Highlights

  • Fortnite’s latest patch fixes issues when skydiving on Nintendo Switch
  • It also adds new weapons like the Stink Bomb
  • Crashes when buying items are fixed too

A new Fortnite update is about to be released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Nintendo Switch.

The upcoming Fortnite update is expected to hit Battle Royale on June 19.

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

Unlike last week’s 4.4 update, the new patch is unlikely to launch alongside server downtime.This is more likely to be a content update, so don’t expect any major bug fixes.Instead, Epic Games is likely to introduce the brand new Stink Bomb weapon.

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

News of the Stink Bomb first appeared on the in-game feed, which suggests it will launch this week.The Stink Bomb is said to explode in a cloud on impact, damaging anybody caught inside

But arguably even more exciting is the ability to fire rockets from inside the enemy lair near Snobby Shores.Rocket strikes were discovered within game files by TwoEpicBuddies. Players will reportedly be able to fire these missiles from 5pm UK time on June 19.

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

It’s unclear what effect this will have on the game, but expect it to factor in to one of the Battle Pass challenges within the coming weeks.Rocket strikes are linked to the appearance of The Visitor, and are also likely to play a part in the transition between season 4 and season 5.

Fortnite Nintendo Switch performance update

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

  • Fixed performance issues on Switch related to frequently called time functions during gameplay (especially when skydiving).
  • Level streaming optimisation to smooth out some hitches during skydiving on Switch.

Hopefully this is the start of many updates to the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite. At the moment its far from the best version of the game with the iOS editions faring better in almost every situation.

Fortnite Update Version 4.4 Patch Notes

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

What’s That Smell!?

  • Stink Bomb: This new addition is nothing to sniff at, one whiff and they’ll be sprinting for fresh air.

GENERAL

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed several issues with Discord integration and improved the information displayed when in a Battle Royale or Save the World game.

Known Issues:

  • Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

Battle Royale

General:

Limited Time Mode: Final Fight (Teams Of 20)

Survive the countdown! The Storm Circles give players more room to hunt down opponents. The final circle triggers a countdown timer; when the time is up, the team with the most players remaining wins. In this LTM, teams can tie for the Victory Royale!

  • Final Fight plays similar to standard Battle Royale, but instead of the Storm circles closing all the way, the Storm stops after the 3rd circle.
  • When the circles have finished closing in, the final countdown timer will begin.
  • The remaining teams will battle it out until the timer expires.
  • The team with the most players remaining at the end of the timer wins!
  • In the event of a tie, the two (or more) teams tied for the lead win the match.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Stink Bomb added.
  1. Creates a stinky cloud that deals 5 damage every half-second within the cloud.
  2. 9-second duration.
  3. Epic rarity.
  4. Can be found from floor loot, chests, and Vending Machines.
  5. Loot in stacks of 3 with a maximum stack of 5.

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

  • Increased the reload time of the Rocket Launcher based on rarity.
  1. Rare from 2.3 seconds to 2.8.
  2. Epic from 2.185 seconds to 2.66.
  3. Legendary from 2.07 to 2.52.
  • The maximum number of unloaded Rocket Ammo that can be held has been changed to 12.

Bug Fixes:

  • Enemy built structures are no longer lit up by the thermal scope.
  • Cozy Campfires are now lit by the thermal scope.

GAMEPLAY

Bug Fixes:

  • Back Bling no longer appears detached from players at a distance.
  • Fixed the two intersecting busses on the starting island.

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed performance issues on Switch related to frequently called time functions during gameplay (especially when skydiving).
  • Level streaming optimization to smooth out some hitches during skydiving on Switch.

AUDIO

Bug Fixes:

  • The music for the Fresh emote has been re-added.
  • Fixed attenuation of Supply Drop opening sound so it doesn’t sound like it’s right next to players even if it’s opened far away.
  • The Clinger explosion sound now plays properly if detonated directly next to you on iOS/Switch platforms.

UI

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a crash that could happen after buying items in the Item Shop.
  • When using styleable outfits, your last saved version will always appear in the locker preview.

Last week Nintendo announced Fortnite for the Nintendo Switch has hit two million downloads in less than 24 hours. A colossal number by any stretch. More so when you consider that the Nintendo Switch has been out for a little more than a year with an install base that’s nowhere close to the PS4 or Xbox One.

“Fortnite’s launch went extremely well — we had more than two million downloads in less than 24 hours,” Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America, told Polygon in an interview at E3 2018. “I think that speaks to the power of the franchise, the engagement of our players and the resonance of being able to play it anytime, anywhere.”

Fortnite Update 4.4 Version | Brings | Nintendo Switch | Performance | Improvements | Patch Notes | Stink Bomb | Rocket strikes

Also keep in mind that this is the Fortnite Battle Royale mode and not Save the World, which Epic Games has no plans of bringing to the Nintendo Switch. It’s the game’s cooperative experience and is currently in paid early access on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It makes sense considering most of Epic’s efforts for Fortnite have gone towards the battle royale component.

“We have no plans for Save the World on Switch,” a representative for Epic Games told Gamespot.

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