Is there something going on with about another battle royale game right now? Hmm - anyway, changes are still rumbling on in the world of Fortnite, and the latest additions should certainly shake up the meta. Until the next patch at least.
Update v7.30 brings some explosive additions in the form of bottle rockets: a thrown item which "launches a barrage of bottle rockets toward the targeted direction". This thing coughs up a total of 45 rockets over nine seconds, and deals 10 player damage and 40 environmental damage per explosion. Sounds like it could be good for destroying buildings, not so good for stopping that incoming tryhard with a shotgun.
After racing through a barrage of rockets, you may want to rest by the fire to lick your wounds. Conveniently, Fortnite is also introducing environmental campfires in this patch. As opposed to the portable cosy campfire, environmental campfires can be found in fixed positions around the world of Fortnite. These heal the same amount but have a one-time use per match. Handy if you happen to be near one.
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Meanwhile, the friend of all anti-builders - the boombox - has been vaulted from the battle royale mode. As ever, the item provoked debate within the Fortnite community, some claiming it was too effective at knocking down buildings, others arguing it helped them deal with overly-defensive builders. At a guess, it seems likely the boombox was removed to make way for the equally destructive bottle rockets. In any case: it's gone.
If you're more about arcing through the air using launch pads, however, you're in luck. The item has received a significant buff, with an impulse strength increase of 28.5 per cent.
Something else to note is a subtle change to the Limited Time Modes (LTM) schedule. Fortnite is currently testing a new rotation method, where LTMs rotate every few days "to allow a more diverse amount of modes to be available over the course of a week".
Although it's not quite as exciting as the recent Marshmello concert, update v7.30 does bring a number of useful changes. And also those frankly dangerous rockets. Are there any health and safety regulations in the Fortnite world?