Epic delayed the v5.3 update to today when usually their patch bi-weekly release on Tuesday or Wednesday. What we do know is that we’ll be getting a new item, the Rift-To-Go.

JUMP IN,

Open Rifts on-the-go in Battle Royale and take on the new Horde Challenge in Save the World.

Rift-To-Go (Battle Royale)
Escape danger or dive into it! The Rift-To-Go is any player’s ace in the hole, creating a Rift for themselves and allies. Be careful that no enemies follow you through.

Score Royale LTM (Battle Royale)
Collect points to claim Victory Royale in this new Limited Time Mode. Whoever has the most points at the end of the match wins.

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Blockbuster Contest Winner (Battle Royale)
The repairs to Risky Reels have been completed and a new movie arrives to mark the occasion! Attend the premiere of “Prepare For Collision” from creator jafnthony and enjoy this limited time cinematic.

Bundlebuss Assault Rifle (Save the World)
Lots of damage and plenty of ammo. This multi-barrelled Flintlock weapon has quite a kick, just ask the Husks you use it on.

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Horde Challenge Week 3 (Save the World)
Deploy your forts and survive wave after wave of enemies as they attempt to pummel your defenses to dust. Complete the Challenge and earn a legendary reward.

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GENERAL

  • New Message of the Day format for both Save the World and Battle Royale modes.
  • Added keyboard presets to the keyboard input tab in the settings.
    • Now you can quickly select either the default keyboard controls (Standard) or the original (Old School) controls.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a delay when trying to open the top bar menu immediately after switching to the Store tab.
  • Fixed UI bug where holding down the primary button on a Widget, then moving to a new widget, would result in the current selection disappearing.
  • Fixed issues with burst-fire weapon local ammo amount occasionally being displayed incorrectly when equipping or unequipping while firing.
  • The shader cache now adjusts how many shader entries are processed each frame based on how long it takes to compile each shader.
    • This makes the process faster when the operating-system or driver has internally cached the shaders on a previous run.
  • Fixed an issue causing autorun to immediately turn off after being toggled on.
  • Modified the Options screen so that player inputs will not immediately cause it to close during gameplay.
  • Fixed reticle hit notify image appearing when switching quickly from a melee weapon to a ranged weapon after inflicting damage.
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally allowed weapons to display ammo in the magazine if all ammo was dropped while reloading.
  • Fixed an issue with trying to fire while opening a door, which was causing a fire animation to play without the weapon actually firing.
  • Smoke generated from the destruction of objects is now 50% more translucent than before, increasing visibility close up.

KNOWN ISSUES

Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

BATTLE ROYALE

LIMITED TIME MODE: SCORE ROYALE

Summary
Earn points by collecting coins, opening loot containers and eliminating other players. The first to cross the High Score threshold wins the Victory Royale!

Mode Details

  • Early game Storm circles are larger and the Storms move in more slowly, giving players more time to spread out and search for loot.
  • Late game Storms move in fast! Earn enough points for the Victory Royale before they close in.

Scoring Chart

Winning Score (Solo)2000
Winning Score (Duos)3000
Winning Score (Squads)4500
Use an Apple or Mushroom10
Open an Ammo Box25
Open a Llama50
Open a Supply Drop100
Eliminate an Enemy100
Open a Treasure Chest50
Find a Bronze Coin30
Find a Silver Coin50
Find a Gold Coin100

LIMITED TIME MODE: PLAYGROUND

What’s New?
Playground has been updated with a couple dozen new ATK’s available, some more ramps to jump them off of, and a handful of new Rifts scattered throughout the map. Head to the hilltops and see if you can find them all.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Rift-To-Go added.
    • Rift-To-Go is a portable Rift that can be carried in inventory and deployed immediately.
    • When activated, you are teleported into the sky and placed in skydiving mode.
    • The Rift will remain at the location it was deployed for 10 seconds, allowing other players to use it.
    • Epic rarity. Drops in stacks of 1 with a max stack size of 2.
    • Can be found in chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops and Loot Llamas.
  • Pump Shotgun equip time has been shortened from 0.96 seconds to 0.88 seconds.
  • Double Barrel shotgun now has a spread reduction of 15% while crouched.
  • Clingers will now only explode when their fuse has expired.
    • Clingers will no longer explode if the object they are attached to is destroyed. They will be affected by gravity and fall until they stick to another object or their fuse expires.
  • Impulse Grenade max stack size increased from 8 to 9.
  • Bouncers now need line of sight of a player to activate.

Bug Fixes

  • Damage Traps will now properly affect enemy players who are within their range.
  • Remote Explosives now damage everything in their radius that can be destroyed.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added the ability to use Emoticons and Squad Comms while knocked down.
  • Combat and Builder Pro Configs: Added functionality to the right stick click action that will cycle available traps if the player isn’t repairing or rotating a build piece.
  • Added an option to auto-sort consumable items to the rightmost empty quick bar slot when picked up.
  • Added smoothing to motion controls on platforms that support it.
  • Lowered the dead-zone used for aiming on Xbox One controllers.
  • Tuned controller input and accelerations to allow for more fine tuning when aiming.

Bug Fixes

  • Vehicles will now fall properly if the structure beneath them is destroyed.
  • Characters who crouch and uncrouch will no longer cause visual or hitbox inconsistencies.
  • Fixed an issue causing 0 damage number to be displayed.
  • Players affected by network issues such as packet loss are now limited in how far they will move until the connection is stable again.
    • Additionally, fixed some inconsistencies with how far and fast players could move under these conditions.
  • The Save the World reward flow will no longer occasionally appear in Battle Royale.
  • When health and shield damage occur at the same time, they will now be combined and displayed as a single shield damage number.
  • Fixed an issue with controller aiming where the input was not properly scaled when aiming down sights or aiming with a scoped weapon.
    • This will slightly increase sensitivity when aiming down sights or with a scoped weapon.
  • Players will no longer emote with their pickaxe in hand.
  • Fixed issue where damage would always show blue numbers when a player’s shield amount would get stuck at a value between 0 and 1.
  • Fixed some shrubs and bushes that took more swings to harvest then intended. They will now be destroyed after the intended number of swings.
  • Weapons will now auto reload if they are equipped and their ammo type is looted.
  • Vending Machines now display the proper costs in the Playground LTM.

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed some very long hitches seen during long game sessions caused by the Replay System.
  • Optimized loading of Outfits to reduce disk load during the early game (particularly skydiving). This should mean buildings and Outfits load faster.
  • Improved building streaming performance on Xbox One and Switch. This will help buildings load in more quickly during skydiving, reducing the chances of landing on a low-detail model.
  • Improved load times on Xbox One and Switch.

AUDIO

  • Additional stereo content has been added to your own gunfire sounds.
  • Laser Chomp tail swing audio adjusted to more closely match the animation.

Bug Fixes

  • Emote music no longer breaks when playing back to back emotes.
  • Music now plays properly when using the Hang Time glider.
  • Added a max time for the clock ticking sound that plays prior to the Storm shrinking.
    • Prevents 3 minutes of this sound from playing at the end of a Playgrounds match.
  • Pick Squeak pickaxe now properly squeaks on every hit.

UI

  • Added a display timer and new animation for Item Shop carousel tiles.

Bug Fixes

  • Health bars for objects with more than 1000 health now display properly.
  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t use LT/L2 to zoom on the fullscreen map while spectating because it would open the report player window.
  • The ATK now displays the proper controls for players on a gamepad.
  • Fixed an issue where all buses would display as enemy buses on the starter island.

ART + ANIMATION

Bug Fixes

  • Purple trails on Split Wing Glider will now appear properly.
  • Whiteout Outfit now has 100% more neck.

REPLAY SYSTEM

Bug Fixes

  • The camera will no longer get stuck following the Battle Bus in replays.
  • Shield bar will now properly update after a player is revived.
  • Weapon icons on nameplates will now display properly.

MOBILE

  • Players must now select a preferred fire mode before proceeding to matchmaking.
  • A dedicated button to powerslide while driving has been added to the UI.
  • The button for exiting a vehicle will now always remain consistent.
  • Turbo building will no longer be interrupted by switching structure types.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed camera jitter while moving and looking simultaneously.
  • Fixed an issue where settings would appear in-game lower than intended resulting in missing shadows and lower image quality.

 

Co-founder, Writer and Social at Fortnite Insider. You can find Yousef occasionally writing articles and managing the Fortnite Insider Twitter account (@Fortnite_BR). As well as running Fortnite Insider, Yousef also has a handful of other successful ongoing projects and likes to keep busy. He plays FPS and BR games, mainly Fortnite of course, in his spare time. Second-class upper-division (2:1) bachelor's with honours degree in Creative Computing.

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