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Fortnite Battle Royale to get 60 FPS support on console, private matchmaking and more.

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Fortnite Battle Royale has been a huge success and as the issues continue to grow with PUBG, like cheating and the poor quality of the game on Xbox One, more and more players are jumping ship and trying out Fortnite. With the influx of players and the love they are all showing for the PUBG clone, Epic Games are working hard to make sure that it is improving by the week and the next update seems to be the biggest we have had yet. 

Over on the Epic Games blog, the Fortnite team highlighted the changes we can expect to see in the coming week such as 60 FPS console support, gameplay optimization, private matchmaking and much more. The team are also working on some awesome cosmetic items to take advantage of the upcoming Chinese New Year such as dragon gliders and costumes. Most importantly, custom matches are coming to the game which will let you and a few friends jump into your own lobby and play around without random people from around the world trying to kill you. Becuase only you should be allowed to kill your friends. 

Service stability issues

We were not able to stay ahead of our continued growth and multiple of our backend services have been struggling under load the last several weeks (e.g. friends functionality and general login service). And we also shipped v2.3.0 with significant bugs. We don’t consider either acceptable. We have changed our release plans & processes to help improve quality of client builds and scrambled people to make traction on backend scalability by any means possible.

Ongoing Optimizations

When you play some Battle Royale, we want the time from when you’re in the lobby to when you’re in the action to be as short as possible. We’re continuing to work on load time improvements to help with that. You want a smoother in-game experience, and we agree! We are testing and bug fixing improvements that will deliver better level streaming with fewer hitches. We’re getting close to being able to test a significant optimization to the networking code that should get us closer to running the server at a solid 20 Hz even in the beginning of the match.

60 FPS on Console

Later this month we plan to add an optional 60 FPS mode for Battle Royale on consoles (PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X). This 60 FPS mode is tuned for each console to maximize frame rate while minimizing loss of visual quality. 

Weekly Updates, item and features

Next week we’ll be putting our first weapon (SMG) into the Vault. These weapons may or may not return and this allows us to manage the weapon pool as we introduce newer weapons.

You have also helped to surface quality of life fixes, and here are some on the short list right now are:

  • Improved building controls on console
  • Team Communication outside of voice chat
  • Ability to re-queue from the death screen
  • Ability to preemptively hold down the search button while approaching a searchable object
  • Display of how much ammo is loaded into a gun on the weapon widget
  • Larger map w/ zoom

Quickbar Improvements

We’ve been working on making that swap between your weapon bar and your build bar feel crisper. Making it easier to swap between build pieces when you have moderate ping and removing visual stuttering when you quickly scroll through items are being worked on as well!

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Social

Many of you love playing Fortnite with friends. We take that to heart so we’ve been in the lab cooking up ways to improve that. In the short term, we’ll enhance your abilities to find and play with your friends. Long term we plan to rework the social architecture and all social features within Fortnite (i.e. chat and friends list). 

Invite your friends, first from Facebook (PC first, console to follow), soon with other social networks! We’re also working on a “Looking for Group” feature to make it easier for your squad to party up or look for more!

Custom Matches

You may have seen some players getting involved in our Fortnite Friendlies, which is our way of testing out private match functionality and working out the bugs. We want to iron out some of the bigger kinks before rolling this out to the entire game!

So there you have some major new updates coming your way in the next few weeks. I don't personally play the Battle Royale part of Fortnite, rather the PvE but if they add custom matches I would love to round up some friends and jump into the action. 

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