Fortnite Version 6.1 Brings New Two Person Vehicle, BR Tournaments and Beta STW Improvements

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

The latest version update for Fortnite is here and with it comes a whole pile of new content for both Save The World and Battle Royale players alike. With this patch a brand new major features rolls out for Battle Royale fans – official tournament support. It looks like Epic Games will be holding officially sanctioned tournaments for players within set dates / time-frames. Over on the Player Versus Emvironment the long awaited return of a spooky assault rifle, an event store update and a brand new “beta storm” feature that allow Heroes to test their strength against experimental concepts and mission variations.

Tournament Support

Official tournaments can now be found in all versions of Fortnite: Battle Royale in the shiny new “events” tab. Here official tournaments will be listed with a set time. Tournaments are open for anyone to enter and every time you start a new tournament you’re given a clean slate. Completing objectives like killing opponets, making it into the top 20 etc earn points which can be redeemed for “pins”. What pins do, aside from being a badge of success is unknown at this time. Maybe next season they’ll unlock cosmetics with the next Battle Pass?

As taken from the Patch Notes:

Tournaments can be found inside of the new ‘Events’ tab available in game.  This tab will host a variety of online competitions which are open to everyone.  Jump in and explore!

  • Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times that the competition will be run. A carousel of all upcoming competitions and times will be available for browsing, so you can plan and practice.
  • Every scheduled session is a completely clean slate with all players starting on an equal footing at the beginning of play.
  • Compete over the course of several hours to earn points by eliminating multiple opponents or surviving against the competition.
  • Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session.
  • Score enough points during any scheduled event session and you’ll earn a golden pin for that tournament!

Save The World: Fixing The Taxi Problem

“Taxiing” – the practice of low power level players being brought into higher level content that they wouldn’t otherwise have access too has been the bane of the Fortnite: Save The World community for a while now. It isn’t that lower power level players are bad at the game, rather that because of their level disparity with the rest of the party, they are unable to contribute the proper amount of damage and in some cases can be one-shotted by regular husks.

To fix this issue Epic Games has instituted major changes to the minimum power ratings required for missions. In a public setting (matchmaking) the power level of lowest level player is taken as the minimum for what missions the party is eligible to enter. For private games the party leaders power level is the deciding factor.

Here is the breakdown:


  • Power Level Restrictions
    • The minimum power ratings on missions are now enforced depending on the privacy setting of your party.
      • If your match is set to “Public” then the lowest power rating in your party (ignoring any party boost) will determine which missions are available and which are locked.
      • If your match is set to “Private” or “Friends Only” then the group leader’s personal power rating is used instead.
    • This prevents low-level players from being brought up into public high-level missions where they cannot contribute fully to the group, while maintaining the ability for friends to privately play together in high-level areas if they choose.
    • All Plankerton missions now have a minimum personal power rating requirement.
    • All Storm Shield Defense missions in Plankerton and above now have minimum personal power rating requirements.

Save The World: Beta Storms

“Beta Storms” allow for Epic Game’s developers to try out variations of existing content as well as experimental new content and share it with players. Currently the only Beta Storm available is a variation on the “collect the data” mission type. In this modified data retrieval mission the circle from the storm will close in on the landing site over time. Players will have to make the choice between fighting the husks right on the objective or wandering out into the storm and taking damage to eliminate the undead threat.

Here’s how the patch notes lay it all out:

  • Beta Storms are an avenue for testing all kinds of new content. This gives us a chance to see what you think of new content and experimental ideas.
  • Beta Storms are a limited-time Mission Alert. They’ll only stick around for a week or two, and then they’re gone.
  • This week, we’ve introduced a Retrieve the Data Beta Storm, along with a quest line with escalating rewards for trying out the Beta Storm.
    • In this new version of Retrieve the Data you are under pressure as the Storm closes in on the balloon’s landing spot.  The Storm will cause damage to you and force the combat into a smaller area when defending the Data. The mission is 20 minutes long and the only way to get the maximum reward is to shoot down the balloon as soon as allowed.
    • This Beta Storm ends when the v6.20 update arrives, so try it out while it’s available.

Wrapping Up

If you’re a Save The World player make sure to save up all the gold you can to grab the limited time Grave Digger assault rifle which hasn’t been available for almost a year now – it debuted during last year’s “Fortnitemares” event, which has yet to return.


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