Fortnite: Patch Notes for Update 17.40 are here - everything changes

Fortnite: Patch Notes for Update 17.40 are here - everything changes


The Fortnite Update 17.40 is available for download. Epic Games released the new patch this morning after a downtime: The battle royale shooter was temporarily offline today. In the meantime, the developers have published the patch notes and with them information on the changes and innovations in the BR mode. Starting Thursday of this week, all epic (or better) pistols, all epic (or better) assault rifles, and all repeater sniper rifles will be replaced with their more secretive variants. Means: You get silenced pistols, silenced assault rifles and silenced sniper rifles.

In addition, the aliens are sending even more object converters to the island. "Combine a secret object transformation with the silent precision of a silenced sniper rifle - and the enemy will never see (or hear) you coming," writes Epic Games in the patch notes for Fortnite (buy now 37.95 €) Update 17.40. A new mode also comes into play with the patch. As previously suspected, players can let off steam at "Hochstapler" this week. As an IO agent, you ensure order and security on the bridge or sabotage the Imagined Order from the inside as a hidden impostor. You complete tasks such as calibrating llamas or delivering storm reports. "Report suspicious behavior and vote on who is likely to be an impostor - but be careful not to make any mistakes," the developers write.

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Fortnite copies Among Us in new Imposters mode

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Fortnite: Imposters is a new, limited-time game mode that’s rolling out today, one that might sound a bit familiar to anyone who’s played Among Us (one of the other incredible popular online games right now).

Imposters puts players into two teams. One team, with up to eight agents, has a goal of maintaining the headquarters of one of Fortnite’s secretive factions (the Imagined Order) by accomplishing various tasks. The other is a team of two imposters (Epic apparently couldn’t be bothered to change the name) whose goal is to take out all the agents.

At any point, if players find an eliminated player (or see something too suspicious), they can call a meeting, where players can discuss the events of the game and vote off someone if they choose. The Fortnite version also cleverly uses the game’s iconic emote to help the discussion — so you can literally point a finger at the players you suspect.

In other words: it’s a Fortnite version of Among Us, with the serial numbers lightly filed off. There are a few differences, of course: everything has been decked out in a Fortnite-themed veneer, with tasks like fixing the Battle Bus or preparing llama supply drops. Imposters don’t kill players, but teleport them away into a rift.

It’s not the first time Epic has featured an Among Us-style game mode in Fortnite; last December, the company prominently featured an elaborate, fan-made Among Us clone called “The Spy Within” developed in the game’s creative mode by a team of creators: DolphinDom, KKSlider, Bunni_, Wert, Blanky, jstKamui, MackJack, Ritual, and Snownymous.

But Imposters takes things a step further; the original Spy Within mode was thrown-together idea built by fans. The new mode is a far more polished piece of work, one that not only can stand alongside the rest of Epic’s game modes but actually ties into the overarching storyline of Fortnite (the in-game fiction is that the imposters are accomplices of Agents Jones, who betrayed the Imagined Order to save reality a few season ago).