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Fortnite adds Battlefield 2042-style Tornadoes in January 11 hotfix: Patch notes

Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix has added Tornadoes and more to Chapter 3 of the battle royale, so here are the full patch notes.

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Fortnite has added Battlefield 2042-esque dynamic weather Tornadoes and Lightning in a January 11 hotfix, so here are the full patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 sought to change the game by including dynamic weather effects such as Tornadoes and Sandstorms, and now Fortnite Chapter 3 has taken a leaf out of DICE’s book.

As of the January 11 hotfix, players can find Tornadoes and Lightning all over the Chapter 3 Island, as well as see the return of the Flare Gun.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix.

Fortnite adds Tornadoes & Lightning

Fortnite Chapter 3’s trailer showed off some incredible weather effects, and they’ve finally arrived in the January 11 hotfix. Now, the storms can form in the Chapter 3 Island bringing both Tornadoes and Lightning.

While Tornadoes are often lethal in Battlefield 2042, they’re actually your friend in Fortnite. They’ll lift you into the air if you get near enough, and then “You’ll spin round and round ‘til you choose to glide to safety — or if you stay spinning long enough — ‘til the twister spits you out.”

And the Lightning isn’t to be feared either. While it deals a small amount of damage and sets the surrounding area on fire, Lightning will give you a temporary speed boost. You can get struck by lightning by jumping into the water below the cloud or reaching the highest land point below it.

And don’t worry about getting struck over and over again, “Lighting doesn’t strike twice back-to-back.”

Fortnite Flare Gun returns

Fortnite Flare Gun

The Flare Gun has also been unvaulted in the January 11 hotfix, where you can find it in Chests, on the ground, and from Supply Drops.

This fiery weapon deals 60 damage with an area of effect and will set alight anything it touches. You can now use them alongside Firefly Jars to burn down enemy structures.

Fortnite Tornado Week

Lightning in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite will include a Tornado Week to celebrate the weather effect’s arrival, with Tornadoes being far more common from January 11 until January 17 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT.

Fortnite Competitive patch notes

  • Tornadoes and lightning are not included in competitive playlists.
  • Flare Guns are currently not in competitive playlists but are subject to an evaluation period.
    • During this Season, items like the Flare Gun and Shield Keg could potentially be introduced to competitive playlists after a one-to-two week evaluation period. In this Season in particular, we’re evaluating the viability of more mid-Season items introduced to competitive playlists than in recent previous Seasons.

For more Fortnite, you can check out everything we know about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

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Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 patch notes: Stability improvements, major bug fixes & Portal XP changes

Here are the full patch notes for Battlefield 2042’s 3.2 update, which includes tank buffs, changes to Portal XP, and major bug fixes.

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Battlefield 2042’s first update of 2022 has arrived, with Update 3.2 bringing major bug fixes, stability improvements, changes to Portal XP, and buffs to the M1A5 and T28 tanks.

Battlefield 2042 has been plagued by major bugs and glitches over the holidays, but DICE are working on getting the game back on track. Alongside announcing the 3.3 Update in February, which finally brings a Scoreboard, they’ve also dropped the Update 3.2 patch notes.

This update will include Portal XP buffs as well as some major bug fixes, so here are the full patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 release date & time

Battlefield 2042’s 3.2 Update will release on January 20 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT.

DICE confirmed that there won’t be any downtime for the update, so you can play as soon as the update is downloaded.

Portal XP buffed in Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2

Battlefield 3.2 update portal xp buff

DICE revealed that they’re buffing Portal XP with the 3.2 update, “increasing the per minute XP cap across all Battlefield Portal modes to 300.”

They’re also changing it so that the XP earned in each experience “will now be determined by which modifiers you use, and whether the Rules Editor, Damage/Health modifiers, or AI are enabled.” You can check out all of the changes in the image above.

A future update will include a UI indicator showing if a created mode will have progression restrictions.

Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 patch notes

Fixes, Changes, and Improvements

General

  • Fixed an issue where leaving a party during matchmaking could make the game unresponsive
  • Fixed an issue where connecting to EA servers after signing up with a new account would not work on the first attempt
  • Updated behavior of the quit button during gameplay so it now returns you to the correct screen
  • Fixed an issue where the loading music would stop playing during level load

Soldier

  • Fixed a rare occurrence where after landing with the Wingsuit, hits wouldn’t always register on some parts of Sundance’s hitbox
  • Fixed occurrences of rubberbanding when running behind friendly players
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause you to be stuck in both an alive, and downed loop
  • Fixed a variety of issues with attaching to ladders that could cause you to get stuck in a state where you could fly away or lose control of your Specialist
  • Fixed an issue where soldier movement speed was impaired by nearby explosions that spawned craters
  • Fixed an issue where camera shake and audio for landing would unintentionally trigger when dropping from very small heights
  • Fixed an issue where weapons from a Loadout Crate would sometimes inherit ammo from the previously selected weapon
  • Fixed an issue where being spotted when firing a weapon would spot you for too long

Stability

  • Added multiple fixes to improve overall game stability 
  • Fixed a rendering related crash that could occur for AMD Radeon VII users while Sundance was visible on screen

Weapons

  • Sniper and SOFLAM scope glints now show from a further distance

Vehicles

  • Fixed an issue where passenger weapons would no longer be in sync whenever the driver’s turret would rotate, causing bullets to not register when firing at enemies
  • M1A5, T28 – improved the effective range and reduced spread on Canister Weapon Pod
    • Reduced Bullet Spread from 1.6 -> 1.1
    • Increased Damage Fall Off Distance from 35 -> 40

Battlefield Hazard Zone

  • Fixed a black rectangle being present on screen during Hazard Zone end of round when hitting quit at the level progress screen

Battlefield Portal

  • The Server Info tab now persists after hitting Refresh in the Portal Server Browser
  • Fixed an issue where text would overlap when joining a Team Deathmatch game during the end of round sequence
  • Rules Editor – the “IsInventorySlotActive” value now correctly handles melee weapons
  • Certain admin commands can no longer be spammed

Battlefield 2042’s Update 3.3 will drop in February and the long-awaited Season 1 is expected to arrive in March.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 devs give first look at upcoming Scoreboard redesign

Battlefield 2042’s devs have confirmed that a Scoreboard is on its way, and have revealed what its first iteration will look like.

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Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate to see the classic Scoreboard return, and DICE have finally announced it’s on the way and given us an idea of what they’re working on.

Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated games of 2021 but ended up having one of the franchise’s poorest launches. Performance issues, overpowered vehicles, and wide-open maps turned away veterans and new players alike, causing 2018’s Battlefield V to have a higher player count.

One of the classic features that were missing was the Scoreboard, but the devs have now confirmed that they plan on bringing it back in a future update. And not only that, but they also gave us a first look at the Scoreboard they have planned.

Battlefield 2042 hourglass map

Battlefield has always featured a Scoreboard, allowing you to see the kills, deaths, and score of every player in the game. This feature was missing from Battlefield 2042, instead only giving players their own stats.

The community has been begging DICE to bring back this classic feature, and on January 19, they finally acknowledged that it will arrive in February’s Update 3.3.

“Update 3.3 we will refresh our existing Scoreboard UI with a new panel that showcases how players are stacking up across the server,” revealed DICE. They then attached a “first look at our Work in Progress.”

Battlefield 2042 Scoreboard design

Battlefield 2042 upcoming Scoreboard

Battlefield 2042’s new Scoreboard design shows every player on your team’s Score, Kills, Assists, Revives, Captures, and Defences. It also has the player’s own Kills, Assists, and Deaths, as well as the Match Overview.

“Scoreboard will receive further updates beyond this refresh – this isn’t a one and done deal for us,” they explained. “Expect to see us iterate on this further once it’s live in game, and we look forward to your feedback once this new Scoreboard goes live in February.”

Asking for feedback, Battlefield 2042’s Community Manager Kevin ‘T0TALfps’ Johnson said: “This is only Phase 1 of [the Scoreboard], and through your feedback, improvements will be made!”

Players were more than happy to reveal the features they want to see. Many still want to see the deaths of every player in the match, and others want to see the other team’s Scoreboard as well.

Battlefield 2042’s Update 3.3 is scheduled to release in February, with data mines indicating that Season 1 – the first major content drop – will begin in March.

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Battlefield 2042 is so broken that cheat sellers are closing shop

It appears that cheaters are leaving Battlefield 2042 behind as the game is so broken that the cheats don’t work properly.

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While cheaters have been plaguing top multiplayer titles such as Warzone and Halo, it appears that Battlefield 2042’s multitude of bugs and performance issues are preventing cheats from working properly, so sellers are closing shop.

Even though hype for Battlefield 2042 was at an all-time high after it was announced, cheaters were a worry niggling in players’ minds. DICE sought to reassure players by announcing their anti-cheat plans, but it appears these hackers are being deterred by something else entirely.

It has been reported that alongside the declining player base, Battlefield 2042’s performance issues are stopping these cheats from working properly, so they’re not being sold anymore.

Mackay saving civilian in battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 uses Easy Anti-Cheat – the same provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. However, Battlefield 2042 costs around $60, so while cheaters certainly exist, it hasn’t suffered the same way these other games have.

But it appears that cheaters might be leaving Battlefield 2042 for good as the player base is too small to be worth the provider’s time, and the game is so broken that their cheats don’t even work properly.

This was first reported by industry insider Tom Henderson, who tweeted that a Battlefield 2042 cheat provider is suspending its services to the game, and “it’s not because of Anti-cheat.”

“It’s because [Battlefield 2042’s] performance makes the cheats not work properly,” he revealed, sharing a screenshot that seems to be from a cheat seller’s Discord.

In this screenshot, the cheat seller announced, “We will discontinue BF2042 from our store.”

“The reason for this decision is the ongoing performance issue of the game which affects the cheat,” they explained. “And that most people don’t use their subscription anymore since the game is dying.”

“They aren’t the only ones,” claimed content creator Mavriq. “Couple of providers stopped support cause the userbase isn’t there to justify working on the cheat.”

While a declining player base is never good for a game’s longevity, perhaps hardcore players will find some comfort in knowing that cheaters aren’t bothering to ruin matches of Battlefield 2042.

The devs appear committed to getting the game back on track though, with the Game Director giving a reassuringly candid response to complaints.

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