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Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: What’s New on PS4

It’s another new week so you know what that means; the Fortnite PS4 update 1.71 patch notes are now available for you to check out. This week is unique in that it has not one but two new limited time modes for you to check out in Battle Royale. There are also some substantial new additions and changes for the Save the World PvE portion of the game.

Players can download this update on PS4, also known as v5.21 on the other platforms of PC, Android, iOS, Switch, Xbox One, and Mac. You won’t want to miss out on these new additions including a brand-new weapon to check out. Let’s take a look at everything that’s new.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: Highlights

Redeploy your glider and stay mobile in the newest limited time mode, Soaring 50’s. Discover the new legendary sniper rifle in Battle Royale and meet Save the World’s newest Constructor, Thora!

Heavy Sniper Rifle

Deliver devastating damage to enemies and even more to structures with the newest weapon dropping into Battle Royale, the Heavy Sniper Rifle.


Lure husks into traps and control areas when things get critical! Thora arrives to Save the World.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: Limited Time Modes

Limited Time Mode: Soaring 50’s


This mode is a twist on the traditional 50 vs 50 mode, featuring an extra emphasis on mobility. Gliders can be re-deployed when falling from large heights. Additional Impulse Grenades, Bounce Pads, and Launch Pads will be spawned throughout the map. Jump in and soar to new heights!

Mode Details

  • 50v50 loot, ammo and resource levels
  • When in mid-air and greater than 10m up, press Jump to deploy your glider
  • Added Impulse Grenades to chests at double the standard spawn rate
  • Added Impulse Grenades to floor loot
  • Decreased Spike Trap spawn chances
  • Increased Launch Pad & Bounce Pad spawn chances
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are not tracked in this mode.

Limited Time Mode: Sniper Shootout


In this limited time mode, players will do battle using sniper rifles. May the best aim win!

What’s New?

  • Scoped Assault Rifles have been removed.
  • The Heavy Sniper Rifle has been added.

Mode Details

  • Only weapon drops are Sniper Rifles.
  • Floor Loot spawns reduced by 50%.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: New Battle Royale Additions

  • Heavy Sniper added
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
    • Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
    • Each shot delivers devastating damage at the cost of a long reload.
      • Deals 150/157 damage to players.
      • These large rounds deal increased damage (1050/1100) to buildings.
      • Projectiles fired from the Heavy Sniper have less bullet drop in comparison to other Snipers.
  • Minigun
    • Minigun headshot multiplier has been reduced from 2.5 to 1.5.

Bug Fixes

  • Grenades now properly grant progress for the Week 5 Challenge: “Deal damage to players with a Clinger, Stink Bomb, or Grenade.”
  • Cloth physics have been fixed and will now appear properly.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: New Save the World Additions

  • Weekly Horde Challenge – Bullet Proof Husks
    • Features bulletproof enemies that must be defeated with melee weapons, traps, or Hero abilities.
    • One time completion Quest Reward
      • 1500 Gold
    • Repeatable quest reward
      • 75 Tickets
  • Removed the Power Rating restrictions on Challenge the Horde missions.
    • These restrictions were blocking some players from accessing the Weekly Challenge Missions even though their Power Level was at the necessary level.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: Save the World Bug Fixes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the modifier between Challenge the Horde missions wasn’t appearing between waves.
  • The Constructor Leadership quest will no longer fail to advance when purchasing the skill tree node.
  • Atlas activation has been fixed in multi-gate Fight the Storm missions.
  • Track completion now advances the mission properly in Level 28 Deliver the Bomb.
  • Survivors and quest items no longer appear as orange boxes in the world.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: Save the World Other Changes

New Constructor Machinist: Thora added to the Event Store.

  • Available Wednesday, August 15th at 8pm ET.

Fixed an issue that could cause Rocket Launchers to take up a large portion of the screen.

Fortnite PS4 Update 1.71 Patch Notes Explained: Known Issues

Here are some top known issues in the game currently via Reddit user Lewzephyr:

  • Remember Building Selection Broken since 5.0 – Select floor, build it, leave build mode and come back and now your building roof. an example of it: Or a variant on it More detail: enter build mode, select floor, edit floor and confirm. The wall piece pops up as the selected building piece instead of the edited floor piece. – ref: Acknowledgment of issue:

  • Server Stability – LAG and Crash becoming unbearable – Getting worse each patch. Game has froze (crashed) more times since 5.2 than all of before. Multiple people in same match crashing out at different times.

  • Unable to upgrade building due to saying it needs repair. Have to shoot structure then repair then upgrade. Issue is caused by anything that increased the structure health. BASE or schematic.

  • Lefty and Righty – freezes after completion, disallowing any weapon use or sprinting for about 5 seconds.

  • Tier 4 5 and 6 mission reward chests give the same amounts of reward.

  • Trap durability not displaying after you upgrade the structure its attached to.

  • Expeditions – unable to collect reward without a restart of game.

  • End of mission – Click Return to Home-base button, it greys out but nothing happens. Have to hard close the game and log back in.

  • Sound Issue with some Heroes abilities. – AMC, Dragon Slash, TEDDY, Bull Rush