Fortnite V11.40 Patch Notes: “Sidegrading” Mechanic, Balancing, & Bug Fixes

Epic Games has rolled out another Fortnite update today. Update V11.40 adds a new “Sidegrading” mechanic that allows players to change assault rifle types in non-competitive play modes. Elsewhere, a number of balancing adjustments and bug fixes are also included.


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You can view the full patch notes below:


Thursday January 01, 1970

Introducing Sidegrading: the Heavy Assault Rifle returns.In non-competitive playlists, you can now use Upgrade Machines to “Sidegrade” your Assault Rifle into a Heavy Assault Rifle. Reduced material costs for upgrading weapons at Upgrade Machines.Added the following items to Battle Lab:Flint-Knock Pistol (Common and Uncommon)Shockwave GrenadeImpulse GrenadeThe iPad Pro (2018 release) now supports 120 FPS.Clickable thumbstick buttons (L3 and R3) are now usable on supported iOS controllers.

Bug fixes:

Players’ Star Wars Achievements have returned to the Legacy timeline.Resolved an issue involving the “F” key not enabling proper movement after direction was remapped to it.Resolved an issue involving editing quickly causing players to remain in Edit mode.Falling into a Hideout no longer causes the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle’s crosshairs to disappear.Resolved an issue involving the “Visit different bus stops in a single match” Remedy vs. Toxin Challenge not tracking progress for some bus stops.The Spectrum Contrail again changes colors while in motion.Continued to make improvements regarding FPS drops and hitching on mobile devices. Resolved an issue involving mobile players getting stuck in a loop on the Select Fire Mode screen.Resolved an issue involving console players being unable to progress through the gifting process if they did not have Two-Factor Authentication enabled.


Thursday January 01, 1970

You can check out a new video trailer introducing the Sidegrading mechanic below.

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