New Developments For Fortnite, Including Crossplay Latest News Functionality
Epic Games released Fortnite’s latest news patch on March 15th, a bit later than the expected deadline. The most important part of the update is the functionality for Fortnite crossplay, cross-progression, and cross-purchase, between Xbox One, Windows, Mac, iOS, and even Android. Since in the next few months Fortnite will become available on Google’s phone OSs.
The capability can easily be enabled making parties with your friends. That will be added to the group regardless of which system they’re using. That way, players can all play together with each other, even though, say, one might be using Xbox One, while the others are on PS4. They will all maintain access via their Epic Games account.
Mobile players will probably choose to continue playing with other players on mobile, despite the new Fortnite crossplay. This is because of the Matchmaking feature, which puts players in a kind of hierarchy based on what system they’re using, with PC, followed by the consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, and then followed at last by mobile users. The squad a given party plays in will be determined by this hierarchy—meaning that mobile players will almost never be able to play in a mobile pool, unless, of course, they’re lucky enough to be playing with a bunch of other mobile players.
Other updates from the patch
The patch, which is updated 3.3, has added features other than Fortnite crossplay. has added the limited-time mode known as Blitz. It uses shorter storm times, with the result that matches will be “faster [and] more intense,” according to Epic. The longest Blitz matched will only be fifteen minutes long, and can run much shorter. Blitz became available in Battle Royale was released on Monday, March 19th.
When matches begin, the storm circle will already be starting to surround the island. Other changes will result from the shorter run time of matches. For instance, the chance that a treasure chest spawns will increase from 50-70% to 80-90%, and the chance that ammo boxes spawn will be increased from 65-75% to 85-95%. The interval between Supply Drop spawns is 80 seconds, down from 3 minutes, and the descent time of the Supply Drops has been shortened in half, from a minute down to thirty seconds. Also, Floor Loot will now spawn almost 100% of the time. The possibility of spawning at the launchpad is much higher.
As for the Save the World campaign, a new quest line has been added: the Luck of the Storm. This features rewards related to St. Patrick’s Day, which took place in the real world on Friday the 17th. New treasures are available, and players will be able to track magical spokescreatures. Completing the questline will allow players to choose one of three Legendary heroes based on the festivities: the Luck Demolisher WIldcat, the Battle Hound Jonesy, or the Highland Warrior Wildcat. They will also win an Epic Leprechaun Survivor.
Items in the update include C4 bombs, and Supply Llamas, which look like piñatas and can be found on the map of Battle Royale. The llamas are purple in color and function the same as treasure chests so that players can retrieve items from them. They are randomly located throughout the island. They are alleged “extremely rare,” and will only spawn maximum three times per match.
Smoke grenades have been removed since players don’t use them enough to ensure that they remain in the game. Epic will supposedly re-evaluate the item so that it can put it back in the game if need be; for now, they are in the vault.
There are also a number of bug fixes to improve the user experience. The fixes include the fact that weapons will have quieter audio and sound effects, and players will no longer find glitches when they’re trying to place stairs on the game map.
Expectations for the future
Epic says that they have also been looking into other various issues in the game, such as the absence of Time Played stats displays appearing onscreen, when the chests and drawers early in the game that won’t open, and an issue related to headshots by rifles.
Other than that, not a lot is known about what Epic is planning for future additions to the game. However, we can expect a lot of changes over the coming months, and through the rest of the year; the game is very popular so far—and will be even more popular, what with the new Fortnite crossplay functionality. In fact, it has recently reached a total of 40 million players, according to Games Radar. It seems logical that it will continue to be updated.