With Fortnite Season 8 now underway, Epic have released the patch notes for what lies ahead. There’s quite the variety of changes to fit in with the pirate theme, which include some items getting vaulted, the map being overhauled, and cannons because why the hell not?
Here they are in full.
WEAPONS + ITEMS
Push the Cannon into position, take aim, and fire! Alternatively, climb into the barrel and launch yourself!
The cannon will fire cannonballs or players a great distance. Cannonballs and players can plow through a number of objects before stopping with a bang, causing damage and knockback to nearby players.
Deals 100 Damage to enemies on a direct hit and 50 Damage to enemies within a small radius.
Found throughout the environment.
All Terrain Kart
Updated Hunting Rifle Icon
Reduced the availability of high tier Assault Rifles
Total number of Assault Rifles available remains unchanged
Increased chance of receiving a Common quality assault rifle from 48.56% to 56.30%
Increased chance of receiving an Uncommon quality assault rifle from 26.83% to 28.15%
Reduced the chance of receiving a Rare quality assault rifle from 16.17% to 10.91%
Reduced the chance of receiving an Epic quality assault rifle from 7.02% to 3.52%
Reduced the chance of receiving a Legendary quality assault rifle from 1.82% to 1.13%
Supply Drops now properly appear on the map.
If the fire button is pressed while the shotgun cooldown is still active after swapping weapons then the shotgun will automatically fire once the cooldown is over.
Fixed Clingers causing damage through walls / floors when stuck to a player.
Fixed players accidentally sticking Remote Explosives onto themselves after applying a Consumable Bush.
Fixed Legendary/Epic Pump Shotgun pellet tracers and muzzle flash sometimes not replicating to other clients.
Fixed an issue where players couldn’t use Auto-Run while using a Hoverboard with a gamepad.
Fixed items occasionally being invisible to some players.
Lava will deal 1 damage per touch and will cause players to bounce off the surface. Watch out!
Added Volcanic Vents
Volcanic Vents will boost players and vehicles into the sky in a gust of hot air!
Party Assist Added
Prior to a match, enable Party Assist on a Daily or Weekly challenge to complete it with the assistance of everyone in your party.
Party members are able to provide progress to the selected challenge in addition to yourself.
This functionality excludes “fill” players who are added into the party during matchmaking or teammates from large team modes such as Team Rumble.
Increased Infinite Dab duration from 11 hours to 12 hours in the lobby.
Cozy Campfire now glows while active when viewed through a Thermal Scope.
Starting in Season 8, daily quests will be automatically claimed once they’ve been completed.
Any Challenges that were ready to be collected will be auto completed and all rewards will be delivered. However, at this time there will be no in-game notification for you receiving these rewards.
Fixed a bug where the Lynx Outfit would jitter very badly when playing the original Wave emote in the lobby.
Fixed an issue where players were able to aim down sights while jumping.
Fixed an issue where weapons picked up would sometimes be incorrectly unloaded. This would happen if a player looted a weapon dropped by a player immediately after being eliminated.
Fixed Bush consumable not being destroyed if player takes damage from a great distance.
Fixed aim assist to work through windows.
Fixed an issue where players could stop themselves from getting on a Zipline by standing too far behind it and colliding into the ground as they try to enter.
Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t pick up items dropped around the Zipline pole.
Fixed an issue where entering a vehicle while ziplining left the fall damage immunity visual effect on the player.
Fixed auto-pickup of items not working when first landing from skydiving.
Weapon auto-reloading no longer cancels emotes.
Fixed an equipped Trap being swapped after dropping a stack of items or after using the last item of a stack of consumables or explosives.
Fixed equipped traps being dropped when using hold to swap to pick up items.
LIMITED TIME MODE: 50V50
Two teams of fifty players fight to the finish!
Each team has a bus, approaching the island from opposite directions. On the map, the friendly bus has a blue outline, enemy has red.
The map has a dotted line, which indicates the “battle lines” between the two teams. Crossing the line will make running into enemies more likely.
Farming materials increased 25% over default.
Chests & Ammo Crates spawn more often than usual, and carry extra ammo.
LIMITED TIME MODE: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks!
Players start with a Jetpack in their inventory.
The only guns in this mode are the various types of Shotguns.
The Storm moves in more quickly than normal mid to late game.
Above/below footstep improvements.
More distinct sound for above footsteps.
Tuned the distance at which above/below footsteps travel to be more realistic.
Improved footstep audio timings when the game simulation is under heavy load.
Set Down-But-Not-Out alert sound spatialization from the location of the downed player.
Added stereo sounds for all weapons for those carrying the weapon.
Added foley audio feedback when crouching and ADS’ing with a weapon.
Improved Rocket Launcher incoming audio. It now plays an additional warning layer if the rocket is coming towards you.
Added distant perspective to the enemy glider audio tell.
Improved damage/elimination audio feedback.
Added a new shield break sound.
Improved the “weak-point” hit sound when harvesting.
Fixed in-air wind audio restarting when eliminating an enemy while they’re in mid-air.
Fixed sniper projectiles not playing impact audio.
Fixed “Hootenany” emote getting stuck on infinitely.
Fortnite Season 8 kicks off today until May 8th; expect an hour or so of downtime until the season launches. Those who completed their Overtime challenges will get the Battle Pass for completely free, everyone else has to stump 950 V-Bucks as usual.
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