Epic Games has delivered its latest weekly update for Fortnite.
The highlight of this week’s update for Battle Royale players is the introduction of the new single-seater The Baller vehicle, which can be found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camps. The vehicle will protect the driver from damage and has 300 health.
Time to roll out! Downtime has ended. Hop in and try out the newest vehicle, The Baller! pic.twitter.com/Cc3C3hXcnK
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 12, 2019
Also included in this week’s update is the removal of the common Infantry Rifle, a nerf to the Heavy Assault Rifle that drops the rarity down to Common/Uncommon/Rare with 36/38/40 damage, and the removal of material cost from vending machines. Following the update, each vending machine will now be destroyed after an item is claimed and common/uncommon rarities have been removed entirely.
In addition to the above changes, update 8.10 makes a pretty big change to matchmaking by combining the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 matchmaking pools at all times. Previously, cross-platform matchmaking would only be active when forming a party with a player on another platform. Players can opt-out of cross-play, but will be restricted to Creative Mode and Playgrounds if they do. As well as this, the mobile and Nintendo Switch matchmaking pools have been combined.
“Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations,” Epic explains.
While in Save the World, Staredown Southie and Four Leaf Wildcat are returning alongside a new Beta Storm called Test the Limits. This new addition “is a mission about racing around through a series of checkpoints to see how many laps you can complete, the more laps the better the badge reward.”
Take a look at the full patch notes here.
Fortnite is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.