Fire up your consoles for this week’s Fortnite update.
Version 6.3 brings a new Food Fight game mode and the recently-teased mounted turret. It also removes glider redeploy (finally!) from all default modes, though it will stick around in larger team modes like Disco Domination and Soaring 50s.
Fortnite’s most recent updates have made a number of big changes that long-time players of the game haven’t been enjoying. One of those, which allowed rockets to deal damage through structures, was quickly reverted following backlash from the community.
Glider redeploy, which lets you jump off of mountains, tall buildings, and structures and pull out your glider to avoid fall damage or travel faster, is another that has had its fair share of complaints. Now, weeks after its introduction, it’s finally disappearing.
Fortnite 6.1 removes glider redeploy
The latest Fortnite release removes glider redeploy in default game modes, which means you’ll no longer be able to use it in solo, duo, or squad games. It will remain in larger team modes and in Playground, but with some big changes.
Firstly, glider redeploy will only activate your glider going forward; you will not have the opportunity to skydive first, though you can skill skydive from the Battle Bus at the beginning of the game, when using launch pads, and after using a rift.
Secondly, the height at which gliders are forced to deploy has been raised from 15.5 meters to 35 meters. That means you won’t be able to skydive down on an opponent and pull out your glider just before you hit the ground.
This is huge for Battle Royale. Many players have been complaining that glider redeploy ruins gunfights because opponents can escape a battle too easily. That’s no longer the case. It will also prevent players from hiding in sky bases at the end of a match.
The Food Fight has begun
This week’s update also adds a brand new limited-time game mode dubbed Food Fight. It sees two teams — Team Burger and Team Pizza — battle it out to protect their restaurants.
You’ll start the match by building a fortress to protect your restaurant mascot. An impassible barrier will be erected across the center of the map, giving each team some time to prepare before battle commences.
When the wall comes down, the first team to destroy their opponent’s mascot is the winner.
Make way for the mounted turret
In Food Fight and in regular game modes, you can now get yours hands on the mounted turret. It’s classed as a legendary trap which you’ll find in supply drops, vending machines, loot llamas, and on the floor. It can only be placed on floors.
Once the turret is set up, you can use it to hose down enemies nearby. It has unlimited ammo, but you’ll have to be careful about how you use it because it will overheat if you fire it too often. You should also note that once your turret is down, anyone can use it — not just you.
Other changes in Fortnite 6.3
As if all this wasn’t enough, there’s a whole bunch of other changes and improvements in the 6.3 update, including:
- Pickaxe damage against opponents increased from 10 to 20
- Quadcrasher spawn rate increased from 50 percent to 100 percent
- New Scavenger Pop-Up Cup tournament
- Improved lobby performance and memory usage on Nintendo Switch
For the complete list of changes, check out the patch notes for version 6.3 on the Fortnite blog. When you’re ready, you can download the update and jump into Battle Royale immediately.