Following a comparatively temporary upkeep interval, Epic Video games has launched the brand new 2.2.0 update for Fortnite on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As detailed beforehand, it offers primarily with Battle Royale, including a newly up to date model of the map, pre-game voice chat, and extra.
Updates to the map are probably the most significant factor of the patch. New areas have been added, primarily to the western half of the map, which had been considerably sparsely populated prior to now. This features a new metropolis part and underground mines. Present areas additionally obtain a makeover, with Epic offering extra differentiation between the assorted biomes. As lead techniques designer Eric Williamson mentioned lately, “The swamp feels swampier, the mountains really feel extra mountain-y. Actually, the completely different areas of the map really feel extra distinctive.”
Epic has additionally rolled out a brand new level-streaming system. Though it would not straight affect gameplay, Epic says it “enabl[es] a richer map and improved efficiency.” Load instances on consoles have been “tremendously reduc[ed]” and there must be much less hitching typically. A wide range of visible enhancements have additionally been applied, with new water and grass/foliage results now in place.
Different new options embrace the addition of voice chat within the pre-game foyer, an replace to the killfeed to indicate the gap on sniper rifle kills, and a revamped model of the Scoped AR’s sight. One other key change, the removal of friendly fire, was applied lately, though it might solely be a brief measure as Epic evaluates what affect it has on the sport.