The latest weekly update for Fortnite, version 8.10, is now available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. The patch introduces a new vehicle named The Baller, overhauls Vending Machines, adjusts skins, brings back The Getaway limited-time mode, and makes a few other tweaks, too–the most notable of which includes a significant change to make cross-platform play the default option. Read on for a full breakdown of what’s new and get a look at the full patch notes.
The Baller, as is evident from the picture below, is a hamster ball-like vehicle that comes equipped with a Boost and a Grappler for rapid mobility–Epic describes using these two abilities to “to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees.” If you’ve been playing as Wrecking Ball in Overwatch, you’ll no doubt be familiar with this style of gameplay. While inside this single-seat ball, you’re protected from damage, but the vehicle itself can see its 300 health depleted by enemy fire. Find The Baller at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes.
Vending Machines now work slightly differently since the 8.10 update; they no longer cost anything to activate, but they will self-destruct after one use. They are also rarer now, as common and uncommon Vending Machines have been removed from the game. Previously, Vending Machines required depositing a large amount of building materials in order to receive a corresponding reward.
An important change that isn’t tied directly to gameplay involves cross-play matchmaking. While you still have to opt in to it, PS4 and Xbox One players are now put together in one pool, while Nintendo Switch players have been moved from that group to one with players on mobile. Cross-play with your respective pool is now the default setting for standard game modes; if you don’t want to enable it, you’ll only have access to Creative mode and Playgrounds.
“We expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players,” Epic explained. “Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations. Please provide us with feedback on your experience!”
Heavy Assault Rifles have also had their rarities adjusted: they can now be found in common, uncommon, and rare varieties–the epic and legendary editions are no more. Meanwhile, treasure maps are now less likely to spawn as floor loot or in chests.
A new LTM named The Getaway is now live, which involves locating a jewel and then delivering it to a getaway vehicle before anyone else can. Four jewels and as many as four vans are on the map at a time. Notably, with most of Fortnite’s vehicles having been vaulted at the start of Season 8, this mode brings back the All-Terrain Kart, or ATK, due to the fact that it’s the only vehicle that can carry four people.
Finally, Epic has made some adjustments to certain skins. You can see all the details about this and the rest of the changes to Fortnite’s Battle Royale portion at the bottom of this story; for the full patch notes of other modes, check out the Fortnite blog.
Fortnite’s Season 8 started just recently, introducing new skins and other cosmetics. A subsequent update has also introduced buried treasure maps. The new vehicle doesn’t exactly fit in with the current season’s pirate theme, although Epic tends to release a wide variety of skins and items, regardless of the general theme.
Week 2 challenges for Fortnite Season 8 are now available. Among the trickiest of the season so far are those that task players with visiting the new Pirate Camps and finding a giant face in the desert, jungle, and snow. You can see the complete list of this season’s objectives in our full Season 8 challenges guide. New challenges for Week 3 will arrive on Thursday, March 14.
Welcome to The Getaway! In this mode, players will race to find a Jewel and take it to a getaway van before everyone else to win the match!