Schools in the United Kingdom have started issuing advisories to parents about their children’s “aggressive and violent” behaviors due to excitement over Fortnite Battle Royale.
The hype around Fortnite has been building in recent weeks in anticipation for the game’s Season 7 update releasing on December 6.
Some schools in Gloucestershire are providing informational meetings, letters on pertinent issues and guides to blocking certain content from major consoles, all to prevent bullying and other aggressive tendencies in kids before the game’s new update.
The looming update has been cause for concern to some groups.
Widden Primary School Deputy Head, Debbie Innes, says that the latest warnings are part of an initiative to inform parents and provide resources in an attempt to help what they believe is the root cause of the problem.
“We have had a number children for whom their behaviour has deteriorated as a result of what seems to be playing Fortnite,” Innes said.
Although generally rated for anyone over the age of 12 by ESRB, PEGI and more, the game holds a sizeable audience that fall well under that parameter.
Some schools believe parents need to be aware of elements their kids can encounter in Fortnite.
Research into the matter of violence linked to video games has been a hot-button issue even before Fortnite’s debut, but some schools have detracted from semantics and have gone right into preventative measures.
“There’s a point at which you stop fighting the battle that says they shouldn’t be doing it and you start doing the ‘okay, this is the guidance we should give to you as parents,” Innes said.
Fortnite developers Epic Games have now confirmed the next Chapter 2 Season 2 update, patch v14.40 — the spookiest of the season — is on its way. Here’s all the early patch notes, downtime details, and more for the Oct. 21 update.
It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing in Fortnite: the ghoulish Fortnitemares annual event is back! This Halloween-themed patch will bring everything from Fortnite’s old spooky enemies, Husks, as well as a mysterious resurrection.
We’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s coming in the terrifying Halloween patch update on Oct. 21 too; here’s everything we know about patch v.14.40 so far — starting with all the details on Fortnite’s impending update downtime.
When is the Fortnite v14.40 patch coming?
Epic Games has officially locked in the v14.40 update for Wednesday, October 21. Downtime is expected to begin at 4am ET (8am UTC, 9am BST, 6pm AEST).
Expect a lengthy downtime for the v14.40 patch. Fortnite matchmaking will be disabled 20-25 minutes before the Halloween update.
Also, be warned, the patch size on PC will be “much larger than normal.” Epic has confirmed the update will clock in at around 27GB but once the patch has gone live it should “massively reduce” the size of the game on your hard drive.
There’s also a chance Midas returns to the Authority as a ghost after his failed test with the Device, so that could be one thing found when patch v14.40 goes live.
The Fortnitemares Halloween event usually runs in the last week of October, so patch v14.40 is right on schedule.
Speaking of Midas’ return, the theme of this Halloween patch has already been leaked, and it’s all based around the former Fortnite villain coming back with a vengeance.
According to the datamined leaks, Midas will once again take over the Authority in v14.40, and this time he’ll have spooky Ghost Henchman at his side. He’ll also trade out his iconic Drum Gun for a Gold Scar, just to change things up a little.
Midas was never going to be gone from Fortnite forever.
Husks return in Halloween update
Fortnitemares 2020 is also set to bring back Zombie Husks. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Husks are another iconic part of any Halloween update in Epic’s battle royale.
Whether you’re a fan or not, the Husks will be returning too; Fortnite dataminer @Mang0e_ discovered updated versions of the Husk spawner files. Whenever those get a makeover, the lumbering zombies they spawn aren’t too far behind.
In Fortnitemares past, these cubes spawned all over the map.
The final pre-patch v14.40 leaks pointed to new Halloween items and consumables being added to the game when Fortnitemares goes live on Oct. 21.
Multiple dataminers, including Hypex and Tabor Hill, discovered mention of new rideable Broomsticks. These new items, marked “wbroom” in the Fortnite code, should work similarly to Silver Surfer’s Surfboard, or the Glider Re-Deploy.
As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will likely include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including the issues with Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb.
Here is the full list of bug changes potentially set for v14.40:
Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.
Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.
Vehicle buttons missing.
Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.
So, there you have it! That’s our early patch notes with expected changes and fixes coming in Fortnite’s v14.40 update patch. Once the official details are released and added to the game, we’ll be the first to let you know.