Fortnite – 10.40.1 Patch Notes | Matchmaking and Bots UPDATE

Fortnite – 10.40.1 Patch Notes | Matchmaking and Bots UPDATE

Battle Royale

What’s New?

Out of Time
We’re heading into overtime… before we’re out of time. Complete the objectives in the Out of Time Overtime Mission for end-of-Season rewards that include XP, cosmetics, and a commemorative Loading Screen.

Out of Time will begin on Tuesday, October 8.
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Weapons + Items

  • Unvaulted
    • Flint-Knock Pistol

Gameplay

  • We may be almost out of time, but we’re not out just yet — Season X has been extended a week!
    • Gotham City and the Batman Caped Crusader Pack will be available until the end of Season X.
  • Out of Time
    • Season X’s Overtime Mission is coming soon! The Out of Time Mission will be available from Tuesday, October 8 at 9 AM ET until Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM ET.
    • Complete Out of Time’s objectives to earn end-of-Season rewards, including XP, cosmetics, and a Loading Screen that serves as a Season X memento.
  • Zone Wars
    • Zones Wars Desert, Vortex, Colosseum, and Downhill River LTMs have been consolidated into two LTM playlists. Queue into either playlist to play one of the four Zone Wars maps at random.
      • Zone Wars: Party
        • Queue with a party larger than one into a free-for-all experience.
      • Zone Wars: Solo
        • Queue by yourself into a free-for-all experience.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue involving some players having difficulty queuing into The Combine.
    • Because this issue has been resolved, The Combine has been re-enabled on iOS and Android.

Performance

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved a level streaming issue that occurred with v10.40 causing an increase in players landing in low-detail environments on Nintendo Switch.
    • Please note that this fix will result in a larger download for the system.
  • Improved the performance of a cosmetic material to address hitches caused by the material.

Art + Animation

Bug Fixes

  • The map now shows the correct aerial view for Gotham City.

Mobile

  • Party Hub
    • Improved the search bar functionality to make it easier to search for friends.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved a visual issue in which microphones would be displayed as on when players weren’t in voice chat.

Recap

  • From server on September 27
    • Resolved an issue involving some display names not being presented properly on The Combine’s leaderboards.

Creative

What’s New?

Meteor Prop Gallery
Add this doomsday dilemma to your games!
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Prefabs & Galleries

  • Added 1 New Prefab.
    • Meteor – The Meteor Prefab consists of all the rocks and particles from the Meteor Galleries but grouped together in one giant package.
  • Added 3 New Galleries.
    • Meteor Prop Gallery
    • Meteor Core Gallery
    • Meteor Particle Gallery

Recap

  • From server on September 27
    • Resolved an issue in which Alt-Tabbing would cause all props on a map to become destructible.

Save The World

What’s New?

Beat Bot Hits the Road
This week, help our last driver, Beat Bot, make its trek through the Strangelands en route to the Radio Station. Load up the van and gather your group because it’s time to Hit the Road!
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Surround Pound
Lay down the sound and drop the bass with this new Hammer!
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Missions + Systems

  • Complete the Escort Beat Bot quest to earn the Hit the Road Loading Screen for your Locker!
  • We’ve discovered an issue that may have prevented the Canny Valley cinematic from playing video/audio properly.
    • Here’s a link to the video for those who may have missed the cinematic due to this issue.

Weapons + Items

  • The Surround Pound hammer smashes into the Weekly Store.
    • A sonic hammer with decent attack speed and excellent impact.
      • Heavy Attack: Bass Drop – Smash the ground and create a series of sonic pulses that damage and knock back enemies.
    • Available in the Weekly Store from Wednesday, October 2 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, October 9 at 8 PM ET.
  • The Six Feet Under shovel digs back into the Weekly Store.
    • A creepy, round-point shovel that looks like it’s been used to dig up terrible secrets.
      • Heavy Attack: Up and Over – A two-strike heavy attack that deals significant damage and knockback.
    • Available in the Weekly Store from Wednesday, October 9 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, October 16 at 8 PM ET.

General

Performance

  • General CPU optimizations for Nintendo Switch. This is to improve the framerate in heavy scenes.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes occur from checking a player’s platform. (Most common in Save the World.)
  • Fixed a crash on mobile platforms that would sometimes occur from backgrounding the application and returning to the foreground.
  • Resolved stability issues on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Season “X-tension”

Season X has been extended one week to conclude on Sunday, October 13. This also means an additional week to complete your Battle Pass, so jump in and lock down all those Season X rewards!

In the meantime, we’ve implemented new changes. The 10.40.1 patch included key improvements to The Combine playlist and the Zone Wars Limited Time Mode. Drop in on the full Patch Notes here.

Update on our New Matchmaking System

So far, we’ve rolled out the new matchmaking system to select regions for Solo mode, and Duos is expected to arrive later this week.

With the rollout, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about potentially unfair competitive advantages from pooling players together across platforms and input devices. The new matchmaking system, however, accounts for various skill levels across different platforms and control inputs, and groups players of similar skill levels together.

Our goal with the new matchmaking system is to create fairer matches for all of our players, which includes special considerations for each platform. This means that where similar skill exists, players may be paired against opponents from ALL platforms — whether they’re using mouse + keyboard, a controller, or touch input. We are closely monitoring match analytics and your feedback, and we’ll make adjustments to ensure everyone is playing a fair match.

On the topic of smurfing, we’ve seen discussion around players smurfing as a way to have easier matches. Smurfing is a bannable offense. We see a bunch of negative behavior that occurs with smurfing and issues with gameplay integrity. If we see consistent reports and perceive that you are negatively impacting other players’ experiences, we will take appropriate action.

Latest on Bots

As we’ve previously mentioned , we’re adding Bots as a way to help players improve their skill level. Before they’re added, we want to take the opportunity to answer some questions we’ve already seen pop up:

What happens with spectating if I am defeated by a Bot?
Instead of viewing the Bot that defeated you, you will view another remaining player. If you are the last remaining human player, the match will end.

Will I be able to party up with Bots? 
No, we’re not currently planning to support this functionality. You and your friends can still use The Robot Emote to dance together, however. 🙂

Can Bots use vehicles? Can Bots do 90s? 
Not yet, but long term we’re looking to see how far we can push our Bots.

Can I play a match entirely against Bots?
We’re looking into a “vs. Bot” mode as a means to sharpen your skills, explore the map, and help elevate your game to the next level.

What about Bots in Creative mode?
Bots will not be in Creative. This is something we will consider for our roadmap.Updates on The Combine and the New Controller Settings

Last week, we saw plenty of discussion about our “Aim High” blog, which covered new changes to aiming with a controller, as well as the debut of our new game mode, The Combine. Combing through your questions and feedback, here’s more context:

Can I go back to legacy Sensitivity settings for my controller??
You have the option to revert back to previous controller sensitivity settings, but we strongly encourage everyone to give the new settings a try. If controls feel off, you can try copying over your legacy settings. To do this, navigate to “Controller Settings,” turn on “Use Advanced Options,” and scroll down to select “Copy Legacy Settings”. If we make further adjustments or alter our plans, we will let you know.

Is there any news on control adjustments for keyboard and mouse players?
We know many of you are playing on keyboard and mouse, so we’re also discussing opportunities to improve control settings for all of you. As an example, we’re currently exploring an option that would allow KB/M players to adjust Build and Edit sensitivities.

How long will The Combine be available?
While The Combine was initially intended to help players adjust to our new aiming controls, we’ve already seen some amazing run-throughs and believe players will want to continue improving their skills and decreasing their times. As a result, we intend to keep The Combine as a core mode to Fortnite Battle Royale for the foreseeable future.

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