Fortnite v4.5 Introduces Dual Pistols, New Playground Mode

Fortnite v4.5 Introduces Dual Pistols, New Playground Mode

Fortnite's Playground is a good place to practice, but be careful: You can still shoot your eye out.

It's summer. Time to pick up your pickaxe and throw a gosh-damn party. Fortnite is celebrating the start of the season with a big update (v4.5) to Battle Royale and Save the World. Here's what's hot (that's another summer joke).

Battle Royale has a new weapon (dual pistols) and map markers that give you a handy visual indication on where your friends are. There's also a new Playground Mode that lets you and three of your friends build and train. Friendly fire is activated, and you have an hour to monkey around until the Storm closes in and ends your session. Sounds like a good option for people still getting used to the game.

Don't hog the swings or Tyler will tell Mom.

Battle Royale players can also try their luck at Final Fight mode. No, you don't put on felt pants and swing pipes. Instead, teams of 12 gradually close in on the center of the map and fight while the game's timer counts down. The team with the most members standing at the end of the countdown is the winner.

Save the World has new missions (Blockbuster Part 4: The Finale is now available), new items, and new heroes that are designed to match up with Independence Day festivities. There's also the usual array of tweaks and bug fixes. Visit Epic's official Fortnite v4.5 patch notes for more information. Don't forget to read up on our guide to Fortnite, too. We have tips, tricks, and hints galore.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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