Fortnite Battle Royale Weekly Update – Cloaked Ninja, Ramp Traps and Switch Version Details

By | 15/06/2018

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Fortnite Battle Royale Weekly Update – 15/06/2018

Hello and welcome to the very first ChartX Games Fortnite Battle Royale weekly update. Each week we will bring you the latest news involving Fortnite Battle Royale, the extremely popular multiplayer “battle royale” game from Epic Games. Since release in July 2017 Fortnite Battle Royale has taken the world by storm earning almost $1 billion in its first year and hosting almost 40 million players per month. This Fortnite Battle Royale weekly update will provide some of those dedicated players with the latest news and updates they might find interesting and useful as well as new players to Fortnite.


Fortnite Battle Royale – What’s It all About?, I Hear You Ask

Fortnite Battle Royale started out as an internal project for Game Jam at Epic Games and was never really meant to see the light of day. Game Jam is a kind of short-burst gaming jam session where creative and intellectual minds alike come up with game ideas and then create them in very short space of time usually 24 to 72 hours.

The base idea for Fortnite Battle Royale came from one of these sessions and production began three weeks later. Fortnite Battle Royale is a very different game to Epic Games’ usual titles made using the Un-Real Engine 4 which are usually FPS combat based AAA titles. The main premise of the game’s idea was that the team wanted to build a game where you explore, scavenge and survive and was meant to be a stand-alone, shipped AAA title. However, a current trend in the video games industry, “software as a service”, sent the game in a different direction; ultimately becoming a centrally hosted, online platform which facilitates micro-transactions, and it grew from there. Fortnite Battle Royale was originally a pad for early access game on Steam but has since move to the free-to-play paradigm.

Since release last year Fortnite Battle Royale has become a worldwide phenomenon and has earned various accolades including but not limited to:

  • 22nd Annual Webby Awards 2018: Best multiplayer/competitive game (Won)
  • Game Awards 2017: Best multiplayer (Nominated)
  • BAFTA Game Awards 2018: Best evolving game and best multiplayer game (Nominated)

Fortnite Battle Royale News and Weekly Update – What’s New In Fortnite – New Weapon, Character and Traps Plus Nintendo Switch News and Fortnite World Cup

Fortnite Battle Royale weekly update brings a new character, a new weapon and the ability to place traps on slopes. There’s also news of Fortnite Battle Royale for Nintendo Switch and a $100 million prize money giveaway from Epic Games as part of the Fortnite Battle Royale contest season 2018/2019 and Fortnite World Cup.

Fortnite Battle Royale Version Update

The Fortnite Battle Royale weekly update brings notes on the latest version of Fortnite, version 4.4.

Fortnite Battle Royale – New Weapon(s)

A brand new weapon has been added to Battle Royale Mode the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle. Here’s what Epic Game has to say:

“You never know who’s watching. The Thermal Scope Assault Rifle is now available in Battle Royale, and it sees more than enemies.”

Fortnite Weapon Thermal Rifle

  • Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle.
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
      • 36-37 base damage.
    • Can see chests, Supply Drops, enemy heat signatures, and more.
    • Uses Medium ammo.
    • Can be found from floor loot, chests, and Supply Drops.
  • Renamed ‘Assault Rifle with Scope’ to ‘Scoped Assault Rifle’
  • The maximum range of most weapons increased to 275 meters from 250 meters to match the distance that players are visible.
  • The Jetpack has been Vaulted.

Fortnite Battle Royale – Other Weapons and Items Updates

  • New Obliterator Sniper Rifle.
    • A slow firing anti-material rifle with high base damage and a heavy kick. Its shots pierce through walls and Husks alike, and can quickly obliterate structures.
    • Available on the weekly store from Wednesday, June 13 at 8 pm ET through Wednesday, June 20 at 8 pm ET.
  • Added perk choices to items that previously had static perk loadouts.
    • Eligible items will always start with their default set of perks.
    • These perks can now be modified with the Perk Recombobulator.
    • Some weapons which previously started with a fixed element unlocked at level 1 will now unlock that slot at level 5, but have multiple element choices available.
  • Added a new weapon perk: +x% Impact.
    • It will appear on several of the previously static weapons.
  • Resources can now be gathered when using heavy melee attacks on the world.
  • Increased the base damage and impact of melee weapons
  • Increased the durability consumption rate of melee weapons per attack to compensate for increased damage.
  • Increased the crafting costs for melee weapons
  • Increased the Battery cost for crafting energy weapons

Fortnite Battle Royale – Questline Update

A new hero has been added to Save the World mode as part of Blockbuster Part 3. Here’s what Epic Game has to say:

“Stealthy and mysterious, a new Ninja joins the fight to Save the World and he gets straight to the point. Join up with this Hero in part 3 of the Blockbuster questline!”

Fortnite Character Ninja

  • New Mythic Ninja: The Cloaked Star, has been added to the Blockbuster questline.
    • New Subclass: The Cloaked Star – Masterful shinobi who unleashes waves of Throwing Stars from the shadows.
      • New Tactical Perk: Fan of Stars – All throwing stars are thrown instantly in a spreading arc.

Fortnite Battle Royale – Gameplay Update

Traps can now be placed on ramps in both Battle Royale mode and Save the World mode. Here’s what Epic Game has to say:

“Players and Husks had better watch their steps, certain Traps can now be placed on ramps in both game modes.”

Fortnite Item Trap

  • Several types of traps can now be placed on player-built stairs and sloping roofs.
    • The Bouncer in Battle Royale.
    • Wooden Spikes, Retractable Spikes, Flame Grill Traps, Freeze Traps, and Healing Pads in Save the World.

Fortnite Battle Royale – Other Updates

  • Added separate sliders for ‘Mouse Sensitivity X’ and ‘Mouse Sensitivity Y’ to the options menu.
  • Added a quick visual transition to building pieces as you move and aim in Build Mode.
  • Damage numbers will now round down instead of up in Save the World, Battle Royale, and replays.
  • A new soccer stadium has been added to the northern area of the map.
  • Added new light color options to Carbide and Omega.

Fortnite Battle Royale News

This Fortnite Battle Royale weekly update also brings some welcome news for Nintendo Switch fans and Epic Games has announced some exciting cash-winning opportunities for amateur and professional gamers alike.

Fortnite Battle Royale Now Available for Nintendo Switch

Fortnite Battle Royale fans can now play a battle royale while on the go via Nintendo Switch absolutely free.

The Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite Battle Royale delivers the same great content that fans of the game know and love on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The developers of Fortnite Battle Royale will be providing the exact same service players have come to expect with weekly updates and news plus with the Nintendo Switch you can team up with friends locally or over the internet and even play while mobile through Nintendo Switch over a Wi-Fi connection.

Test your battle royale skills now absolutely free on Nintendo Switch and aim for glory being the last one standing in an epic 100-player frenzy.

Fortnite Battle Royale E-Sports World Cup Announced

Epic Game have announced that they will be issuing $100 million to prize pool for Fortnite Battle Royale competitive gaming in the 2018/2019 season.

Anyone can win in these events which are split in to:

  • community events
  • major organized events
  • online events

The 2018 season Fortnite Battke Royale World Cup qualifiers begin in autumn 2018 with the event ending late 2019. The prize money is to be split between all recognized events of differing levels with the World Cup focusing on solo and duo play, but team play will be included in prize money giveaways. More details will be coming soon.


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Please let me know how you feel about this week’s updates and news as I am sure some of you will have great opinions and I would love to hear them, so don’t be afraid to use the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on the Battle Bus. Bye for now and take care,
Michael – Editor/Owner – ChartX Games.


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