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Fortnite Season 7 ‘Invasion’ update: 17.00 patch notes, Aliens, Rick & Morty, more

Here’s everything you can expect in Fortnite Season 7’s 17.00 update, including upgraded PC visuals and planned bug fixes.

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Fortnite Season 7 patch notes

Fortnite Season 7 is officially here, with the 17.00 patch on PC, Xbox Series X, PS5, and more, introducing Aliens, Rick & Morty and Superman crossovers, new weapons, and much more.

Fortnite Season 6 came to an end with season-ending live event, and just hours later, Season 7 has kicked off with a bang. Teases and data mines already hinted at the fact that the new season would be sci-fi themed, and the new trailer for the Fortnite season has confirmed that the “Invasion” is underway.

With new weapons, changes to Llamas, exciting crossovers, and upgraded visuals, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into with this major update. Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 7’s 17.00 patch.

Fortnite 17.00 Update patch notes

Fortnite Season 7 trailer

Aliens invade in Season 7

Fortnite Season 7’s theme is “Invasion,” with aliens arriving on the Island. While downtime is ongoing, it seems like Aliens could be NPCs this season, while players will be able to fly around the map in the UFOs that have been abducting people over the last few weeks.

Alien spaceship flying over Fortnite island

Rick & Morty, Superman, join Fortnite

Fortnite has become well-known for its weird and wacky crossovers, and Season 7 will be no different. Rick Sanchez has already been spotted in the Season 7 trailer posted above, and wherever you find him, Morty is sure to follow.

Find out how to unlock Rick Sanchez in Fortnite 7 with our in-depth guide.

On top of that, Epic also teased that Superman would be appearing as well this season, and now the man of steel has arrived with his own cosmetics set. You can learn how to unlock the Superman skin in our guide.

Fortnite Superman skin set

Four new weapons & Llama adjustments

As always, Fortnite fans can expect to get their hands on new hardware this season, with four new weapons joining the game.

The Kymera Ray Gun is an “alien weapon that emits a continuous deadly ray,” which deals 9 damage to enemies with an infinite magazine size. The Pulse Rifle will offer a more long-range approach, dealing 33 damage, and can switch between full and semi-automatic depending on whether you are hip firing the gun or aiming down sights.

The Recon Scanner will launch a bolt that will mark nearby enemies and chests, and will deal a huge 98 damage should you hit a player directly. Finally, the Rail Gun will deal a huge 85 damage, but you’ll need to charge it up before you fire, making it a slow fire-rate option.

On top of all that, we know that Loot Llamas are also getting an upgrade, but we don’t know the specifics of that just yet.

Fortnite Season 7 map changes

Unlike previous seasons, Fortnite’s island hasn’t received a major revamp during the Season 7 update. Sweaty Sands and Colossal Crops have been renamed to Believers Beach and Corny Complex, but haven’t been changed significantly.

One major change though is the giant spaceship that is currently floating above the island. To see all the updates, you can check out our guide on all the Fortnite Season 7 map changes.

Upgraded visuals with Season 7

Fortnite season 7 upgraded visuals

Epic Games have confirmed that Fortnite will be receiving some visual upgrades in the 17.00 update. These follow the changes made to Fortnite’s release for the new generation of consoles in 2020.

If you set your graphics settings to “Epic” after the Season 7 update, you’ll see that both “Battle Royale and Creative modes benefit from improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid.”

Epic explained that this means “cooler-looking explosion, fire, and Slurp effects.” There will also be improved postprocessing features such as bloom and lens flares and improved shadow quality.

Here are the system requirements for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 7:

  • Epic Quality Presets specifications
    • Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
    • 4 GB VRAM or higher
    • Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
    • 16 GB RAM or higher
    • NVMe Solid State Drive
    • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Recommended specifications
    • Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
    • 2 GB VRAM
    • Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
    • 8 GB RAM
    • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Minimum specifications
    • Intel HD 4000 on PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
    • Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Fortnite 17.00 Bug fixes

Fortnite vehicle

While Epic Games haven’t confirmed the bug fixes taking place in Season 7’s 17.00 update, a look at their official Trello Board of Community Issues can give us some clues.

Here are all of the Fortnite bugs Epic Games are aware of across Battle Royale, Creative, Mobile, and Save The World.

General

  • Shanty for a Squad Emote out of sync when joining already-singing players.
  • Difficulty scrolling through player list in Voice Chat tab on controller.
  • Unable to perform Last Forever Emote.

Battle Royale

  • Unable to fish while inside certain vehicles.
  • Several Pickaxes disabled in competitive.
  • Taking damage through cars while in motion.
  • Unable to craft Mechanical Bows or Primal Fire Bow in core modes after playing in competitive mode.

Creative

  • Rounds not reporting correct placements.
  • Unmanned vehicles destroy props when environment damage is turned off.
  • Asset memory size not showing in pre-place mode on XL Islands.
  • Boats only work with certain island templates.
  • Barrier device not preventing players to build through them.
  • Save Point device wrongly increasing saved score.
  • Vehicle explosion not properly triggered with “Destroyed with Transmit” on.
  • Player can encounter infinite loading screen when flying out of Island.
  • Switching from one Island to another keeps previous Island’s settings.

Save The World

  • Players with overloaded inventories may be unable to load into Ventures.
  • Console players get mouse and keyboard prompts.
  • The Weekly Supercharger Quest is only granting Hero Superchargers.
  • Broken Pickaxe animations.
  • Husks can deal damage to objectives through player-built structures

Mobile

  • Nintendo Switch players unable to gift cosmetics, Bundles, or Battle Pass on controller.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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Fortnite Gold Cube: Location, travel path & more

The Gold Cube in Fortnite Season 8 has started to move, but what’s it for and where is it going? We’ve got the lowdown right here.

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Fortnite Season 8 is here with plenty of Cube-themed content for players to tackle. One of the most mysterious new additions is the Fortnite Gold Cube which has begun traveling around the map. Here’s where to find it and where it’s headed.

Fortnite Season 8 Cubed has landed, and it’s brought with it a whole host of new changes to the world-famous battle royale. From another Marvel crossover with Venom and Carnage to an entirely new dimension called The Sideways.

In a throwback to the first season, Epic has also brought back Kevin the Cube, and he isn’t alone this time.

A strange Gold Cube can also be seen rolling around among the numerous alien Cubes populating the map. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Kevin the Cube in Fortnite Season 8

What does the Fortnite Gold Cube do?

The actual purpose of the Gold Cube is currently unknown. When the other purple squares began making their moves, it remained stationary but has since started to travel as well.

This more prestigious Cube will likely play a massive part in the end-of-season event that will take place before Season 9 begins.

As always, we will keep you updated with any fresh news on what role the Fortnite Gold Cube will play.

Fortnite Season 8 artwork

Fortnite Gold Cube location

The mysterious Fortnite Gold Cube started near Holly Hedges and Weeping Woods before it began its long journey.

At the time of writing, it can be found in between Boney Burbs and Believer Beach, and it is set to head towards Pleasant Park.

As the object now appears to be continuously moving, its location will change drastically throughout Season 8.

It is expected to go past many of the named locations around the outskirts of the map before reaching its final destination.

Fortnite Gold Cube

If the Cube is moving, then where exactly is it going? Well, according to a leak from dataminer HYPEX, the Fortnite Gold Cube – along with every other alien square – is actually heading to the center of the map.

This location has been significant for some time in Epic’s ongoing narrative, especially in the Zero Point storyline that has dominated many of the game’s seasons.

It appears that all of the Cubes, except Blue, which is yet to budge, will all be meeting in the same place eventually.

What happens when all of the Cubes make their way to the middle remains to be seen, but if history is anything to go by, then fans can expect something big when they are reunited.

For more on Fortnite Season 8, check out all of the Exotic Weapon locations and how to complete Bounties.

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How to get Fortnite Balenciaga cosmetics: Outfits, Backblings & free Sprays

Fortnite Season 8 includes a crossover with luxury fashion brand Balenciaga, so here’s how to get all of the associated cosmetics.

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Fortnite’s latest crossover is with luxury fashion house Balenciaga, so here’s how to get your hands on all of the deluxe cosmetics arriving in Season 8.

Fortnite Season 8 is continuing the trend of ambitious pop-culture crossovers, bringing Carnage and Naruto to the game. In true Fortnite fashion, the crossovers only get more ambitious, this time collaborating with high-end fashion house Balenciaga.

A ton of Balenciaga Outfits, Backblings, Pickaxes, and more, are coming to the battle royale, along with new challenges to earn some free goodies.

Here’s how to get your hands on all of the Balenciaga Fortnite crossover cosmetics.

How to get Balenciaga cosmetics in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Balenciaga Game Knights outfit

The majority of the Balenciaga cosmetics will arrive in Fortnite’s Item Shop on September 20 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM PT / 1 AM BST (September 21).

There is no confirmation of how many V-Bucks each item or Bundle will cost, however.

From the Item Shop, you’ll be able to purchase:

  • Unchained Ramirez Outfit
  • Shady Doggo Outfit
  • Fashion Banshee Outfit
  • Game Knight Outfit
  • Logo Lugger Back Bling
  • Skate Pocket Duffle Back Bling
  • Everyday Sleekpack Back Bling
  • Camo Carrier Back Bling
  • Speed Sneaker Pickaxe
  • Parasail Purse Glider
  • Signature Look Wrap
  • The Look Emote

Also, the Shady Dogg outfit is based on a real-life Fortnite x Balenciaga collaboration, which you can purchase in Balenciagas stores and on the website.

How to get free Balenciaga Sprays in Fortnite

Fortnite Free Balenciaga Sprays

There are also some free Balenciaga Sprays you can unlock as part of their collaboration with Fortnite.

The Shady Doggo character will offer you two Quests, and you’ll get the free Sprays for completing them. These Quests go live on September 21 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST and last until September 28.

To unlock the Fashion Doggo Spray and Knight Looks Spray, you’ll need to:

  1. Pull off the perfect pose against graffiti
  2. Fetch Doggo new Triple S sneakers

Once you’ve completed these two challenges, the Balenciaga Sprays will be in your inventory.


For more Fortnite, you can check out how to complete the first batch of Punchcard Quests and check out the best weapons in Season 8.

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New leak claims Fortnite is adding another Warzone feature

Some new Fortnite leaks suggest that Epic Games are planning to implement a feature from Warzone in the game.

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Ghost from Warzone and Jonesy in Fortnite

Some new leaks have emerged which suggest that Epic Games will be adding the sliding mechanic from Call of Duty: Warzone to Fortnite in a future update.

Battle Royale titles are highly competitive, and fans often call for these games to take inspiration from each other. Apex Legends players want Warzone’s matchmaking, and Warzone fans want Halo: Infinite’s Battle Pass system.

Now, some new leaks have revealed that Epic Games might be planning to add a feature from Warzone to Fortnite, as the game will reportedly get a sliding movement mechanic soon.

Fortnite characters walking towards crashed Mothership

These leaks came from notable data miner HYPEX, who claims that the Fortnite developers are working on a new movement type in the game. This will come with a few benefits for players.

“It will increase your FOV by 15 when you’re sliding and it will make your camera shake, with a cooldown of 2 seconds,” HYPEX tweeted. “I don’t know the release date or if it’s gonna be an item!”

This sliding movement has been a staple of both Apex Legends and Warzone, so it might provide to be an exciting addition to Fortnite.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this is currently just a leak, and you should take this information with a grain of salt until Epic Games confirms this. If it’s true, then this might be an exciting change.

The developers could introduce a cooldown timer so that players don’t abuse this mechanic in combat. If it arrives in the game soon, then we will probably see some big changes in player tactics.

We’ll keep checking for updates regarding this. For more Fortnite, check out all the Bounty Board Locations in Season 8, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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