Fortnite Battle Royale update news, patch notes and more

In such a short space of time, Fortnite Battle Royale has become certified gaming phenomenon. Pitting 100 players against each other on a single map, it melds fun, cartoonish gameplay with a fierce competitive streak, and has attracted millions of players across the globe across all ages and demographics. 

Season 9 is now officially live, and we've got details of all the latest updates. We knew from the teaser tweet that we had a futuristic theme to look forward to, and so it's been proved.

To help you keep on top of what's new and what's coming up in Fortnite, we've put together this handy page which will be updated with all the latest announcements. So to get you ready for blast off, here's everything you need to know about Fortnite.

What is Fortnite?

There's been a lot of hype surrounding Fortnite since its release in July 2017. But what exactly is it? 

Fortnite is a battle royale game which sees you thrown onto an island with no weapons or armor and it's up to you to scavenge for supplies and fight for your life to be the last man or squad standing at the end of the game – with the added pressure of a shrinking map that closes in as the match progresses, forcing players into tighter skirmishes. 

The game is available for free on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with in-game purchases limited to purely cosmetic options.

Fortnite update news and Fortnite patch notes

  • What's new? Fortnite Season 9 is live and we're now on update 9.10. See the new Burst SMG gun in action below.

Fortnite is now into season 9 and version 9.10 is our latest update. The big addition introduced in this update is a new gun: the Burst SMG. It's available in common, uncommon and rare variants, dealing 23, 24 and 25 damage with its four round burst shots and light ammo. You'll be able to find it as floor loot and in chests and vending machines. 

It has, however, come at the cost of the Suppressed Submachine Gun which has now been vaulted. 

Alongside this new weapon, there are three Limited Time Modes being added to the rotation.

First is Solid Gold Duos which exclusively features Legendary weapons for you to use in your fight to the finish. Then, there's Unvaulted Squads during which you'll only have access to items which have been vaulted in the standard Battle Royale mode. And finally, there's Close Encounters Squads which will involve high intensity battles using shotguns and jetpacks.

You can access the patch notes in full on Epic's official website.

Will Fortnite be at E3 2019?

We're glad you asked, Fortnite will indeed be present at E3 2019. One of the biggest gaming shows in the world does seem like the ideal place to display one of the biggest games in the world after all. 

Fortnite doesn't tend to do huge announcements at E3 but its developer, Epic Games, will be headlining the PC Gaming Show on June 10 so it's worth keeping an eye out for some news. It's also celebrating with Microsoft if this special edition purple Xbox One S is anything to go by. Those attending the show itself will be able to swing by the Fortnite booth in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center to play matches with friends and win some prizes.

There's also going to be a Fortnite Summer Bloc Party running from June 15 to June 16 at The Forum in Inglewood. It's something of an unofficial after party.Things will kick off on June 15 with a celebrity and streamer Creative event followed by the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am on June 16, where fifty creators will work with fifty celebrities to fight it out in an epic Battle Royale. 

If you can't attend, don't worry the whole thing will be livestreamed on official Fortnite channels such as Twitch and YouTube.

Can I play Fortnite on mobile?

Yes you can! Well, maybe. After months of waiting, Fortnite is finally on both iOS and Android, though you'll need a phone that can actually run the game.

iOS users can download straight from the App Store. As long as you're using iOS 11 on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro devices or later you'll be fine. Oh, and you'll need an internet connection, naturally.

Fortnite also hit Android phones this summer, and finally came out of beta in October. You can see the full list of phones – and how to find the Fortnite Installer – on our Fortnite on Android page.

Is it the full game?

It is the full Fortnite game. There are some small differences: it’s not quite as visually impressive as it is on more powerful devices, the controls are touchscreen, and a lot of audio cues have been made visual so you can play comfortably in public without the need for headphones. But you won’t be missing out on any key features.  

Fortnite update patch notes

What's the deal with cross-play?

A sweet deal is what it is. While previously Xbox One and PS4 owners couldn't play the game together, Sony's U-turn on the matter means that now everyone across Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android can all take part in the crossfire.

So if you've got friends that prefer PC, others that prefer console and you're off on holiday with your mobile, that's no reason for the fun to stop.

There's also cross-progression. So, if you're logged into your Fortnite account on mobile and you later log into your console to play there, everything you did on mobile later that day is carried over.  

Sounds great, how do I get it?

We have a guide on how to get Fortnite on mobile on TechRadar and we're constantly updating it with the latest rollout news. If your device isn't there yet, keep checking back and one day it probably will be.

What's a Fortnite Battle Pass?

The Battle Pass is a purchasable item in Fortnite that gives you access to exclusive in-game rewards. 

As players complete daily challenges and level up their rank, they earn Battle Stars which can then be used to unlock Tiers in their Battle Pass. Each new Tier you unlock will bring both Free and Premium rewards. The Tiers vary from season to season but in season three you get around 100 items in each Battle Pass which can take anywhere between 75 and 150 hours of play to unlock. 

Everyone that has a Battle Pass will get the Free reward they unlock, but only Premium Pass holders will get the Premium reward. Battle Pass Premium can only be purchased with in-game V bucks and not with real money.

You can purchase a Battle Pass for around £7/$10 in the Battle Pass tab of the game’s menu. 

Twitch Prime benefits

Those who use Twitch Prime and play Fortnite will be glad to know that they have access to free loot right now. Those with a Prime account can claim the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack  and the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack 2 which include a host of cosmetic items and are available across all platforms.

The first pack includes two exclusive gliders and outfits: the Havoc Outfit and Back Bling, plus the Sub Commander Outfit and Slipstream Glider.  The second pack contains three exclusive items for Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode including the camouflage-heavy Trailblazer Outfit, the True North Back Bling, and the Tenderizer Pickaxe. There’s also a brand new dance emote for those that like the dance floor as much as the battleground. 

The packs can only be claimed on a single platform, but they can be shared across PC/console and mobile as long as you use the same Epic account across these platforms. You can’t however, share your loot across PS4 and Xbox One even if you are using the same Epic account. 

(Image credits: Epic Games)

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