Epic's Fortnite has released a new update that’s making some significant changes to the gameplay for console owners.
With the version 8.10 of the game, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players are within the same matchmaking pools, meaning they will be playing together and against each other. The expansion of its cross-play feature essentially means you will have no other option than to compete against players on a different console. The feature allows you to opt-in, but if you were to opt-out, you would be restricted to Playground and the Creative Mode.
Epic is also making some changes for Nintendo Switch players. If you play on the Switch, you will now play with and compete against Mobile users on Android and iOS. In the past, the Switch was on the same matchmaking pool as the PS4 and Xbox One, but Epic is making it so Switch players now play with mobile users.
Fortnite's v8.10 patch is live also brings the brand new Baller vehicle, tinkers with weapon stats and sees the return of the very fun Getaway LTM.
The Baller is the update's big star. It's a single-seater that you can find at Expedition Outposts and pirate camps. You roll around and propel yourself with the attached grappler, allowing you to swing from trees or cliffs or buildings, etc. The vehicle shields its driver from enemy fire, but can be damaged and destroyed. It has 300 HP.
The Infantry Rifle has had its common variant removed, while the Heavy Assault has been downgraded from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Rare/Epic.
One big change that's pretty cool is vending machines. Now you don't have to spend materials to purchase items (which was always too grindy). Instead, you can pick any item you want for free but once you do the vending machine disappears.
The best change, however, is to the Infinite Dab emote. Epic's patch notes page provides all the details.