New release date and time announced for v6.21 update in Fortnite - what to expect [UPDATED] - Dexerto

New release date and time announced for v6.21 update in Fortnite – what to expect [UPDATED]

Published: 30/Oct/2018 22:13 Updated: 31/Oct/2018 19:13

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have announced the date and time for when the upcoming v6.21 update in Fortnite is expected to be released.

The update is scheduled to go live on Thursday, November 1 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 8 AM BST and will require downtime, which means that matchmaking will likely be disabled 20-25 minutes prior. 

Epic announced this update on October 30 via a post on the official Fortnite Twitter page.

This update will be the fifth update in Fortnite since the start of Season 6, and the first since the Fortnitemares in-game event began last week.

As with all previous updates, players will have to wait until the downtime for the patch notes to be released about everything that will be included in this latest patch.

However, one thing that is expected to be added via this update is the new “gravity defying” balloons that can be seen in the pre-lobby announcement screen when loading up Fortnite Battle Royale. 

As the tweet above hints at, these balloons will allow players to float above the map in Fortnite, and the more balloons a player possesses, the higher they can soar.

In addition to this new item, players can also expect new cosmetic items to be added via this update, which data miners will likely locate and leak shortly after it goes live.

Epic could also add further Halloween-themed cosmetics, map changes, and in-game items for Fortnitemares, since the event isn’t ending until November 26.

Make sure to follow us @Dexerto and monitor the Dexerto Fortnite page as we will provide details on any leaked cosmetics, the full patch notes, details on all changes, and more.

UPDATE – The update was originally set to go live on October 31, but a “last minute issue” has forced Epic to reschedule the release to November 1.


How to redeem Fortnite FNCS Season 5 Twitch drops: stream schedule, rewards, more

Published: 27/Jan/2021 21:48

by Tanner Pierce


Epic Games have announced more details about the upcoming FNCS tournament for Fortnite Season 5, including some of the Twitch drops players will be able to get their hands on by watching the streams and the schedule of events. 

If you’ve been wondering what incentives you might be getting to watch the upcoming FNCS Season 5 tournament then you’re questions have finally been answered.

With the tournament only a couple days away, Epic has gone ahead and revealed some cool new drops that players will be able to get their hands on during the event, including some sprays, a loading screen, and more, simply by tuning into the tournament on Twitch.

Here’s how you can make sure that you’ll get the rewards.

Fortnite FNCS Season 5 Twitch drops

Epic Games
Epic has unveiled some loot that players will be able to get their hands on during the tournament.

Like most games nowadays, Epic Games is utilizing Twitch drops to give players an incentive to watch the FNCS Season 5 tournament. This means that, if you watch the tournament on various officially-supported streams that have drops enabled, you will be able to earn in-game items for Fortnite.

Some of them are a bit small like an FNCS spray and emoticon, but two of the more significant items is that of a special loading screen which features some of the characters featured in the Season 5 battle pass, as well as a cool, foam finger-style back bling.

All in all, it’s nothing too crazy, but it’s still a nice little reward for watching the tournament.

How to earn Twitch drops

Like any other Twitch drop, players will have to have their Twitch and Epic Games accounts linked before they can start earning their rewards. To do that, you’ll need to follow some simple steps, courtesy of the developers themselves.

  • Go to Epic Game’s official “Connected Accounts” page
  • Sign-in to your Epic Games account
  • Click on the “Connect” button under the Twitch tab
  • Click “Link your Account”
  • Sign-in to your Twitch account at the prompt
  • Select “Authorize”

After that, your Epic account and your Twitch account should be linked together and you’ll be able to earn items on drop-enabled streams. Once you get them, you should see them in a notification at the top of your Twitch page and they should appear in-game soon.

FNCS Season 5 streaming schedule

If you’re wondering the full streamable events, we have you covered. Epic says that they’ll be streaming the most “pivotal” stages of the competition, which only include the final rounds of the qualifiers, as well as the semi-finals and finals.

This means that, while qualifiers themselves will take place from Feb 4-7, Feb 11-14, and Feb 18-21 respectively, the only ones that will be streamed will be the final days on Feb 7, 11, and 21.

The full breakdown of times can be found below:

  • EU Region Broadcast
    • Start time: 1 PM EST
    • EU Live Coverage: 1:15 PM EST
    • Broadcast end: 4:30 PM EST
  • NA Region Broadcast
    • Start time: 5 PM EST
    • NAE Live Coverage: 5:15 PM EST
    • Break: 8:30 PM EST
    • NAW Live Coverage: 9:15 PM EST
    • Broadcast end: 12:20 AM EST

It’s important to remember that you watch either an official stream from Epic Games or a supported stream with drops enabled, otherwise you won’t get all the cool loot.

As more information comes out, like a change to the schedule or additions to the drops, we’ll keep this article updated.