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Fortnite 11.50 Update patch notes: Chaos physics system, Launch Pads, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 10:36 Updated: 5/Feb/2020 17:27

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have released what is expected to be the final patch of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1, as the v11.50 Update goes live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.

Over the course of Chapter 1, Fortnite fans grew accustomed to weekly and fortnightly updates to the game, but in Chapter 2 these patches have been much less consistent, while the season itself has been the longest in the game’s history.


There have only been three patches released since the start of December – the last one, v11.40, coming on January 15, the first and only update of 2020 so far.

Finally, Epic Games have released a brand-new patch for the game, with the 11.50 Update going live on all devices on Wednesday, February 5, bringing with it a brand-new engine, and the release of a new event to tide players over as they wait for the second season of Chapter 2 to start on February 20.

Epic GamesPlayers are waiting to see how much the v11.50 update and the new physics engine will change Fortnite.

New Unreal Chaos Engine

The headline change in this patch is the introduction of a new engine, which will see Fortnite switch to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics engine, and mark the first time the popular battle royale title has undergone a change like this.

Almost every environment and prop has been updated in the v11.50 update to work with the Chaos physics engine, including buildings, vehicles, and even things you find randomly in the game like bushes, trees, lamp posts, and more.

Just as Epic mentioned in their initial announcement post for this change, there will be “some bumps along the way,” so players should keep that in mind if they experience issues with the new engine.


Launch Pads return

Launch Pads are one of the most popular items in Fortnite’s history, and with the release of the 11.50 Update, the mobility items return to the game after being vaulted at the start of Chapter 2.

Launch Pads are trap items than can be placed on any flat surface, which when jumped on can send players flying into the sky to allow easy rotation. These items will only be available in non-competitive playlists.

New Valentines Day event

With Chapter 2, Season 1 set to last four months from start to finish, it’s no surprise that players have started to become a little bored of the current iteration of the game, and with Epic delaying the new season until February 20 thanks to the launch of the Chaos physics engine, the developers have introduced a special event to give players something to do in the meantime.


Fortnite events often celebrate the time of year, and with St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Epic have added a special event that’s sure to bring a dollop of love and romance to the game, complete with special challenges and some Valentines-themed cosmetic items. There’s also a new Limited Time Mode named “Love And War” for players to sink their teeth into.

On top of that, there are also more sets of Overtime challenges on the way, so if you haven’t completed your Battle Pass yet and are still grinding towards the Tier 100 skin, you have plenty of opportunities to earn even more XP before the season ends.

Epic GamesIs the “new two-week event” in Fortnite centered around Valentine’s Day?

Harley Quinn Birds of Prey crossover

Fortnite fans who are excited for the release for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie can get their hands on a brand-new Harley Quinn skin that’s coming to the game, joining her long-time nemesis Batman as characters from DC Comics who have their likeness in the game.

Those who acquire the skin can also unlock a special skin style by completing any three of the five Birds of Prey challenges, which have been leaked by data miner HYPEX.

Bug Fixes

As always, the developers have addressed some glitches that have been affecting the game, including one bug that was causing console players to have difficulties finding matches when linking their Epic Games account to their Xbox Live or PlayStation Network profiles.

On top of that, anyone who has been struggling to complete the Rippley vs Sludge or Chaos Rising Missions can finally tick those off after today’s update, as fixes have been pushed that will allow players to complete the “Earn Gold Scavenger Medals” and “Search Chests in a single match” tasks that weren’t recording progress correctly.

Fortnite 11.50 update patch notes

While the full patch notes for this update won’t be available until after the downtime, we’ve found information on the official Fortnite Trello page that reveals some of what will be included.


  • Sidegrading feature is now disabled in competitive playlists (Arena & tournaments).
  • Fixed issue causing new console players to have matchmaking issues when first linking their account.
  • Progress for “Earn Gold Scavenger Medals” Rippley vs. Sludge Overtime Challenge now tracks properly.
  • Completion of “Search Chests in a single match” Chaos Rising Challenge after completing the “Save yourself from fall damage by landing in a Hideout” Trick Shot Challenge.


  • Fixed issue causing players to be unable to shoot their weapons or aim down sights after new round starts in round-based games.
  • Fixed issue causing some players to be unable to aim down sights after being eliminated in a Creative match.

How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson