Impostor mode updates, return requests, and bug fixes

Impostor mode updates, return requests, and bug fixes

Fortnite Update V18.20 has gone live and brings some much-needed changes to Impostors Mode, as well as some basic tweaks to the overall functionality of the game.

Before its release, many expected the V18.20 update to be a bit more substantial than it ended up being. Fortnitemares, Battle Royale’s annual Halloween event, is in full swing right now, so fans naturally assumed more spooky content would be unveiled today (October 12).

Meanwhile, during the server downtime window, reputable dataminers like @iFireMonkey, @HYPEX, and @ShiinaBR were busy reporting all sorts of exciting leaks that have yet to be confirmed. Among other things, they discovered evidence of new consumable items, scare zombies who will roam the island, and even a next bat Man collaboration.

Unfortunately, none of these things appear to be in the game at the time of writing. At least they are not mentioned anywhere in the official patch notes, which are more focused on quality of life improvements and matchmaking adjustments.

Perhaps the contents of the juice extractor are drip-fed to Fortnite in the days to come, but for now, V18.20 is another disappointing addition to Season 8 that doesn’t add much to the note. Here are the details taken from epic website.

Combat Assault Rifle Vs. Combat SMG Vote

Fortnite Combat SMG vs Assault Rifle Vote
Players can donate gold bars to unlock the Combat Assault Rifle or Combat SMG. Whichever weapon reaches its funding goal first will be added to the game.
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Players can now vote for one of two weapons to be added to Fortnite in a future update.

You can choose between the Combat Assault Rifle or the Combat SMG. To support your favorite weapon, you will need to find bulletin boards scattered around the island and donate gold bars to your favorite weapon.

You’re literally voting with your wallet on this one, as the first weapon to reach 100% of its funding goal will be released into the game world.

According to the patch notes, these melee weapons will have a narrower bullet spread (reducing bloom) and are exceptionally powerful. However, they appear to be suffering intense setbacks.

Impostor Mode Updates

Most of the V18.20 update is focused on Impostors mode (which Epic eventually acknowledged is directly inspired by Among us).

A new “Role Bias” feature allows you to express a preference as to whether you want to be assigned as an Impostor or an Agent. It’s worth noting that this is just a preference setting, so it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be assigned your chosen role every time, but it does increase the chance that you’ll get the desired experience.

In the meantime, a separate playlist has been created for those who want to play Imposters mode with voice chat enabled. Verbal communication will obviously change the way these matches play out, as he must now openly express his suspicions of other players and be a convincing liar if he hopes to shift the blame onto innocent parties.

Of course, for those who (understandably) don’t want to have to chat with strangers online, there’s still a playlist that relies on the old quick chat features.

Option Stay with the squad

A new function has been introduced to Fortnite Team-based modes that allow you to stay with your squads as you head into later matches.

If you are playing on “Fill” (which puts you on a team with random players instead of friends), you will be promoted to select “Stay with the team” at the end of the game. If your teammates decide to do it too, they will all stay in the same group for the next match.

This option is currently only available to those playing on NA-East servers, but will be rolled out globally at a later date.

Update of return requests

Fortnite has changed the way its item return policy works, so it now updates after 365 days.

Players can return up to 3 items they have purchased with their V-bucks (excluding things like battle passes that are non-refundable) before they have to wait for the allotted time to elapse. This has been further detailed in a separate blog at the epic games website.

General bug fixes

In addition to all of the above, the following bugs have been fixed with the V18.20 update:

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to use a fishing rod while in the passenger seat of a powerboat or in the back of an OG Bear truck.
  • Fixed an issue with the Battle Pass page unlock progress not always tracking correctly.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in players on Nintendo Switch not being heard in voice chat by players on other consoles.

In relation Fortnite season 8 news, news week has prepared guides on how to complete Sideways encounters, how to unlock the various Toona Fish skins, and where to find IO Guards on the island.

Fortnite Imposters Keychain
Image of the “Fortnite Impostors” keyart. Various changes have been made to gameplay as part of the V18.20 update.
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