Fortnite’s latest patch rolled out today (a little later than expected) and added new features to the Battle Royale and Save the World components of the game.
Epic Games released the 3.3 update for Fortnite this morning, bringing with it the previously announced remote explosive weapon to Battle Royale. You’ll find those rare C4 bombs in Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Supply Llamas, treasure chests, floor loot or supply drops. And yes, as previously announced, Supply Llamas — which look like purple piñatas — are now scattered throughout Battle Royale’s map.
Battle Royale players have one less weapon in their arsenals as of today: Epic has removed smoke grenades. Epic said in a recent developer update that they’re simply not being used enough by players, so the developer is putting them “in the vault” while it reevaluates the grenade.
Today’s update also adds Xbox One cross-platform play. Epic announced earlier this week that “cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-purchase, between Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS and (in the next few months) Android” was coming to Fortnite. Well, here it is. Players on Xbox One will be able to opt out of cross-platform play when they log into the game.
Fortnite version 3.3 also preps the game for a new, limited-time mode: Blitz.
“Blitz has much shorter storm times resulting in faster & more intense matches,” Epic said in today’s patch notes. Maximum match length is 15 minutes in Blitz, and matches will start with the storm circle already closing in over the island. That shorter match length also means some appropriate tweaks to loot drops:
Increased chances of treasure chests spawning from 50-70% to 80-90%.
Increased chances of ammo boxes spawning from 65-80% to 85-95%.
Floor Loot spawns nearly 100% of the time.
Supply Drop spawn interval lessened from 180s (+/- 30s) to 80s (+/- 20s).
Supply Drop descent time shortened from 60s to 30s.
Launchpad spawn likelihood greatly increased.
Blitz will be enabled in Fortnite: Battle Royale on Monday, March 19.
On the Save the World side of Fortnite, Epic has added the Luck of the Storm questline, which introduces some St. Patrick’s Day-themed cosmetic rewards. Here’s what’s involved in the latest quest of Fortnite’s “Spring it On!” event:
Battle lucky Husks, uncover treacherous treasures, track mythical spokescreatures, and brave springtime storm shenanigans!
Quest rewards include an Epic Leprechaun Survivor + your choice of one of three Legendary St. Patrick’s themed Heroes:
Luck Demolisher Wildcat
Highland Warrior Wildcat
Battle Hound Jonesy
Check out the full patch notes for Fortnite v3.3 on the game’s website.