Fortnite gets vending machines and lots of explosions with new update

Fortnite version 3.4 dropped last week, bringing some new content and a number of big fixes with it, but today, Epic Games is tossing more into the mix. Today's patch is all about content, and it adds an interesting new feature to Battle Royale: vending machines. If you find yourself with too many resources and not enough firepower in your matches, vending machines could very well be the answer to your problems.

As explained by the full patch notes over on Epic's website, you'll now notice that vending machines have taken up residence in multiple areas around the map. These vending machines will allow you to trade in your spare resources – wood, stone, and metal – and get weapons of varying rarity in return. The amount of resources you pay depends on the rarity of the item you're buying, and each vending machine will offer weapons of one type of rarity. Here's how the pricing structure of vending machines breaks down:

Items found in a Common (white) version will cost 100 materials.

Items found in a Uncommon (green) version will cost 200 materials.

Items found in a Rare (blue) version will cost 300 materials.

Items found in a Epic (purple) version will cost 400 materials.

Items found in a Legendary (gold) version will cost 500 materials.

Each vending machine will cycle through three different items on a short timer, though you can speed that up by hitting it with your pickaxe. There's also no limit to the number of items a vending machine can produce, so these certainly have the potential of producing some well-armed enemies if enough people find them.

In addition to these vending machines, Epic is also rolling out a new limited-time game mode today, dubbed High Explosives v2. In this mode, all non-explosive weapons have been removed from the game, while ammo drops for explosive weapons have been increased significantly. The guided missile, which was introduced last week, will take center stage in this game mode, and since friendly fire has been turned off, you'll be able to really let loose with your rockets and grenades.

On top of all of that, Epic has also added what it's calling "first shot accuracy" to many weapons in the game, which makes the first shot with those weapons 100% accurate assuming you're standing still, aiming, and haven't fired in a while. It sounds like this content update is adding quite a bit to Fortnite Battle Royale, so be sure to check it out.