Fortnite Battle Royale adds new potion and character customisation in Halloween update

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Fortnite has been given the customary Halloween once over in an update that adds some ghoulish cosmetics including a pumpkin rocket launcher, but the more substantial changes come in the popular (opens in new tab) (and completely free) Battle Royale game mode (opens in new tab). Developer Epic Games has added a new potion called Slurp Juice, which regenerates one point each of health and shields per second for 25 seconds, and can get you back up to full health. Previously, knocking back the game's only potion would boost your shields by 50 points instantly.

Players will now automatically pick up ammo and building materials on the floor, too. That's useful, because items often fall in clumps and it's hard to collect bullets without also accidentally swapping out weapons.

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As promised (opens in new tab), character customisation has arrived via a new 'Locker' menu. You buy character skins, gliders and pickaxes with V-Bucks, which you can purchase with real money or accumulate by playing the game's PvE campaigns (which are not free). Items for sale will rotate on both a daily and weekly basis, and are purely cosmetic.

Epic has also introduced leaderboards in Battle Royale for the first time, so you can see where you rank among your friends. There's more minor changes under the hood, including a reduced accuracy penalty for assault rifles while moving. Read the patch notes (opens in new tab) for the full details.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.