Fortnite Patch 8.4 – What’s In It and What Does It Mean For You

Epic is dropping the v8.40 patch soon and there's a LOT of changes.

We'll cover the biggest changes and try to make sense of them so you can adjust your game and be ready fo the new meta.

What's Changing?

Infantry Rifle
New rarities for this precise, semi-automatic weapon are available now! Find and wield the Epic/Legendary variants and deliver accurate fire downrange.

the new infantry rifle got a big upgrade and can take the place of your AR or AK now

What Does It Mean?

Epic is trying really hard to make the infantry rifle relevant. The standard layout for most players is AR-Shotgun-SMG.

By buffing the Infantry Rifle to do more damage (in addition to the hit scan change in the previous patch), it can now take the place of the AR without creating a disadvantage for you. 

If you always grab an AR without considering other weapons, give the infantry rifle a shot. It's been massively upgraded from where it was a few months ago and it feels like a new gun now.

What's Changing?

LIMITED TIME MODE: AIR ROYALE

Summary
Climb aboard a plane and take to the skies in this fast-paced mode where players fight to be the last one flying!

Mode Details
  • Air Royale is lifting off as a Duos-only mode.
  • Each plane has 3 lives, players will respawn until they lose their plane's last life.
  • Touching the ground will instantly eliminate players.
  • Parking a plane on the ground for more than a few seconds will cause it to explode - stay airborne!
  • Hijacking another team's plane will add that plane to your existing number of plane lives (and cost the team who lost the plane a life).
  • The storm has a ceiling that gradually lowers during the match. Be careful not to fly too high late in the match!
  • Loot chests of five different rarities will fall from the sky, allowing players to upgrade the guns they are carrying as well as boosting their plane's weapons for a short time.
    • To receive the contents of a Chest, simply fly through it.
  • If players receive loot from a Chest containing a weapon they already have that's of the same or worse quality, they’ll receive additional ammo.
    • Chests with higher quality guns will automatically replace the lower quality weapon that’s being carried.
  • Floating repair kits can also be found, these heal damaged planes and grant health & shields to players.
new air royale mode

What Does It Mean?

Epic has been trying to come up with new LTM (limited time modes) forever. The issue is that only 1 person can win a standard Battle Royale game and since wins come so infrequently, many players stop playing the game entirely.

By creating new game modes, Epic is aiming to keep players around, even if they abandon the traditional battle royale format.

The other reason for this change is that the airplanes had a lot of mixed opinions. 

Planes were initially crazy over powered by allowing you to destroy structures easily without taking damage. After several nerfs, Epic eventually removed the planes from battle royale entirely.

If you liked flying planes you'll love Air Royale mode.

Epic is dropping the v8.40 patch soon and there's a LOT of changes.

We'll cover the biggest changes and try to make sense of them so you can adjust your game and be ready fo the new meta.

What's Changing?

LIMITED TIME MODE: FOOD FIGHT - DEEP FRIED

Summary
  • Two teams on either side of the map. A huge barrier down the middle. Lava steadily rising up from below. Build a fort to protect your restaurant mascot. When the Barrier lowers, destroy the enemy's mascot and then eliminate the remaining enemies to win the match!
Mode Details
  • An impassable barrier will be spawned along the center of the map for the first several minutes. Lava starts rising from beneath the map a few minutes into the match.
  • Each team will have an under-construction restaurant near the center of the map. Inside is a giant mascot head representing that team.
  • If the mascot head is destroyed, that team loses the ability to respawn when eliminated.
  • Players should use the time that the barrier is up to construct a defensive fortress around their restaurant.
  • As soon as the barrier lowers, fight to take out their mascot before they destroy yours!
  • Special red supply drops spawn at match start. These hold a handful of weapons, ammo, consumables, traps and a few hundred metal building materials.
  • Players will respawn when eliminated, keeping their inventory & dropping some ammo and resources.
  • 100 percent extra resources are gained from farming.
  • Building resources found on the ground increased from 30 to 50 per instance.
  • No explosive weapons or items are in this mode.
  • A small amount of free building materials are granted to each player every second.
  • The restaurants are now much higher, requiring players to build up to them.
  • May the best food win!

What Does It Mean?

When people get sick of losing constantly in the 100 player battle royale mode, they usually go play the big squad modes. 

The current mode is 20 vs 20 with each team racing to be the first to reach 150 eliminations.

This new mode builds on the big squad mode and also brings back some of the fast food modes we had in previous seasons where teams were fighting to destroy the other teams mascot.

This mode wasn't super popular when it was tried previously but if you're looking for a change of pace from your big team matches, give this one a shot and practice your building.

What's Changing?

COMPETITIVE

  • New Tournament - April 20 & 21: Fortnite World Cup Online Open Week 2 ($1,000,000 total prize pool!)
    • Top performers in each server region will qualify to the Fortnite World Cup Finals in New York City.  Full Fortnite World Cup details and official rules can be found here: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/competitive/events/world-cup
    • Duos Game Mode
    • Participation in this event requires both players to have reached Champion League in Arena.
    • Region Lock is in effect - players may only participate in the qualifier for a single server region each week of the Online Opens. The server region of the first match entered for that weekend’s tournament will be the one the player will be locked into for that entire weekend.
    • Format:
      • April 20 - Round One: All Eligible Players.
      • April 21 - Round Two: Top 1500 Teams from Round One.
  • Added Fortnite World Cup Qualifier slots onto the prize breakout for Online Open tournaments.
  • Visual improvements for Lobby panel during Online Open tournaments.
  • Updated how Anonymous Mode works in tournaments to provide an improved experience for stream viewers while still protecting streamers.
    • When a player is eliminated, their name will be shown in the elimination feed.
    • When a player eliminates an opponent, their name will be shown to the eliminated player only.
  • Maximum Screen Aspect Ratio can no longer be greater than 16:9.

What Does It Mean?

Epic has been running qualifiers for the World Cup tournament and Epic released more details in this latest patch.

The biggest change is that the screen aspect ratio can't be larger than 16:9. 

A lot of pros have switched to stretched resolution because it gives them a better vertical field of view (FOV) compared to the standard resolution.

If you want to try this out, go into a non-Arena mode and change your resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 1080 x 1080. 

It will look weird at first but once you get used to it you'll notice that you can see much better when people are above or below you.

Epic decided to ban this because it gave an unfair advantage to people who used the stretched resolution but it looks like crap when you're watching it. To make the playing field level they just banned it completely and if you do choose a stretched resolution in ranked mode you'll notice big black bars on the edges of the screen so that your FOV is the same as a standard viewport.

What's Changing?

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Egg Launcher
    • Everyone’s favorite egg-themed Grenade Launcher skin is back!
    • This is a visual only change for the Grenade Launcher.
  • Infantry Rifle
    • Added Epic and Legendary Infantry Rifle variants.
    • Deals 42/44 damage.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops and Vending Machines.
    • Uses Medium Ammo.

GAMEPLAY

  • You can now pet the dog... and other Pets!
  • The Battle Pass Friend XP Bonus has been upgraded!
    • Instead of giving a small XP boost to each friend in your party, you now get a larger XP boost for partying with one or more friends.
    • The overall total XP Bonus remains the same (120%) and will now be much easier to keep active
    • In short, play any match with any number of friends and you'll be getting the same amount of XP as someone who's been playing with a full squad of Battle-Pass-owning friends.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the Season 8 trailer wouldn't play in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the embers from environmental Campfires would linger if the floor they were attached to was destroyed.
  • Fixed issue where Coconuts could not be pinged.
  • Fixed an issue where turbo building could stop if you ran out of the current type of material you were using.
  • Fixed an issue with Traps being be placed inside walls, making them difficult to see.
  • Fixed an issue with Traps being placed inconsistently when auto-placed.
  • Fixed 'Emotes' not playing when bound to specific keys.
  • Fixed an issue when using 'Replay Last Emote' before using any other emote, so it now plays the emote in the default slot.

What Does It Mean?

You can now pet the dog. Amazing.

You can ping coconuts. Amazing.

Other than these minor changes and some bug fixes there weren't a lot of big changes here.

What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on this patch? Leave a comment below and let us know if you love it or hate it.

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