While we know that Fortnite Battle Royale is getting a new item this week, other weapons may also be coming back.
Two previously vaulted weapons seem like they may be returning to the game, although no official word has come from Epic.
With the recent emphasis on increased encryption of data files, we suddenly have much less information about the future of Fortnite compared to just last season.
That means we have to turn to new sources to try to figure out what Epic has planned for the rest of Season 9.
Both the Revolver and the Heavy Shotgun are likely candidates for an unvaulting, but for different reasons.
Why the Heavy Shotgun may be unvaulted
We will start with the weapon that most of you probably clicked on this article for.
Right now, shotguns are in a weird place in the game ever since the pump was removed. The combat shotgun is solid, but doesn’t match the power of the pump.
There are three pieces of evidence for this that make this more than just a pipe dream. The first is the image that came with the v9.01 Patch Notes.
At the time, we wrote this off as just a design choice in the loading screen, but recent changes to the reticle also show that Epic may be preparing the Heavy Shotgun for a comeback.
The final piece of evidence is the lack of shotguns in the game.
Drop rates are seemingly much lower than ever before in Fortnite.
A shotgun is arguably the most essential part of any loadout in this game and drop rates should reflect that. from r/FortNiteBR
This could point towards an addition of a new shotgun into the loot pool, which is throwing off the current balance rates.
My theory is that the Heavy Shotgun was supposed to already be introduced but due to a bug or balance issues, they postponed it for a week. At the same time, they forgot to adjust loot rates to correspond to that decision.
It’s just a theory, but it would explain why the Heavy Shotgun appeared in the first patch notes and why shotguns have been scarce in loot lately.
If the Heavy Shotgun does come back, I would expect it to do more damage as the vaulted version it has the same damage stats at the combat shotgun but with a slower fire rate.
Why the Revolver may be unvaulted
Compared to the Heavy Shotgun, the Revolver seems more likely to be unvaulted based on the evidence we have.
The key piece of evidence is Epic changing the stats of the Revolver of the back end. Doing that doesn’t make much sense for a vaulted weapon, unless they are planning to bring it back.
Two different buffs to a previously weak weapon will make it shoot faster and reload quicker. If those changes are all that happen before it comes back, it still won’t be a powerful weapon, but it will be at least a little bit better.
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It’s impossible to say when these weapons will be unvaulted – if they are at all – but a meta shake up seems to be due and this week’s update is as likely as any.
What do you think of this evidence? Is it enough to convince you one or both of the weapons are returning to the game?
Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?
Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?
News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.
Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.
A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.
Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.
So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.
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Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.
How to unlock Fortnite cosmetics in Rocket League ‘Llama-Rama’ event
Rocket League is celebrating going free-to-play with an in-game event and Fortnite crossover: Llama-Rama.
Rocket League fans, largely, rejoiced when they learned that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, had purchased the Rocket League development team, Psyonix. Rocket League is a brilliant game, but the monetization efforts weren’t too player-friendly – especially for a game that cost $30.
Fortnite, on the other hand, has one of the most user-friendly microtransaction systems in all of gaming. You can say what you want about Fortnite and the choices of the developers, but it’s hard to criticize their approach to monetization.
Epic has already been making its mark on Rocket League since its acquisition of Psyonix. They made the loot boxes transparent, made the game free-to-play, and are now bringing the first in-game event with unlockable cosmetics.
The ‘Llama Rama’ Fortnite crossover event will run from September 26 through October 12 and will give players the chance to unlock the Battle Bus cosmetic pack, Llama Wheels, the Loot Llama Decal, the Top Llama Topper, and the Llama Fly Antenna.
You’ll need to complete some in-game challenges to earn these rewards. The challenges haven’t been released at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the event goes live this weekend.
Update: Rocket League challenges released
The challenges are now live in Rocket League, which unlocks rewards for both Rocket League and Fortnite. Here’s a look at all of the challenges and rewards for the event:
- CHALLENGE 1: LLAMAS, START YOUR ENGINES!
- Rocket League Challenge: Play an Online Match in Any Playlist
- Rocket League Reward: Llama Flyer Antenna
- Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Spray
- CHALLENGE 2 – FLAGGED FOR VICTORY
- Rocket League Challenge: Win 1 Online Match in Casual with the Llama Antenna
- Rocket League Reward: Top Llama Topper
- Fortnite Reward: Holodata Drop Contrail
- CHALLENGE 3 – TOP OF THE WORLD
- Rocket League Challenge: Get 5 goals, saves, or assists with the Llama Topper
- Rocket League Reward: Loot Llama Octane Decal
- Fortnite Reward: Rocket Groove Music Track
- CHALLENGE 4 – AN EPIC ENDEAVOR
- Rocket League Challenge: Win 5 Online Matches in Any Playlist with the Llama Decal (Octane)
- Rocket League Reward: Llama Wheels
- Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Emoticon
- CHALLENGE 5 – LLAMA LEGEND
- Rocket League Challenge: Get MVP in any Online Match with the Llama Wheels
- Rocket League Reward: Battle Bus + Battle Balloon Antenna, Battle Bus Wheels, and Battle Bus Engine Audio
- Fortnite Reward: Octane RL Backbling + style variant
Rocket League is the kind of game that no one knew they wanted until they played it. It’s incredibly fun and we strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.
Like Fortnite, Rocket League is a simple game with a massive skill ceiling. It’s easy to get the hang of but incredibly difficult to master – something that most Fortnite fans will naturally love in a game. Now, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.
Epic announce Fortnite X Rocket League promotional crossover
Epic Games are celebrating Rocket League going free-to-play with a Fortnite promotional event.
Fortnite players might not be too familiar with the massively-popular Rocket League. It’s a game that no one knew they needed until it existed. Like Fortnite, the game presents itself to you with a simple concept that has a massive skill ceiling.
Last year, Epic Games purchased the developer of Rocket League, Psyonix, in what felt like a match made in heaven. The success of Rocket League mirrored that of Fortnite in many ways, but fans of the game grew frustrated over the monetization efforts of the former. Epic Games brought the Fortnite monetization strategy to Rocket League, which is much more consumer-friendly than the loot box-oriented microtransactions of the past.
Epic’s acquisition of Psynoix eventually led to the announcement of Rocket League going free-to-play. It’s clear that Epic are closely following their Fortnite blueprint – allowing players to buy in-game cosmetics rather than purchasing the game and then gambling on loot boxes.
Rocket League will officially become free-to-play on September 23. To celebrate the news, Epic are hosting a cross-promotional event between Rocket League and their most popular title, Fortnite. Rocket League and Fortnite players will be able to unlock cosmetics for both of their favorite games.
We’re not sure what these cosmetics will look like, just yet, but we can expect some Rocket League skins to be in the mix. Epic seem to be promoting Rocket League more than Fortnite, here. We also expect to see a Fortnite reward tied to Rocket League playtime.
We’ll update this post when we learn more about the specific rewards that Epic are offering. If you haven’t played Rocket League, we highly recommend trying it when it goes free-to-play. It’s a ton of fun whether you’re a casual player who can barely jump or a sweaty competitive player who can juggle the ball while flying through the air.
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