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We’ve got a new update here in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Keeping with the theme of Chapter 2, it’s a little limited. I haven’t seen anything in the way of new event leaks or hints at the broader story, though we have seen some new skins leak out, as usual. We’re in a bit of a limbo period with Chapter 2: we’re still getting weekly challenges to unlock additional battle pass skin styles, but things are still remarkably drawn out as we tread water ahead of Chapter 2, Season 2. Still, there are some interesting things here in the update, so let’s dive on in to the patch notes.
The big new update is called “sidegrading”, where you can switch a weapon to another, similar weapon in its same class at an upgrade bench. It’s debuting along with the return of the heavy assault rifle. So what that means is that you can take your assault rifle to an upgrade table and “sidegrade” it to a heavy assault rifle at the same rarity. You can still do normal upgrades, and those come with a reduced
This is in non-competitive playlists only, though it doesn’t seem at the outset that it would cause any major balance problems for competitive playlists. Cordoning this off seems like part of a broader effort to keep competitive playlists a little bit insulated from standard update rhythms.
Aside from that, we’re also seeing 120 FPS for the 2018 version of the iPad Pro, which feels like a big deal. True, this will likely affect only a small portion of Fortnite players right now, but it indicates that 120 FPS will be possible on future mobile devices as those continue to increase in power. Combine that with some refinements for controllers on mobile and you’ve got a capable mobile platform that could stand with the best of console, if not necessarily PC.
Not a huge one today, but there was big news in the form of an upcoming skin for Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, streaming-superstar and family-friendly Fortnite mascot. That’s coming out tomorrow, January 16, at item shop reset, so tune in if you want to shoot Ninja/as Ninja.