'Fornite' Update 4.4 (1.62) Adds Thermal AR & Soccer Stadium - Patch Notes

Fortnite update 1.62 has landed on PS4, and it features version 4.4 content like the Thermal Scope AR a new soccer stadium and a fresh Blockbuster Quest for Save the World. There are lots of fixes and updates to talk about, so let's get to the patch notes.


  • Several types of traps can now be placed on player-built stairs and sloping roofs.
    • The Bouncer in Battle Royale
    • Wooden Spikes, Retractable Spikes, Flame Grill Traps, Freeze Traps and Healing Pads in Save the World.
  • Added separate sliders for 'Mouse Sensitivity X' and 'Mouse Sensitivity Y' to the options menu
    • Your current sensitivity settings will not be changed.
    • Previously, vertical mouse sensitivity (Y) was always 70 percent of horizontal sensitivity (X).
    • New players will now start with the same default sensitivity for both horizontal and vertical aim.
  • Added a quick visual transition to building pieces as you move and aim in Build Mode
  • Damage numbers will now round down instead of up in Save the World, Battle Royale and replays.


LTM Sniper Shootout V3

Since V2

  • Scoped Assault Rifles have been added to floor loot & chests.
  • The Crossbow has been removed.
  • Ammo drop rates have returned to normal.
    • Ammo boxes had extra ammo in v2.
  • Epic & Legendary Sniper Rifles are no longer limited to chests & Supply Drops.
    • Can now be found as floor loot as well

Mode Info

  • The only available weapons are Sniper Rifles and Scoped AR's.
  • Floor Loot spawns are reduced by 50 percent.
  • Building resources received from farming reduced by 25 percent.
  • Reviving "Down But Not Out" teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated, players are immediately eliminated.
  • Profile Stats are tracked in this mode.

LTM 50v50 V3

Since V2

  • A new, larger Storm circle has been added to the beginning of the match.
  • Extra supply drops fall in the new circle, giving more players a chance to find an open one.
  • Supply drops now come in batches of four-eight (up from three-six), fall every two minutes and only lands in the first two Storm circles.
  • The damage applied over time while in the Down But Not Out state has been changed to the default of two damage per tick.
  • Bonus resources earned from farming reduced from +75 percent to +25 percent
  • The Storm circles are now more likely to bias towards the center of the map, this helps make the bus flight path less important.

Mode Info

  • Each team has a bus, approaching the island from opposite directions. On the map, the friendly bus has a blue outline, the enemy has a red outline.
  • The map has a dotted line, which indicates the "battle lines" between the two teams. Crossing the line will make running into enemies more likely.
  • Due to this being a "large squad" mode, Profile Stats will not be tracked. Daily & Weekly challenges will still work, with the exception of the Squad-based challenges.


  • Increased chances of chests spawning from 50-70 percent to 75-90 percent
  • Increased chances of ammo boxes spawning from 65-80 percent to 75-90 percent
  • Farming resources increased by 25 percent over the default.
  • Increased floor loot spawn likelihood by 15 percent
  • Floor loot spawns double ammo.
  • Ammo boxes spawn triple ammo.
  • Chests spawn double ammo & consumables.
  • Supply drops spawn double ammo, an extra consumable, resource and trap.

Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle

  • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
    • 36-37 base damage
  • Can see chests, Supply Drops, enemy heat signatures and more
  • Uses Medium ammo
  • Can be found from floor loot, chests and Supply Drops

Weapons & Items

  • Renamed 'Assault Rifle with Scope' to 'Scoped Assault Rifle'
  • The maximum range of most weapons increased to 275 meters from 250 meters to match the distance that players are visible.
  • The Jetpack has been Vaulted.


Fortnite new soccer field
This is where ‘Fortnite’s new soccer stadium is located. Epic Games/Funkydonuts TV @ YouTube
  • A new soccer stadium has been added to the northern area of the map just east of Junk Junction.
  • Added new light color options to Carbide and Omega


  • Client and server optimizations for Shopping Carts
  • Fixed a hitch on mobile when landing
  • Rendering CPU optimizations for all platforms
  • Fixed an issue where antivirus software was causing hitches on PC


  • The following adjustments have been made to footstep audio:
    • Increased the volume of enemy footsteps by 25 percent
    • Changed volume falloff of footsteps from Logarithmic to Linear
    • Increased range of footsteps by one building tile
  • Added more detail to the Battle Bus audio
  • Lowered the volume of Hop Rocks activation, deactivation and in-use sounds.
  • Made the teleport rez-in sound when returning to the lobby more subtle
  • Improved soccer and basketball audio by adding rolling and bouncing sounds


  • Added in a new style for the options screen


  • Updated the Battle Bus visuals and animations.
  • Battle Bus now has animating parts and flashing party lights when flying.
  • All battle bus models in the world have higher resolution.


Fortnite Mythic Ninja
The Mythic Ninja is Save the World’s latest Hero. Epic Games


  • Anti-cheat system has been implemented into Save the World.
  • Due to the implementation of the Intelligent Delivery feature for Xbox One consoles, all Save the World players will be prompted to download the Save the World-specific patch content upon first entry into the game. This is a one-time process and Save the World content will be managed automatically afterward.

Missions + Systems

  • Blockbuster Part 3: The Cloaked Star is now available.
  • Increased drop rate of Sheets of Metal for the quest "Blocked!"
  • Increased the number of Drops of Rain that appear in Mini Llamas
  • The chance to get double Hero/Schematic/Survivor XP from a mission reward now gradually increases from the beginning of Canny Valley to the end of Twine Peaks, ending 50 percent higher than the initial values.
  • Removed Rotating Gizmos from Canny Valley and Twine Peaks mission rewards
    • Reduced the chances for ingredients to be selected as mission rewards in Canny Valley and Twine Peaks to account for the removal of Rotating Gizmos


New Mythic Ninja: The Cloaked Star, has been added to the Blockbuster questline.

  • New Subclass: The Cloaked Star - Masterful shinobi who unleashes waves of Throwing Stars from the shadows.
    • New Tactical Perk: Fan of Stars - All throwing stars are thrown instantly in a spreading arc.

Weapons & Items

  • New Obliterator Sniper Rifle
    • A slow firing anti-material rifle with high base damage and a heavy kick. Its shots pierce through walls and Husks alike, and can quickly obliterate structures.
    • Available on the weekly store from Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. EDT through Wednesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. EDT.
  • Added perk choices to items that previously had static perk loadouts
    • Eligible items will always start with their default set of perks.
    • These perks can now be modified with the Perk Recombobulator.
    • Some weapons which previously started with a fixed element unlocked at level 1 will now unlock that slot at level 5, but have multiple element choices available.
  • Added a new weapon perk: +x percent Impact
    • It will appear on several of the previously static weapons.
  • Resources can now be gathered when using heavy melee attacks on the world.
  • Increased the base damage and impact of melee weapons:
    • Swords: Damage +57 percent. Impact +75 percent
    • Spears: Damage +67 percent. Impact +71 percent
    • Scythes: Damage +67 percent. Impact +82 percent
    • Axes: Damage +73 percent. Impact +94 percent
    • Blunt Weapons: Damage +113 percent. Impact +95 percent
  • Increased the durability consumption rate of melee weapons per attack to compensate for increased damage.
  • Increased the crafting costs for melee weapons:
    • Planks and Rough Ore costs are now +one-five more depending on quality and material type.
    • Twine, Mineral Powder and Mechanical Parts costs are now +six more.
  • Increased the Battery cost for crafting energy weapons:
    • Melee Energy weapons battery costs are now +seven-10 depending on quality and material type.
    • Ranged Energy weapons costs are now +four-five depending on quality and material type.


Teleporter Changes

  • Defenders can no longer be teleported.
    • This is to prevent them from entering a buggy state.
  • Teleportation pads now activate when first dropped.


  • Resource counts on the HUD no longer use the shortened numeric format.


  • Updated the color of the Nature Bolts on Nature Husks.
  • Helps to differentiate Nature Husks from Nature Mini-Bosse.


  • Bonus Success stinger updated to reduce high frequency and create more pleasing tone.


  • Chat windows no longer close unexpectedly while typing on consoles.
  • The search button will now work properly when sprinting up to chests and ammo crates.
  • Text no longer cuts off in some languages on the confirmation message of the settings screen.
  • Fixed Turbo Building not working if you quickly tried to build right after entering Build Mode
  • Renamed "Shadowplay Highlights" to "NVIDIA Highlights" in the options


Weapons & Items

  • The Bouncer Trap no longer floats in the air.
  • Crouching while scoped in Loot Lake will no longer cause your view to be underwater.
  • You can now throw Remote Explosive while sprinting.


  • Pickaxes are no longer missing from the quick bar for players who join the match late.
  • Currently equipped traps no longer change to a different trap unexpectedly when trying to place one into an empty space.
  • Lightly pulling backward on the gamepad movement thumbstick while in the Shopping Cart will no longer make you move forward.
  • Players will no longer get stuck shooting their weapon when switching seats and firing simultaneously in the Shopping Cart.
  • Passengers ejecting from the Shopping Cart at high speeds will no longer get a large impulse.
  • Players will no longer crash when viewing friends leaderboard.
  • Improved interaction of players and Shopping Carts with soccer and basketballs
  • Improved network simulation of soccer and basketballs when kicked by other players
  • The Shopping Cart will no longer destroy unbreakable objects.
  • Fixed an issue causing Shopping Carts from flipping over when hitting a Supply Drop
  • Shopping Carts will no longer float in the air after the platform they were on is destroyed.


  • Fixed cases where certain sounds wouldn't play in highly populated areas like Tilted Towers or the pre-game island


  • HP bars no longer only show one HP if you switch between teammates while spectating.
  • Interact prompts no longer display on chests for Shopping Cart passengers.


  • Animations will now play properly when exiting the Shopping Cart while simultaneously switching seats.
  • Opening effects will now properly play after searching Supply Drops.
  • "Wavey" effects now properly appear on Willow trees.
  • Fixed an issue where sprays where not displaying correctly on some objects


  • Fixed an issue where markers on the replay timeline would not be cleared when changing player
  • Shopping Carts replicate more accurately while scrubbing through replays.


  • Crash fixes and stability improvements
  • Players will no longer experience a short hitch when landing from the Battle Bus.


Missions & Systems

  • Fixed an issue allowing quest items to spawn inside the buildings during the Deliver the Bomb mission
  • Blockbuster: Part 2 quests now mention zone types where they can be completed.


  • Anti-Material Charge no longer causes the player to be unable to move if the ability is interrupted.
  • Changing weapons while activating Lefty and Righty no longer causes Lefty and Righty to not equip.
  • Using Bull Rush with China Shop will now deal damage to structures directly in front of the Constructor on activation.
  • In a Pinch now works on weapons that consume more than 1 ammo per shot if the weapon's ammo is less than the required per shot.

Weapons & Items

  • The Movement Speed perk now applies to sprint speed as well as walk and run speeds.
  • Damage vs Slowed/Snared perk will now roll for all eligible weapons.
  • The Damage Resistance perk now grants the proper amount of damage resistance.
  • Cozy Campfire now heals any friendly target within range, even if they are behind a wall.
  • Tier pips no longer display on the Blazing Masamune's unique perk, this perk cannot be upgraded.
  • Tiger Assault Rifle projectiles are no longer blocked by nearby walls.


  • Supply Drops can no longer be damaged by a Lobber projectile or any other AOE damage.
  • Fixed collision issue with Lars's Van on Ride the Lightning mission
  • Fixed an issue with DBNO screen remaining up after a player is revived


  • The Airstrike icon is no longer missing in the tutorial mission.
  • The Match Results chest animation no longer stalls.
  • Missing building preview action indicators have been fixed.
  • Fixed console controller navigation on lists in menus
  • The description text for Voice Chat volume now reflects that feature is available on PC.
  • Made description text line wrap on the quest map side panel and also added objectives to the event quest map side panel.
  • Images in the help screen no longer appear stretched.
  • Fixed an issue where the badges and continue button were not being displayed on the results screen with the reward chest


  • Elemental weapon effects now appear correctly.


  • Cinematics now play at the proper volume.
  • Deliver the Bomb track placement volume attenuation fixed.

Despite the length of Fortnite 4.4's patch notes, there honestly isn't too much here that needs explaining. The Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle was a controversial addition, but it will take some time to truly gauge how destructive it may or may not be to the PvP meta. On the Save the World side, the largest addition is the new questline that offers the chance to unlock a new Hero with a new subclass and Tactical Perk. If anyone thought Save the World was dead, Epic's constant balance changes and feature additions say otherwise.

The most interesting thing about update 4.4 is probably the fact that it released on Monday instead of Tuesday. With the Sony press conference scheduled for tonight and the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am happening Tuesday, maybe there's some hidden content in this patch that hasn't been announced. Data miners have already uncovered an exclusive skin for PS Plus users, so a reveal seems imminent.

Fortnite update 4.4 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and iOS. The update should be labeled as version 1.62 on PS4.

What are your thoughts on Fortnite update 1.62? Is the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle too powerful? Tell us in the comments section!

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