Fortnite Patch Adds New Battle Royale Features and Halloween Skins

Cosmetic items can now be bought in the new Item Shop.

Fortnite Patch 1.8, also known as the Fortnitemares Update, went live earlier today, adding an assortment of Halloween content to Fortnite’s Save the World and Battle Royale game modes.

Aside from the usual bug fixes, this massive patch focuses mainly on adding customization options for Fortnite Battle Royale. Players can customize their character’s outfit, banner, glider, and pickaxe using the new Battle Royale Locker interface. New character and weapon skins can also be purchased from the newly implemented Item Shop using V-Bucks. 

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New Battle Royale leaderboards were also implemented as a part of the Fortnitemares Update. There are currently two types of leaderboards available in Fortnite: Division and Friends.

Divisions are groups of 50 active players competing against one another for the top spot. Players will be automatically assigned to a division each week. There are separate divisions for each match type (Solo, Duos, and Squads) and only players on your platform are shown on the leaderboard rankings. The Friends leaderboard is used to compare yourself to players on your friend list. All leaderboards reset on Wednesdays.   

The Battle Royale game mode will also be getting season levels, which will give players a chance to earn seasonal awards and level up their characters. Seasonal levels can be increased by completing daily challenges. 

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As for the Save the World game mode, players can explore a spooky new location called Hexsylvania in various new Halloween-themed missions. Pumpkin Head Husks and Vampire Takers have been added to the horde to give players some creepy new foes to battle. The best way to take down these super creeps is with one of two new Fortnitemares exclusive weapons: Jack-O-Launcher and Grave Digger.

Eight heroes have also dressed for the occasion by wearing various Halloween costumes for the event. There is one Fortnitemares-exclusive hero for each hero class and gender. 

Various gameplay tweaks and bug fixes have also been implemented with the Fortnitemares update. To review the full list of changes, head over to the official Fortnitemares Update 1.8 Patch Notes.


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