Fortnite update 10.31 just went live, and it’s one of the most boring patches the game has seen in quite some time. It adds the Party Hub feature for social gatherings, but don’t expect any major gameplay changes. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a blog post from Epic Games.

Fortnite Update 10.31 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

Weapons + Items

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue involving the Star Wand and AC/DC Pickaxes not doing the intended amount of damage.
    • Because this issue has been resolved, these Pickaxes have been re-enabled.

Gameplay

  • Storm Circles will no longer end at the following locations (in core and Arena modes):
    • Moisty Palms
    • Greasy Grove
    • Tilted Town
    • Retail Row

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue in which Ziplines could give players an unintended effect.
    • Because this issue has been resolved, Ziplines have been re-enabled.
  • When a player is eliminated, their damage towards the Storm Surge threshold will no longer be removed from their remaining teammates’ total.

Accessibility

  • Support-a-Creator codes can now be used for real-money offers in-game.
    • More information on this will be available in a blog post later this week.
    • Please note: For any Packs that contain V-Bucks, the revenue share will be applied to the Creator code that is entered when the V-Bucks from that pack are spent.

Mobile

fortnite party hub‘Fortnite’ update 10.31 adds the Party Hub system on mobile, which is essentially a mobile chatroom. Talk with friends before joining a game. ‘Fortnite’ is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile. Epic Games
  • Party Hub
    • Connect with Fortnite friends on the go so the party never stops. See who’s online, party up, and jump in-game together on any platform. (Or just voice chat!)
    • Want to hang with friends in-game while you’re out and about? Now you can take the party with you! For more information, check out our FAQ here.
  • Multitasking
    • This new feature allows you to you use two apps at once on supported iPads! Supported iPad models include:
      • iPad Pro
      • iPad (5th generation and later)
      • iPad Air 2 and later
      • iPad mini 4 and later
    • By enabling Multitasking, all iPads will have the ability to rotate the screen orientation to enter Portrait Mode.
      • If you don’t want to play in Portrait mode, enable Rotate Lock on your iPad.
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Recap

  • From server on September 13
    • Resolved an issue involving some Mission objectives not measuring progress.

Creative

Recap

  • From hotfix on September 11
    • Increased the limit for Basic Storm Controllers from 10 to 16.

Save the World

Weapons + Items

  • The Deciblaster bounces into the Weekly Store!
    • This shoots a blast of sound that pierces enemies and bounces up to 5 times, dealing damage in an area with each bounce. Does not consume ammo, but has low durability.
    • Available in the Weekly Store from Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m. EDT until Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Social

  • Social Parties in Save the World now support up to 16 players.
    • In order to launch a mission, there must be only four active players in the party.
    • Other party members must enter the Sit Out state through the Social Panel. This allows them to continue to participate in voice chat.

General

Bug Fixes

  • Players with their reticle on stairs will no longer enter edit mode for an unintended building piece.
    • In v10.30, we addressed an issue in which players would sometimes enter edit mode for a building piece that their reticle was not on. However, players may have still found themselves entering edit mode for a different building piece than intended if their reticle was on stairs. This has been resolved.
  • Removed black borders on the iPad 2018 Pro.

The main feature for Fortnite update 10.31 is the Party Hub, which is essentially a glorified chatroom for those who play mostly on mobile platforms. In place of the Party Chat systems that exist on console platforms, it’s basically a lobby designed for grouping up before entering an actual game. Squads can chat there and ring Llama Bells to get in touch with others who might already been in another match. While mobile users could previously use texting or Skype to organize some Fortniteaction, the Party Hub lets players do everything in-game.

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Given how thin Fortnite update 10.31 is we imagine Epic is already hard at work on something more substantial for update 10.40. This would normally be a week for a smaller Content Update, but this time there isn’t even a new weapon to show for it. Unless you’re a real heavy Fortnite mobile player, nothing really changed for you this week.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

What are your thoughts on update 10.31? Is the Party Hub something you’ll use? Tell us in the comments section!