Fortnite update brings rare bouncer trap and big adjustments


Fortnite bouncer trap
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Fortnite Battle Royale’s weekly content update is rolling out across all platforms, including iOS. The latest release adds a new bouncer trap and makes big adjustments to address “a few top concerns.”

No, there’s still no controller support on mobile — but there is strong evidence to suggest Fortnite is about to drop onto the Nintendo Switch.

Epic Games’ regular updates to Fortnite keep the game feeling fresh, even for those who play every day. This week’s isn’t one of the most exciting we’ve seen, but it makes some significant changes that might change the way you play — particularly towards the end of your matches.

Fortnite gets a bouncer trap

The biggest change in the latest Battle Royale update is the addition of the bouncer trap. It’s a little like the jump pad long-time Fortnite players will be familiar with in that it will catapult you upwards or in a certain direction, depending on how you approach it.

The bouncer trap comes just one week after Fortnite got its first vehicle, the shopping cart, and the two work well together. Ride your cart over a trap and you’ll get a significant speed boost as you make your way into the storm circle.

Bouncer traps are rare items and can be found in chests, supply drops, llamas, and on the floor.

Big gameplay adjustments

Epic has made a number of changes this week to address concerns with gameplay, particularly towards the end of Battle Royale matches when many players feel like the rocket and grenade launchers are too strong. It has also adjusted resource availability.

So, llamas now provide resource materials in stacks of 200 rather than 500, and they no longer include explosive ammo. Material drop chances in floor loot have been reduced 33 percent, while stack sizes have also been reduced 33 percent.

Explosive ammo availability has also been decreased by a whopping 50 percent, which should greatly reduce the number of ammo you find or come up against in each game. But it’s not all bad news for explosives; C4 damage radius has again increased, this time from 400 to 600.

Damage fall-off against structures has been removed for rifles, SMGs, pistols, and LMGs, which means these will be just as effective against structures in the distance as they are against those up-close. The minigun, which is great for shooting down forts, has seen its accuracy increased by 10 percent.

Fortnite is coming to Nintendo Switch

You’ll find the full list of patch notes for this update on the Fortnite blog. Sadly, there is no mention of controller support on mobile, which Epic hasn’t talked about since the company originally promised it was coming way back in March.

But there is some good news for those who want to play Battle Royale on the go with physical controls: Fortnite is coming to the Nintendo Switch — and soon!

A recent leak revealed that the game is part of Nintendo’s announcement plans at E3 next week. This has since been corroborated by the Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC), which approved Fortnite for the Switch earlier this month.

What’s more, data miners have discovered that Nintendo has also uploaded Fortnite to the Switch eShop, along with an image for its home screen icon. It is looking increasingly likely that the game will be available to download as soon as it is confirmed at E3 on June 12.


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