The latest update in Fortnite has gone live, and it brings with it some new features, returning items, and more. Get full details on V20.40 below.


The Sideways may be nowhere in sight, but Sideways weapons have made a return! In Sideways Showdown Week — running now until May 24, 2022, at 8:59 AM ET — the Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun are out of the vault. Not their first time in a battle involving the Island’s fate, you can find these weapons in Chests and on the ground. How to upgrade Sideways weapons without Cube Monster Parts? Just take ‘em to an Upgrade Bench!

Earn extra XP by showing your Sideways weapon skill: Sideways Showdown Week Quests are active for this whole themed week! Look out for a new batch of special Quests when the next themed week begins May 24 at 9 AM ET.


Speak with your Bars — the Shield Bubbles/Balloons trial period has ended and now it’s time for a vote! Funding Stations pitting the two items together can be found at all major POIs, so head to a Funding Station and contribute Bars to your preferred choice. The first choice to reach 100% Funded based on everyone’s global contributions will win and enter the loot pool immediately!


Last week, to coincide with the trickshot unvaults, the drop rate of utility items was increased for a limited time. In Zero Build, the drop rate of Shockwave Grenades, Rift-To-Gos, and Cow Catchers will stay increased indefinitely! Keep the traversal and combative transportation going.


Networking options for the Middle East server region have changed. To ensure all players in the region have the best experience — if you had manually selected the server region to Middle East — it has now been reverted to Auto.

This means that some players who are normally connected to Middle East servers will now connect to Europe or Asia. Competitors, be sure to check the Compete tab in-game for Cup starts times.

Players are able to switch back to the Middle East server region if they choose to do so, but remember that this will likely result in high ping.


  • Arena Fill has been enabled.
  • The Sideways Showdown unvaults are not included in competitive playlists.
  • The winner of the Shield Bubbles vs. Balloons vote will not be unvaulted in competitive playlists.


  • Fixed an issue involving players not receiving social notifications if they were in a match in a party with another player.
  • Fixed an issue involving the UI of the Anvil Rocket Launcher not appearing.

Along with the version update, the May Crew Pack is now available as well. You can get a complete breakdown of what’s included in this pack below.

We meant it when we said you haven’t seen all of Southpaw!

The May Crew Pack now includes the intimidatingly elegant Crystalline Style of the Southpaw Outfit, Counterpunch Back Bling, and Arc Flail Pickaxe. Switch between this Style and the default Style of these items in your Locker.

Also, owners of the May 2022 Crew Pack have received three Loading Screen bonuses and a Lobby Track bonus. These bonuses will be granted to all players who pick up the May Crew Pack during its period of availability.

  • Loading Screen: A New Challenger Appears
  • Loading Screen: Burgeoning Bout Master
  • Loading Screen: A Champion Crowned
  • Lobby Track: Crashed In and Lights Out (+ an instrumental version!)

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