It’s only been a week since the last Fortnite update, but Epic Games are back with the v14.40 patch for the battle royale title, bringing back the Fortnitemares event and vaulting the Charge Shotgun on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, with Marvel stars invading the island as they prepare for the attack of the evil Galactus, which will likely close out the season with a huge event. While characters like Wolverine, Dr. Doom, and Black Panther are here, they’re not the only visitors to appear in the game.
It’s late October, and that can only mean one thing in Fortnite: the ghoulish Fortnitemares annual event is back! This Halloween-themed patch marks the return of Midas, who’s out for revenge after his massive experiment backfired back in Season 2.
With spooky season well underway, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s v14.40 patch.
Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes
Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
It’s October, and that means Halloween is right around the corner! Spooky season in Fortnite means Fortnitemares is back, and this year, Midas is out for revenge. which will arrive in the game on October 21, and run until November 3.
Epic Games say players should prepare for “ghostly new gameplay,” as the popular event returns with a terrifying twist in Solos, Duos, and Squads, meaning you can go it alone or team up with your buddies to experience the 2020 offering of Fortnitemares. After being eliminated from these modes, you can return as a Shadow for your shot at a Nightmare Royale, and join fellow Shadows to defeat the remaining competitors using your otherworldly abilities.
Fortnite fans will remember that Midas disappeared after his experiment with the Device went wrong at The Agency, causing the entire map to be submerged underwater thanks to his unfortunate mishap.
Now, the reawakened Midas is back and has laid claim to The Agency, with players joining his army to “fight alongside friend and foe alike and snatch a shadowy victory from the living.” Who makes up his army? None other than his Shadow Henchmen, who will turn you into one of their kind if you get too close. With Midas on the prowl and the Shadow realm invading, get ready for a hectic Halloween unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Vengeance is a dish best… served… GOLD!#Fortnitemares is back! Shadow Midas has taken over The Authority with his reawakened Henchmen. Stop him before you turn into a Shadow yourself.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 21, 2020
Charge Shotgun vaulted in Trick or Treat Loot Pool changes
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the v14.40 update is the news that the Charge Shotgun has been placed in the vault for the foreseeable future, leaving the Pump and Combat Shotguns as the weapons left in the class.
There are some new additions to the game though, with Epic confirming that “ghoulish weapons” have returned to aid you in the “shadowy showdown.” The Witches Broom will help players soar through the skies, while new consumables in the form of sweets like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans will help you in your fight too. Superpowers have also been rotated again.
– Pepper Ming
– Hop Drop
– Candy Corn
– Jelly Bean
– Thermal Taffy
— HYPEX 🎃 (@HYPEX) October 13, 2020
Massive PC patch
For those who play on PC, you’ll notice that today’s patch is huge compared to normal weekly updates, coming in at a whopping 27GB when you attempt to download it. There is a reason for this though, and one that will help players in the long term.
The reason behind the huge update is that Epic Games have made optimizations to the game, which result in a massively reduced file size for the overall game, cutting over 60GB off the complete game, while also improving loading performance and making for smaller downloads for future patches.
Please note the patch size will be larger than normal on PC (approx. 27 GB). This is to make optimizations on PC resulting in a massively reduced Fortnite file size (over 60 GB smaller), smaller downloads for future patches, and improved loading performance.
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) October 20, 2020
Fortnite v14.40 bug fixes
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.