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Fortnite’s 4.4 Update Adds Thermal Scoped Rifles, Vaults Jetpacks


Fortnite’s 4.4 Update Adds Thermal Scoped Rifles, Vaults Jetpacks

The 4.4 patch for Epic Games’ Fortnite went live earlier today, adding new content and bug fixes for both Battle Royale and Save the World modes.

The biggest changes with the update are mostly in Battle Royale, which added the thermal scope assault rifle that can see enemies, chests, and supply drops through bushes and structures. Jetpacks have been vaulted, though it was announced as a limited-time item when it was introduced last month. The Battle Royale map also received a new location with a soccer stadium located above Pleasant Park, just in time for the World Cup on June 14, replacing the small neighborhood of broken down houses.

Shopping carts received plenty of bug fixes in the patch, such as removing the ability to destroy unbreakable objects or floating in the air after destroying platforms underneath. Despite the new improvements and optimizations, Epic Games disabled the ability to use shopping carts hours after the update due to “an issue” which the studio plans to investigate.

Two Battle Royale limited-time modes have returned with new versions: 50v50 v3 and Sniper Shootout v3. Changes to the 50v50 mode include a larger starting circle, more supply drops, and reduced farming resources, while Sniper Shootout removed the crossbow and added scoped assault rifles.

The 4.4 update also added the Blockbuster Part 3: The Cloaked Star quest to Fortnite’s Save the World mode, alongside the new Mythic Ninja character and a slow-firing sniper rifle. Additionally, players in both modes can now place specific traps on player-built ramps and sloped rooftops. Check out the patch notes for the full list of changes and bug fixes.


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