Fortnite Hits a New Concurrent Player Peak, Adds a Crossbow and Valentine’s Skins

Nathan Birch
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Fortnite just had a hell of a weekend. According to publisher Epic Games, Fortnite hit a new peak of 3.4 million concurrent players this past Sunday, which puts them in the same league as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and its Steam-topping 3.2 million player record. Now, Epic doesn’t specify where all these players came from (presumably, they’re adding their PC, Xbox One, and PS4 numbers together), and PUBG has never released combined PC and Xbox One stats, so it’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, but still, 3.4 million players at once is a lot.

Unfortunately, the stampede of folks rushing to play Fortnite and ultra-popular spin-off Fortnite Battle Royale crushed the servers, resulting in connection issues and outages. Thankfully, the folks at Epic were watching the situation closely (check out their very detailed post-mortem for proof of that) and promise to be better-prepared in the future.

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In other news, Epic has just dropped a patch, which includes a new crossbow and Valentine’s Day skins for Fortnite Battle Royale, and tweaks for the Shooting Test limited-time mode. Check out the skins and full Fortnite version 2.4.2 patch notes, below:

Battle Royale Updates


  • The Shooting Test #1 Limited-Time Mode has been switched to Solo only.
  • Known Issue: The Shooting Test does not save progression for stats or challenges.
  • Shotgun headshot damage increased to 200% (was 150%).
  • Scoped Assault Rifle is now 100% accurate when zoomed in.
  • Scoped Assault Rifle no longer has damage fall-off.

Bug Fixes

  • Players will no longer slide off rooftops.
  • Fix for Item Shop panels disappearing after completing a V-buck purchase through the Store Tab.
  • Fix for collision inconsistencies in certain basement corners.
  • Fixed a hole in the terrain south of Retail Row.


  • Removed harsh high-frequency sound from the Chomp Jr pickaxe.


  • This weapon fires Arrows, which are an unlimited ammo type.
  • Found from floor loot and treasure chests.
  • This weapon comes in both Rare and Epic variants.

Epic released Fortnite, a cooperative base-building survival game, back in July of 2017, but it really struck gold when it launched the free-to-play spin-off Fortnite Battle Royale, which managed to snare over 40 million players in under four months. Both the original Fortnite and its Battle Royale offspring are available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PS4.

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