Fortnite Birthday Update is Now Live: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It’s been one year since Fortnite: Save the World launched, and Epic Games is celebrating with birthday-themed challenges and new activities.

Fortnite‘s birthday update patch is live for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and iOS, there is a new set of weekly challenges, an all new submachine gun and the return of Playground Mode. But most importantly, this latest Fortnite update unlocks birthday-themed skins, a Battle Bus laden with streamers and birthday challenges you can complete in battle royale mode even without a Battle Pass.

Happy birthday to you, Fortnite!

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, Epic Games added three free challenges to unlock cosmetic items. The first two are pretty standard: Play 14 battle royale matches to complete the first challenge, then deal 1,000 damage to opponents to complete the second. But the third challenge is a little more unorthodox: You will need to dance in front of 10 birthday cakes scattered around the map.

Each of the challenges unlocks cosmetic items in the free-to-play royale mode, including a birthday cake-themed character skin, a new graffiti spray and a birthday-themed backpack called “back bling.” There will also be birthday cake slices around the Fortnite map that will instantly give you five health points and five shield points when you eat them.

Fortnite Battle Royale Birthday Challenges


Playground Mode is back

The popular Fortnite playground mode is once again available as a limited-time event, but with a few welcome changes. Players will now be able to switch teams. Originally, you dropped in as a squad with friendly fire turned on, now the ability to switch teams on the fly, you’ll now be able to practice battling with your friends after equipping yourself with some awesome firepower.

Additionally players will also be able to drive the game’s new golf carts in Playground Mode, and they’re guaranteed to spawn in their usual locations. Chests will now contain three weapons and other items, and ground loot will spawn more items than the regular battle royale mode. Materials within Playground Mode are now stronger, and construction times have decreased. And rocket launchers get a max ammo of 60!!

Other Updates

One of the things that makes Fortnite battle royale mode so addictive is Epic’s constant updates to keep players coming back to see what’s new. This week is no different, with plenty of non-birthday tweaks and additions included in the new update.

First, a new fast-firing submachine gun that’s tuned for close combat:

Fortnite Battle Royale - new fast-firing submachine gun

Frequent players will be pleased to see a new “sprint by default” option. This enables the ability  to automatically sprint when moving, with the sprint button turning into a walk button. That has to be good on the old thumbs.


Why not read our Fortnite Skin guide and beginner tips if your love all things Fortnite Battle Royale.

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