Fortnite 6.2 lets you float into battle like never before


Are you ready to rise in Fortnite Battle Royale?
Are you ready to rise in Battle Royale?
Photo: Epic Games

Epic Games just rolled out this week’s Fortnite update, giving players a new way to float into battle.

Balloons are the hottest item in the patch notes this week, alongside some nice improvements. Glider re-deploy is sticking around for now, too, but some other items have been banished to the vault.

We’ve been treated to some rather significant Battle Royale updates in recent weeks in preparation for Halloween, so this week’s is a little less exciting. But there’s still plenty to look forward to across all platforms.

Epic’s mission to provide us with as many methods of transport as possible continues with … balloons?!

Fortnite 6.2 brings balloons to the Battle Royale party

Balloons let you take to the skies and float into the action, or make a quick getaway when you’re stuck in the storm. They’re epic items that can be found in chests, supply drops, llamas, vending machines, and on the floor — and you can hold up to six at a time.

Balloons can be inflated by holding the fire button, and you can let go of them by pressing the aim button. The more you hold the higher you’ll float, but you’ll need to be careful; if you float too high for too long, the balloons will pop.

There’s no need to worry about coming crashing down to the ground, though. Glider re-deploy, which lets you use your glider at any time when jumping off of mountains or structures, is still available in all game modes this week.

“We understand that not all players agree with this change, but we would like to continue with this functionality in the game based on the positive results we’ve been seeing,” Epic explains. And because re-deploy is sticking around, Epic promises glider improvements are on the way.

Epic throws more weapons into the vault

A number of weapons have been removed from Battle Royale in version 6.2. There are the semi-automatic sniper rifle, the guided missile (again!), and the dual pistols. The sniper and guided missile weren’t too popular anyway, but the dual pistols were terrific up-close.

Those who play Fortnite on Mac can now do so with official support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller — as well as newer versions of the PS4 and Xbox One controllers. Those who play on Android will enjoy reduced hitching on devices with Vulkan support.

For the full list of changes and improvements, check out the version 6.2 patch notes on the Fortnite blog. When you’re ready, this update is available on all platforms — including iOS.