Fortnite's New Update Is Out Now On PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Changes, tweaks, and Chug Jugs.

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Fortnite's latest patch is out now, after Epic Games' server maintenance went longer than anticipated. However, the game is back up and running now and features some tweaks and and improvements to various parts of the game.

Following issues with server maintenance, update 2.3.0 was released to Fortnite on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it focuses a lot on bug fixes, item balancing, and small, quality-of-life improvements. For example, Epic has added auto-run to the game, triggered by pressing "=" and "NumLock" on PC, and by double-clicking the left stick on consoles. In addition, it has added the Chug Jug item, which takes 15 seconds to consume but grants max Health and Shields. Additionally, you'll no longer earn stat or challenge progress when quitting a match early. Those will only be awarded upon elimination or victory.

In the Save the World game mode, the Mutant Storm Event has begun once again. This time around, Mutant Storms will appear more frequently, and Mutant Storm mission alerts award Storm Tickets as well as Evolution Materials. You can see the rest of the Mutant Storm features and additions in the patch notes.

Epic originally took Fortnite down late last night in order to work on its servers and deploy the update, but the outage lasted longer than it anticipated. According to a post by Epic on Fortnite's subreddit, the outage resulted from issues with a database.

"During our downtime to upgrade to 2.3, we were performing recommended tasks to resolve a lingering database issue," it wrote. 'Those tasks ended up causing the database to go into a bad state. After significant consideration, we decided our best option was to restore from a backup at the moment we took the servers down for the patch. Our first restore failed (due to issues unrelated with the quality of the backup) and we're working on a second attempt at the restore. We're on it and it will be up as soon as humanly possible."

Finally, about 14 hours after Fornite was taken down, it went live again, complete with the new 2.3.0 patch. In other news, Fortnite received an even more substantial patch that significantly reworked the map.

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When is the full game becoming free? I wanna try out the co-op mode

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@crunkster64: The game will never be free. It's excessively pay2win.

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@crunkster64: They've made more than $40M selling it (possibly way more), and who-knows-how-much on selling packages of MT currency after that.

Over Xmas, they fine-tuned the Loot store such that players have better control over some of the things they can spend various currencies on, both earned and paid, and the game itself is really only missing two major features (out-of-map inventory/crafting and more endgame content). So they COULD release mid-year, but (much like ARK) I don't see them doing that.

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I like how Not-PUBG is the default now and you have to specify when changes are for the co-op mode. Sure is nice to see how they kept their promise that PvP wouldn't become the primary focus and there'd be regular new content instead of recycling old events and-- WAIT A MINUTE.

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@Xylymphydyte: Well, at least those event-specific weapons are all nicely upgrade for the current rehash... I mean, you kept at least one of the schematics (preferably to pistol), right?

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@Pyrosa: You mean the reskin guns or the ones with a slight boost to one stat for a drastic increase to crafting cost and reduction to durability?

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@Xylymphydyte: Don't forget that you get a different sound effect for your trouble & resources, too!

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@Pyrosa: Ones that deafen everyone on the entire map!

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@Xylymphydyte: Vacuum Tube Shotgun FTW here. Got all my snow-kills with that.

CHUN-KUN-THMPUMPT!!

CHUN-KUN-THMPUMPT!!

CHUN-KUN-THMPUMPT!!

...or the incessant gigging heard when someome ELSE is using the (actually kind of amazing) snowball launcher...

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@Pyrosa: I quit playing when they took away the 60fps cap on PS4 Pro, that and I was kinda disgusted with the direction the game was taking, this only gotten worse with time. So basically missed almost all of the event gear.

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