Fortnite fans who enjoy playing the game with their friends now have a new way to do it, as Epic has introduced an early release of a split-screen feature.
Fortnite update v11.30 went live today, bringing with it several bug fixes and quality-of-life changes. Of most interesting note is the introduction of split-screen gaming, where players can engage in Duos and Squads play with a friend on the same PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. In the patch notes, Epic states that this is an early release of split-screen, and that they plan to continue to improve the feature. Players can give the development team their thoughts on the feature via the in-game Feedback tool.
In addition to the new split-screen feature, Fortnite version 11.30 adds a feature which allows players to preview what is in the Item Shop by using their mobile device. With Party Hub, players can see what’s new before they actually load into the game. To do so, they must open Party Hub, swipe right, and tap “Preview Items.” Perhaps in the spirit of the holiday season, v11.30 also increases the daily item shop gifting limit from three to five.
Two quality-of-life changes have also been implemented in the new update—the ammo indicator has changed and is now a visual representation of remaining ammo numbers rather than a solid bar. In addition, players can now choose when to transition from the “Eliminated By” screen to the end-of-match XP screen by pressing the “continue” button.
Along with the split-screen and quality of life changes, several bugs have been fixed. From the patch notes:
- Resolved an issue involving the Safe Zone setting on Xbox One returning to 1.00 upon each login.
- Resolved an issue involving some trees and metal fences in Arena not granting the correct material increase.
- The Magma Wrap now appears correctly on the Bandage Bazooka and Pistol.
- Resolved an issue involving the Bandolette Outfit appearing to have two hairstyles merged together.
- Resolved an issue involving some items from the Twin Turntables set appearing grainy and pixelated.
- The Social menu Friends List on mobile devices no longer auto-scrolls to the top when players try to scroll down.
- Resolved an issue involving players’ Quick Bar being inadvertently defaulted off on mobile devices.
Earlier today, datamined information that came within this update hinted that Epic would launch an Annual Pass for Fortnite, including a description for the pass itself. However, as reported by Eurogamer, Epic has come out to say that this datamined information was a “prototype feature” and while the company considered a 2020 Annual Pass, at this time it has “no plans to release it.”
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