Fortnite 2.4.0 (1.40) Update Adds New Minigun Weapon & Expedition Types

  • Playstation 4
  • Windows
  • Xbox One
  • Survival
Fortnite Minigun
The Minigun is Battle Royale's newest weapon, and it has lots of power. It's set to release Feb. 1. Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One and PC. EPIC GAMES

Fortnite update 2.4.0 is hours away from release, so we’ve got the patch notes . The latest additions include the Minigun weapon for Battle Royale and two new expedition types for Save The World. Read the full list of changes below.

 

BATTLE ROYALE NEW FEATURES

  • Minigun weapon: a new gun with plenty of firepower
  • “Controller Auto Run” option lets players disable Auto Run as necessary
  • 3D Resolution option lets PC and Mac users set a resolution for the world without impacting interface
  • Spectator count now in HUD UI. You can turn it off too.

 

SAVE THE WORLD NEW FEATURES

  • Cozy Campfire added. It heals players in its radius.
  • Context-sensitive menus give you new ways to interact. Schematics and people can be directly added to Collection Book.
  • Expedition Types include People Runs and Trap Runs. These are new ways to get people and Traps.
  • Rewards have a lower power cost
  • Removed Double Llama, Fiver Llama, Six Pack Llama and Niner Llama from rotation

 

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Fortnite Cozy Campfire
The Cozy Campfire will make its way to Fortnite Save The World on Feb. 1. Photo: Epic Games

BATTLE ROYALE BUG FIXES

Weapons

  • Suppressed pistol: Reduced rare drop rate by 20 percent and reduced legendary drop by 33 percent

 

Gameplay

  • Fixed a few landscape areas that were barely below floor height before
  • Players can now shoot through the Soccer goal.

 

General

  • Fixed a client crash that would get triggered by an audio cue
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from unmuting other players in the lobby screen
  • Fixed an issue causing an incorrect character model to display on the lobby screen
  • Fixed an issue causing entire walls to highlight when looking at a door

 

Performance

  • Fixed client hitching which could occur when the Chug Jug was found in game
  • Made engine performance improvements to how we process collision overlap events
  • Reduced network bandwidth usage when players are walking, and when they are standing still

 

UI

  • Removed an unnecessary button prompt on the left side of the news widget
  • Added a border highlight around item shop tiles when selecting them on consoles
  • Fixed an issue allowing the old trap picker radial menu to open. This radial menu is no longer used for selecting traps.
  • Fixed an issue causing weapon icons to not display properly on the hotbar in some cases
  • Fixed a few spots on the map and minimap that were rendered as black spots
  • Fixed the floor under the hero not showing up when previewing emotes in the locker or item shop
  • Fixed emotes being offset if they were viewed in succession

 

Art/Animation

  • Optimized the colored rarity effect on weapons and items to improve overall performance
  • Corrected the drinking speed animation for the 15-second Chug Jug item

 

Audio

  • Improved spatialization of loot chest audio by increasing the audio volume if you’re aiming at them
  • Removed the static audio from living room televisions
  • Fixed a directional audio issue when another player switches to a shotgun
  • Removed footstep audio from dance emotes

 

World

  • Fixed the missing collision on a window asset in Tilted Towers
  • Fixed the landscape appearing jagged at medium-range distances
  • Fixed flickering artifacts that are sometimes seen on the rivers while riding the Battle Bus
  • Fixed an issue causing two items to spawn in the same location near Lonely Lodge
  • Fixed some seams in the terrain south of Anarchy Acres
  • Disabled the collision on the vines in Moisty Mire

 

SAVE THE WORLD BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • The Anti-Material Charge hitbox will more reliably hit enemies in front of the Outlander on startup.
  • Fixed the healing visual effects not properly being removed when a player is healed from BASE M.D.

 

Missions

  • Husks from encampments will no longer spawn under the terrain.

 

UI

  • Fixed problems working with the in-zone transfer UI for severely overflowed Storm Shield storage
  • Updated the frag grenade tooltip to reflect the recent changes to Keep Out and Cluster Bomb
  • Update the Cardio Feedback perk tooltip to properly display the base healing amount of 15 instead of 13
  • Fixed many incorrect tooltips

 

The 2.4.0 update isn’t quite as robust as some of the Fortnite updates of recent weeks, but the addition of a brand-new gun should be exciting for Battle Royale players. It’s also worth noting that the 2.4.0 update includes extra Seasonal Gold and Battle Stars to make up for last week’s server outage. The Minigun was teased via in-game hints over the past few days, and will be added to the public test environment.  

While it’s not the most exciting change, the addition of context menus will be appreciated by the Save The World faithful. The PvE mode’s interface is quite possibly its biggest hindrance, so any changes in that department are extremely welcome. The new Expedition types aren’t that interesting, but they at least offer the chance to gather whatever it is you need. It’s a more targeted approach to the overall experience.

The release date for the patch is listed as Feb. 1, but its exact deployment time is unknown. Barring server issues, we expect Epic is aiming for the update to go live during EST morning hours.

Fortnite is in early access on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

What do you think of Fortnite’s next big update? Are you excited to try the Minigun? Tell us in the comments section!

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