Following a period of server downtime, Epic Games has brought Fortniteback online (though you might face a queue to get in). With it, the new 2.4.0 update is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players of both the Battle Royale and Save the World modes have some things to look forward to, but the most exciting of the bunch is likely the new minigun weapon for Battle Royale. [Update: Epic Games has confirmed that “some” console players are experiencing an issue with resolution. “Fixing this is a priority for us and we will let you know when we are ready to deploy a fix,” it said on Twitter. We’ll report back with more details as we receive them. Players have also noticed an in-game reference to something called Blitz mode, but there’s no word on what that is. The patch notes state this is not available yet and will be removed from your quests at some point.]
The minigun can be found in both supply drops and chests in Battle Royale, and it uses Light ammo. Epic says it fires at “almost” the same speed as the SMG, but you can presumably fire it for much longer before needing to reload. It should offer a nice change in pace if you’ve been spending a lot of time with sniper rifles recently as part of the limited-time Sniper Shootout mode that has now wrapped up.
Other Battle Royale changes in this update include an option to toggle off the recently added auto-run feature, and a reduction in how often the high-rarity suppressed pistols show up. Save the World’s additions include the release of the Cozy Campfire item and the addition of new Expedition types. You can see everything in our breakdown of the Fortnite 2.4.0 patch notes, or check out the full list of changes on Epic’s website.
Epic recently promised freebies are on the way to make up for the lengthy server downtime that accompanied the release of a patch last week. We still don’t know when those are coming, but they’re now one step closer, as Epic said they wouldn’t be released until after 2.4.0 rolled out.
As for what’s next, Epic has revised its schedule for upcoming updates. The Valentine’s Day and Spring It On events have been pushed back a week and now have target launch dates of February 14 (update 2.5.0) and February 21 (update 3.0.0), respectively. The current Save the World event will be extended in the meantime. “We want you to be able to play the game and feel this is the best bet for getting a stable patch out to you,” Epic said in a post on Reddit. We’ll report back as further details are shared.