Usually Fortnite content updates, ie. not full patches, are relatively minor affairs, but this week, Epic has done something rather major by taking one of the game’s most popular weapons off the battlefield indefinitely.
I won’t bury the lede here, Fortnite has now vaulted the drum gun. The weapon has been a must-have in almost every loadout for a while now, being extremely powerful up close and at mid-range, with the ability to burn down players and structures alike in short order. We’ve already seen a nerf or two to the drum gun, but it seems Epic is still trying to figure out what to do with it, so into the vault it goes for probably a good long while.
Weapons and items can return from the vault eventually, but sometimes they never do (RIP crossbow). At the very least, it seems like we’re not going to be seeing the drum gun for a very long time, and the meta is going to have to adjust accordingly as a result. This is a somewhat surprising decision from Epic, as usually weapons are vaulted that are under-performing (crossbow) or causing too many issues (guided missiles). I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a popular, powerful weapon like this just flat-out removed from the game. I guess that’s one way to shake up the metagame.
Elsewhere, the silenced assault rifle has been added to the game, a bit of a boring addition if you ask me. It fires more quietly, is better at precision shooting and does 32/33 damage a shot. I have never really understood the purpose of silenced weapons in Fortnite as they just seem like sort of weird appendages to existing weapon classes. They’re not so silent that you can’t hear them anyway from most distances, and they don’t perform all that much differently. But I suppose I’ll give it a try and see how it feels.
The only other changes in this content update are a handful of tweaks to The Getaway LTM, which you can read below:
- Players in the Getaway LTM can no longer land on the van without building.
- Reduced the Victory music at the end of a match.
- Jewel will no longer appear in inventory hotbar after being put in the Down-But-Not-Out state.
- Player models will no longer get stuck under the van after winning a match.
- Player models and items will no longer fall to the ground after winning a match.
- Enforcer Outfit no longer appears distorted to other clients from certain distances.
Mostly just bug fixes, though I love how they had to reduce the volume of the victory music which was deafening.
Still, the biggest story of the day is easily the vaulting of the drum gun. There is no competitive scene going on right now for this to influence with Summer Skirmish wrapped up, but we are about to head into Fall Skirmish for season 6, fewer matches giving out more money, and I doubt we’ll see the drum gun around for any of it at this rate.
What do you think, should they have kept working on the drum gun, or was vaulting it outright the right call?