It’s been a while since I’ve been able to say this, but the latest Fortnite update is now live, and there’s a lot to unpack!
Downtime for patch v11.20 has concluded, and players are thrilled to see that Epic Games have heard their concerns, and finally added back patch notes! Although they don’t officially use the term “patch notes”, they released a blog post titled “Battle Royale Update – What’s New In 11.20”.
So, here’s what has changed:
v11.20 includes enhancements to the Battle Royale experience:
Daily Challenges are back and can be completed for XP!
Up to three at a time are available, and once a day you can replace a Challenge for another.
In the Locker, you can now filter your items by the Season they were introduced in.
To filter your items by Season, enter the Season name in the search bar. Use terms like “season 5,” “season x,” “chapter 2 season 1,” etc.
You can now adjust the UI contrast.
To adjust the UI contrast, use the User Interface Contrast setting in the Graphics section of the Video settings.
Added a Tutorial playlist for the mobile version of Fortnite.
Added Microsoft DirectX 12 support to the PC version of Fortnite.
To use Microsoft DirectX 12, select it in the Advanced Graphics section of the Video settings.
Adjusted the headshot multiplier of the Tactical Shotgun so it's now in line with the headshot multiplier of the Pump Shotgun.
Increased the Effective Health (sum of Health + Shield) given from Slurp Tankers.
Resolved syncing issues involving the Bandage Bazooka. (Because these have been resolved, the Bandage Bazooka has been re-enabled.)
Addressed reports of hitching on mobile devices.
Resolved the equipped item slot being the selection slot when players open the inventory.
Addressed reports of buildings sometimes appearing low-detailed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as players land on the map.
The hair of the Devastator Outfit now appears the intended color.
The John Wick Outfit’s Pistol no longer appears larger than intended.
The Magma Wrap now appears correctly on everything except the Bandage Bazooka and Pistol.
It will appear correctly on these weapons in a future release.
It seems like the list is not fully exhaustive, and players have been discovering a couple of other updates after loading the game up. This includes a motion blur toggle option for all consoles, this was previously only available on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. There is also a new ammo/reload visual on your crosshair, if you find this annoying, you can head into the HUD settings and turn off “ Reticle ammo indicator”.
Chapter 2 Season 1 Extension
On top of today’s update, came the news that our current season, thought to be ending mid-December, has now been extended to early February. This will likely mean that Epic will slowly start to up the amount of content added in weekly and also would suggest that we may see another competitive event (hint hint Winter Royale) coming after FNCS.
This is what the developers had to say:
With a new year comes new beginnings! Last year we celebrated 14 Days of Fortnite over the holidays. This year we’ve got even more content for you to unwrap, including new game features, free rewards and a live experience that you won’t want to miss. To prepare for all the new holiday-themed updates, we will be extending Chapter 2’s first season into early February. Get ready for winter!