Fortnite Update 14.50 Includes Next-Gen Upgrades, Jetpacks, and More

by in Fortnite | Nov, 4th 2020

Epic Games has introduced the latest Fortnite battle royale update for the game on all platforms (minus the ones that aren’t getting updates anymore, ahem). Fortnite update 14.50 is the newest content update for the game and the latest one to drop in the current Marvel-themed Season 4.

Fortnite Update 14.50 Continues Season 4

That means that the current Season 4 is unofficially extended for the foreseeable future, even if Epic Games itself will not acknowledge this extension for some odd reason. We already knew that Season 4 would go on for a while, but it is good to know now through this update.

If Season 4 followed the previous season of battle royale, the Fortnite update 14.50 today should have brought with it not more content for the current season but started a brand new one. And if there is to be a new season next week, this update likely wouldn’t have happened.

It is safe to say that Season 4 will continue onward for the time being in Fortnite. We have heard rumors and theories that the season will continue until the end of November, which is likely, but we could potentially follow Season 1 and go beyond that even.

Regardless, the new Fortnite update 14.50 is here. We have plenty of new content and changes to enjoy in battle royale before the end of the current season happens. While not one of the world’s biggest updates, it does bring with it some key additions to Fortnite that are great.

Players will find a massively surprising return of a fan-favorite item in battle royale as well as a new crossover skin that is coming soon. Also, Epic Games finally addressed the next generation of video game consoles in this update as well.

Fortnite update 14.50 is a pretty big one. Once again, we don’t have any patch notes to speak of for this update. Epic Games is pretty much done with that, so we have our unofficial patch notes based on what we know about the update right here. Let’s get started.

What’s New: Next-Gen Upgrades

Kicking things off is the most important part of the entire update: next-gen upgrades for Fortnite battle royale. It isn’t often that we get to see new platforms join the battle royale roster, but that will happen in less than a week at this point.

Next week will mark the debut of the next generation of video game consoles with the release of three different ones: the Xbox Series X, S, and the PlayStation 5. With the release of these new consoles, Epic Games ensures that players will have something to play on launch day.

If you were lucky enough to secure yourself a preorder of one of these shiny new game boxes, you are likely out of a good chunk of change, especially if you bought both of them. That doesn’t leave too much room for buying brand new games, but some free ones will be there, like Fortnite.

But even though both systems have backwards compatibility, we know that we can play Fortnite on them regardless. Epic Games has revealed that you will be able to play new versions of the game on the new systems that will take full advantage of the new hardware.

You won’t just be playing the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game but the more powerful next-gen upgrades for Fortnite. For Xbox Series X and S, Nov. 10 is the launch date. That is when you will be able to check out Fortnite on console with its new upgrades.

Players on Xbox Series X will be able to enjoy Fortnite at a true 4K resolution running at 60 frames per second. However, the Series S will only run at 1080p and 60FPS. On Series X, it will have more dynamic effects and reactions to things that happen in matches.

Regardless of which console you pick between the two, they will both offer 60FPS in splitscreen, which is fantastic. You will also be able to get into matches much faster than you would have on Xbox One.

On the PS5 side of things, it is largely similar to what the Xbox Series X offers, like 4K resolution at 60FPS, dynamic visuals and physics, faster loading, and enhanced splitscreen. But unique to this version is the ability to take advantage of the Dualsense controller to feel haptic feedback from the weapons you use.

You will also be able to use the new PS5 Activities function to select a match of battle royale solos, duos, or squads without having even jumped into the game yet so that it will be ready for you when you enter the lobby. As always, your progression is cross-platform, so no worries about that.

However, these next-gen upgrades do not include the already announced Unreal Engine 5 update for Fortnite. That is coming sometime next year and will likely make the next-gen versions even more interesting.

Jetpacks Are Finally Back

One of the most exciting additions to Fortnite battle royale in Fortnite update 14.50 is the return of a fan-favorite item. That’s right, the jetpacks are back in battle royale, and you can start using them right now to get around the map in one of the coolest ways possible.

Sure, there is less need for a jetpack in Season 4 than just about any other season to date, but that doesn’t stop this long-awaited return from being one of the most welcome changes in this update. Players will now be able to loot this item and equip it to fly around the map nicely.

It looks like we probably have Iron Man and Stark Industries to thank for the return of this high-tech item in Fortnite. As far as we can tell, the jetpacks work largely the same as they did before. You can equip them as an item and then hold down the jump button to launch into the air.

Rather than running on fuel like the cars in the game do, it uses rechargeable fuel that comes back after not using the jetpack for a while. You only have a limited amount of fuel at one time, though, and it takes a while to recharge, so players have to be careful with it.

It is very easy to wind up going too high for too long and then fall to your death below quickly after running out of jetpack fuel. It is a tricky item to use, so we recommend practicing with it as much as you can. There are likely variants of the jetpack as well if it follows its past incarnations.

That means you will likely find rare, epic, and legendary versions throughout the map, so keep an eye peeled for better rarities as you play. It is uncertain how long the jetpack will remain in the game but here’s hoping that it is for much longer than just the rest of the current season.

Fortnitemares Event Ends

While we have had happy news thus far in the Fortnite update 14.50 unofficial patch notes, there is one thing that comes with this update that isn’t too great. This update marks the end of the Fortnitemares Halloween event that has been going on.

Now that October and Halloween are over, we are in November, so it is time to move forward. Unfortunately, this means that Fortnitemares is leaving the season and game until we see it again in another year.

You will not be able to play any of the limited-time modes that were here during that time. You will not be able to pick up the items through the various challenges that were available, too. However, there are some remnants of the event that are still here for now.

In the item shop, there are some paid cosmetic Halloween-themed bundles that you can still purchase at the time of writing this. We don’t expect them to last for too much longer, though, so be sure to pick up any you’re interested in before it leaves the store soon.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of this whole thing is that the Shadow Royale limited-time mode is now gone from Fortnite for the time being. This popular mode took over battle royale, but we are now back to the normal solos, duos, and squads game modes.

It looks like you won’t be able to jump into battle royale and become a shadow to take out other players for another year or so. Unfortunately, this was removed. It could have at least stuck around until the end of Season 4 unless that were for a long time.

Fortnite Lachlan Icon Series Skin Coming Soon

In this update but not showing up in the game just yet (again, at least at the time of writing this) is the latest in the line of Fortnite Icon Series skins. This year, Epic Games decided to start crossing over with some of the business’s biggest names.

There are celebrities, content creators, and more known for their love of Fortnite and Epic Games is connecting with them to make items officially based upon real-life people. It all began with Ninja, the most famous content creator for the battle royale game and has since extended to others.

Well, the latest person to join the ranks of the Fortnite Icon Series crossovers is none other than the popular YouTuber Lachlan. We’ve known about this due to hints from the YouTuber himself, but it looks like the official skin is in the game.

Now it is just a matter of time until Epic Games releases it in the item shop for players to collect. Or you can compete to win it for free as part of the Lachlan’s Pickaxe Frenzy tournament. Both options will allow you to pick up this item while it is available for a limited time.

Bug Fixes

A major downloadable update for Fortnite battle royale on all platforms wouldn’t be complete without some bug fixes to come alongside it. This update is no different, but the fixes this time around are small in number as it seems that there wasn’t too much to fix for once.

There are only two main bug fixes that we can see that Epic Games has revealed for battle royale and the first one has to do with some of the cosmetic items. The first bug fix addresses a problem with the Cozy Chomps and Ravage skins displayed incorrectly in the lobby and matches.

The second fix is for a particular legacy achievement that wasn’t being given to the player even though they met all of the requirements to receive it. Players who were not getting that achievement in their account should have it now.

And then there are two more bug fixes, but these are for the Creative side of Fortnite. The first one fixes an issue with the Baller vehicle being unnatural after leaving it. And the second one fixes the return to hub button from disappearing in Creative mode.


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