New Update Finally Releases Fortnite Winterfest 2019
We are less than a week away from Christmas and two weeks away from the end of this year and the decade. However, that hasn’t stopped Epic Games from waiting until almost the last possible minute to kick off the Fortnite Winterfest 2019 winter holiday event.
Epic Games Releases Update 11.31 with Several Notable Changes
This week, Epic Games released the smaller update 11.31 that isn’t too big to download on all of the platforms around the world, but it is an essential patch that many waited for. It brings with it some significant changes, additions and the start of the Fortnite Winterfest 2019 event.
You can download the update 11.31 on your platform of choice and start enjoying all of the goodies added to the game. This update comes at a crucial time in the state of Chapter 2, Season 1 of battle royale.
We should have been getting ready for the launch of Season 2 and it might have already happened. However, the Season 1 extension to February 2020 has made the future of this season unknown. But now we have a major event to tie us over for a good while.
‘Tis the freez-on! Welcome to #FortniteWinterfest.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 18, 2019
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Update 11.31 Kicks Off Fortnite Winterfest 2019
The biggest addition is the start of the long-awaited Fortnite Winterfest 2019 event which offers some special rewards, challenges, decorations and more.
The Fortnite Winterfest 2019 event is the replacement for the 14 Days of Fortnite holiday event. With the start of a new chapter, Epic Games likely wanted to rebrand its holiday event for this year.
The start of the holiday limited-time event comes after weeks of leaks, data mining, rumors and hints. We thought that the event would have started by now.
It starts with the moment you log into the game on your platform of choice. There are a ton of free holiday goodies to pick up. When you get into the lobby, you can find a brand-new snowflake tab in the menu.
Once selected, you are taken to the special Winterfest Lodge location, only available during the event. Here, you can get unique presents and open them up each day of the event for the next 14 days.
That is 14 days of free presents to open. It is uncertain at this time if the event lasts for 14 days in total or if it is just the login goodies offered during that time. Regardless, you won’t want to miss a single day, especially if you are a skins collector.
That’s because Epic Games isn’t just giving away one throwaway item each day, but they are all substantial gifts. When you unwrap the presents, you receive two skins, two gliders, two pickaxes, two wraps, one emote and much more.
We presume that these are divided up throughout the event, so you need to come back every day to get all the exclusive event gifts. It is uncertain if the gift you get each day is randomized or if everyone receives the same one for that day.
The best part is getting all of the gifts so long as you come back before January 7 and open all of them in the Winterfest Lodge. You can find some stocking stuffers over the fireplace at the lodge, too.
Every day, the stockings fill up with a new challenge that offers more rewards. Like with the presents, these stack up over time even if you miss a day. To celebrate this nostalgic time of year, Epic also unvaults weapons like the double-barrel shotgun.
Plenty of fan-favorite weapons make a return during the holidays in various game modes. Also, every day during the event, there is new limited-time mode to find. Some of the possible returns including popular modes like Wick’s Bounty, Arsenal and more.
Zone Wars also makes a comeback throughout the Fortnite Winterfest 2019, so be sure to enjoy that mode while it is still here. Beyond that, the main lobby has a new look and expanded snow areas.
There are still leaks and rumors hinting at a full-on snow day that covers the entire map in snow during the Fortnite Winterfest 2019. However, that isn’t confirmed yet.
Fortnite Battle Lab Added, Playground Changes
While everything about the Fortnite Winterfest 2019 is great, that isn’t the only thing that came about with the release of update 11.31. Epic Games is continuing its new way of divvying up the patch notes by revealing what’s new for each section individually.
Starting with battle royale, there are two major new changes to the game. There is a new mode called Battle Lab that is more like an extension of the Creative mode. You can jump into your battle royale island and set the rules for how it works.
You get to pick various options like how the loot pools works, set up specific combat scenarios with the new bot grenades and create your own limited-time mode by setting up options like how gravity and fall damage work.
You can take the game mode you crafted and play it together with up to 15 other players on your island. You also have the option to use matchmaking for public Battle Lab matches using some default options.
With the addition of the Battle Lab, there is a change for how Playgrounds works. The fan-favorite relaxing game mode is still available, but it is in a different spot now. If you want to play in the Playgrounds mode now, select Creative mode and then queue up for the play section instead of the create section.
DirectX 12 Beta and Battle Royale Bug Fixes
For those on PC who participated in the DirectX 12 beta, the beta ended with this update. It temporarily disabled and Epic Games thanked players who took part in providing valuable information.
Epic Games is making improvements to the DirectX 12 support and will likely reopen it sometime in early 2020. As with any update, there are a ton of bug fixes.
The bug fixes start with some improvements that the developer has continued to make with this update regarding the frame rate drops and the hitching on mobile devices. Overall, it should be a bit of a better experience for Android and iOS users.
Speaking of mobile, the fire/build button on that version is no longer unavailable when the glider redeploy button is shown. It should help with those awkward situations. Players can now exit the HUD layout tool on mobile. The issue of seeing the edit option on enemy walls is also fixed. The Dive! Challenge that has to do with getting eliminations without aiming down the sights should now track the player’s progress accurately.
You can also use the join party option again through the joinable parties section on a controller. Also, the item shop countdown timer should now appear correctly and not display different times. Finally, this update brought some general stability fixes.
Save the World Additions and More
Battle royale wasn’t the only mode to get some love for the holidays as the PvE-focused Save the World mode also has some celebration going on now. You can enjoy the new Frosty Turf challenge and unlock the Tree of Light when completed.
It is a slow weapon that counters its speed with high damage, creating a burst of light every eight hits. There is a new character that you can unlock if you reach level 50 in Battle Breakers. You can get the Kurohomura fighter who has the standard perk known as Seismic Stun.
It does a 3.3-second stun and 1,500 impact damage. The commander version of the perk does the same plus a base 35 fire damage every second for three seconds. Battle Breakers is the spin-off RPG game that is available on both PC and mobile where you assemble a team to save the kingdom.
If you’ve been playing this game since its launch earlier this year and have reached level 50, you can enjoy the new Kurohomura hero right now, so don’t miss out on that.
Battle royale isn’t the only version to get some returning weapons either as a fan favorite is back in Save the World. You can get the Pain Train assault rifle once again in the weekly store, starting today, December 18, at 4 pm PT until December 25, at 4 pm PT.
There is no word currently on what the next weekly store item. So, grab this unique rifle in the meantime while you still can. Finally, for the Save the World version, Epic Games urges everyone to check the llama store daily beginning December 18. Some exclusive goodies are hinted to appear during the next couple of weeks as the holiday season continues in full force.
There is a lot to unpack in the latest update to Fortnite. We were able to cover most of the holiday goodies, but there is still more to check out. For the full patch notes of what is new for battle royale and Save the World, click here.