Fortnite Update 8.10 Adds Hamster-Grappler Ball, Vending Machines Made Free, PS4 and Xbox One Crossplay Support and More

Epic Games always adds new and innovative items to Fortnite while amazingly maintaining the game’s balance and quickly responding to fans’ feedback on items. Well, the latest item will probably appeal to everybody’s liking. The baller, a hamster ball with a grappler attached to its surface, is the latest addition to the battle royale title.

The update also changes how vending machines work. From now on, instead of vending machines offering items and weapons in exchange for materials, now they offer players the chance to get whatever appears on their screen and disappear forever right after. Not only that, it performs numerous changes and bug fixes, including removing Infantry Rifle’s common rarity, reducing Clingers stack size, and finally, PS4 and Xbox One players can play together. Here is everything you need to know.

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

THE BALLER

Keep the good times rolling! Combine your boost and grapple to perform unbelievable feats with the newest vehicle addition to Battle Royale!

VENDING MACHINES

These convenient machines now dispense things free of charge but only provide one item/weapon before disappearing.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Baller
    • This single seat vehicle is found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes
    • Use the attached Grappler and Boost functionality to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees
    • The driver is protected from damage, but The Baller is vulnerable to enemy weapon fire.
    • 300 Health
  • Infantry Rifle
    • Removed Common rarity
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
    • Adjusted rarity from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Uncommon/Rare
    • Base damage scaling for Common/Uncommon/Rare 36/38/40
  • Clingers
    • Reduced max stack size from 10 to 6.
  • Vending Machines
    • Removed the material cost.
    • Each Vending Machine will be destroyed after claiming an item.
    • Common and Uncommon Vending Machines have been removed.
    • Removed Mounted Turret from Legendary Vending Machine
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from floor loot .53% to .27%.
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from chest loot 3.25% to 1.65%.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed rocket smoke trails disappearing instantly on explosion.
  • Fixed an issue where the popping audio for Balloons would continue to play after using Balloons to get to max build height while using a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure would not auto pickup when the Auto Pickup Weapons setting was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure chests could be placed on the Starting Island.
  • Fixed an issue where using an Impulse Grenade or a Shockwave Grenade while jumping on a Hoverboard causes the player to rapidly rotate.

GAMEPLAY

  • Battle Royale Crossplay Matchmaking
    • Combined Xbox One and PS4 pools.
      • This requires you to opt-in to cross-play.
      • Players opt-ing out are restricted to Creative Mode and Playgrounds.
    • Combined Mobile and Switch pools.
      • Before, Switch players were combined with Xbox One and PS4 cross-play parties.
      • We expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.
    • Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations. Please provide us with feedback on your experience!
  • Reduced infinite dab duration from 12 hours to 11 hours in the front end
  • Just kidding, Increased Infinite dab duration from 12 hours to 13 hours in the front end
  • Elimination credit is now awarded to last damager in cases of logging out, self-elimination, and eliminations due to Storm damage. Current threshold timer is 15 seconds.
  • Added visual effects for the siphon on elimination.
  • Players can now build as soon as they impact anything after being launched by a Pirate Cannon
  • Players can dance while holding a balloon
  • Added Pirate Cannon’s audio visualizer HUD icon to be a cannon.
  • Players automatically enter the driver seat when entering an empty vehicle.
  • Added custom consume animations for the following items:
    • Bandages
    • Medkit
    • Small Shield Potion
    • Shield Potion
    • Slurp Juice
    • Chug Jug

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed Pirate Cannon collision that would block bullets for a passenger inside of the cannon
  • Fixed Pirate Cannon not being able to shoot when moving backwards
  • Fixed an issue where a player may lose functionality when shooting themselves out of a Pirate Cannon.
  • Fixed Pirate Cannon player impact explosion effects sometimes being delayed
  • Fixed an issue where Pirate Cannons flipped onto their side, sliding across the ground for too long
  • Fixed Pirate Cannons dealing damage to itself if fired in close quarters
  • Fixed an issue where players wouldn’t break through structures when fired from Pirate Cannons at close range
  • Traps are no longer triggered by vehicles that are empty or carrying only friendly players.
  • Fixed an issue in extreme camera flicking situations that would cause an incorrect first shot when firing weapons.
  • Fixed an issue with the Conga emote not respecting environmental surfaces like Lava
  • Fixed an issue where a player may briefly stop their skydiving animation unexpectedly
  • Fixed an issue allowing emote-cancelling during door open/close animations.
  • Fixed players holding Buried Treasure map upside down
  • Fixed an issue where pressing Build and Edit buttons in quick succession would enter edit mode on the blueprint piece instead of build the structure.
  • Driftboards no longer explode when exiting one near a Mounted Turret.
  • Fixed PS4 players being unable to adjust mouse sensitivity.

LIMITED TIME MODE:

SUMMARY

Welcome to The Getaway! In this mode, players will race to find a Jewel and take it to a getaway van before everyone else to win the match!

MODE DETAILS

  • Jewels can be found in special supply drop safes, located along the edge of the first storm circle. The safes take a long time to open, so make sure the area is clear before attempting to claim a Jewel!
  • Four Jewels will be in play on the map at all times. If a player escapes with a Jewel or one is lost in the Storm, a new Supply Drop will bring a replacement.
  • Four total getaway vans will be on the map, three that arrive early in the match and one more that shows up near the end.
  • The goal is to find or steal a Jewel and take it to one of the vans in order to secure a Victory Royale.
  • Once they arrive, Safe drops and getaway vans will be visible on the map at all times.
  • When a Jewel is picked up, it will be visible on the map to everyone for 30 seconds.
  • Carrying a Jewel will give players health & shields over time, but also slow them down by 10%.
  • Getaway vans float in mid-air, Jewel carriers must build up and then interact with them in order to complete a Getaway.
  • 10 red “Pursuit” supply drops land at the very beginning of the match. These carry a variety of longer-range weapons and other items, and are the only way to obtain the new Grappler in this mode.
  • Only Rare weapons or better will be found in this mode.
  • Rifts, Rift-to-Go and Launchpads have been removed to reduce mobility for healthier Getaway Van engagements.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode, but Umbrellas are not awarded for wins
  • The ATK has been temporarily brought back in this mode as it is the only 4 person ground vehicle.

EVENTS

  • Tournament Update: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
    • Added another extended session, which will run 24 hours a day and concludes on March 19th at 12 AM ET.
    • Matchmaking:
      • Matchmaking will no longer wait to create a match with closest scoring players available after 8 minutes, and will now require enough players with similar scores to start.
      • Adjusted matchmaking point expansion to increase likelihood for high scoring players to be matched against other high scoring players.
      • Note: Due to the playlist featuring matchmaking based on your score, the quality or availability of matches may differ at certain times of day.
  • Updated Scoring:
    • Solo
      • +2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 15th Place (previously 10th Place).
    • Duo
      • Increased Bus Fare from -2 Points to -3 Points.
        • This is a temporary solution for the Duo event granting too many points to players due to eliminations, causing an inflation of points over the course of the event.
      • +2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 7th Place (previously 5th Place).
  • New Tournament: Scallywag Duos Cup (March 16th & 17th) [$100,000 in Cash Prizes!]
    • As a test of our prize payment systems leading into the Fortnite World Cup, we’ll be holding a $100,000 Duos tournament on March 16th and 17th. The prize pool will be distributed across all server regions, with official rules and details released later this week.
    • Participation in this event requires players to be in the Top 3% (global) of either the Solo or Duo Gauntlet Test Event as of 12 AM ET on March 16th.
    • Format:
      • Round One: All Eligible Players
      • Round Two: Top 3000 Players from Round One

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed some instances of packet loss that could occur with certain ISPs that are prone to re-ordering UDP network packets.
    • Find more context in the Reddit Post we made last week.
  • Improved file I/O performance for Xbox One. This reduces the occurrence of late streaming meshes.
  • Fixed a regression in hitches on Switch due to GPU timing
  • Improved performance on Switch by reducing the likelihood of particles triggering when the day changes phases
  • Optimized the Ship Cannon
  • Optimized UI elements for large team modes
  • Improved performance for the Quick Bar
  • Fixed hitches that occur on the Match Stats screen due to synchronously loading assets

AUDIO

  • Added new audio for Balloons while in-air.
  • Reduced volume of small prop destruction sounds (chairs, beds, fences, etc).
  • Removed reverb from pickaxe swings.
  • Removed outdoor ambient sounds when gliding.

BUG FIXES

  • The Glider deploy sound no longer plays twice when using Glider Redeploy.
  • Fixed Glider land/open sounds ducking the Victory Royale music.
  • Improved music volume when previewing Gliders with music while in the lobby.
  • Pirate Cannon movement sound no longer stops after sprinting for over 10 seconds.
  • Fixed looping Balloon pop sound after going through a Rift.

UI

  • Key Bindings – The keyboard bindings are now categorized to make finding actions you want to rebind a lot easier.
  • Marker System:
    • Added hover details for in-world markers, actions a player may take on a marker will appear in these details.  Marker details will appear when the reticule is placed over the marker.
    • You can now mark vehicles and found consumables such as apples.
    • Reworked display of Item markers to increase readability across all platforms.
    • Items will display as a large icon for a short time when first marked, and will reduce in size when a player aims near their location.
    • Markers are now sorted by distance.
    • Reduced screen size of squad waypoint markers to reduce view obstruction.
    • Minimap markers updated to match in-world markers.
    • On keyboards there is now a keybind option to specify a dedicated key for placing a danger marker.
    • Double-Clicking the ping button to place a danger marker, is no longer blocked by items on the ground.
    • You can now ping while riding in a vehicle reliably.
    • You can now Mark While Bush.
    • Please continue to let us know what improvements you would like to see for the marker system!
  • Squad nameplates and team arrows now become more transparent when aiming down sights.
  • Restored the ability to view all of your current Challenges while in a match.
  • Wrap things up in a hurry! You can now apply a wrap to all slots by choosing “Apply To All” when picking a wrap in the Locker.
  • Enabled camera control on some reward types when viewing Challenges
  • Challenge Info panel in the lobby now defaults to Party Assist while you are in a Party.

BUG FIXES

  • The Luxe bundle is now displayed in the Challenge Screen along with the Blackheart and Hybrid bundles.
  • Wraps are now previewed on the highest resolution version of the vehicle or weapon in the lobby.
  • Fixed an issue on consoles where you couldn’t select “Party Assist” for the last challenge in a bundle.
  • Fixed an issue where the next Stage of a Challenge was not automatically set to “Party Assist”.
  • Fixed an issue where the animation and sound effects would play twice when selecting Challenges on a controller.
  • Fixed an issue where scrolling with the mouse in the Challenge Screen would sometimes jump around unexpectedly.

REPLAY

  • Added bus paths to the minimap.

MOBILE

  • Introduced an Auto Fire tuning feature to allow adjustments per weapon. This was done previously for other weapons, but we’ve now added this for pistols.
  • Added occlusion to footsteps on Android.
  • Improve the quality of some sound effects on Mobile/Switch.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue with the shoot button getting stuck in a continuous fire loop or being unable to fire without being able to reset.
  • Fixed an issue that caused touch players to need a more specific crosshair location to interact with the Use button.
  • Fixed turbo build not starting when going from edit to build mode with the input held.
  • Fixed Left Trigger action getting stuck when using a Bluetooth controller
  • Fixed weapon stats on the inventory panel for mobile
  • Fixed autorun not fully sprinting if “Sprint by Default for Controller” is set to ‘OFF’ on mobile
  • Fixed build mode being exited if a build piece is selected before releasing the build/combat mode button
  • Fixed dragging an item off the hotbar triggering use actions on mobile.
  • Fixed Throwable items’ trajectory line persisting when a player is driving different vehicles on Mobile

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

NEW ISLANDS & THEME

Jump into two new exotic island locations! Build your best beach retreat with the new Wooden Lodge theme while enjoying a perfect, volcanic tropical view.

NEW GAME OPTIONS

Offense or defense? We’ve added new game rule options that allow you to further customize team settings and setup advanced PvP games.

ISLANDS

  • New Islands
    • Sandbar Island
      • 105 tiles square in size
    • Volcano Island
      • 105 tiles square in size
  • Reduced the number of player islands on a server from 16 to 8.
    • Allows bigger islands
    • Improves server performance
    • Player loading after the first 8 players will not have access to their personal islands and instead have to start a new server. This will be fixed in a future update when the portal mechanic is updated.
  • Removed the blocking collision from islands to allow for the new larger islands.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where objects were missing after loading into an island, reloading and island, or finishing a game. Removed a delete record system that was causing many bugs.
  • Fixed an issue where islands were unable to be restored after resetting them.
  • Fixed a bug where island settings would not get applied to players joining islands.
  • Fixed an issue where some Prefabs and Devices were unable to be placed on certain areas of the default island.
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally lose functionality when loading into a Creative Island and quickly returning to the Hub.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added Scoring
    • Added Score to Win as an end condition. Specify the target score for players or teams to achieve to win the game.
      • There are many score win conditions, ranging between 1 – 10,000,000
    • Added Total Score option to Type of Scoreboard. Adds a score total to the HUD and shows the total score for players and teams when the game ends.
    • Score comes from vehicle tricks and the Challenge Gallery items like Coins
  • Added Objectives
    • Added Objectives to Win as an end condition. Specify the number of objectives required to end the game.
    • Added Objectives option to Type of Scoreboard. When the game ends shows how many objectives were accomplished by each player or team.
  • Coins props in the “Challenge Gallery” now have new visual effects to help make them more visible to players.
  • Moved the game start countdown to after the screen fade
  • Turned HUD off while starting a game on a featured island
  • Added holding players in place while in countdown to game start
  • Changed the countdown to 3 seconds from 6 seconds.
  • Added new Spawn Location type, Current Location, that keeps you where you are when the game starts. Useful for playtesting games.
  • Reordered Game tab options to make it easier to find options.
  • Added tooltip descriptions for Game options and Game Settings options.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where players who join a server in progress might not have their score properly reset.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to swap teams could result in DBNO instead of respawn.
  • Fixed an issue where the player could not exit fly mode when the jump function is bound to the right thumbstick button on controllers.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the screen to fade in twice when a game is restarted.
  • Fixed an issue where the yellow triangle on the HUD warmup timer would disappear too quickly.
  • Fixed an issue where the HUD warmup timer would not animate out.
  • Fixed bug where players who were respawning when the game goes to warmup wouldn’t be put into stasis

WEAPONS + ITEMS

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed Remote Explosives sticking to the player character when throwing them while disguised as a Bush.
  • Fixed an issue where players encountered instability when interacting with the cannon.
  • Fixed Drum Gun sound effect. The satisfying boom is back.

CREATIVE TOOLS + PHONE

  • Sprays will now highlight when you aim at them with your Phone, indicating that they can be deleted.
  • The Phone can now interact with props and building tiles that are underneath the island’s terrain. They’ll highlight as you aim the crosshair over them.
  • While using the Phone to Grow or Shrink a prop with Grid Snap enabled, holding down the button will repeatedly Grow or Shrink the prop.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed holographic preview for props drawing through floors or characters on mobile platforms.
  • Fixed an issue where scale indicators are pulsing the wrong direction while scaling down.
  • Fixed an issue where certain player-built walls had a more expensive memory cost than expected.
  • Fixed an issue where the Phone stopped working after your player was launched from a cannon.
  • Fixed props temporarily changing to wrong size when using the Phone to Grow or Shrink when Grid Snap is enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the Snap Center and Resize indicators were hard to see when a prop is either too large or far away.
  • Fixed an issue where the on-screen button for Terrain Collision On and Off looked the same on mobile platforms.

PREFABS

  • Ambient Gallery Large
  • Wooden Cabin Galleries & Prefabs
  • Volcanic Rock & Lava Tile Galleries
  • Jungle Temple Wall Extended Gallery
  • Mine Cart Gallery
  • Lava Tiles have been added to the Elemental Cube Gallery
    • Known issue: Lava tiles do not cause player damage
  • New floors have been added to the Street Gallery B & Slant Gallery

DEVICES

  • New Baller Spawn
    • This single seat vehicle is found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes
    • Use the attached Grappler and Boost functionality to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees
    • The driver is protected from damage, but The Baller is vulnerable to enemy weapon fire.
    • 300 Health
  • New Objective Device
    • This device acts as a destroyable prop for new types of games
    • Choose from 7 different objective props – YES the Durr Burger mascot and Pizza Pit mascot are finally here.
    • Set amount of health from 1, 20, 50, 100, 200, 400, 500, 800, 1000, 2000, 3000, 5000, 10,000, 25,000
    • Set which team the objective belongs too
    • Set an explosion radius for when the objective is destroyed. Destroys all tiles and props in the radius even if the environment is set to indestructible.
    • Set an optional beacon type to make them easy to find
    • Known issue vehicles don’t do damage to an Objective.
  • Update Starting Inventory to Team Settings & Inventory
    • Added ability to select settings per team
    • Bonus Ammo For Weapons – On, Off
    • Starting Health – 1%, Half, Full, Invincible
    • Max Health – 1, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 10,000
    • Starting Shields – Empty, Half, Full
    • Max Shields – No Shield, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 10,000
    • Infinite Ammo – On, Off
    • Infinite Resources – On, Off
    • Fall Damage – On, Off
    • Gravity – Very Low, Low, Normal, High, Very High
    • Jump Fatigue – On, Off
    • Player Flight – On, Off
    • Player Names and Locations – Always Show, Always Hide
    • Glider Redeploy – On, Off
    • Down but not out – On, Off
    • Block Building in Game – On (Players NOT allowed to build), Off (Players allowed to build if they have resources)
    • Respawn Time – 1-30 seconds
    • Max Initial Team Size – Unlimited, 1 to 16 – Use to make asymmetric teams when using teams game option.
    • Eliminations to Win – Off, 1 to  10
    • Collect Items to Win – Off, All, 1 to 10
    • Score to Win – Off, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, 500,000, 1,000,000, 2,000,000, 5,000,000 10,000,000
    • Objectives to Win – Off, 1 to 10
  • Missing in previous patch notes in 8.00 – Added wall version of Speed Boost. Great for elevators.
  • Added Team Settings to Checkpoint device.
  • Added limiting billboards to 50 to fix memory and performance issues on mobile devices. We will continue to monitor to see if we can increase that limit.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed performance issues with the Music Sequencer device in islands with a large number of Music Blocks.
  • Fixed the Starting Inventory device granting duplicate items if the “Drop items when eliminated” setting was disabled.
  • Fixed the Player Start device selecting Any team when it was set to None.
  • Fixed an issue where Billboard background colors were not functioning correctly.
  • Fixed the holographic preview for the Pinball Flipper always being the default size when being moved with the Phone.
  • Fixed an issue where the Pinball Bumper would result in overlapping previews when copied after squashing or stretching it using the Phone.
  • Fixed an issue where some of the Music Blocks placed in a Sequencer would not play in some cases.
  • Fixed issues with using the Phone not being responsive while riding on the Driftboard.
  • Fixed an issue where Radios could play music after loading into an island that had a Radio with playback turned off.
  • Fixed an issue where players would be locked from their inventory after being shot from a cannon.

UI

  • Added score to the HUD when Type of Scoreboard is set to Total Score

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where HUD elements would sometimes not appear correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Start Game Panel would be present after returning to the HUB from a Featured Island.
  • Fixed various grammar and spelling mistakes in the Prefabs menu
  • Fixed an issue where the Start Game screen continues to display after leaving a Featured Island
  • Updated the description for “Joel’s” Prefab to be more accurate
  • Fixed an inconsistency between Creative and Playground when a single player attempted to access the ‘Team Select’ tab in the Hamburger Menu
  • Improved stability when accessing the “Support a Creator” button on the Start Game Screen
  • Fixed an issue where buttons icons were missing from the Start Game Screen on the Switch
  • Fixed a bug where pressing Apply when selecting a team without changing the team number would always swap the player to team 1/

PLAYGROUND

  • Fixed an issue where options set for Playground would remain applied when entering a featured island even though they had different Game Settings
  • Players on a creative island should now be able to chat with each other prior to the start of the island game. During the game voice chat is determined by the game settings.
  • Creative island games should now continue until all players have left the island or the starting player chooses to end the game from the menu. Previously, the game would end if the starting player left the island.

PERFORMANCE

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed performance issues when using the Music Sequencer.
  • Fixed performance issues on servers with maximum player count

The Fortnite update is live on all platforms. Make sure to share around your best clips with the new Baller.

[Source: Epic Games]