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Jetpacks Go Live as All-New Backpack Item Type is Announced for Fortnite Battle Royale Along With Two New Limited Time Modes - V4.2 Content Update Patch Notes

by Ross Deason

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s new V4.2 Content Update has gone live and yes, Jetpacks are officially in the game!

Epic Games, the developers behind Fortnite, have done an almost perfect job of keeping their game fresh and exciting since it originally began to blow up in late 2017.

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They 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 May 22nd V4.2 content update promises to be get the same reaction as the long awaited Jetpacks are finally in the game.

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The Jetpacks are part of an all-new item type named "Backpacks" which are different to "Back Bling" and will fill an inventory slot, just like other weapons and consumables, and be strictly used for gameplay.

The Jetpacks are clearly the first of many Backpacks which will be added to the game and will offer "additional mobility" in the air but they will have a limited charge and players cannot enter targeting mode while using one.

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The update also introduces the return of the "Solid Gold" Limited Time Mode and, as if this wasn't enough, a second Limited Time Mode named "Close Encounters" which uses Shotguns and Jetpacks (Close Encounters doesn't seem to have gone live yet).

The full Fortnite Battle Royale patch notes for the May 22nd V4.2 content update are as follows:

BATTLE ROYALE

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Jetpack added.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Found in Treasure Chests.
    • The Jetpack is the first of a new item type: Backpacks.
      • Backpacks take an inventory slot (like weapons & consumables) and can be moved to different positions.
      • Only one Backpack can be carried at a time.
        • If you pick up a different Backpack, it will be automatically swapped with the one currently equipped.
      • When a Backpack is fully consumed, it will be automatically destroyed.
      • While a Backpack is equipped, your Back Bling cosmetics will be hidden.
        • Back Bling will be reapplied when the Backpack is no longer equipped.
    • The Jetpack is engaged by jumping while in mid-air, providing additional mobility.
      • While flying, there is a limited duration it can be used before it must charge again.
        • Recharge begins when the Jetpack is not in use.
      • You can not enter Targeting Mode while in the air.
        • On controller, using the Targeting Mode input will trigger the Jetpack.

GAMEPLAY

  • Limited Time Mode: Solid Gold v2
    • All weapon drops are legendary!
      • Floor Drops: High chance of Hand Cannon & Suppressed Pistols. Low chance of Assault Rifle & Sniper Rifle.
      • Chests: High chance of Assault Rifle, Minigun & Sniper Rifle. Low chance of Heavy Shotgun & Rocket/Grenade Launchers. No Pistols.
      • Supply Drops: High chance of Rocket/Grenade Launchers, Medium chance of Sniper Rifles. Low chance of Heavy Shotgun & Assault Rifles. No Pistols.
    • 50% extra stone and metal resources gained from farming.
    • Stone Floor Drops increased to 60 per pickup.
    • Metal Floor Drops increased to 90 per pickup.
    • Increased drop rates of: Chug Jugs, Slurp Juice, Shields, all Special Grenades, Launch Pads and Campfires.
    • Decreased drop rates of: Grenades, Spike Traps and Bandages.
  • Limited Time Mode: Close Encounters
    • Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks!
    • The only guns in this mode are the various types of Shotguns.
      • Jetpacks & Heavy Shotguns can be found in Chests & Supply Drops.
      • Other Shotgun types are spawned as Floor Loot.
    • The storm moves in more quickly than normal mid to late game.
    • Typical match length is about 15 minutes.
    • Stats are enabled for this mode.