Fortnite Update 4.3 Adds Driveable Shopping Carts and Edible Mushrooms for Shield

Epic Games’ massively successful battle royale game, Fortnite, received an update earlier today, adding driveable shopping carts and edible mushrooms.

Update 4.3’s highlights are driveable shopping carts, which allows a player to hop in it while another player pushes him. It also introduces edible mushrooms, which grant 5 shield. The mushrooms are similar to the apples added a few updates ago, but the apples grant you 5 health instead. The update fixes numerous bugs and enhances performance as well. Here is the update’s patch notes:

BATTLE ROYALE

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Added new foraged item: Mushrooms
    • Mushrooms will grant 5 shield (up to 100).
    • Can be found around shady wooded or swampy areas.

Bug Fixes

  • Jetpack fuel meter now displays correctly when swapping to a different Jetpack.
  • Traps no longer wait for the player built structure to finish building before triggering.
  • Vending Machines can no longer be destroyed by Remote Explosives.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added rideable Shopping Carts.
    • Room for two – push it around or ride as a passenger!
    • Can shoot from passenger seat.
    • Found scattered around the world in various locations.
    • Fall damage enabled.

LIMITED TIME MODE: BLITZ! V2

  • Summary
    • Faster storms, more loot, exciting finishes!
  • What’s New?
    • Updated with all of the new weapons & items that have come out since Blitz was last released: Port-a-fort, Clinger, LMG & more.
    • Bus flight height has been lowered to allow players to get into the fight more quickly.
  • Mode Details
    • The storm is already closing in at the beginning of the match, choose your landing spot carefully!
    • Wait time between storms is significantly shorter than usual; maximum match length is 15 minutes.
    • Increased chances of treasure chests spawning from 50-70% to 80-90%.
    • Increased chances of ammo boxes spawning from 65-80% to 85-95%.
    • Resource harvesting amounts increased by 50%.
    • Increased materials found on ground from 30 to 75 per instance.
    • Increased the number, spawn rate & descent speed of Supply Drops.
    • All stats are counted in this mode.

LIMITED TIME MODE: TEAMS OF 20 V2

  • Summary
    • Five teams of twenty players fight to the finish!
  • What’s New?
    • Each team now has their own bus, to make it easier to drop together.
    • Chests & Supply Drops now spawn extra ammo and consumables.
  • Mode Details
    • Each team is composed of five squads of four players.
    • Increased chances of treasure chests spawning from 50-70% to 60-80%.
    • Increased chances of ammo boxes spawning from 65-80% to 75-90%.
    • Supply Drops always come in batches of 5 instead of random amounts per Storm Circle. Supply Drop rate increased from 180 (+/- 30s) to 210 (+/- 30s).
    • Teams of 20 has six Storm Circles instead of nine. Most matches will end within 20 minutes.
    • All stats except for wins are counted in this mode.

Bug Fixes

  • Shotgun fire adjusted to help alleviate situations where it would hit world objects instead of players.
  • Opened treasure chests won’t appear unopened when viewed from a long distance.
  • Players now face the correct direction when jumping from the Battle Bus.
  • You can no longer headshot downed players through their bodies.
  • Shots to the upper chest and neck won’t count as a headshot.
  • Items that fall off the map won’t teleport to the nearest player anymore.
  • Supply Drops no longer collide with items on the ground while landing.
  • Visual effects no longer appear delayed after opening Supply Drops.

PERFORMANCE

  • Major optimization pass to the end of match UI in order to reduce hitching on elimination.
  • Fixed a case where traps and weapons were being improperly removed from memory between matches and causing in-game hitches.
  • Major optimization for distance field ambient occlusion on PC, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X (GPU optimization).
  • Optimized translucency rendering on consoles in all scenes (GPU optimization).
  • Made additional improvements to material loading. This will help buildings and characters stream in even faster and reduce hitching.
  • Lowered CPU cost of moving simulated networked characters, especially those invisible or furthest away from the player.

AUDIO

  • Improved rhythm of footsteps on dirt and grass to be more consistent.

Bug Fixes

  • Bouncing grenade audio will no longer be heard after the grenade explodes.

UI

  • Streamer mode now anonymizes your name for other players.
  • The Self-Service Cosmetic Returns feature has been re-enabled.
  • Large team modes like 20v20 will be selected by default for new players when one is available.

Bug Fixes

  • Locker and Store item rotation speed is no longer based on your controller or mouse sensitivity setting.
  • You can now zoom in on the map screen with the gamepad.
  • You can now customize the button used to open the full screen map while spectating.
  • Binding locker emotes is now working as intended.
  • Player’s level and experience values will no longer appear as 0 in the match stats screen when eliminated.
  • Player’s score and XP gains will no longer off the bottom of the match stats screen after completing a match.
  • Consumable timers will now display in all cases.

ART + ANIMATION

  • Added custom Hunting Rifle firing animations for player and weapon.
  • A visual effect is now played whenever a player joins or leaves the party or changes their outfit on the pre-game lobby screen.
  • Slightly updated the animation while in DBNO.

Bug Fixes

  • Holding consumables while using the jetpack no longer causes animation issues.
  • The animation for jumping while eating foraged items has been fixed.

REPLAY SYSTEM

  • Smoothed out Replay Drone controls.
  • Added an option to preserve camera settings when switching cameras.
  • Changed sorting order in Replay Browser. Out of date and corrupt replays are now at the bottom of the list.

MOBILE

  • Voice chat is here!
  • Voice chat with your party can now be enabled in settings. Push-to-Talk with your party members!
  • Editing different stair configurations will work more consistently.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing players to be unable to download Fortnite even if they had enough storage space.
  • General fixes to input touch state to better support *many* fingers.
  • Trajectory indicators no longer appear when entering DBNO.
  • Supply drop health numbers now update correctly when damaged.
  • Fixed an issue where touching the quickbar when weapon switching is unavailable could cause your inventory to be stuck on the wrong weapon.

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