewarded with visible gear for their acomplishments in Arena.

Several community concepts have suggested these addition before. The rewards would show off the color and symbol of your current Arena Mode ranks. The items could include gears like Wraps, Back-Blings, Gliders, and Loading Screens.

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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.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

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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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.

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  • 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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Fortnite cloaking device

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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