Fortnite Battle Royale V4.5 Patch Introduces Highly Anticipated Playground Mode and New Dual Pistols - Patch Notes - Dexerto

Fortnite Battle Royale V4.5 Patch Introduces Highly Anticipated Playground Mode and New Dual Pistols – Patch Notes

Published: 27/Jun/2018 8:10 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 15:35

by Ross Deason


Fortnite Battle Royale’s new V4.5 patch has gone live, introducing brand new Dual Pistols and the highly anticipated Playground Limited Time Mode.

Epic Games has done an almost perfect job of keeping Fortnite Battle Royale fresh and exciting for its ever-growing player base since it originally began to blow up in late 2017.

The developers have done this through a variety of updates and patches that constantly bring new items, weapons, emotes, cosmetics, map changes, and even limited time modes for players to enjoy.

Every patch is greeted with excitement and the June 27th V4.5 Patch promises to be one of the biggest ones yet as it finally introduces the Playground Mode that players have been waiting for for over a month.

That’s not all, though. The update also introduces an all new weapon called the Dual Pistols. The Dual Pistols will be available in Epic and Legendary variants and do 41-43 base damage.

The full patch notes, including all of the relevant information about the Playground Limited Time Mode, can be found below:


Celebrate summer with a bang! Explosions from the Grenade Launcher now emit firework effects for a limited time. Double the firepower and fun, the Dual Pistols can now be found in Battle Royale. Test your aim and let your imagination run wild in the new Playground LTM. The quadrilogy questline comes to an end… Witness the conclusion of Blockbuster in its final chapter, now available in Save the World!

Dual Pistols (Battle Royale)
Experience two times the fun and firepower with Dual Pistols, the newest weapon introduced to Battle Royale.

Playground LTM (Battle Royale)
Train, explore, battle! Show us your creativity in the new Playground LTM as you drop onto the island with up to 3 friends.

Blockbuster Event Part 4 (Save the World)
Discover how the quadrilogy ends in the finale of the Blockbuster event.

Builder Pro (Save the World)
Build at lightning speeds, the long-awaited Builder Pro controller layout comes to Save the World.




Playground is a low-pressure environment where friends can let their creativity run wild. Build massive structures. Practice with the weapons and items. Fight against your friends. Have fun!

Mode Details

  • You’ll have one hour to create, play and train as you wish. Hop in and try out version 1 of Playground!
  • Drop into the Battle Royale map with a squad of friends for an hour
  • Friendly Fire is on
  • Players respawn on death unless killed by the storm
  • The storm doesn’t start closing in for 55m, and takes 5 minutes to close in
  • Resources gathered grant 10x the normal rate.
  • 100 Llamas will be spawned on the map
  • Chests & Ammo Boxes spawn 100% of the time


Make it to the final circle and then fight for the Victory Royale!

Mode Details

  • Final Fight plays similar to standard Battle Royale, but instead of the storm circles closing all the way in, they stop part way through the match.
  • When the circles have finished closing in, the Final Countdown timer will begin.
  • The remaining teams will battle it out until the timer expires.
  • The team with the most players remaining at the end of the timer wins!
  • In the event of a tie, the two (or more) teams tied for the lead win the match.


  • Dual Pistols Added
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
      • 41-43 base damage.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.
    • Shoots both pistols with one pull of the trigger.
    • Can be found from floor loot, chests, and Supply Drops.
    • Does not use first shot accuracy.
  • Significant jumps that are landed with the Shopping Cart now appear in the elimination feed (height, distance, and time).
  • Weapon damage to structures now correctly scales with rarity.
  • Shotgun damage to structures has been reduced by 50% for Pump Shotgun, and 25% for both Tactical Shotgun and Heavy Shotgun.
  • Explosions now damage all structures within range, whether or not they are visible from the explosion center.
  • We’re making the following changes to further solidify the identities and strengths of Tactical and Silenced SMGs.
    • Tactical SMG
      • Removed first shot accuracy.
      • Increased base accuracy by 25%.
      • Lowered the sprinting accuracy penalty by 15%.
      • Lowered the ADS bonus by 10 %.
      • Increased damage by +2.
    • Silenced SMG
      • Increased base accuracy by 10%.
      • Increased ADS accuracy bonus by 20%.
      • Increased damage by +2.
  • Shotgun ammo now drops in stacks of 4 instead of 5.
  • Grenade Launcher visuals have been temporarily changed to shoot fireworks instead. This is a cosmetic change only.

Bug Fixes

  • Boogie Bomb explosions are no longer blocked by vehicles.
  • Thermal Scoped Rifle will now consistently exhibit intended accuracy while in scoped in.
  • Clingers can no longer stick to players through the ceiling or floor.
  • Spike traps placed on a ceiling no longer damage players on the floor above.
  • The Thermal Scoped Rifle no longer highlights opened chests.
  • Weapons will no longer appear to fire while switching weapons under certain network conditions.


  • Progress for elimination quests will now be granted if you down an enemy with the required weapon rather than needing to actually eliminate them with it.
  • In Build Mode, walls will now try to build at a closer location when placement is blocked due to lack of structural support. Stairs, Floors, and Roofs are not affected.
  • Auto-open doors no longer functions while in the Down-But-Not-Out state.
  • Pickaxes will no longer hit the Shopping Cart if you are riding as the passenger.
  • Players in the Down-But-Not-Out state can no longer enter Shopping Carts.
  • Improvements made to the auto pickup weapons feature to better handle picking up large groups of weapons.

Bug Fixes

  • Items dropped in water now stay above the water’s surface.
  • Excessive fall damage is no longer applied when under certain network conditions.
  • Supply Drop crates no longer briefly persist in the world after being opened if it was shot down.
  • Smoothed out the location of all soccer balls and basketballs while under varying network conditions.
  • Players are no longer able to hit building weak spots through other buildings.
  • Having the Sprint Cancels While Running setting turned on will no longer prevent players from auto-reloading their weapon after sprinting.
  • Fixed an issue that applied a constant force to players if they were hit by a Shopping Cart.
  • Doors that are interacted with multiple times rapidly no longer get out of sync with their state on the server.
  • Fixed an issue where if a player was using a consumable and then exchanged it for a different pickup, it would select the pickaxe instead of the new item.
  • Chests no longer create invalid pickups, such as a 2x Chug Jug instead of 2 individual Chug Jug pickups.
    • This created an issue that caused players to be unable to pick up building materials.
  • Players are now awarded an elimination if the opposing player bounced off terrain and took fall damage before taking enough damage to be eliminated.
  • Fixed a small number of accounts that had incorrect Week 5 Challenges.
  • Mushrooms no longer spawn on trees in Moisty Mire.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the ability to open chests by preemptively holding the interact button while approaching the chest.
  • Fixed a gap in the terrain that was caused by the sporting goods store in Greasy Grove being slightly moved by accident.


  • Improved performance of skydiving on all platforms (especially Switch), by reducing rendering related CPU hitches
  • Fixed a source of hitching on Xbox one. In rare instances, this was causing up to 2-second hitches for some players
  • Improved framerate around swing-sets by adjusting physics.
  • Improved performance by doing less work when players are moving outside of your view.
  • Improved performance for moving ammo and weapon pickups.
  • Improved player movement updates in large team games. This should make the movement of other players appear smoother.
  • Fixed skydiving rings ticking the entire match.
  • Improved framerate around swing-sets by adjusting physics.


  • Changes to enemy building audio (friendly building audio remains the same).
    • Increased volume of enemy building audio.
    • Increased range of enemy building audio by 2 building tiles.
  • Added variation to water footsteps on mobile and Nintendo Switch platforms.
  • Re-balanced bass content for surround sound mix.

Bug Fixes

  • Reallowed the first few milliseconds of audio to play if an emote is triggered while jumping.
  • Suspension audio on cars is no longer spammed when jumping or sliding off of them.
  • Shopping Carts no longer spam their collision audio if flipped upside down.
  • Fixed issue that caused doors to play an open and a close sound when opened.
  • Fixed the slowed audio for the Step it Up emote.


  • The switch seat icon is now hidden when you can’t switch seats.
  • The minimap now draws the whole map and bus paths instead of nothing when on the Starter Island.
  • Existing map markers are removed when landing after jumping from the Battle Bus to reduce map clutter.
  • Custom voice chat output devices can be selected on PC.
  • Removed damage numbers from Shopping Carts and added a health bar.
  • HUD Elimination and Down-But-Not-Out notifications have received updated animations.

Bug Fixes

  • Damage numbers no longer overlap if damage is done to both shield and health.
  • Object stacks no longer appear as 0 ammo when looted.
  • Map marker icons now properly appear even while on the Starter Island.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes map markers wouldn’t be removed when pressing right click and moving the mouse slightly.
  • Fixed an issue where the player was unable to drop or split an item after dropping a full stack of items.


  • The cape on the Battlehound* Outfit is now available as Back Bling.
  • Added capes to the Ventura* and Venturion* Outfits.
  • *Anyone who purchased these Outfits has been granted the Back Bling to be used on any other Outfit.

Bug Fixes

  • Visual effects for the Oracle Axe Pickaxe and Ominous Orb Back Bling now appear correctly on consoles.
  • Back Bling no longer appears in low detail while spectating players.


  • Removed ProAm replays from the Replay Browser.
  • Replay Browser entries will now scroll if text doesn’t fit.

Bug Fixes

  • The Replay Browser no longer loses gamepad focus if chat window is opened.


Bug Fixes

  • The shield bar no longer incorrectly fills and empties when switching between players in spectator mode.
  • Storm effects no longer get stuck on players that were in the Storm while being spectated even after leaving the Storm or after switching to a new player.


  • Added settings on mobile for low power mode and scalability.
  • Improved touch interaction logic to be more consistent and reliable.
  • Touch rotation sensitivity in the locker has been reset.

Bug Fixes

  • Vibration setting no longer resets to the wrong value on mobile devices.
  • Fixed a bug where lower end mobile devices weren’t displaying the whole island while on the bus.
  • Volume on mobile devices will no longer occasionally become muted.

How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
Epic Games
Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 10 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
Epic Games
Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.