Fortnite Patch Brings Holiday Cheer


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If you’ve been playing Fortnite religiously, you’ve no doubt noticed a new patch has arrived. This week’s patch includes a bounty of changes as well as the start of a new event, the 14 Days of Fortnite. In this event, you’ll get special modes and treats in both Battle Royale and Save the World. Battle Royale’s 14 Days gives you access to both new and old small team and large team modes. Loved an old large team mode? Chances are it’s back. The large team modes rotate every two days while the small team modes rotate every day. Save the World’s 14 Days gives you a new daily quest every day that you can complete to unlock goodies. The 14 Days of Fortnite event began yesterday, December 19th, and should run all the way until the end of the year.

As for that bounty of changes? Brace yourself, because it’s a long one. Inside you’ll find . Without further ado:

Battle Royale
Weapons + Items
Heavy Assault Rifle Changes:

  • Reduced the effectiveness of the Heavy Assault Rifle while not aiming down sights; aiming down sight gameplay remains roughly the same
  • Increased ADS accuracy bonus by 10%
  • Increased accuracy while standing still by 10%
  • Reduced vertical recoil by 6%
  • Base accuracy reduced by 30%
  • Reduced accuracy while jumping and falling by 60%

Improved Balloon controls

  • While in the air, Balloons can be released by pressing the ‘Crouch’ keybind(formerly the ‘Jump’ keybind).
  • Players can again use Alt-Fire to release a Balloon when the Balloon item is selected.

For modes it’s available in, the height at which glider redeploy is available has been decreased from 1000 units to 576 units.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where players were able to pick up live Dynamite through structures.

Gameplay

  • Ground vehicles now slide on icy surfaces.
  • Eliminations from “no-scoping” enemies with Sniper Rifles now shows up in the elimination feed.
  • Sticking a landing on all 4 wheels with a vehicle will no longer damage the player inside.
  • It’s now easier to pick up items dropped near a Mounted Turret.
  • Stormwings now take 50% more damage from hitting objects.
  • Boosting now reduces the damage taken from impacts by 50%, previously boosting prevented all impact damage.
  • Damage done to players that are in a Stormwing when it’s shot down has been increased from 25 to 50
  • Damage is dealt directly to health.
  • Stormwings will now take more damage from destroying structures by running through them.

Bug Fixes

  • Holding a movement key while confirming an edit will no longer force the player to continue moving in the direction of the key they were holding.
  • Mounted Turrets will no longer be briefly teleported under the map and then returned to their original location.
  • Fixed regressions with the “Auto Pick Up Weapons” option

Various Zipline fixes

  • Zipline animations no longer briefly play every time a player jumps after building underneath a Zipline.
  • Players should retain proper momentum when latching onto a Zipline. This will fix the issue where it appears a player is “jittery/rubberbanding” or receives a perceived speed boost immediately after latching onto the Zipline.
  • Players will no longer lose the ability to sprint if they emote while on a Zipline.
  • Fixed an issue that caused players to become detached from the Zipline right after seeing the animation above their head.
  • The Zipline pulley will no longer remain in the world after eliminating a player while they were riding on it.
  • Fixed an issue where players would get flung across the map.
  • Added sounds and effects when a ziplining player smashes through structures.
  • Improved attach collision around Ziplines.

Events

  • Added additional dates for Explorer Pop-Up Cups and Friday Night Fortnite
  • Explorer Pop-Up Cups
  • Resource caps adjusted from 700/500/300 to 500/500/500 for wood/stone/metal.
  • Resource gains on eliminations adjusted from 100/50/50 to 50/50/50 for wood/stone/metal.
  • Fixed an issue where Traps were not granting elimination rewards in Explorer Pop-Up Cup

Playground

  • Fixed an issue that would prevent time trial Challenges from recording player completion times.
  • Players should no longer see an occasional “Please Wait” message that blocks them from starting Challenge games in Playgrounds.

Performance

  • GPU performance improvements when view distances are far. This should improve resolution on consoles and in some cases, frame rate.
  • Minor improvements were made to performance for emote music playback.
  • Addressed movement corrections sometimes are seen when players jump
  • Improved the performance of some gliders

Audio

  • Improved winter biome ambient audio.
  • Reduced the volume of Quad Crasher boost sounds.

UI

  • Players can now preview loading screen cosmetics in the front end by pushing the key bound to the “preview” action “Full Screen”
  • Added a vehicle health bar above the player shield bar.
  • Fixed an issue where a short snippet of the currently equipped Music item could be heard when previewing a different Music item
  • Fixed an occasional crash when viewing event tiles on the consoles.

Art + Animation

  • Zenith has his own idle animation in the lobby.
  • Lynx has her own idle animation in the lobby.
  • Phone It In now plays for 15 seconds in the lobby
  • Dab for days with the new emoting power of the Infinite Dab in the lobby!
  • Lasts 10 hours.

Creative
What’s New?

  • Winter Themed Islands - A cold front brings in 4 new Winter themed Islands you can select from the player Rift on the starter island.
  • Winter Village Prefabs - Add seasonal touches to your Islands with 6 new Winter Village Prefabs.

Islands

  • Added 4 new Winter Islands, selectable from the player Rift on the starter island
  • Players now have 2 total “The Block” Islands instead of 1.
  • Fixed multiple issues with Island Rift Portals not behaving as expected.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Featured Island Rift Portals not functioning when more than 8 players joined a server.
  • Fixed player animation issues occurring after the “Reset Island” feature is used.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to build above the height limit, causing them to become stuck.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a visiting player to lose the ability to select a Rift location if they leave and return to a host’s server.
  • Fixed issues with editing structures and placing Traps on other player’s Islands.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Switch players to be removed from a server when one or more players max out their available Island memory

Gameplay

  • Added new “Glider Redeploy” Island setting. Controls whether players can glide after falling. Default: On
  • Explosives are no longer able to destroy structures when the “Building Damage in Game” setting is turned off.
  • Fixed players not sprinting after being in Fly Mode when both the “Auto Sprint” and “Toggle Sprint” settings were enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent a player’s health and shields from resetting when starting a game in Creative Mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause “Building Damage in Game” and “Block Building in Game” knobs to not function correctly.
  • Fixed issue that could sometimes cause repaired structures to revert back to their previously damaged state when a player leaves and comes back to their island.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when selecting “My Island” from the in-game menus immediately after being eliminated.
  • Fixed players being spawned over the water when entering an Island in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be unable to jump after falling through the world.

Prefabs

  • Added 6 Winter Village prefabs.
  • Added Holiday prop packs.
  • Added new cube colors to the Cube Gallery prefab.
  • Added logs and stumps to the Nature Gallery.
  • Added Winter Nature Gallery.
  • Added additional ramps and floors to the Obstacle Gallery.
  • The “Peg Hop” prefab no longer spawns with a blocked staircase that requires players to destroy/build around it.

Devices
New Devices added:

  • Gunner - Stands and shoots at any player within a 2 tile radius.
  • Choose between Pistol, Shotgun, Assault Rifle, or Rocket Launcher.

Added new options to Player Spawners:

  • Added an option to hide the Player Spawner during Game.
  • Added an option to prioritize which Player Spawn to use when there are multiple to choose from.
  • Modified Island Start option to allow spawning for both Island and Game.

New Item Spawner settings:

  • Added an option to hide the Item Spawner during Game.
  • Added an option to customize the rate that items are spawned.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed players being unable to access Item Spawner options.
  • Fixed a visual issue that occurred if a player picked up a new trap while another was equipped.
  • This issue would cause the UI to update with the new trap but would place the original trap instead.
  • Fixed a visual issue causing the Ice Block to appear in-game as the Cozy Campfire model when looted from a chest.

Weapons + Items

  • Fixed an issue where the Grappler was not respecting the Infinite Ammo Island Setting.
  • Fixed an issue with player created chests would spawn on top of a structure above the player rather than in front of the player.
  • Fixed issues with players not being able to loot chests on another player’s island while in Game.
  • Fixed chests and Llamas being openable even if you didn’t have edit permission on another player’s island.

Social
Performance

  • Initial loading improvements.
  • Optimized performance when players throw Playset Grenades.
  • Optimized networking memory usage.

Save the World
What’s New?

  • Frostnite - Stay warm in the long winter nights. Keep the Burner filled with BluGlo in this new experience for Save the World!
  • Down Tier Crafting - Craft all your favorite end-game weapons/Traps as lower tier versions of themselves.

Missions + Systems
Frostnite is a new experience in 7.10, testing player’s survival in a long winter night.

  • Frostnite introduces a new objective. Keep the Burner filled with scavenged BluGlo. When it runs out, so does the heat. That means a whole bunch of frozen Heroes.
  • As the burner health decreases the Storm Shield shrinks, so keep that thing filled!
  • Survive as long as you can without your gear or resources, using your survival skills, schematics, and basic starting weapons.
  • Get double the resources from searching and harvesting objects.
  • Watch for Airdrops between waves for some much-needed supplies.
  • You don’t keep any weapons or traps when the experience concludes, so use those Legendary weapons and traps as if your life depends on it!
  • Keep an eye out for the Krampus Smashers who dwell in these cold regions. They’re dangerous but drop some much needed BluGlo.
  • When a player is knocked out they enter spectator mode until the remaining players complete the wave.
  • The longer you survive the more Snowflake Tickets you will earn! Tickets can be spent on the new Winter Llama.
  • Added several event quests that can be completed by playing Frostnite.
  • Be on the lookout for weekly challenges in the coming weeks!

Down Tier Crafting is now available!

  • Schematics that have been evolved to higher tiers can now also craft all the lower-tier versions of the weapon/trap.
  • The lower-tier versions of the schematic are lower level, but also cost lower-tier ingredients to craft.
  • Use up old crafting ingredients and save the rare stuff for when it counts! In particular, transitioning into a new location should go much more smoothly.

The 14 Days of Fortnite are upon us!

  • Starting Dec 19 at Midnight GMT, the first Holiday-themed quest will appear in the Quest Journal.
  • Every day we will add a new Holiday-themed quest to the player’s quest log.
  • Complete the quests to earn valuable rewards!
  • Quests will remain active until the 7.20 release.

Added a new stat called Armor which replaces Damage Resistance.

  • Any Hero or Weapon Perks that granted Damage Resistance have been updated to grant Armor.
  • Individual Perks have become stronger as a result, but the benefits of stacking have been reduced.
  • In the near future, all Heroes and Weapon Schematics affected by this change will be eligible for an evolution refund. You may choose to return the affected item to level 1 and reset all attached perks to their starting rarity, recovering all invested resources in the process.

Bug Fixes

  • The Storm King is now considered a Group Mission, which allows players to summon 1 Defender each (for a total of 8 characters) while fighting the boss.
  • Fixed the empty message box that sometimes showed when joining the storm king mission
  • Tracks in Deliver the bomb mission will now correctly link to the Depot and Launcher.
  • Fixed an issue where during the Storm King fight, incorrect objectives could be displayed.
  • Deliver the Bomb will now always have valid paths in Ghost Town sub biome.
  • Deliver the bomb now allows you to reverse direction on first created bomb.
  • Missions that are temporarily unlocked during a campaign quest are no longer eligible for Mission Alerts. This prevents the creation of “hidden” Mission Alerts that can not be seen by the majority of players.
  • Some missions were unlocked by completing quests that are no longer Main Quests. These missions are now unlocked by completing the appropriate quests in the story campaign instead.
  • Medkit search area can no longer be destroyed.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to build inside of BluGlo pylons
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to place a B.A.S.E inside of BluGlo pylons
  • Mimic chests can no longer be destroyed before the mimic wakes.
  • Fixed issue with players getting stuck at end screen with “Waiting for results…”
  • If using R.O.S.I.E. at the end of the match, it is no longer possible for the character to end up missing at the final score screen.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a server crash when loading into a Storm Shield.
  • Fixed issue with players being able to increase difficulty during the “Build Off” quest.

UI

  • Adding a context menu to the Store Summary screen that allows favoriting/recycling of newly acquired items.
  • The Quest page has a new visual callout which will now communicate special events in the future!
  • Players using a controller can now scroll through current and completed quest rewards using the right stick on the Quest tab.
  • Many reward items have been updated to now show a large icon of the item when inspecting it during the open rewards sequence.
  • Fixed issue with quest play button playing its animation at incorrect times
  • Evolved items no longer appear behind Collection Book Reward screen when simultaneously evolving and leveling up Collection Book. When reward screen appears, we now clear any viewed vault items.
  • Banners now properly display the player’s icon and color during the reward sequence.
  • Fixed various issues with the unslot option on the Transform item picker screen.
  • Corrected button text on collection book slotting menu to accurately say an item can be inspected but not upgraded from that menu.
  • Fixed the visual issue for schematic cards with long names on the llama opening screen.
  • Fixed issue with Defender Post menu closing when using Back while on the weapon select screen.
  • Fixed power level being higher in zone versus in the frontend.
  • Fixed “A Party Member Is Underpowered” message incorrectly being displayed.

Heroes
Cloaked Shadow Ninja added to the Event Store

  • Legendary variant of Skirmisher subclass
  • Available December 19 at 7 PM Eastern Time

Winter Llama

  • Jolly Headhunter Soldier available in the Winter Llama - Variant of Double Agent subclass
  • Sgt. Winter Soldier available in the Winter Llama - Variant of Sergeant subclass

More

  • Jingle Jess Outlander available as Frostnite quest reward for surviving 15 minutes - Legendary variant of Enforcer subclass
  • Sentry Gunner Krampus Constructor available as a Frostnite quest reward for surviving 45 minutes
  • Legendary variant of Sentry Gunner subclass

Converted the following Abilities/Perks to use Armor instead of Damage Resistance

  • Constructor - B.A.S.E. - Attached structures increase Armor by 35.
  • Riot Shield - While charging increase Armor by 680.
  • Safety Protocol - Increases Armor of structures attached to B.A.S.E. by 15.

Ninja

  • Shadow Stance - During Shadow Stance increase Armor by 60.
  • Shadowier Stance - Increase Armor by an additional 25 while in Shadow Stance.

Outlander

  • Deep In The Zone - Gain 40 Armor and increase pick axe damage by an additional 24% during In the Zone.
  • Shock Phase - Shockwave increases Armor by 190 for 6 seconds.

Soldier

  • Flak Vest - Increase Armor by 160. Armor reduces by 40 each time the Soldier is hit. Gain 40 Armor every 10 seconds, up to a max of 160 Armor.
  • Heavily Armored - Increase Armor by 45.
  • Armored - Increase Armor by 12/18/25.

Bug Fixes
Weapons + Items

  • Added the Medieval weapons set, available in Winter Llamas:
  • Hemlock Assault Rifle: Deals consistent damage to enemies at close to medium range, but falls off at longer ranges due to lower accuracy.
  • Basilisk Pistol: Deals high burst damage, with a high critical chance.
  • Stalwart Squire Shotgun: A powerful single shot weapon with high damage and knockback in a short range.
  • Wicked Wind Axe: A large curved axe with a good mix of damage and impact.
  • Ginger Blaster Pistol will be available as a Frostnite quest reward for surviving 30 minutes
  • A potent and quick revolver with modest recoil.
  • Includes a 6th perk that grants a chance to drop healing gumdrops from defeated enemies.
  • Updated Melee Weapon Perks to use Armor instead of Damage Resistance:
  • Grants 13 / 20 / 27 / 33 / 40 Armor
  • Increased the value of Heavy Attack Energy Efficiency Perks on weapons to be comparable with Perks on Heroes:
  • Grants 40% / 60% / 80% / 100% / 120% Heavy Attack Energy Efficiency
  • Increased the value of Life Leech Perks by 50%
  • Grants 1.8% / 2.7% / 3.6% / 4.5% / 5.4% Life Leech

Bug Fixes

  • The projectile from the Bowler now immediately explodes when hitting the Storm King.
  • Fixed the Quad Launcher perks, replacing Increased Attack Speed (melee) with Increased Fire Rate (ranged) in its fourth perk slot.

Gameplay
A free Daily Upgrade Llama will be available every day from December 19th - January 1st. Holiday Llama Schedule:

  • Dec 19: Triple Llama
  • Dec 20: Troll Stash
  • Dec 21: Super People
  • Dec 22: Super Ranged
  • Dec 23 - Dec 25: Free Smorgasbord (Limit: 1)
  • Dec 23: Smorgasbord
  • Dec 24: Super Heroes
  • Dec 25: Super Melee
  • Dec 26: Troll Truck
  • Dec 27: All the Llamas
  • Dec 28: Super Ranged
  • Dec 29: Super People
  • Dec 30: Troll STash
  • Dec 31: All the Llamas
  • Jan 1: Smorgasbord
  • Disclaimer: (Store rotates Midnight UTC each day)

Bug Fixes

  • Holding a movement key while confirming an edit will no longer force the player to continue moving in the direction of the key they were holding.

Enemies

  • The Holidays are upon us! Husks, Lobbers, Poison Lobbers, Husklings, Sploders, and Smashers are all getting into the Holiday spirit.
  • Fixed an issue with the Storm King sweep beam attack hitting players after it had already passed.
  • Made the Storm King sweep beam ground visual effects more closely match the width of the actual damage area.
  • The Storm King will now timeout and defeat all players as normal even if both of his horns have been broken.
  • Made the Storm King loot cache items spread out a bit more so they are less likely to overlap.
  • Fixed an issue where players could sometimes remain inside of the Storm King’s tornado base.
  • Made the left and right crystal weak points on the ribs of the Storm King a bit easier to hit.

Audio

  • Added sound to social missing party request invites.
  • Added sound effect for when recycling schematics and retiring Survivors.
  • Updated T.E.D.D.Y.’s gun firing sound effect.
  • Lots of new music and sound content for Frostnite!
  • Fixed issue with hero specific dialog not playing in some cases.
  • Fixed issue with Ralphie’s Revenge sniper fire attenuation being too short.
  • Fixed issue with Turn Up the Base ability being too loud and spamming.
  • Fixed issue with ghost pistol explosion impacts triggering more than once per impact.
  • Fixed issue with tutorial pop-ups sound triggering when not focused on the screen.
  • Fixed issue with ending theme music being cut off by cinematic before rocket launch during tutorial mission.
  • Fixed an issue with multiple rooster calls and crows triggering at one time during day cycle.

Phew. The patch is already live so you can get access to all of the content today.


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Final v7.10 Content Update Extends the 14 Days of Fortnite

When Epic Games first started releasing patches for Fortnite, they numbered them individually. More recently, they’ve instead taken to releasing each numbered patch in several parts over the space of a few weeks. Today sees the introduction of the final content update for v7.10, and it brings along three new weapons, a new DM arena, and an extension to the 14 Days of Fortnite event.

Of course, there’s also a list of bug fixes to Battle Royale, Save The World and the new Creative mode. You can see all of these in the spoilers below.

Battle Royale

What’s New?

Suppressed Sniper Rifle

Trade power for stealth with the Suppressed Sniper Rifle. Drop in now and sneak up on your enemies!

The Block

Drop to The Block and explore the newest community creation! Bounce around in the DM Arena made by KojackNumber2.

Limited Time Modes

14 Days of Fortnite has been extended for a limited time! For the next week, drop in and complete any Challenges you may have missed out on to earn in-game rewards.

We’ll also be featuring some of the most popular Limited Time Modes that have been available over the past two weeks. Log in each day to find out which modes are available to explore.

Weapons + Items

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifle added.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
    • Can be found from chests, floor loot, Vending Machines, and Supply Drops.
    • A single shot, scoped sniper rifle.
    • The suppressor makes for a quieter shot, trading stealth for power.
      • Deals 100/105 base damage
  • Six Shooter has been vaulted.
  • The following variants of the Burst Assault Rifle have been vaulted:
    • Uncommon, Common, Rare
  • Dual Pistols have been unvaulted.
  • Dynamite drop rate reduced by 40%.
  • Boom Box adjustments:
    • Drop rate reduced by 33%.
    • Health reduced from 600 to 400.
    • Duration reduced from 25 seconds to 18 seconds.

Gameplay

  • X-4 Stormwing adjustments:
    • The knockback a player receives after being hit by a Stormwing has been decreased by 70%.
    • Damage done to the Stormwing from colliding with structures has been increased by 50%.
      • Impact damage reduction while boosting through structures reduced from 50% to 25%
    • Increased the spread of the Stormwing machine gun by 75%.
    • Stormwing spawn chance has been decreased to 80% from 100%.
  • Supply Drop health has been reduced to 250/500/750 (Solo/Duo/Squad).

Bug Fixes

  • The X-4 Stormwing is no longer able to fly above the max build limit.

Save The World

Weapons + Items

  • Santa’s Little Helper will be available in the Weekly Store
    • Launches explosive presents that damage and knockback groups of enemies. Does not consume ammo, but has very low durability.
    • Available from January 9 at 7 PM ET until January 16 at 7 PM ET.
  • The Popshot Shotgun will be available as a Frostnite Weekly Challenge reward
    • A rapid firing low capacity semi-auto shotgun

Missions + Systems

  • Weekly Frostnite Challenge 2: Burn Bright
    • Time between enemy waves is drastically reduced. Use your time wisely!
    • Weekly Frostnite Challenge 1 Quest rewards include:
      • Challenge Banner 2
      • Popshot Shotgun
      • Snowflake Tickets

Creative

Weapons + Items

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifle added to Creative Inventory Weapons
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
    • A single shot, scoped sniper rifle.
    • The suppressor makes for a quieter shot, trading stealth for power.
      • Deals 100/105 base damage

The final part of v7.10 is available now.