The “never-before-seen” weapon teased in the Fortnite V.10.40 patch notes has been revealed as the Legendary Tactical SMG.
The gold SMG can only be found in shooting stars that drop at the newly added location, Starry Suburbs. It already seems like an extremely powerful weapon with early reports from players showing it to have a DPS of 273. With high-tier loot in general dropping from shooting stars as well as the gold SMG, it’ll definitely be worth a visit to the new point of interest. Expect it to be a hotly contested zone.
Along with a new weapon and new location, Epic has also added a new playlist called The Combine. This is a speed run challenge with targets to shoot down on the way. It’s designed to gives players a chance to experiment with the new sensitivity settings and aim assist that has also been brought in with this patch.
Another notable feature of the new patch includes an improved matchmaking logic, which is likely being trial-ran before bots are introduced into lobbies in Season 11.
There will also be a Double XP weekend running from Friday, September 27 to Monday, September 30.
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The full V.10.40 Patch Notes for Fortnite Battle Royale can be found below:
LIMITED TIME MODES:
Team Type: Solo | Respawning: Off
A simulation of the endgame scenario in Battle Royale — but with a condensed moving zone! Eliminate the competition as you avoid the Storm closing in. Randomised spawns and inventory items make each round unique.
You can queue with up to 15 friends.
Zone Wars: Colosseum
Created by Jesgran.
Become the ultimate gladiator in a Colosseum-like island. This open-style island demands quick building.
Zone Wars: Desert
Created by JotaPeGame.
Make your way through a small desert town to the final circle. A diverse set of weapons and mobility allow for unique gameplay and lots of replayability.
Zone Wars: Downhill River
Created by Enigma.
Stay out of the storm as you move downhill through a river in this original-style Zone Wars island. Community launch pads and a consistent Storm path allow for familiarity after a few rounds.
Zone Wars: Vortex
Created by Zeroyahero.
This island puts a unique twist on Zone Wars with its mountainous terrain to traverse. The elevation change from zone to zone can be quite drastic!
WEAPONS + ITEMS
Added an audio visualiser icon for proximity beeping.
Shield Bubbles will bounce off other players when thrown at them.
Drops in stacks of three.
Found from Supply Drops, Vending Machines, Llamas, and Floor Loot.
Can be placed on floors, walls, or ramps/stairs.
Provides a jump boost in a direction perpendicular to its placement.
Enabled the Batman Grapnel Gun and Explosive Batarang in Arena and Tournament playlists.
Resolved an issue in which the Health bars of vehicles would not display.
When a Junk Rift object hits a player wearing a Bush, it will no longer damage the player instead of the Bush.
Using a Grapnel Gun to enter a Rift Zone will no longer prevent players from moving around while skydiving.
Resolved an issue in which players could deploy a Glider while in prop form.
Being in prop form no longer prevents players from being affected by the Explosive Batarang’s homing.
Explosive Batarangs will no longer float in the air after the object they are on is destroyed.
Resolved an issue in which the Zapper Trap would not deploy at the location of the placement preview.
Shield Bubbles attached to a Supply Drop will no longer disappear after the Supply Drop is destroyed.
Shield Bubbles can no longer prevent fall damage.
Shield Bubbles can no longer become stuck in the air.
Resolved an issue in which Shield Bubbles would not attach to a vehicle when thrown by a player riding the vehicle.
Double XP Weekend!
Make this weekend double the fun. From Friday, September 27 at 9 AM ET to Monday, September 30 at 9 AM ET, you’ll earn double the XP for the matches you play.
We’ve introduced improved matchmaking logic to core modes.
Players are now more likely to match with those of similar skill.
As players get better, so should their opponents.
We will slowly roll this out to core modes in all regions as we test and monitor how it performs.
New Sensitivity and Aim Assist settings on controllers.
For the details of these settings, please refer to our blog post.
Note: When using these settings, crosshairs turn red while pointed at a target that is within effective range, which is anytime before damage drop-off is applied.
This new playlist is a great way to get familiar with the controller setting improvements mentioned above!
Though The Combine is useful for this purpose, it can also be played using “Legacy” controls, mouse + keyboard, or touch.
The goal in this playlist is to reach the end as fast as possible while eliminating all targets along the way.
There are leaderboards that allow you to compete for the fastest time with friends or other players.
Each leaderboard provides options to sort times by your preferred input device.
A Rift Zone has brought back the ruined neighbourhood near Pleasant Park. However, the Rift Zone has given it a homeowners’ association — it’s a nice place to live now!
The neighbourhood is actually so nice that shooting stars make it their destination. Crush the stars to access powerful items, including a never-before-seen weapon!
Players can now use the crouch input to exit prop form.
Hitmarkers no longer display on teammates.
Removed the Reset Camera control bind.
Fixed an issue where players could use infinite sprays while in a Rift Zone.
The building piece choice no longer resets to the wall option when players using a controller have the Reset Building option turned off.
Resolved an issue in which the sound of a Chest would continue after a player opened the Chest.
The “Where is Matt” Emote music no longer restarts after every loop.
The Controls Help option, a menu option meant only for mobile platforms, is no longer present on other platforms.
The Building Edit option is now located in the Building section of the Input settings rather than the Misc section.
Match stats no longer clip off-screen during a Victory Royale celebration.
The “You are in the Storm” warning no longer displays multiple times when switching spectated players.
The Shield Bubble’s sound effects no longer behave improperly when players scrub a replay.