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With Sony finally opening up the PlayStation 4 to cross-platform play with Fortnite, Epic Games is planning a couple of features for those who created an extra account to play the game on multiple console platforms.

First, an account-merging feature is in the works. This is scheduled for November and will allow users to combine Battle Royale purchases.

Also planned is functionality so that you’ll be able to unlink a console from one Fortnite account and relink it to another Fortnite account. Epic will make the feature available very soon, as it’s coming in just a few days.

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Nintendo will be offering a variety of different Switch bundles over the next couple of months, including one for Fortnite. Amazon is now taking pre-orders here.

The Fortnite Switch bundle launches October 5. It’ll include 1,000 V-bucks and the Double Helix Set, consisting of a unique Character Outfit, Back Bling, Glider and Pickaxe. 

A new Switch bundle featuring Fortnite is on the way, Nintendo has announced.

The package goes on sale on October 5. For $299.99, consumers will receive the Switch system, 1,000 V-bucks, and the Double Helix Set.

Here’s today’s full announcement:

Fortnite’s latest patch has been released today. Version 5.41, among other things, adds the Spiky Stadium and Port-a-Fortress items. Here are the full patch notes:

Battle Royale

Limited Time Mode: Soaring Solos

Summary
Classic Battle Royale with gliders that can be re-deployed by pressing Jump when falling from large heights.

Playground

We’ve introduced a new consumable to the Playground LTM that will allow you to spawn an entire Spiky Stadium. We were inspired by the amazing things you’ve been making within Playground, and cannot wait to see what you create as we continue to build out the future of creative mode in Fortnite.

  • Limited Time Item: Spiky Stadium
    • Present in Playground only, found in red Supply Drops (along with a ton of impulse grenades).
    • Builds a 7×11 sized stadium full of Damage Traps and Bouncers.

Weapons + Items

  • Port-a-Fortress
    • It’s huge!
    • Builds instantly.
    • Includes built-in Bouncers for an easy exit.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Found in Vending Machines, chests, Supply Drops, and Supply Llamas.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where there was a slight delay when consuming multiple Small Shield Potions.
  • The Grappler will no longer result in an inability to change equipment. 

Gameplay

  • Reduced the edit button hold timing when using a controller.
    • Old School from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Quick Builder from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Combat Pro from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Builder Pro from 0.25s to 0.15s.
  • The Storm wall no longer destroys structures during the last few circles of the match.

Audio

Bug Fixes

  • Reload audio for the Double Barrel Shotgun no longer plays twice.

UI

  • Unsupported characters within in-game names will now show up as �, rather than the fallback debugging font glyph that was previously used. Loading the fallback font was causing long hitches for clients, so we’ve disabled it.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing the reticle to not appear until after you’ve switched weapons.
  • Added new generic icons to represent console and desktop platforms for cross-platform play.

Art + Animation

  • Added edge glow to wall bounce pads, only visible from the reverse side. This is to help players recognize when a wall bounce pad is on the opposite side of a ledge in front of them.

Bug Fixes

  • CUBE visual effects will no longer get stuck after a player has left the area.
  • The Grill Sergeant Outfit will now render properly in-game.
    • This fixes the issue where players were seeing a floating head and pickaxe.

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Fortnite made a major change with its Switch version recently. With the 5.40.2 client update, video capture was disabled. The common consensus was that it was done to improve performance and stability, which Epic has confirmed.

According to Epic, the developer has “been seeing a high rate of Out of Memory related crashes.” By disabling video capture, Fortnite is able to save “a significant amount of RAM while also having a positive effect on overall performance across the board.”

For those who still want to use video capture, Epic is “considering the possibility of making this feature optional in the future for players who don’t mind taking a hit on their performance.”

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When a Switch game updates, we sometimes see that video capture has been added. Fortnite has gone in the opposite direction. With the latest patch, players have started to notice that video capture has been disabled entirely.

When attempting to record a video clip, a message will appear stating that “Videos cannot be captured for this software.” This affects all areas in Fortnite.

It’s unclear if video capture has been permanently disabled or is a temporary measure. It may have been done in order to improvement performance on Switch.

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Fortnite’s latest content update is now live. Version 5.40 is highlighted by the addition of new Assault Rifle in Battle Royale.

Below are the full details:

Fortnite’s version 5.40 launches today. This update will fix several of the issues of the Nintendo Switch version of the game, like the framerate and motion control issues. It also adds the High Stakes event, the new Grappler weapon, The Getaway limited time mode and more:

General

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing some unneeded assets to remain in memory when switching from Save the World to Battle Royale or vice-versa.
  • Fixed an issue that caused camera jitter when simultaneously canceling sprint while reloading and aiming down sights.
  • Fixed a rare server crash that could occur when a player edits a building.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented weapons from firing when holding the fire button during a weapon swap.
  • Fixed an issue causing the crosshair to drift if player rapidly presses aim down sights with sniper rifles.
  • Fixed some buildings’ destruction effects being played twice.
  • Fixed ammo quantity counts not updating properly on the inventory screen details panel.
  • Fixed broken antialiasing in handheld mode on Nintendo Switch.

Battle Royale

Limited Time Mode: The Getaway

Welcome to The Getaway! In this mode, players will race to find a Jewel and take it to a Getaway Van before everyone else to win the match!

The Switch version of Fortnite has been experiencing some problems as of late. Epic has specifically acknowledged “issues with models and environment not rendering properly, as well as an increase in hitches that have apparently gotten worse with each update.”

After looking into the situation, Epic detected “an issue with with loading performance degrading over subsequent patches.” The developer is now working with Nintendo to improve performance, which is targeted for version 5.40.

Following up on the latest update, Fortnite has received another small update on Switch. The game is now at version 5.30.2.

Epic says that the new update “includes improvements for some hitching issues.” Aside from that, nothing else appears to have been changed or added.

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