'Fortnite' Update 5.41 (1.79) Adds Port-a-Fortress & Spiky Stadium - Patch Notes

Fortnite update 5.41 has arrived as version 1.79 on PS4. The 500MB update adds the Port-a-Fortress to Battle Royale and the Spiky Stadium to Playground Mode. On the Save the World Side, there's also the last week of the Horde Challenge and the Bowler Flintlock Launcher. The full patch notes arrive via a blog post from Epic Games.

'Fortnite' Update 5.41 Patch Notes

General New Features

  • CPU optimization for Xbox One (optimized memory copy operations). This is expected to improve performance.
  • Optimized file layout on Xbox One to improve streaming performance. This should reduce instances of buildings rendering in late.

Battle Royale New Features

Fortnite Port-a-Fotress
'Fortnite's Port-a-Fortress builds a big base instantly. Epic Games

Soaring Solos

  • Classic Battle Royale with gliders that can be re-deployed by pressing Jump when falling from large heights.


  • Limited Time Item: Spiky Stadium
    • Present in Playground only, found in red Supply Drops (along with a ton of impulse grenades).
    • Builds a 7x11 sized stadium full of Damage Traps and Bouncers.

Weapons & Items

  • Port-a-Fortress
    • It's huge!
    • Builds instantly.
    • Includes built-in Bouncers for an easy exit.
    • Legendary Rarity.
    • Found in Vending Machines, chests, Supply Drops and Supply Llamas.
  • Fixed an issue where there was a slight delay when consuming multiple Small Shield Potions.
  • The Grappler will no longer result in an inability to change equipment.


  • Reduced the edit button hold timing when using a controller.
    • Old School from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Quick Builder from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Combat Pro from 0.25s to 0.2s.
    • Builder Pro from 0.25s to 0.15s.
  • The Storm wall no longer destroys structures during the last few circles of the match


  • Reload audio for the Double Barrel Shotgun no longer plays twice.


  • Unsupported characters within in-game names will now show up as � , rather than the fallback debugging font glyph that was previously used. Loading the fallback font was causing long hitches for clients, so we've disabled it.
  • Fixed an issue causing the reticle to not appear until after you've switched weapons.
  • Added new generic icons to represent console and desktop platforms for cross-platform play.

Art & Animation

  • Added edge glow to wall bounce pads, only visible from the reverse side. This is to help players recognize when a wall bounce pad is on the opposite side of a ledge in front of them.
  • CUBE visual effects will no longer get stuck after a player has left the area.
  • The Grill Sergeant Outfit will now render properly in-game.
    • This fixes the issue where players were seeing a floating head and pickaxe.

Save The World New Features

Missions & Systems

  • Weekly Horde Challenge 7
    • This week, deploy your fort against hordes of enemies who are immune to crowd control effects. Stuns, knockbacks and slowing fields won't help you this time!
    • Earn 1,500 Gold for the first-time completion.
    • This challenge is repeatable for Event Tickets.
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from being able to complete Storm Shield Defense side missions.


  • The Keen Eyes ability now properly highlights nearby loot.

Weapons & Items

  • Bowler Flintlock Launcher added to the Weekly Store.
    • Fires cannon balls that damage and knockback groups of enemies.
      • The cannon balls can bounce before exploding, damaging nearby enemies with each bounce.
    • Available Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.EDT until Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. EDT.

As the version number implies, there's not much here beyond a couple new items and a fresh quest for Save the World. With patch notes start getting smaller as Season 5 comes to a close, it's hard not to dream of the bigger things due in Season 6. The mysterious Cube continues its march around the Battle Royale map, but what might it mean with regard to future events? Will there be another live spectacle to kick off the next round of major changes? The lack of updates today suggests that's more than possible next week.

Speaking to the new items specifically, the Port-a-Fortress is a rather interesting addition to the PvP meta. Not only does the limited piece of gear allow inexperienced players the chance to instantly create shelter, but it also adds tension for veterans as the circle starts to close in towards the end of a match. We can't wait to see how the pros take advantage of it when the Fall Skirmish begins later this week.

Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

What's your take on Fortnite update 5.41 and the Port-a-Fortress? What do you expect to see when Season 6 begins? Tell us in the comments section!