Fortnite Battle Royale update 3.4 is live – Here’s what’s new

Fortnite Battle Royale version 3.4 is here and it seems to add quite a bit to the game that is currently taking the world by storm. There are, of course, plenty of bug fixes and optimizations being made in this patch, but those are never the exciting parts of a new update. It probably goes without saying, but most players are likely looking forward to the new weapons and game modes coming along with this patch.

If you’ve been craving a new weapon with which to dispatch your enemies, then the 3.4 update isn’t going to disappoint. Epic has added a new guided missile weapon to the game, and looking at the stats, it’s definitely going to do some damage. We would expect explosives to rain destruction upon their targets, but there’s a trade off when using this new system: When you take control of the missle to guide it to its target, your character becomes locked in place, making you very vulnerable to attack.

The good news is that if you come under attack and you react quick enough, you can disconnect from the missile to have it continue its current trajectory. It sounds like this is going to be a tricky weapon to master, but those who do will be able to blow up their enemies with scary precision. Along with the new guided missile, Epic has also replaced the grenade launcher with a new egg launcher to celebrate the Easter holiday, though this change is merely a cosmetic one.

Players will also be able to participate in a new limited-time game mode once update 3.4 has been applied. Sniper Shootout v2 is the name of the game, adding the hunting rifle and the crossbow and removing the revolver. Downed state has been disabled for this game mode, so if you’re playing on a team and you take too much damage, you’ll simply be eliminated. This game mode also restricts the frequency of legendary and epic items, limiting the former to supply drops and the latter to chests.

One interesting thing this update does is remove the 30 FPS mode from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. In the patch notes, Epic writes that this update makes “some significant GPU optimizations which improved visual quality, including resolution in 60 FPS mode,” and notes that if feels there’s now “very little reason to play at 30 FPS.”

In all, it sounds like this is a big update, and it’s available now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Be sure to read through Epic’s long changelog to see everything that’s new, and be sure to use guided missiles responsibly should you find one on the battlefield.

 

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Why PUBG on Android is better than Fortnite on iPhone

Android users rejoice, for the gaming experience in PUBG mobile is better than that of Fortnite mobile. This should quite obviously be understood as an entirely subjective sort of declaration, but my reasons are basic and, I believe, pretty universal. When I play Fortnite mobile, I die right away, and when I play PUBG mobile, I don’t die nearly quite so quick.

I Die

The intricacies of the game in Fortnite for iOS are encouraging. This is easily one of the most involved and awesome online games created for the mobile platform. Those gamers given the opportunity to play Fortnite mobile via invite are lucky, because this game is incredible. But there’s a big problem with this game, for me: I die.

I die right away, and I die pitifully. I get crushed pitifully early, and I rarely find the time to loot enough to put up a decent defense. This game is mobile, sure, but for me it’s too quick. Games on smartphones and tablets should be potentially quick. But with these games, I feel as though there’s a necessity that there be a LITTLE bit of a chance to live, or maybe even knock another player out.

I Live

With PUBG, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, for iOS and Android, there’s a chance for glory. There’s certainly still a chance that I might get headshot in the first 5 minutes, but there’s plenty of time for me to get out there and find a helmet. I can find my way into a building, suit up – or at least find a weapon – and be back out on the run before someone else spots me.

Over at Kotaku, author Cameron Kunzelman has similar thoughts on the PC and console-based versions of these same games. There, Kunzelman suggests that PUBG is slow, and that’s a good thing. When it comes to mobile, I say that’s doubly true.

On Small Bots

In Fortnite, the world feels too small. The chances are too high that I be killed in a span of time less than that of the span I waited for the game to begin. That’s just frustrating. In PUBG, even IF their strategy for new players is to put them up against what Reddit suggests are low-level bots, it’s working. It’s making me feel like I’m at least OK at the game, and the more time I play, the more I feel I have to lose if I don’t continue.

You Android gamers still waiting for the Android release of Fortnite, don’t worry. You’re not missing a lot. Not yet, anyway. We’ll be continuing to play both games well into the future, so we’ll let you know if anything changes.

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