Fortnite’s latest content update didn’t require any downtime, and it brings some fun new stuff to the game that will make this an interesting week. Let’s dig into the biggest changes.
The Guided Missile is back
“In its time away, the Guided Missile has been tweaked and tuned down as it was too strong upon its initial release,” the Fortnite team wrote in the patch notes.
This is how the new version of the weapon will work:
- Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
- Fuse duration reduced from 18 to 15 seconds.
- Movement Speed decreased from 1100 to 1000.
- Reload time increased to 2.4/2.2.
- Reduced player damage from 105/110 down to 74/77 damage.
- Reduced structure damage down from 1100 to 400.
- Explosions now damage structures with no regard for Line of Sight.
- Guided Missile can also be controlled via keyboard using the default movement inputs.
So yeah, the Guided Missile has been nerfed pretty severely, especially when it comes to attacking structures themselves.
Slurp Juice is back! Or, at least, it should be!
Although players in the subreddit are still reporting problems with, Epic has tweeted that some of the updates aren’t live in the game yet, so who knows?
We have some content that hasn't made it into the game yet. We're working on it and it should arrive in a short while. Sorry for the delay!— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 31, 2018
Blow everyone up in Fly Explosives limited time mode
Jetpacks are back, and now you can fly them into battle with a lot of weapons that blow up. Here are the details:
- Only Explosive Weapons can be found in this mode.
- Floor Loot spawners will occasionally spawn Jetpacks.
- Fly Explosives Jetpacks have increased fuel regen rate & decreased burn rate compared to Default Jetpacks, to keep pilots in the sky a bit longer.
- Between-storm wait times have been reduced due to players needing less time to find adequate loot (avg. match length should be lower than 20m).
- Rocket Ammunition capped at 120.
- Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode.
Fly around and blow stuff up? Sounds fun. Bringing back items and weapons that have been removed from the core game for limited-time modes seems like a good way to mix things up, since they’re so easy to ignore if you stay away from those modes. I’m looking forward to trying this out later today; I’ll let you know how it goes.
Jetpacks and Guided Missiles are back in Playground mode as well
Go flying with your friends, away from the pressures of the competitive modes. Playing with Guided Missiles in this open environment is also a good opportunity to learn exactly what they can and can’t do in the game. The jetpacks will only be available as long as the Fly Explosives mode is active.
Nameplates removed for plays on the opposite team in Playground
This bug meant that you could always see where other players were in Playground, even if you were playing a skirmish with teams. This fix makes it much easier to set up ad hoc deathmatches or practice your sniping skills.