Fortnite Patch Notes Update 9.01: Tactical Assault Rifle, Drum Gun and slipstreams NERF

BATTLE ROYALE MODE

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Tactical Assault Rifle
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.
    • Available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines
      • Fully Automatic
      • 30 Round Magazine
      • Deals 22/23/24 damage
      • Headshot Multiplier of 1.75x
      • This weapon has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other Assault Rifles.
    • Reduced Baller health from 200 to 150
      • The primary goal of the Baller is to provide fun and exciting mobility. We feel that it still has a little too much defensive agency – this change should reduce the effectiveness there while not impacting its strengths.
      • Drum Gun adjustments
        • Reduced base damage from 26/27 to 22/23
          • Since its unvaulting, the Drum Gun effectiveness has been slightly higher than we wanted. This change should reduce its combat effectiveness while still retaining its flavor.
          • Vaulted Compact SMG
            • Due to the recent addition of the Drum Gun and the brand new Tactical Assault Rifle, we wanted to reduce the availability of high rate-of-fire weapons.
            • GAMEPLAY

              • Slipstream adjustments
                • Slipstreams no longer block building.
                  • Trying to build up to get into a Slipstream should be an easy & intuitive experience. We noticed some cases where players would build up to the Slipstream, but due to build restrictions would take a ‘leap of faith’ and not make the jump. This should make getting into a Slipstream easier.
                • Players flying in a Slipstream will destroy player built objects when they collide.
                • Slipstreams are now disabled after storm phase 5.
                  • We’ve seen a number of cases where Slipstreams caused issues during late game circles – primarily around getting pulled into the storm unexpectedly. Since the value of Slipstream mobility is limited in those scenarios, we felt it’s better to simply disable them.
                  • PERFORMANCE