The long-awaited comet is finally here! Fortnite update 4.0 is live, and lots of changes come with it, and this Battle Royale is getting crazier than ever. The comet shards are ablaze, and they have altered the map as you know it! Starting today, the Season 4 is open and it is live on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The iOS version is getting additional updates – like certain optimizations – so we are even more excited.
So the comet fragments that I mentioned above are a huge part of this update as they brought forth new features to the map and the experience overall has changed with it, you’ll see. You can utilize these shards for different purposes, like getting lift up for somewhat of a low-gravity play.
Here is the short but awesome trailer for the update:
There are so many tweaks in this update, and I will cover them below. This update also brings destructible objects – lots of them. Yes, even in the lobby, I know you are curious. I suppose that the only thing which stays indestructible is the Battle Bus. Before we venture to patch notes, let me tell you that the servers are back up, and you can just proceed and play it if you aren’t interested in learning details for this season.
“V4.0 PATCH NOTES
Input settings are now filtered based on game mode.
They’ve also been grouped by category (Combat, Building, Editing, etc.) to make it easier to search through them.
Added icons for the tabs at the top of the Settings screen.
Added “Ignore Gamepad Input” option to the Accessibility settings tab.
This setting can be helpful to players who use external programs to remap their controller input and need the game to ignore the controller input.
Fixed a crash when using radial menus.
Improved texture streaming behavior when using a scope.
Fixed some objects being rendered using low-resolution textures.
Fixed weapon ammo count display in the HUD sometimes being incorrect.
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Structures on the starting island can now be destroyed. Not the Battle Bus, though.
Headshots are now prioritized when other body parts are in the way.
Incoming headshots (from above or straight on) will no longer be blocked by your character’s other body parts.
For example, a shot that hits your target’s hand will be able to penetrate through and hit their head if your aim was on point. You’ll be credited headshot damage instead of normal damage.
Headshots from below that are blocked by a body part (legs, torso, hands, shoulders, arms) will do normal damage, except for impacts very close to your character’s head.
This change affects all weapons, except for the Rocket Launcher and Grenade Launcher.
Slightly reduced the hitbox size of player hands.
Damage numbers are now visible when spectating a player.
Knocking a player off the island will award elimination credit like normal fall damage.
Fall distance is now shown in the elimination feed when a player is forced to fall by an opponent.
On the starting island, you can now see other players (and player-created structures) about three times further away than before.
Fixed an issue that would cause player built structures to appear intact for a few seconds after eliminating an enemy and destroying the structure at the same time.
This caused players to “phase through” the structure.
Fixed cases where pickups moved erratically when sliding down slopes.
Fixed an issue where destroying a building from under an enemy wouldn’t award kill credit.
Fixed an issue where swinging the pickaxe could cause movement stuttering.
Fixed an issue where some pre-placed wooden archways could not be destroyed by player built structures.
Fixed an issue that made the Battle Bus appear to quickly fly off the map after jumping from it.
Fixed an issue that would pause a downed players health bar if their reviver disconnected while reviving them.
You can now mark cosmetic items as favorites in the Locker.
‘Random’ option added to each cosmetic equipment slot in the Locker.
This will randomly choose between items you’ve marked as favorites each match (or from all owned items if nothing is marked as a favorite).
You are no longer limited to just the 6 slots on your emote wheel for Sprays and Emotes and can now use any of the ones you own in a match!
The Locker slots act as a page of presets, but you can cycle through to any emotes marked as a favorite and then all emotes, sorted by type (PS4: L1/R1; XB1: LB/RB; PC: Mouse Wheel; Mobile: Buttons added next to radial menu).
Added new “Locker Emote Slot” button bindings, which allow you to immediately trigger any of your 6 Emote or Spray presets.
While Auto Run is active, an icon is now displayed.
Improved the look and feel of the Game options tab.
Slightly decreased the size of the arrow over players heads when they are close to you.
The fourth and fifth weapon slots will now default to keys 5 and 6 instead of Z and X when using the “Reset to Defaults” option.
The 4:3 aspect ratio is now supported.
Fixed an issue where the compass showed ‘360’ when it should have been ‘359’.
Fixed an issue where players could get stuck on the Inventory screen when opening and closing it very quickly multiple times in a row.
Fixed an issue where the “Show Net Stats” HUD option would be reset to off after restarting the game.
Fixed an issue that caused consumable timers to not display when using a consumable immediately after canceling one.
Fixed a spelling error in the description for Tomatohead.
The Squad Comms wheel can now be closed with circle on PS4 controllers, and B on Xbox controllers.
Weapon slot keybinding options are no longer called “Ability Slots” in the input menu
WEAPONS + ITEMS
The Crossbow has been vaulted.
Rocket Launcher aim reticle is now a fixed size regardless of player movement.
Hit markers are now displayed when looking through a scope.
Increased pickaxe damage against Supply Llamas, now dealing 50 damage per hit.
Fixed an issue where a weapon could have no ammo when dropping it immediately after picking it up.
Improved pickaxe swing responsiveness when switching from a weapon to the pickaxe and immediately holding the swing button.
Fixed an issue that prevented Hunting Rifles from auto reloading if it was fired immediately after a reload.
Fixed an issue that allowed grenades to be thrown in rapid succession while sprinting.
Fixed an issue where aiming a grenade throw and then switching to build mode wouldn’t cancel the throw.
Fixed an issue with the Builder Pro configuration that caused the players weapon to fire while trying to build in some cases.
Clingers will now properly cling to falling Supply Drops.
Added an in-game player list to Replays.
Leaving a Replay will now take you back to the Replay browser.
Renaming Replays is now limited to 32 characters.
Increased the size of name column in Replay browser.
Fixed the alignment of the eliminations column in Replay browser.
Fixed an issue where Replay Browser list couldn’t be navigated with gamepad after canceling renaming a replay.
ART + ANIMATION
Hunting Rifle mesh and animations have been updated.
Shotguns, Revolver, Hand Cannon, and Rocket Launcher have had their equip animations improved – they should now match the equip time.
Their equip timing remains the same.
The dust cloud that appears on player landings now shows for all players.
Storm wind now affects trees within the storm.
Fixed the Supply Llama not playing destruction effects when killed by projectiles.
Fixed an issue that caused Back Bling to display improperly after using a Launch Pad.
Players can now emote while rocket riding.”
And there you go. Lots of stuff, huh? Yeah, I know! This update is amazing, especially if you are playing the Battle Royale on iOS. The quickbar will finally let you drag and drop stuff from your inventory, and there is also a new ‘repair buildings’ button, which I whined about a lot before. I love it. Thank you, Epic Games. An auto-run option can now be visible after running for approximately three seconds, so you don’t have to hold it all the time. The game is generally better optimized for iOS, so it should now work on low-end devices, and the instances where it had hiccups before (like jumping out of the Battle Bus) are now smooth and enjoyable – I suppose the drawing distance got scaled differently, so the game doesn’t load any unnecessary assets in high quality before the player is close enough.
Don’t forget that we are also getting Battle Pass rewards and challenges. The meteorites that caused frames to skip (hello, Blighttown from Dark Souls) are now stabilized. The issue where the console players (both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4) couldn’t rename or save their replays has been fixed. Most importantly, the game should never crash on mobile devices like it used to – or so the Epic promises. Oh, I almost forgot – you won’t clip through the enemy buildings anymore! Anyway, hope that you will have fun with this update because I am sure that I will! See you on the battlefield!