Today on March 12, the Fortnite v8.10 patch has launched across all platforms. Outside of a rework for the vending machines, there’s a huge cross-play revamp for all platforms.
If we're reading the v8.10 patch notes correctly, it seems as though Nintendo Switch players will no longer be able to play with Xbox One and PS4 players. And opting out of the new cross-play system will limit players to Creative mode and Playground.
"Combined Mobile and Switch pools," and "Combined Xbox One and PS4 pools," the patch notes over on the official Fortnite website read. "Before, Switch players were combined with Xbox One and PS4 cross-play parties," the notes continue. Because Switch and Mobile players will no longer be playing against PS4 and Xbox One players, Epic expects an "on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players." There is no mention of how PC players fit into this change to matchmaking.
Elsewhere in the patch, there’s a rework for vending machines. The new machines now give out one item, entirely free of charge, but disappear after the one use, meaning that the first player to make it to a vending machine can reap the rewards.
Just below, we’ve rounded up some of the more notable changes introduced in the patch notes.
- Baller, a single seat vehicle found at Expedition Outposts.
- Removed common Infantry Rifle rarity.
- Downgraded Heavy Assault Rifle from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Uncommon/Rare.
- Reduced availability of Treasure Maps.
- The Getaway LTM returns.
Fortnite Season 8 Week 3 is due to kick off on Thursday. We'll bring you all in the info as soon as the new weekly challenges go live.