Epic have released yet another update for their unbelievably successful shooter focused mainly on the Battle Royale mode, Fortnite. It is a rather small update, but it does feature a new weapon (damage over time Stink Bomb), a new game mode (Limited Time Mode: Teams of 20) and a new hero (8-bit Demolitionist).


8-bit Demo

The new hero is a Constructor Demolitionist, and he looks sweet with his 8-bit styled gear! Unfortunately, though, he offers nothing more than a cosmetic update, as he’s just a re-skin of the Event Constructor which has been available for the past two months. If you’re vying for a new Demo, you can spend your gold on him in the Event Store, but if you’re looking for new functionality, you’re better off saving your coin.


Save The World: Final Fight

The new game mode will see the initial 100 players waiting for the battle bus divided up into 5 teams of equal size and sent aboard 5 separate buses onto the map. This is a Limited Time Mode that works in the following way: after the third circle, the Storm stops, and the final circle triggers a countdown timer. When the time is up, the team that has the highest number of players alive wins the game. There can be a tie for first place with two (or even three, four or, highly unlikely, five) teams splitting up that first spot.


Stink Bomb

The main feature of this patch is the Stink Bomb, a grenade that creates a gas cloud which damages enemies who stand inside the radius for 5 damage every half-second. The cloud lasts 9 seconds, so we’re talking about a potential maximum of 90 damage on a single target. The Stink Bomb is epic rarity and can be found in Vending Machines, chests or received from floor loot. The maximum stack is 5, and you loot it in stacks of 3.


Rocket Launcher

The Rocket Launcher got a nerf this patch (some would say, a much needed one). The maximum number of unloaded Rocket Ammo that you can hold has been changed to 12, so no more crazy stacks of rockets. The reload times of the Rocket Launcher were also increased, based on rarity.


Rare Rocket Launcher – from 2.3 seconds to 2.8.

Epic Rocket Launcher – from 2.185 to 2.66.

Legendary – From 2.07 to 2.52.


Some other various fixes were implemented and several minor bugs were removed. So, in the new patch, the following issues should be a thing of the past:

-Thermal scope no longer lights up enemy built structures.

-Cozy Campfire will now be lit by the thermal scope.

-Back Bling will no longer appear detached from players at a distance.

-Fixed an issue involving two buses intersecting on the starting island.

-Re-added music for the Fresh emote.

-Fixed the Supply Drop opening sound so it no longer sounds like it’s in the close vicinity of players even when opened far away.

-The Clinger explosion will now properly play if detonated directly next to you on iOS/Switch platforms.

-On the Xbox, the “Net Debug Stats” HUD UI option was added

-Fixed  an issue with the game crashing after purchasing items in the Item Shop

-In the locker preview, your last saved version of styleable outfit will appear


So, there you have it, these are the changes the Fortnite 4.4 patch will bring to the table. It is a rather small patch, with somewhat questionable additions, but it should open up a small window of variety for players. The new hero is just a re-skin, so it leaves something to be desired, as does the new mode. It’s just not that innovative, as it is almost a re-skin of the single player Battle Royale we’re accustomed to, although it can offer its share of fun. The best updates come in the shape of the new weapon, the Stink Bomb, which should offer a distinct new tactical opportunity for adroit players, as well as the nerf to the Rocket Launcher, which has been a long time coming. All in all, not much was changed and this patch feels more like a small waypoint than it does a significant milestone.