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Fortnite’s new update adds vending machines, all-explosives mode

Trade in materials for random loot with v3.4’s new content update

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The latest update for Fortnite Battle Royale adds vending machines to the game that will sell players randomized loot. At first glance, that might sound a bit loot box-y, but Fortnite’s new vending machines look more like an easy way to spend surplus in-game materials (not real-world money) in the hopes of scoring something good.

According to Epic’s latest patch notes for Fortnite — the developer describes this as a content update, a weekly refresh of the game that won’t require a totally new patch — vending machines will be scattered throughout the game. Each machine will offer three different deals, with rarity and items offered at random.

Here’s how those new vending machines work:

  • Items found in a Common (white) version will cost 100 materials.
  • Items found in a Uncommon (green) version will cost 200 materials.
  • Items found in a Rare (blue) version will cost 300 materials.
  • Items found in a Epic (purple) version will cost 400 materials.
  • Items found in a Legendary (gold) version will cost 500 materials.
  • Each Vending Machine will sell three items, one for each material type (Wood, Stone, Metal).
  • It will cycle through each of the three items on a short timer. To switch items faster, hit the Vending Machine with your Pickaxe.

This week’s update also changes how some weapons behave in Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic has added “first-shot accuracy” to weapons like the pistol, tactical submachine gun and assault rifle. “When aiming, standing still, and the weapon has not fired recently, the first shot will be 100% accurate,” Epic said. “When this is active, the aim reticle will be completely closed in to indicate this state.”

Battle Royale players can also enjoy an updated game mode, High Explosives v2. That explosive mode throws way more grenades and rocket launchers at players — all other non-explosive weapons have been removed from that game mode.

More details on the latest update to Fortnite are available at Epic’s website.