New Fortnite Patch Out Today, Adds Xbox One X Support, New Weapons, And More

Here's what's in Fortnite's 1.9.1 update.

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Epic has announced a new update for Fortnite, which will coincide with the end of the Fortnitemares Halloween event today, November 29. The 1.9.1 patch introduces new content for both the game's Save the World and free-to-play Battle Royale modes, as well as Xbox One X support.

Following today's update, Fortnite will run in 4K on Xbox One X. However, it's unclear if this will be native 4K, nor is it clear if the game will receive any other performance boosts when played on Microsoft's new console.

The new update Epic also introduces new items to the PUBG-style Battle Royale mode: smoke grenades. Like typical smoke grenades, these are non-lethal weapons that are used to obscure other players' vision. You can find them either as randomly spawning floor loot or in all container types.

In addition to smoke grenades, Epic is adding two new leaderboards to Battle Royale: Global Wins and Score. The former leaderboard showcases the top 50 players in a specific match type based on the number of wins they've racked up; the latter measures players by the total amount of experience they've gained.

Fortnite's Save the World mode is also getting a handful of new items in the form of nine new Vindertech weapons. Additionally, Epic is bringing back Mutant Storms in Save the World, which will reward you with tickets. Players who still have a lot of Halloween tickets will also receive free items; every 500 unused Halloween tickets you have will get you a Halloween llama.

Finally, the 1.9.1 update makes a number of gameplay and UI tweaks, as well as an assortment of bug fixes. You can read more about it in the patch notes--which have been taken from Epic's website--below.

Fortnite Update 1.9.1 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

Gameplay

  • Per Playlist Loot
    • Duo Playlist: Medium Ammo stack increased from 10 to 14.
    • Squad Playlist: Medium Ammo stack increased from 10 to 18.
    • These changes now apply to medium ammo stacks that are found outside of crates and ammo cans.
  • The original Rocket Launcher has replaced the Pumpkin Launcher.
  • Due to overwhelming popular demand, we have modified the normal Rocket Launcher to support rocket riding.
  • The "Outlive" Daily Challenge will no longer count members of your own team.

Bug Fixes

  • Players no longer take fall damage when jumping onto a Launch Pad from high elevations.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the incorrect animation to play when bouncing on consecutive Launch Pads.
  • Fixed the firing and reloading animations for the new Silenced SMG.
  • Fixed an issue which caused players to take fall damage when getting knocked out of skydive mode (after using a Launch Pad).
  • Fixed an incorrect animation that would play when being eliminated while using a Launch Pad.

UI

  • Players will now receive a pop-up confirmation before leaving a match if they accept an invite from a teammate that left the same match.
  • Updated "Gamepad" to "Wireless Controller" and "Controller" in the menus.
  • Daily challenges no longer automatically collect when accepting an invite.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a few localization issues in the Season Shop.
  • Rich presence is now properly localized in all languages on all platforms.
  • Changing an item in your locker while servers are down will no longer soft-lock the game client.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from navigating the locker tab after they canceled a submenu.

World

  • Environmental bush locations have been changed across the world.
  • Bushes will no longer be in different locations on different platforms.

Performance

  • Reduced hitching by pre-loading additional assets during the loading screen instead of mid-game.

Online

  • The "Invite" button on the "Party Finder" may only be pressed once per 2 seconds to prevent accidental friend invite spam.

General

Xbox One

  • Fortnite now supports Xbox One X in 4K!
  • Removed the black artifacts that appear while sprinting on Xbox One.
  • Fixed an Xbox One only issue which prevented players from logging in if they signed out and quickly signed back into their Xbox One live account in-game.

PS4

  • If a friend fails to join the party, they will no longer appear to be in party via the PS4 profile and friend's status.

Save the World

Gameplay

  • Mutant Storms
    • The Fortnitemares event has ended and Mutant Storms have returned!
    • For every 500 unspent Halloween tickets you will receive a Halloween llama, available in the loot tab.
    • Fight the storm and earn tickets from missions up to 10 times per day.
    • New Event Quests specific to Mutant Storms have been added.
  • Vindertech Weapons
    • Pulsar - Accurate burst assault rifle.
    • Burster - Pistol that fires powerful 3-shot bursts.
    • Blazer - Rapid-fire machine pistol.
    • Disintegrator - Shotgun that fires balls of plasma.
    • Jolter - Energy sniper rifle.
    • Blaster - Powerful scoped heavy pistol.
    • Slammer - High-speed rocket hammer.
    • Sever - Light energy axe with a fast attack speed.
    • Slicer - Medium energy sword.
    • Players can loot these weapons from event quests and event llamas.
  • The amount of Storm Tickets given out by Mutant Storms will now be consistent across all hexes of the same difficulty level.
  • Updated the Zapper pistol projectile to no longer inherit the velocity of the character wielding it.
    • This weapon is now more reliable and accurate.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused some of green hexes to not award XP.

UI

  • Updated Rocket Hammer descriptions to be consistent across all rarities and tiers.
  • Improved controller navigation in the Options menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused the Ninja icons to be tiny.

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when closing the game.
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It's not full 4K, look at the resolution. I wish people would just let this go, it's never going to be the 4K machine MS claim it to be. Or what people wanted it to be. This is getting old really fast, and the system isn't even selling well. Walmarts, Best Buys, Targets, Amazon, Newegg, and even Sams Club have plenty in stock. Now the S on the other hand is another story, good cheap gaming at a great price. They are the BEST SELLER at this point. Also Fortnite is just a horrible game anyway. No matter what resolution it is. Play games and quit analyzing pixels, resolution and framerates all day!!

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Installed the new patch, and the already good-looking game looks even better now. frame rate is higher, models are more detailed, and contrast is more extreme. Patch was only 3.8GB add'l, so seems more like a handful of new textures + some upscaling... Regardless, it's a nice free upgrade.

(I'll leave the tech specs to Digital Foundry.)

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@Fallenlords69:Unless, of course, the game actually wants to take an active stance against cheaters. Unlike PUBG and other games which to turn a blind eye to exploiters, I'm proud of Epic for taking a stance. They've actually earned my respect and this makes me want to play their games even more.

That said, should a 14-year-old be sued? Mmmm.... probably not. But in the same vein, I'm happy to see that they are ACTIVELY going after these cheaters.

This was most definitely NOT a bad move. This a move that earned my respect.

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@friendlyface: Actively taking a stance against cheating to my mind is fixing the exploits in your game, patching the code and locking out the user accounts of the people concerned. Perhaps with a lot more verification on account creation. It isn't taking legal action against a 14 year old. Because now it hits the press, they have a field-day because game companies are already on the back foot with regards to loot boxes and gambling.

What you end up with will be more legislation with regards to video games. Which you don't want. And Epic banging on about the user agreed this and that due to EULA is just senseless. Didn't somebody put in their EULA that they own the immortal souls of every gamer that agreed. Thousands didn't notice because nobody reads that stuff. And you can't expect a kid to understand all that legal burble. And law is a funny thing with regards to contracts, just because you put something in a contract doesn't mean it is lawful.

I think if Epic are not careful here they can open a pandora's box for the gaming industry.

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Epic getting some very good press at the moment for suing a 14 year old boy for cheating, and his mother's legal rebuke. Said this before and will say it again, bad move when a game company goes after a player of a game in a legal sense.

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just played a game, accuracy is still a joke

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Meh, I played it a few times and don't understand all the hubub with this. Or PUBG for that matter. You kids these days have no idea what a good game is. Give me Chrono Trigger, Seiken Densestu 3 or Shining Force or give me death.

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@chiefwiggum16: I was the same way until I began to win matches.

I'm almost at 75 wins. Once you learn, it's not hard to pick off the scrubs.

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@chiefwiggum16: I've had some fun with both of them, and "I get it," but it doesn't compare to any edition of UT, in terms of competitive MP.

Yeah, you sneak around with audio as your greatest advantage, and there's a lot of enjoyable tension when you're outrunning the edge and scanning for enemies. The "need for one more round" is compelling enough for a few nights, but it isn't as addicting as most other forms of MP. Maybe 10-15hrs with each of PUBG and FNBR until moving on to other things.

Fortnite STW w/friends is actually well worth the time, though. I enjoyed over 60 hours with and without groups, and still play a round or two each week.

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