Fortnite Battle Royale v18.20 Update: Combat Assault Rifle vs. Combat SMG

The Fortnite Team

The war effort against the Cubes continues, and it’s time once again for a global endeavor. You’ve built up Turret Stations and made the strategic decision to fund Shockwave Launchers over Rift-To-Gos. Now Loopers on the Island are faced with another strategic decision, this time between two new items...

Combat Assault Rifle vs. Combat SMG

Fortnite Combat Assault Rifle vs. Combat SMG

R&D for two original weapons is happening as part of the war effort: the Combat Assault Rifle and Combat SMG. Like the previous war effort round, donate Bars at Donation Boards to help your favorite choice reach 100% Funded first and be the one that becomes available on the Island!

What’s different about the “Combat” class of weapons? Sporting a tight bullet spread and exceptional power, the Combat variants of the Assault Rifle and SMG are quite a force in an expert's hands. Just watch out for the kickback! Both the Combat Assault Rifle and Combat SMG have a strong recoil that you must tame to get the most out of them.

XP and Quest Changes

Fortnite XP and Quests

In case you missed it, we’ve recently updated repeatable Shared Quests to reward more XP. Here’s a comparison:

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Also, we’ll be adding a variety of additional Quests to the Daily and Weekly Punchcard in our next game update.

(With the global war effort in full swing again, J.B. Chimpanski’s Questline has been re-enabled as well.)

Role Bias and Voice Chat Added To Impostors

Fortnite Impostors

v18.20 brings improvements to Impostors, the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth!

Focus on completing your assignments or polish up your sabotage skills with the new Role Bias feature. You’re now able to select if you prefer to be an Impostor or Agent. Based on your choice, you’ll be more likely to be selected as that role when playing Public and Private matches, although your preferred role is not guaranteed.

Also, we’ve added an Impostors playlist with open Voice Chat! Communication will be split between players who are and aren’t eliminated, while mixing both the diligent Agents and wily Impostors together. Convince the group to vote out Mancake because he was definitely faking Assignments and you were nowhere near Doggo’s fragment. Those who prefer no voice communication can select an Impostors playlist with only Quick Chat enabled.

Like Your Squad? Stay with Your Squad

Keep a good thing going! Starting now in the NA-East server region, you can select Stay with Squad with your “Fill” team and play another match together. This feature is enabled only for Duos, Trios, and Squads modes.

“Stay with Squad” will be rolling out globally at a later date.

Return Requests 

Return Requests in Fortnite will now refresh over time. Read our new Return Requests blog post for more details. 

Major Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue involving players not being able to use a Fishing Rod while in the passenger seat of a Motorboat or in the back of an OG Bear truck.

  • Fixed an issue involving Battle Pass page unlock progress not always tracking correctly.

  • Fixed an issue involving Nintendo Switch players not being heard in voice chat by players on other consoles.

Competitive notes:

  • We’ve made alterations to the Boundless Set Outfits to the point where we felt comfortable introducing them back into competitive playlists. You’ll notice the Outfits have slightly different lighting and shading effects in the new update.