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Fortnite 1.9.1 - Smoke Grenades & Vindertech Weapons

So Fortnite 1.9.1 has arrived and thankfully it's a server side update so no downloading of massive assets required, unless however you happen to own an Xbox One X in which case you may (unconfirmed) have to download 4K assets as Fortnite is now taking full advantage of all the extra juice the Xbox One X has to offer. Additionally, for the Battle Royale mode we see the debut of the smoke grenade a none lethal distraction to help you get out of sticky situations or distract the enemy long enough for you to sneak up behind them and shotgun them to bits!

As always with Fortnite updates we tend to split the post up into multiple pages but if you click All Pages you can view the entire article without clicking through each page, however, if you happent o just want the latest on Battle Royale for example then you can skip right to that page and bypass the Save the World stuff - keep in mind that the General section covers the game as a whole so applies to both Save the World and Battle Royale - now we have that out of the way .. onwards!


Battle Royale - Big Changes

So the big changes for Battle Royale include the new none lethal smoke grenade, as I'm a little late with this post I have had the opportunity to see this one in action already via various youtubers, for example, Wizzite (popular youtuber and Fortnite player from England) has already used this effectively to get into situations and get out of it.

The additional big change is a new leaderboard system

Global Wins

A global leaderboard spotlighting the top 50 players for the selected match type. Measured by wins.

Score

Measured by the amount of total experience gained.


Battle Royale - Changelog

Gameplay

  • Per Playlist Loot
    • Duo Playlist:  Medium Ammo stack increased from 10 to14.
    • Squad Playlist: Medium Ammo stack increased from 10 to 18.
    • These changes now apply to medium ammo stacks that are found outside of crates and ammo cans.
  • The original Rocket Launcher has replaced the Pumpkin Launcher.
  • Due to overwhelming popular demand, we have modified the normal Rocket Launcher to support rocket riding.
  • The “Outlive” Daily Challenge will no longer count members of your own team. 

Bug Fixes

  • Players no longer take fall damage when jumping onto a Launch Pad from high elevations.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the incorrect animation to play when bouncing on consecutive Launch Pads.
  • Fixed the firing and reloading animations for the new Silenced SMG.
  • Fixed an issue  which caused players to take fall damage when getting knocked out of skydive mode (after using a Launch Pad).
  • Fixed an incorrect animation that would play when being eliminated while using a Launch Pad.

UI

  • Players will now receive a pop-up confirmation before leaving a match if they accept an invite from a teammate that left the same match.
  • Updated “Gamepad” to “Wireless Controller” and “Controller” in the menus. 
  • Daily challenges no longer automatically collect when accepting an invite.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a few localization issues in the Season Shop.
  • Rich presence is now properly localized in all languages on all platforms.
  • Changing an item in your locker while servers are down will no longer soft-lock the game client.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from navigating the locker tab after they canceled a submenu.

World

  • Environmental bush locations have been changed across the world.
  • Bushes will no longer be in different locations on different platforms.

Performance

  • Reduced hitching by pre-loading additional assets during the loading screen instead of mid-game.

Online

  • The “Invite” button on the “Party Finder” may only be pressed once per 2 seconds to prevent accidental friend invite spam.

General Changes

Xbox

  • Fortnite now supports Xbox One X in 4K!
    • Fortnite on Xbox One X pushes the game’s visual settings comparable to what you’d see on a PC set to “Epic” quality.
    • This includes better-quality reflections (including screen space reflections being enabled); higher quality post processes like motion blur, anti-aliasing, and depth of field; great draw distances; more detailed foliage; shadow casting enabled on more lights and objects; and higher resolution textures and shadows.
    • Content is rendered at 80% of 4K and then upsampled to 4K via a high-quality software upsampler. The HUD is rendered in 4K. 
  • Removed the black artifacts that appear while sprinting on Xbox One.
  • Fixed an Xbox One only issue which prevented players from logging in if they signed out and quickly signed back into their Xbox One live account in-game.

PlayStation 4

  • If a friend fails to join the party, they will no longer appear to be in party via the PS4 profile and friend’s status.

Save the World - Big Changes

So big promises have been for the Save the World game mode (see: Epic Games Addresses issues with Fortnite: Save The World) and with the end of the Fortnightmares event the first steps are being taken with the return of normal gameplay. Fortnitemares ending means that the mutant storms are back and improvements have been made to them which includes new quests and the ability to earn tickets via fight the storm

The biggest change, however, comes in the form of a new weapon set, not weapon, a whole set which they have called Vindertech Weapons

  • Pulsar - Accurate burst assault rifle.
  • Burster - Pistol that fires powerful 3-shot bursts.
  • Blazer - Rapid-fire machine pistol.
  • Disintegrator - Shotgun that fires balls of plasma.
  • Jolter - Energy sniper rifle.
  • Blaster - Powerful scoped heavy pistol.
  • Slammer - High-speed rocket hammer.
  • Sever - Light energy axe with a fast attack speed.
  • Slicer - Medium energy sword.
  • Players can loot these weapons from event quests and event llamas.


Save the World - Changelog

Gameplay

  • Mutant Storms
    • The Fortnitemares event has ended and Mutant Storms have returned! 
    • For every 500 unspent Halloween tickets you will receive a Halloween llama, available in the loot tab.
    • Fight the storm and earn tickets from missions up to 10 times per day.
    • New Event Quests specific to Mutant Storms have been added.
  • Vindertech Weapons
    • Pulsar - Accurate burst assault rifle.
    • Burster - Pistol that fires powerful 3-shot bursts.
    • Blazer - Rapid-fire machine pistol.
    • Disintegrator - Shotgun that fires balls of plasma.
    • Jolter - Energy sniper rifle.
    • Blaster - Powerful scoped heavy pistol.
    • Slammer - High-speed rocket hammer.
    • Sever - Light energy axe with a fast attack speed.
    • Slicer - Medium energy sword.
    • Players can loot these weapons from event quests and event llamas.
  • The amount of Storm Tickets given out by Mutant Storms will now be consistent across all hexes of the same difficulty level.
  • Updated the Zapper pistol projectile to no longer inherit the velocity of the character wielding it.
    • This weapon is now more reliable and accurate.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused some of green hexes to not award XP.

UI

  • Updated Rocket Hammer descriptions to be consistent across all rarities and tiers.
  • Improved controller navigation in the Options menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused the Ninja icons to be tiny. 

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when closing the game.

So in my ever so Jerry Springer moment this is the wrap up, new weapons, Xbox One X 4K enhancements and the new smoke grenade as well as a whole range of other feature changes and bug fixes. Now we ask you what do you think of the latest update inclyding the smoke grenade for Battle Royale and of course the new weapon set forSave the World which based on a few quick googles has been received very well.. let us know what you think however in the comments below!


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