Fortnite Update 16.10 Patch Notes Add Raptors And Switch Improvements

The new Fortnite patch is here, and those conspicuous eggs have hatched to reveal raptors.

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Epic Games has released the first major patch of Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 6. The 16.10 update is now live on all platforms, and as expected, the eggs found around the island have now hatched, revealing raptors inside, and a number of other changes have been made as well. Nintendo Switch players can also expect what Epic says are some notable technical improvements, with a boost in performance and frame rate, as well as a very slight reduction in file size.

The full patch notes also include a nerf to the Primal Shotgun by way of a lowered firing rate, adjustments to crafting, and the addition of Animal Bones and Mechanical Parts to floor loot. That means players will no longer need to rely on finding those crafting items on wildlife, vehicles, or the NPCs who sell them, though those hotspots are probably still going to be your best bets.

With more abundant crafting parts also comes a change to how much of each resource players will need, as Epic revealed patch 16.10 will cause upgrade costs to scale with a Makeshift weapon's rarity. It won't be the standard four Animal Bones or four Mechanical Parts anymore, it seems, though this may also mean more common weapons take even fewer resources to craft than what players have been used to so far this season. Despite this change, in Arena, improvements still cost four parts, but this is due to a bug that Epic is aware of.

But the most in-your-face change is of course the presence of raptors, which you can get a look at in the video below. Epic had previously teased that new wildlife would emerge over the course of the season; one of the key additions in Season 6 is the ability to tame animals.

For Switch players specifically, Epic says it's reduced the game's file size by 140 MB and upgraded its renderer, which should lead to a resolution boost in handheld and docked modes. It claims it's done this without sacrificing performance, and in fact, the frame rate should now be most consistent. Dynamic resolution scaling is still used, but it's now less aggressive; Epic says it should lead to a 38% increase in handheld mode (for an expected resolution of 1170x660, up from 1000x560 previously). In docked mode, the expected resolution is now 1560x880, up from 1390x780. You can check out the comparison images below to see the improvements in action.

Raz's Spire Quest has also arrived with the patch, and you can complete that now for some XP. In the meantime, you can read the full version 16.10 patch notes below.

Fortnite version 16.10 patch notes

  • A new apex predator stalks the Island
  • Crafting and loot adjustments
  • Creative Powerups now support Team, Class, and All combinations
  • Coming April 3rd at 8 PM ET: new Save the World Ventures Season
  • Primal Shotgun fire rate reduced
  • Makeshift Shotgun adjustments
  • Crafting material costs now scale with Makeshift rarity
  • Animal Bones and Mechanical Parts can appear as added floor loot

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