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Surprise Fortnite update fixes bugs and new skin styles - Patch notes

by Calum Patterson
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Epic Games have released a surprise update for Fortnite on January 29, adding new content to battle royale and changes to the Save the World mode.

There is one more significant update expected before Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 starts on February 20, v11.50. This is not that update, but appears to be a small content drop following the v11.40 patch.

Epic Games hadn't previously announced that this update was coming, and there's no downtime expected as it's only a small patch.

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The second season of Fortnite Chapter 2 is on the way, but not until mid-February

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New football skin styles

According to Fortnite leaker ShiinaBR, the main addition for battle royale players are the new skin styles for the football outfits, plus a new emote.

The leaker also explains that there are "several updates for Save the World", but there's no mention of anything fresh for Creative mode.

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The leaker has posted a video showing all the new styles, and the emote in action. The emote is called 'Free Mix', and is 'Rare' rarity.

Ziplines have also been fixed earlier than anticipated, with a total of ten bug fixes listed in this patch according to the Trello board:

  • Ziplines re-enabled
  • Fixed unintentionally editing building pieces through floors.
  • Fixed editing structures when looking straight down.
  • Fixed no sound on PC.
  • Fixed Quick Bar inadvertently defaulting to off on all platforms.
  • Fixed Overtime Challenge “Visit different bus stops” not tracking for all bus stops.
  • Fixed Star Wars Legacy entries disappearing
  • Fixed “F” key not enabling proper movement after direction remap.
  • Fixed Editing quickly causing players to remain in Edit mode.
  • Fixed Sniper Rifle crosshairs disappearing when players fall into a Hideout.

Save the World updates

Unfortunately, for players desperate for new battle royale content, the bulk of this update is for Save the World. Epic has released a full Homebase Status Report detailing what's coming to the mode this week.

One of the main additions is the new 'Vacuum Tube bow', which fires an arrow which will ricochet lightning between enemies.

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The new Vacuum Tube Bow coming to Save the World.

New 'Snuggle Specialist' Sarah is coming to the event store on January 31 too, at 7pm ET (4pm PT / 1am GMT).

Save the World Homebase Status Report - January 29

What’s up Homebase Heroes!

Here’s a look at what’s coming to Save the World this week.

FINAL FROST FROSTNITE CHALLENGE 

Prepare for the final Frostnite weekly challenge, Final Frost! This challenge combines mechanics from Frosty Turf, New Wave Holiday, Superheated, and Top It Off. Fight off the frost to unlock the Vacuum Tube Bow.

VACUUM TUBE BOW

It’s electrifying! Hit the Husks with this deadly weapon to ricochet lightning between your enemies. Fires an arrow that drops over time. Damage, range, and velocity increase with charge time.

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SNUGGLE SPECIALIST SARAH

Snuggle Up!

  • Standard Perk: Tail of the Dragon
    • Dragon Slash leaves behind an energized trail, dealing 18 base Energy Damage per second.
  • Commander Perk: Tail of the Dragon+
    • Dragon Slash leaves behind an energized trail, dealing 45 base Energy Damage per second and slowing enemies by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Available from the Event Store starting January 31 at 7PM ET
    • Note: Event Store rotations will take place on a new release schedule of Fridays at 7PM ET, with some exceptions. Weekly Store rotations will continue on Wednesdays at 7PM ET release schedule.

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INVENTORY WIPE GRANT

Players who were impacted by the backpack and storage wipe have been given an item grant based on account level. This grant is based on player account level and contains an item pack with a plethora of materials (building, crafting, etc) to help compensate for the loss of inventory.