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Fortnite v12.30 Update patch notes: Kingsman Umbrella, Crash Pads, more

Published: 31/Mar/2020 9:17 Updated: 31/Mar/2020 9:36

by David Purcell

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Epic Games have released the latest update for their popular battle royale title Fortnite, with the 12.30 patch now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.

While Chapter 2, Season 1 was the longest in the game’s history with updates dropping infrequently, Epic Games have returned to a weekly model for Season 2, as v12.30 marks the latest in weekly patches as the developers try to keep the game feeling fresh with new additions and changes.

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As has become customary for Season 2, Epic decided not to reveal what was coming in the latest update ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t made significant changes, with a brand-new item the headline inclusion that will help players deflect bullets from enemies and negate fall damage should you use it properly.

TNTina riding her glider into The Shark.
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Big changes, like the arrival of TNTina, have happened in recent weeks.

Kingsman Umbrella

Fortnite has two new items following the March 31 update, as the Kingsman Umbrella joins the game, a melee weapon that can also deflect bullets and allow players to leap off tall buildings without taking fall damage.

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Players can hold the umbrella open to deflect shots from enemies, although they are unable to fire a weapon while doing so, and can use it to gracefully descend to the ground when they jump from heights that would normally see them take damage. Spinning the Kingsman builds up energy which players can then use to attack someone with, allowing them to leap across the ground and smack an opponent with it.

You can take a look at the Kingsman in action below.

Crash Pads

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The other new item in v12.30 is the Crash Pad, which gives Fortnite players another way of avoiding fall damage. These items can be placed underneath your character when you fall from great heights, bouncing you to safety instead of allowing you to plummet to your demise and out of the match.

The big inflatable item can simply be thrown towards the ground as you fall, and you can view them in action below.

Bug fixes

There are a number of bugs that have been flagged by members of the community and since recognized by Fortnite developers. The following list has been taken from Epic’s official Fortnite Trello board confirming known issues that have been addressed by the v12.30 Update.

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General

  • Tournament scores are visually incorrect in Lobby and in-match

Battle Royale

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  • Unintentional Carry or Shakedown on controller
  • Spy Games: Stuck on “Select Tech” screen
  • Style selections for certain locker items not saving
  • Harpoon Gun not catching loot consistently
  • Auto Pick Up not functioning properly
  • Deadpool Plunger not visible on 4:3 aspect ratio

Creative

  • Billboard Settings do not save when copied
  • Interactive UI not functioning properly when using the Quick Menu on mobile

Save the World

  • Cosmetics may not load properly for players when joining a mission
  • Defender Eliminations do not count towards quest credit
  • Spawn rate for Love Lobbers is too high during encounters
  • Love Lobbers’ projectiles are able to damage player built structures

Mobile

  • Shadows darker than expected
  • Black Bar displayed on Note 10+
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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