Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Fortnite Just Made a Big Change to Battle Royale Matchmaking

Fortnite Just Made a Big Change to Battle Royale Matchmaking

The Fortnite v8.10 update is out, and Epic is making skin variants for Renegade Raider and the Elite Raider available. What makes the Baller particular notable, however, is that it marks the first new vehicle to arrive in Season 8. The Baller is a single-seat vehicle that can be found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes. Not only can you roll around inside this ball, but it features a grappling hook and a boost, so you can swing around the world with speed and control. The orb completely encases us so we can't be shot while driving, though the vehicle only has 300 health and is a large target.

Basically, by putting more people together, Epic says it can run more game modes because it can balance the player pools better. The developer has confirmed the game's 8.10 patch will drop on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, March 12, with downtime set to begin at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 9 AM GMT. At the start of this year, a bullet glitch was even discovered by Digital Foundry, revealing how higher performing versions of the game (on other platforms) had an advantage in battle - with the gunfire rates in these versions able to deal more damage per second than 30fps versions.

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					The Baller can be found at some Expedition Outposts in Fortnite Season 8
Epic Games The Baller can be found at some Expedition Outposts in Fortnite Season 8

Another big changes shipping with this week's patch involves vending machines. However, each Vending Machine will be destroyed once an item is removed. From here on out, there are no more resource costs associated with the items and weapons offered in vending machines. So, while they're now free to use, you also won't encounter them as often.

As usual, Epic hasn't detailed what's coming in this week's update, although we did get a look at a new vehicle on the way to the game: the Baller.


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