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Convert your weapons to heavy variants in the new Fortnite update

fortnite patch notes 11.40
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The Fortnite 11.40 patch notes are here, with one big standout feature: sidegrading. On top of various other bug fixes, Fortnite sidegrading is a new mechanic that now allows players to convert some weapons to heavy version at the various upgrade stations across the map, such as the AR to the Heavy AR. It's a nice new feature to keep things fresh ahead of Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2, at least.

Epic Games hasn't exactly been consistent when it comes to releasing the full patch notes on their own website in full, but it looks like they are live now. So, here's everything we know so far about the Fortnite update 11.40.

Fortnite 11.40 patch notes: everything we know

You can see the new sidegrading mechanic in action in the video above. But that's not the only thing to come in the new update. Here's what they all are and plus some bugs that've been squashed:

  • Introducing Sidegrading: the Heavy Assault Rifle returns.
    • In non-competitive playlists, you can now use Upgrade Machines to “Sidegrade” your Assault Rifle into a Heavy Assault Rifle. 
  • In non-competitive playlists, you can now use Upgrade Machines to “Sidegrade” your Assault Rifle into a Heavy Assault Rifle. 
  • Reduced material costs for upgrading weapons at Upgrade Machines.
  • Added the following items to Battle Lab:
    • Flint-Knock Pistol (Common and Uncommon)
    • Shockwave Grenade
    • Impulse Grenade
  • Flint-Knock Pistol (Common and Uncommon)
  • Shockwave Grenade
  • Impulse Grenade

Bug fixes

  • Players’ Star Wars Achievements have returned to the Legacy timeline.
  • Resolved an issue involving the “F” key not enabling proper movement after direction was remapped to it.
  • Resolved an issue involving editing quickly causing players to remain in Edit mode.
  • Falling into a hideout no longer causes the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle’s crosshairs to disappear.
  • Resolved an issue involving the “Visit different bus stops in a single match” Remedy vs. Toxin Challenge not tracking progress for some bus stops.
  • The Spectrum Contrail again changes colors while in motion.
  • Continued to make improvements regarding FPS drops and hitching on mobile devices. 
  • Resolved an issue involving mobile players getting stuck in a loop on the Select Fire Mode screen.
  • Resolved an issue involving console players being unable to progress through the gifting process if they did not have Two-Factor Authentication enabled.

There you go: those are the new Fortnite details you can expect this week. If you're looking to get into gameplay - and why wouldn't you? - there are some challenges for you to tackle, too. Here's where to find a couple of Fortnite no swimming sign locations, so you can openly flout the law.

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