New Fortnite Update Brings Back Gifting, Adds New Rifle, And Much More

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The latest for Epic Games’ Fortnite has brought a bounty of new goodies for players to enjoy, including the return of others. With the likes of Apex Legends now on the rise, Epic has seemingly turned things up a bit, implementing a host of fixes and more with v7.40.

Gifting is back, but only for a limited time. This means that players will be able to send items to others in-game, and Epic has even included a free glider that fans will be able to give to their Valentines “for FREE until Friday, February 15 at 7pm ET.”

What may be one of the cooler features in the update is the ability to ear the Season 8 Battle Pass for free. All players have to do is “complete 13 free Overtime Challenges by February 27” and they will receive the Battle Pass at no additional cost. Plenty more goodies have also arrived, such as the Infantry Rifle, new LTMs, and much more, especially for Creative and Save the World. We’ve gathered a few of the highlights for you below, but the full patch notes can be found right here.

Fortnite is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as we learn more, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:

What say you, gamers? Do you believe Epic is rolling out the big guns to combat the rise of Apex Legends? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7! Without further ado, here are some of the big highlights from this week’s Fortnite update:

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Infantry Rifle
    • Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
      • Deals 41, 43, 45 damage. 2x headshot multiplier.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.
    • Fires quick-moving projectiles without damage falloff.
  • Improvements to the Bush consumable.
    • Now absorbs one instance of weapon damage before being removed from the owner. Fall damage will not remove the Bush.
    • Now translucent (for the Bush wearer only!) in order to allow for better visibility of surroundings.
  • Hand Cannon
    • Epic rarity
      • Reduced environmental damage from 150 to 100.
    • Legendary rarity
      • Reduced environmental damage from 157 to 105.
  • Rocket Launcher
    • Shifted availability of Rocket Launchers out of Chests and into Supply Drops.
      • Removed Rocket Launchers from Chests.
      • Increased the chance of receiving a Rocket Launcher from Supply Drops from 25% to 50%.
    • Epic rarity
      • Reload speed increased from 2.66 to 3.42.
      • Now only available from Vending Machines
    • Legendary rarity
      • Reload speed increased from 2.52 to 3.24.
  • Unvaulted
    • Clingers
    • Cupid’s Crossbow – Limited Time Item
      • Epic Rarity.
      • Infinite ammo.
      • Bodyshot Damage: 79.
      • Headshot Damage: 197.
      • Can be found in Floor Loot and Chests.
      • Does 1 environmental damage.
  • Vaulted
    • Grenades

GAMEPLAY

  • Added Pop-Up Cup settings to default playlists
    • We’re introducing a few larger changes into the default Fortnite playlist as a test. We’ve seen these settings in pop-up cups result in more engaging fights and allowing players to gain more consistent rewards for the risk of engagement.
    • Based on the positive feedback we received during these specific Pop-Up cups, we’re implementing the following adjustments:
      • 50 Health (or Shield) based on your health when the Elimination occurs.
      • 50/50/50 materials dropped on Elimination
      • 500/500/500 Cap on materials
      • Harvest rate increased by 40%
    • We’ll be closely monitoring feedback on this change – play a couple matches and let us know what you think!
  • Removed the ability for the X4 Stormwing to break through structures and large objects.
    • Small props will still be destroyed from direct hit from an X4 Stormwing.
  • Changes to Ziplines
    • Ziplines are now interact to engage.
    • Ziplines grant fall damage immunity.
    • Ziplines now have an audio visualizer icon.
  • Final Circle adjustments
    • Increased the travel distance by 48%.
    • Shrink time has been increased from 45 seconds to 75 seconds.
  • PC, Mac, and console players can now crouch while in Edit Mode.
    • Gamepad players can assign this through custom gamepad controls.
    • Note: This functionality is coming to mobile soon.
  • Turbo Building
    • Reduced the initial timer for turbo building from 0.15 to 0.05.

EVENTS

  • New Tournament Series – ‘Share The Love Series’ (Solo & Duo)
    • Available from February 14 until February 24.
    • Players will compete across any of four division tournaments:
      • Open Division
      • Prospect Division
      • Contender Division
      • Champion Division
    • Earning enough points during any nightly session to receive a pin will unlock the next highest division.
    • Earning a pin during a Champion Division session will advance to Round 2 – the Champion Division Finals!
    • ‘Share the Love Series’ Sprays will be granted based on the highest division achieved, including the Champion Division Finals.
    • All divisions run simultaneously and share the same tournament schedule.  The full schedule for your server region can be viewed from the Events tab.
  • New Tournament – ‘Trios One Day Cup’
    • Available on February 17
    • Grab a couple of your best friends and join in for the Trios One Day Cup, going from a fully Open tournament to an intense final round with the best Trios in a single day.
    • The tournament takes place across three rounds – earn a pin during each round to advance.
    • The full schedule for your server region can be viewed within the Events tab.
  • Tournaments can now take place across multiple rounds, with players needing to earn a pin in order to unlock the next round of the tournament.
  • Multiple tournaments are now able to be running at the same time.
  • Reduced the maximum matchmaking time for tournaments from 5 minutes to 4 minutes.
    • This value limits the amount of time a player can wait for a match in a tournament before they create the best match possible at that time.
  • Increased the minimum amount of players for tournament matches from 80 to 90.
  • Streamer Mode can now be used during tournament play.
  • In-game leaderboards are now fully available in all regions, for each tournament session. These can be accessed inside of the tournament page by clicking on any tournament session.

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