‘Fortnite’ Season 4 Goes Live: Hop Rocks, Low-Grav, Huge Crater

Tilted Tower still stands in the wake of “Fortnite’s” Season 4 opening event, the comet that spent much of the last season bearing down on the battle royale map leveled Dusty Depot instead. Players will now find a massive crater in place of one of the three warehouses and, if you eat the glowing rocks found there, the ability to float as if in low gravity.

The shards also damaged other areas around the map, so expect to stumble upon plenty of changes as you play through your first set of matches in Season 4. There’s also a new location in the northern section of the map called Risky Reels.

Of course, Season 4 also brings with it a whole new set of skins and other cosmetics as well as the option to purchase a season pass.  This season the unlockables have a distinct super hero flair to them. You can get a full rundown of what’s unlockable (or purchasable) over at Fornite Intel, but they include a Wonder Woman-like costume, a Falcon-like glider and a giant lollypop pickax.

The season also brought with it a slew of updates. The full patch notes are pasted below and include details about weapon changes, including removal of the crossbow and tweaking headshots.

Fortnite,” an online shooter with a building element from developer Epic Games, is currently one of the world’s most popular video games. It made $126 million in February alone, according to research company SuperData, and it’s one of the most-watched titles on both Twitch and YouTube. Popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently broke the record for most concurrent viewers on Twitch (for the second time), topping out at 667,000 viewers. The youngest player for pro-‘Fortnite,’ which isn’t yet officially a thing, is 13.

The success of the game doesn’t include the title’s move to Android, which is expected later this year, nor does it include its spread into China, backed now by Tencent, one of the largest game companies in the world. Tencent is said to be investing ¥100 million into the game.

GENERAL

  • Input settings are now filtered based on game mode.
    • They’ve also been grouped by category (Combat, Building, Editing, etc.) to make it easier to search through them.
  • Added icons for the tabs at the top of the Settings screen.
  • Added “Ignore Gamepad Input” option to the Accessibility settings tab.
    • This setting can be helpful to players who use external programs to remap their controller input and need the game to ignore the controller input.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash when using radial menus.
  • Improved texture streaming behavior when using a scope.
  • Fixed some objects being rendered using low resolution textures.
  • Fixed weapon ammo count display in the HUD sometimes being incorrect.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.
  • Tracking for the Self Refund issue can be found here.
Fortnite Season 4 map

BATTLE ROYALE

GAMEPLAY

  • Structures on the starting island can now be destroyed. Not the Battle Bus, though.
  • Headshots are now prioritized when other body parts are in the way.
    • Incoming headshots (from above or straight on) will no longer be blocked by your character’s other body parts.
    • For example, a shot that hits your target’s hand will be able to penetrate through and hit their head if your aim was on point. You’ll be credited headshot damage instead of normal damage.
    • Headshots from below that are blocked by a body part (legs, torso, hands, shoulders, arms) will do normal damage, except for impacts very close to your character’s head.
    • This change affects all weapons, except for the Rocket Launcher and Grenade Launcher.
  • Slightly reduced the hitbox size of player hands.
  • Damage numbers are now visible when spectating a player.
  • Knocking a player off the island will award elimination credit like normal fall damage.
  • Fall distance is now shown in the elimination feed when a player is forced to fall by an opponent.
  • On the starting island, you can now see other players (and player-created structures) about three times further away than before.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that would cause player built structures to appear intact for a few seconds after eliminating an enemy and destroying the structure at the same time.
    • This caused players to “phase through” the structure.
  • Fixed cases where pickups moved erratically when sliding down slopes.
  • Fixed an issue where destroying a building from under an enemy wouldn’t award kill credit.
  • Fixed an issue where swinging the pickaxe could cause movement stuttering.
  • Fixed an issue where some pre-placed wooden archways could not be destroyed by player built structures.
  • Fixed an issue that made the Battle Bus appear to quickly fly off the map after jumping from it.
  • Fixed an issue that would pause a downed players health bar if their reviver disconnected while reviving them.

UI

  • You can now mark cosmetic items as favorites in the Locker.
  • ‘Random’ option added to each cosmetic equipment slot in the Locker.
    • This will randomly choose between items you’ve marked as favorites each match (or from all owned items if nothing is marked as a favorite).
  • You are no longer limited to just the 6 slots on your emote wheel for Sprays and Emotes and can now use any of the ones you own in a match!
    • The Locker slots act as a page of presets, but you can cycle through to any emotes marked as a favorite and then all emotes, sorted by type (PS4: L1/R1; XB1: LB/RB; PC: Mouse Wheel; Mobile: Buttons added next to radial menu).
  • Added new “Locker Emote Slot” button bindings, which allow you to immediately trigger any of your 6 Emote or Spray presets.
  • While Auto Run is active, an icon is now displayed.
  • Improved the look and feel of the Game options tab.
  • Slightly decreased the size of the arrow over players heads when they are close to you.
  • The fourth and fifth weapon slots will now default to keys 5 and 6 instead of Z and X when using the “Reset to Defaults” option.
  • The 4:3 aspect ratio is now supported.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the compass showed ‘360’ when it should have been ‘359’.
  • Fixed an issue where players could get stuck on the Inventory screen when opening and closing it very quickly multiple times in a row.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Show Net Stats” HUD option would be reset to off after restarting the game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused consumable timers to not display when using a consumable immediately after canceling one.
  • Fixed a spelling error in the description for Tomatohead.
  • The Squad Comms wheel can now be closed with circle on PS4 controllers, and B on Xbox controllers.
  • Weapon slot keybinding options are no longer called “Ability Slots” in the input menu.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • The Crossbow has been vaulted.
  • Rocket Launcher aim reticle is now a fixed size regardless of player movement.
  • Hit markers are now displayed when looking through a scope.
  • Increased pickaxe damage against Supply Llamas, now dealing 50 damage per hit.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where a weapon could have no ammo when dropping it immediately after picking it up.
  • Improved pickaxe swing responsiveness when switching from a weapon to the pickaxe and immediately holding the swing button.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Hunting Rifles from auto reloading if it was fired immediately after a reload.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed grenades to be thrown in rapid succession while sprinting.
  • Fixed an issue where aiming a grenade throw and then switching to build mode wouldn’t cancel the throw.
  • Fixed an issue with the Builder Pro configuration that caused the players weapon to fire while trying to build in some cases.
  • Clingers will now properly cling to falling Supply Drops.

REPLAY SYSTEM

  • Added an in-game player list to Replays.
  • Leaving a Replay will now take you back to the Replay browser.
  • Renaming Replays is now limited to 32 characters.
  • Increased the size of name column in Replay browser.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the alignment of the eliminations column in Replay browser.
  • Fixed an issue where Replay Browser list couldn’t be navigated with gamepad after cancelling renaming a replay.

ART + ANIMATION

  • Hunting Rifle mesh and animations have been updated.
  • Shotguns, Revolver, Hand Cannon, and Rocket Launcher have had their equip animations improved – they should now match the equip time.
    • Their equip timing remains the same.
  • The dust cloud that appears on player landings now shows for all players.
  • Storm wind now affects trees within the storm.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the Supply Llama not playing destruction effects when killed by projectiles.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Back Bling to display improperly after using a Launch Pad.
  • Players can now emote while rocket riding.

AUDIO

  • Adjusted timing on the equip sounds for all Shotguns. The cocking sound will now occur right before the weapon is able to fire.
  • Improved volume difference between soft and hard landing sounds.
    • Players falling from 1 or more stories will land with a louder audio cue.
  • Added unique impact sounds when hitting shrubs, bushes and cornstalks.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused footstep audio to play when players were mid-air after jumping.
  • Fixed an issue where the Minigun equip sound would persist after quickly switching away from it.
  • The map marker sound no longer plays when removing a marker.
Fortnite Season 4 map

PERFORMANCE

  • Improved smoothness of other players movement on the starting island by increasing network update rates.
  • Made significant performance improvements when many players are on-screen by reducing the impact of character parts.
  • Optimized hitches that occur when garbage collecting objects.
  • Fixed hitches that could happen in games where lots of building occurred.
  • Optimized Level-of-Detail (LOD) for buildings in Shifty Shafts and Flush Factory.
  • Optimized Input/Output (IO) performance on Consoles to reduce hitches and load times.

MOBILE

  • Quickbar now supports drag and drop for dropping and moving inventory items.
  • Holding the movement stick in a direction for 3-seconds now enables an option to turn on auto run.
  • Adding ‘Repair Building’ button.
  • Added ‘Cycle Weapon’ button.
  • Made improvements to prevent finger creep.
  • Slightly decreased aim assist strength at further distances to allow for easier fine tuning when aiming.
  • Grenade indicators are now displayed when grenades are equipped.
  • Made improvements to low-end mobile performance by dynamically scaling background draw distances with player height.
  • Reduced object draw distance for medium/lower-end iOS devices.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the view pop caused by the swiping inertia when lifting your finger off the screen.
  • Fixed bugs that were causing some erroneous misfires and input errors.

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