With Christmas on the way, the next Fortnite update should have a festive feel to it.
We expect the v15.10 update to bring Winterfest 2020 to us - but what else?
Latest News - Downtime
Downtime ahead of v15.10 is set to commence at 4am ET / 9am GMT on Tuesday, 15 December, as confirmed by this Tweet from @FortniteStatus.
Early Patch Notes
MikeDulaimi on Twitter has revealed an early look at what to expect in the upcoming 15.10.
Issues fixed in v15.10:
• Quests are Marked as "New."
• Fishing Collection Book leaderboard and friend progress not visible.
• Widow's Light Back Bling not visible on PC with Effects set to Low.
• Certain NPCs are granting Storm Surge credit when damaged in Arena.
• Big Chuggus's Character Collection tab lists an extra 3rd location.
• High sensitivity/acceleration on Xbox consoles when using keyboard and mouse.
• Multiple actions' names are missing from the Custom Controller settings.
• Fortnite Crew issues
When is the 15.10 Update?
Updates are usually between a Tuesday and Thursday, so expect the update sometime between December 15-17.
However, the next set of collaboration skins are due to be released on December 16 (Wednesday), so it is likely the update will be on December 15 and the new skins will appear in the next Item Shop rotation after they are added to the in-game files.
In 2019 we got Winterfest, a holiday-themed event to see players through the holidays while Epic Games took some much needed time off.
Every day players got to unwrap a present which included skins, music packs, and other cosmetics.
There were also many changes to the map, with it covered it snow and other holiday-themed decorations.
While not officially confirmed by Epic Games, it is expected we will get another Winterfest, or at least something very similar.
During Winterfest 2020 it has been leaked that two new weapons will be coming to the game.
These are variations of old and existing weapons, but with an icy twist.
According to Mang0e the Burst Assault Rifle will be making a return, as well as a new variation of the P90 (Epic/Legendary SMG).
Here is all of the information we have so far about the weapons:
Brrrrst Assault Rifle - Burst Assault Rifle that would "freeze" your opponents.
Frozen Submachine Gun - A compact submachine gun that would make your opponents freeze feet and slide.
The Burst Assault Rifle being able to freeze opponents will make it a very important weapon to carry, as freezing an opponent will almost always guarantee the elimination.
Due to being an Exotic weapon, it will come with a hefty price tag, meaning players can't use it every match.
The Frozen Submachine Gun will act like the Icy Chiller Grenades where they add ice to the opponents feet and causes them to slide.
In the past players mainly used these Grenades on themselves to give themselves the ability to traverse the map quickly.
It is unlikely you will be able to use the SMG on yourself, but you may be able to shoot your teammates to give them the effect.
A video has been leaked that shows Christmas skins that have yet to be released in-game.
The video shows the unreleased Snowmando skin, which was added during the 15.00 update.
This means that we will likely see the skin in the Item Shop over the next week or 2.
Snowmando is also holding the Snowball Launcher, a Christmas themed version of the Grenade Launcher.
It is very likely that the Snowball Launcher will be making a return to the game with the upcoming 15.10 update, which should happen next week.
There is also a skin that looks like a candy cane in the background of the video, a potential new skin that has to be added.
Planes Could Be Returning
One interesting note is that the X-4 Stormwing plane is seen in the video too.
Planes were added to the game during Chapter 1 Season 7, also a Christmas themed season.
These garnered backlash from players due to being overpowered, I never found them to be much of a problem after they were initially nerfed.
Season 7 also saw the Air Royale LTM added to the game, very fun for players of dogfighting games such as Ace Combat.
We haven't seen the planes in the game since, so maybe we will see them again with the 15.10 update.
Daryl and Michonne
During The Game Awards, it was revealed that Daryl and Michonne from The Walking Dead will be making their way to Fortnite Season 5.
A trailer was shown that saw Daryl and Michonne taking on a horde of Walkers before Agent Jones appeared, grabbed them, and teleported them to the Fortnite universe.
Now instead of fighting hordes of Walkers, they have 98 other players to fend off instead.
Watch the reveal trailer below:
Both character models work extremely well in Fortnite, and if there are two characters from The Walking Dead that suit Fortnite, its Daryl and Michonne.
In the trailer we see Daryl using his trademark crossbow, while Michonne is carrying her trusty sword.
The thumbnail shows Michonne with the sword and Daryl with two hunting knives, these are likely the Harvesting Tools that will come with the characters.
It would also be a great opportunity to reintroduce the Crossbow into the game, maybe making Daryl's Crossbow a Mythic/Exotic weapon.
At the end of the trailer it shows that the skins will be available on December 16, this is also potentially when Master Chief will leave the store, as Kratos left when Master Chief was added.
There is no word yet on price, however, it is likely they will be bundled both together and separately.
The Master Chief bundle, with pickaxe, glider, and emote costs 2,600 V-Bucks, or each individual item can be purchased on their own for a total of 4,000 V-Bucks.
The bundle for both will likely be somewhere between 3,000-4,500 V-Bucks, with options to purchase each skin for 1,500 V-Bucks if players don't want any of the extras such as Harvesting Tools.
From the trailer we can see that Michonne's sword and Daryl's hunting knives are likely going to be included as Harvesting Tools, but apart from that, there is currently no word on what else will be included if anything.
Leakers will likely find the bundles in the in-game files and leak it.
So once they do we will update this with all of the included items in the bundle.
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