Epic Games has finally released their next major season, Season 7. And as many had expected and had been leaked a few times, Season 7 is bringing a ton of snowy experience to the island.
There’s a ton lot that Epic has worked on with the launch of Season 7, among of which are the new X-4 Stormwing Plane, zip lines the new Fortnite Creative Mode, a whole bunch of new skins, gun skin wraps, hamsters and new locations to explore.
X-4 Stormwing Plane
Beginning with the new X-4 Stormwing Plane, Epic has finally introduced the long-rumored air-based vehicle to the game. After introducing the likes of the ATK and the Quad Crasher, it seems like Epic wants players to explore the new skies.
In typical Fortnite fashion, the new plane come with its aggressive cartoon look along with four sets of wings that keep the plane balanced. Players would be able to do a whole lot of maneuvers in the skies, engage in dogfights as well as perform the classic barrel roll while they explore the new locations on the map.
The next major additions making their way to Fortnite are gun wraps. Similar to what we’ve seen from the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite would allow players to customize their guns to their liking based on the wraps they have.
Players would be able to earn and unlock new wraps as they head deeper into Fortnite’s new Season 7 Battle Pass.
The New Fortnite Creative Mode
As detailed in yesterday’s report, Epic has finally launched their new Fortnite Creative mode for Fortnite. The new Fortnite Creative mode would be available exclusively for Season 7 Battle Pass players for a week only during the first week of its launch.
With the new Fortnite Creative mode, players would be able to build their own islands, invite their friends as well.
Unlike Fortnite’s Playground mode, players would be able to explore each another’s islands and in-fact save their island’s progress from time to time if they wish.
With the mode finally making is way into the game, we can’t wait to see how this mode would fare and simply based on our first impressions, it looks incredible.
The New Fortnite Season 7 Battle Pass
The new set of skins coming to Fortnite are finally here. After getting quite an idea of where Epic was going with their new skins over the past few weeks, there was no doubt that pretty much all of the new skins were based on a cold environment, toppled by the festive season.
As soon as you buy the new Battle Pass, not only would you get early access to the new Fortnite Creative mode, but you’ll also be able to start off with the new Zenith and Lynx outfits. As expected, both of these skins would be progressive, meaning that players would be able to unlock even more variations of them down the link.
However, if you opt to buy the Battle Bundle, you’ll get the:
- Zenith Progressive Outfit
- Lynx Progressive Outfit
- Sgt. Winter Outfit
- Hamirez (Pet)
- Tactical Sleigh (Glider)
- Arctic Camo (Wrap)
- Perfect Present (Back Bling)
- String Lights (Contrail)
- 70% Bonus Season Match XP
- 300 V-Bucks
- 1 x Music
The New Locations
The next set of additions making their way to Fortnite are the new areas. Check our the new snow-packed locations around the map now dubbed as Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, Happy Hamlet and more.
Here are the patch notes retrieved from the official Epic Games blog.
- Updated the minimum macOS version required to run Fortnite on Mac to 10.13.6.
- Added some optimizations for when players build structures.
- Fixed daily Challenge text and some other text to properly switch when changing languages.
- Fixed a crash when terminating the game because of an error during initialization.
- Fixed a potential performance degradation when loading content.
- Modified the error window to use a scrolling region for overflowing text.
- Improved the data layout on Xbox One to improve loading times generally and reduce building streaming issues in Battle Royale.
- Made the Fortnite taskbar icon blink (Windows only) upon successfully entering a lobby after matchmaking if the application is minimized or inactive in the background.
- Minimized chat text on PC and Mobile is no longer clickable. Clicking the chat entry text box will still expand the chat text as normal.
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WEAPONS + ITEMS
- X-4 Stormwing Plane
- 5 total seats.
- Seats 4 passengers (on the wings) and a pilot.
- Has a mounted machine gun. Be careful, it can overheat.
- Players will go into the skydiving state when exiting the X-4 Stormwing.
- Use the roll buttons for sharp turns.
- Pressing both will fly upside down.
- Double tapping roll buttons will do a barrel roll.
- Can boost and airbrake for extra mobility.
- 5 total seats.
- Balloons have been reworked so that while they are equipped, it is possible to use weapons and items.
- Players can attach up to 3 Balloons to their back, lifting off the ground when the 3rd Balloon is attached.
- Press jump while in the air to release Balloons one at a time.
- Reduced stack size from 20 to 10.
- Updated scope crosshair on Scoped AR and Thermal AR.
- Vaulted Items
- Note: Each new season gives us an opportunity to evaluate the current item rotation. Our goal is to have a reasonable number of items to learn, while avoiding duplicates or overlapping functionality. Based on recent (and upcoming) item additions, we’ve selected the following for vaulting.
- Shadow Stones
- Double Barrel Shotgun
- Shockwave Grenade
- Map Updated
- New Biome: Iceberg
- New Location: Frosty Flights
- New Location: Polar Peak
- New Location: Happy Hamlet
- Other unnamed Points of Interest (POIs) have also appeared across the island.
- Icy Surfaces can be found in snowy areas.
- Players will slide on certain frozen surfaces.
- Ziplines can be found around the Iceberg and near Expedition Outposts.
- Latch on and zip from one end to the other.
- Aim, fire, or use items all while conveniently traveling on Ziplines.
- Minimap updated.
- Increased the chance of final circles ending on the outer edges of the map.
- Fixed a bug causing weapon impact effects to play when shooting friendly players, even though no damage was being dealt.
- New Tournament: Explorer Pop-Up Cup
- Material cap set to 700/500/300 for Wood/Stone/Metal.
- Players receive 100/50/50 Wood/Stone/Metal on elimination.
- Resource rate increased by 40%
- +50 effective health on elimination.
- Safezone Changes
- Increased chances of Supply Drops in later circles.
- Circle 9 now travels twice as far but takes twice as long to close.
- Some tournaments will now feature a limit on the number of matches that can be played during an event session.
- Fixed an issue which prevented players from receiving elimination rewards if a player they downed was eliminated by the Down-But-Not-Out timer ending or if their team was fully eliminated.
- Optimized spawning pickups when a player is eliminated.
- Optimized the performance of the Dynamite fuse.
- Switch audio performance improvements – falling sounds no longer hitch.
- Minor Switch rendering optimizations to help general framerate.
- Reduced the volume of bullet and pickaxe impact audio on the starting island.
- Added a hit notification audio cue when a vehicle you’re riding in recieves damage.
- Fixed an issue that would cause in-air glider audio to continue playing when eliminating a gliding player.
- Fixed an issue that would cause vehicle audio loops to get stuck on.
- Fixed “crackling” audio heard on Mobile/Switch when shooting weapons or emoting.
- The Calamity, Dire, Ragnarok, and Drift Challenges have been moved to a new section at the bottom of the Challenges tab.
- Added filtering and updated the layout of the Locker.
- Vehicle Damage Numbers have been added!
- Vehicles now have a unique damage number pop color and show damage numbers.
- Polished the Store layout to support a larger number of tiles without needing to scroll.
- Minor update to the player feedback UI to add reporting categories and a list of other players in the current or last-played match.
- Fixed Battle Pass information from being displayed in the Lobby tab for players that have not purchased a Battle Pass.
- Fixed the header entry in the daily Challenges screen to work correctly when clicked.
- Moved the Nvidia Highlights button to the top right of the Battle Royale lobby to avoid conflicts with chat click zone.
- Fixed an issue where the Two Factor Authentication screen could sometimes cause input to become unresponsive.
- Nameplates will no longer sit above other HUD elements, such as the map.
- 60 FPS enabled on the iPad Pro 2018.
- 4x MSAA Anti-Aliasing turned back on for iOS.
- Improved performance on all Galaxy Note 9 devices as well as the North American variant of the Galaxy S9 Plus.
- Added support for the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018).
- Fixed the black border on the iPad Pro 2018.
- Fixed graphics settings on previous supported iPad Pro models.
- Fixed incorrect quality settings for iPad 6th Generation.
- Fixed occasional shadow flickerings in the game lobby.
- Creative Hub provides access to your own island, the islands of other friends who have joined on the server, or featured islands selected from the community.
- Player Islands are your creative space that automatically saves.
- Players will be able to keep a server active for up to 4 hours at a time.
- Battle Pass owners will start with 4 islands to allow for different creations. On December 13, all players will receive 4 islands.
- Friends can visit your island and island owners can set permissions to determine if your friends can edit/build while visiting.
- The My Island menu is accessible through the Main Menu in-game while on your island.
- This is the in-game tool your character holds that’s used to edit, copy, and manipulate props in the world. Experiment with its features to discover all the things it can do.
- Fly mode allows players to quickly travel around their island and create in mid-air.
- Double jump to start flying.
- My Island menu
- The “Game” tab starts and stops player-created games. When a game is stopped your island reverts to its pre-game state.
- You may experience functionality issues with this feature as we continue to make improvements.
- The “Game Settings” tab sets health, fall damage, spawn location, etc and can be changed at any time through the My Island menu.
- The “Island Tools” tab resets your island back to its original state and sets who can build on your island.
- The “Game” tab starts and stops player-created games. When a game is stopped your island reverts to its pre-game state.
- Accessed from the inventory menu.
- Inventory allows you to spawn prefabs, devices, weapons, or consumables.
- Use Inventory to create your own chests or llamas for your island filled with items you select.
- Prefabs are pre-made structures the player can place on their island with throwables.
- Devices are placeable items that allow you to create games.
- 8 obstacle courses
- 25 buildings from Battle Royale
- 34 galleries of building tiles and props
- New Devices
- Ice Block
- Damage Rails
- Speed Boost
- Player Spawn
- From Battle Royale:
- Launch Pad
- Mounted Turret
- Cozy Campfire
- The memory bar at the bottom of the HUD provides feedback on how much you can build on your island.
- This will change as we gather more data on performance and memory usage.
- Players will have the ability to join in progress games with any of their Epic friends, even if they are not in a party together. Find your friend in the social panel and select Join Creative Server. Your friend must have their Privacy option set to Friends or Public to allow those who aren’t in a party to join.
- Replays will record the entire 4-hour play session, however, these will be saved in 30-minute individual files.
- Replays are off by default and can be enabled in the settings.
- Creative buttons added as well as a new “Creative” visibility setting. Buttons with extra functionality are in the HUD Layout Tool.
- The “Creative” visibility is off in the tool by default, so buttons will be hidden until they are turned on.
SAVE THE WORLD
MISSIONS + SYSTEMS
- Canny Valley Act 3
- 20 new quests bringing the Stand and Fight campaign to a dramatic conclusion!
- 2 new landmark zones.
- Anthony, the Steel Wool drummer is a Mythic hero reward for completing the last act of Canny Valley.
- Note: This is an early, work-in-progress version of the Stand and Fight campaign finale. We’re working on an ending song and video that will be added in at a later date. All added content will be retroactively available to anyone who completes the campaign.
- Want to check it out now? There may just be a very special reward for players that finish the storyline this year…
- Season 7 Warmup:
- Hydraulic weapons, Storm Zone heroes, Scavenger weapons, and Scavenger heroes have been permanently added to the core set of Loot Llamas.
- Mutant Storm mission alerts are now more numerous, will grant Snowflake Tickets and additional Survivor/Hero/Schematic XP when completed, and have a quota of 10 per 24 hour period.
- Legendary Troll Stash Llamas are available in the Pinata Store and can be purchased for 1000 Snowflake tickets each.
- Miniboss mission alerts have returned to normal.
- Fewer are available on the map, quota of 3 per 24 hours, no event tickets.
- Players who are at max level will now continue to earn rewards each time they earn enough XP to level up again.
- These rewards will be retroactively granted to max level players based on the amount of XP acquired since update 6.30.
- Reorganized Collection Book pages.
- All event-related pages are now grouped together under the new “Event” section.
- There is a new “Expansion” section containing all the pages for items that used to be event items but have been moved into the core set of items.
- The Battle of Plank Harbor quest now has an accurate objective description.
- I’m Probably Dead quest now has an accurate objective description.
- Deeply Disturbing Simulations quest has an updated quest objective description that includes City, Suburban, or Industrial zone requirement.
- Also, the quest items now appear properly in the world.
- Fixed the “Uncanny!” achievement so that it requires doing all of the Story quests currently available in Canny Valley.
- Quests Fight On and Pump Up the Volume now have accurate quest descriptions.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the server to crash when going into a Storm Shield Defense.
- Fixed an issue where some of the zones on the map could be improperly locked behind side quests in Canny Valley.
- Fixed an issue where Mission Alerts could appear on “hidden” zones in the map that are only available during certain quests, and thus not accessible to most players.
- Fixed an issue causing BluGlo not to spawn in Group Deliver the Bomb missions.
- Fixed bad mission locations for Deliver the Bomb mission in Ghost Town sub biome.
- Fixed clients not receiving a ‘Rejoin Game’ option after hard closing the client.
- Added a notification on the Command Screen when earning additional Upgrade Points or when the Research Lab has improved.
- Fixed an issue where missions were appearing locked for parties with the correct Power Level.
- Banners now properly display the player’s icon and color during the reward sequence.
- Event Store items now retain scroll positions for both Event and Weekly item views when backing out or switching to another view.
- Fixed an issue that prevented Lead Survivors from appearing on the Top Survivor Portrait board.
- Fixed the in-zone account level showing as 0.
- Fixed issue where options in the “More” menu of the schematics screen were showing that they were unchecked when there were actually checked.
- Sorting Survivors by Name now prioritizes Survivors with names over survivors without names. Mythical Lead survivors and Husk survivors now display at the beginning of the list in alphabetical order.
- Changed the wording on the popup displayed when slotting items to the Collection Book. This prompt will now read: “This will remove the item from your inventory and add it to your collection book.”
- Fixed an issue where a second set of windows controls is visible on the Profile screen.
- Fixed the message on Defender Traps when a player doesn’t have any weapons for the selected defender.
- XP Boost now has a visual indicator when used successfully.
- Fixed F.O.R.T. stats not updating in the Survivor Squads screen when a slotted survivor is leveled up.
- Added an input prompt gamepad to the Location Select screen on the Map tab.
- On the Item Shop tab, under the Event section, fixed a layout issue where the left/right arrows were misaligned in gamepad mode when on item purchase screen.
- Corrected the description used for XP boosts.
- Fixed an issue where the display of some Collection Book rewards would be skipped if multiple collection levels are earned from a single slotted item.
- Optimized the system for checking player proximity to Storm Shield, used for triggering audio.
- Steel Wool Anthony
- Mythic Outlander variant of Vanguard.
- Found during the new Canny Valley quest line.
- Airheart will remain in the Event Store for the duration of Season 7.
- Airheart no longer takes up inventory space.
- Steel Wool Heroes now have Steel Wool in their display name.
- Fixed an issue that caused Supercharged Trap and Overclocked Trap perks to apply to all Constructors. These perks are now only applied to Heavy BASE and Machinist.
WEAPONS + ITEMS
- Frostbite Sniper Rifle has returned to the Weekly Store!
- A mid to long range rifle that deals good damage and can be fired quickly.
- Available from December 5 at 7 PM ET until December 12 at 7 PM ET.
- Fixed an issue with player levels dropping significantly if the player is left behind in the zone completion phase.
- Enemies with the damage buff from Frenzied Deathburst will now properly glow red.
- Fixed an issue with audio ducking from voiceover when dialogue is set to 0.