14 Days of Summer begins tomorrow and every day will bring one new weapon or item out of the vault for just 24 hours.
That has led to a lot of speculation about what will come back to the game during the event. This article serves as a look at all the possibilities.
We will start with just a full list of all vaulted weapons / items so you can see all the possibilities. Then we will transition into four categories to provide more context on the event and what will likely be returning.
Here are the four categories:
- Weapons we want to return that probably will
- Weapons we don’t want to return that probably will
- Weapons we want to return that probably won’t
- Weapons we don’t want to return that probably won’t
But first, here is the complete list of all vaulted weapons available to come back:
- Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
- Boom Bow
- Burst Assault Rifle
- Burst Rifle
- Compact SMG
- Double Barrel Shotgun
- Dual Pistols
- Heavy Shotgun
- Hunting Rifle
- Light Machine Gun
- Pump Shotgun
- Scoped Revolver
- Six Shooter
- Submachine Gun
- Suppressed Assault Rifle
- Suppressed SMG
- Tactical SMG
- Thermal Assault Rifle
- Bottle Rockets
- Chiller Grenade
- Guided Missile
- Quad Rocket Launcher
- Remote Explosives
- Shockwave Grenade
- Smoke Grenade
- Sneaky Snowman
- Ceiling Trap
- Spike Trap
- Wall Dynamo
- Jump Pad
- Poison Dart Trap
- All Terrain Kart
- Shopping Cart
- X-4 Stormwing
- Buried Treasure
- Shadow Stones
- Infinity Blade
That’s a lot of vaulted options for Epic to choose from. Let’s break through the cluttered list and identify some of the most likely options to return to the game that would be awesome to have back.
Vaulted Weapons We Want to Come Back During 14 Days of Summer that Probably Will
This one isn’t quite as obvious as it might seem. The last thing Epic wants is to remind everyone what they are missing since the Pump was vaulted.
In addition, it’s also a bit quick to see the shotgun return to the game when it was only vaulted so recently. Still, I think it is likely to be returned during one of the days.
In many ways this event will be a trial for different weapons and Epic will want to experiment with reintroducing the pump to the current meta. In addition, the pump is either the most iconic or second most iconic (AR) weapon ever to be in Fortnite. Having it back for a day feels very likely, but Epic may avoid it for the reasons above.
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
I’m very confident this sniper returns to the game. The bolt was the sniper of choice for the majority of Fortnite’s lifespan as a game.
Having the powerful sniper in the game will lead to plenty more people trying to land headshots from a distance and will be a fun day to play the game for sure.
The Jet Packs were honestly super fun for a couple of days before they eventually got old and annoying. Bring them back for one day and people will have plenty of fun flying around the map.
Vaulted Weapons We Want to Come Back During 14 Days of Summer that Probably Won’t
A weapon very few people ever got to use. The Zapotron holds an obscure place in the history of Fortnite as it existed in the game for just one day before being vaulted.
It’s thought the weapon was never supposed to be in the game at all and was only ever intended for Save the World.
This would be the perfect time to bring the weapon back to the game and give everyone a bit of the Zapatron experience. It could also be used as a promotion for Save the World.
Unfortunately, with Epic on break, there might need to be files re-added to the game to bring the weapon back. It’s been so long since it was in the game it might not even work anymore.
Riding down these carts from the tops of hills was a super fun time in Fortnite. Especially because it became before any other vehicles were in the game.
While I want these back for nostalgia purposes they would go virtually unused if added to the game and so Epic will likely choose more impactful weapons or vehicles to bring back.
I enjoy the Boom Bow, sue me. This was the most recently vaulted weapon in the game and its very unlikely that Epic decides to bring it back into the game so quickly.
Still, I absolutely enjoyed using the weapon to blow up structures and would love to have it back in the game for another day.
Vaulted Weapons We Don’t Want to Come Back During 14 Days of Summer that Probably Will
I’d be happy to never have a plane be in the game again. Even with the other forms of mobility that have been added, the planes reign supreme as the most powerful way to travel around the map.
They’ve been vaulted for over three months now and make the kind of key impact Epic is likely looking for during this event. I think they will return and may take a break from the game for a day.
Another super strong weapon that was honestly pretty fun to use. I was never good at rocket riding and that is the main draw of guided missiles. I think people will have fun with this weapon as it dominates the meta for a day. It’s just not for me.
I don’t know why I think the port a fort weapon will come back but I just have a feeling. It was a pretty iconic item during its time even if it wasn’t very good. Many defaults loved the ability to have a quick structure, even though it came with plenty of faults.
The good players will ignore this if it comes back and the bad players probably will too as general building skill has improved a lot since this was vaulted.
Vaulted Weapons We Don’t Want to Come Back During 14 Days of Summer that Probably Won’t
A quick note on this section, I tried to choose weapons that are actually possible to come back. Like yeah, I don’t want Chillers back but they almost certainly won’t come back, so I tried to choose more controversial weapons for this section.
This is honestly a toss-up, the blade could come back for a day. Still, the blade was tied into a specific event around Polar Peak and reintroducing it to the game would be a challenge.
Where does it appear? Do you balance it differently? Do you add multiple blades to the map?
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That final question would actually be kinda cool. An infinity blade showdown would be fun to play through.
I don’t want this to come back for the same reason it probably won’t, the grappler just doesn’t quite do enough. While I do enjoy the idea of the grappler, I don’t think it makes a big enough impact to justify a slot. Still, it seems possible due to its inclusion in the Nexus event vote.
Another controversial one. I actually really enjoyed the balloons but I think it’s either this one or the jetpack that came back for one of the days. They are ultimately just too similar for it to make sense to add both back. Because I think the jet pack is more likely, Balloons may be left by the way side. Could go either way though.
Wrapping up what I think is the longest article I’ve done for this site. What weapons do you think are coming back to the game during 14 Days of Summer?
Epic push Fortnite Season 3 and Doomsday Event back one week
Epic have pushed back the Fortnite Season 3 release date by one week.
Fans have been gearing up for Fortnite Season 3 this past week, with news of the Doomsday Event coming this weekend and Season 3 starting next week.
On May 28, Epic released a short blog post that pushed everything back one week. They didn’t go into detail as to why they made the shift, but are likely working on balancing new game mechanics, weapons, items, etc.
“In an effort to get everything ready for Chapter 2 – Season 3, we’re extending Season 2 by one week,” The Fortnite Team wrote in their blog post. “The new launch day of Season 3 will be Thursday, June 11. Also make sure to check out a one-time-only live event called The Device, now scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 2 PM ET (please show up 30 minutes early to help secure your spot, space is limited!).”
This is disappointing to a lot of Fortnite players but could be good news in the long run. We’d rather wait a week for the new season than have it released in a broken state.
Rumors have it that a flood is coming, meaning massive changes for the island and, potentially, some new mechanics and vehicles added to the mix. Swimming underwater seems to be headed to the game as well, as leaks suggest.
This is a tough mechanic to get right. A lot of other competitive games have tried and failed, so this may be the ultimate reason for the Season 3 delay.
As of now, the new Fortnite Season 3 release date is June 11, 2020. We’ll keep you posted if and when more details become clear.
Epic reportedly adjust recoil on mouse and keyboard input in Fortnite
Epic have, reportedly, reduced recoil on mouse and keyboard to bring it closer to that of a controller.
Anyone who regularly follows Fortnite news knows that aim assist is a constant topic of debate within the community. Mouse and keyboard players have been lobbying for an aim assist nerf for months and were excited when Epic announced they’d be addressing it in the v12.61 patch.
Well, v12.61 came and went with little changes to aim assist. In fact, one could argue that Epic buffed aim assist, as it now helps track players long-distance, where it didn’t before the patch.
One thing did seem to even the playing field, however: recoil. Recoil has been a piece of the aim assist debate since it began. The recoil on mouse and keyboard has been higher than it was on a controller, which was a point of understandable frustration for those using the former input.
It appears as though this issue has been fixed in v12.61. Early reports have it that the recoil on KBM is the same as it is on a controller. You can see this in the clip from u/remarkableseif, below.
This is big news for KBM Fortnite players out there. They may not have received the aim assist nerf that they wanted, but this is meeting the halfway.
Epic is between a rock and a hard place with aim assist. The bulk of their player base likely uses a controller. A substantial nerf to the input would cause a massive uproar, even if the most vocal people in the community would be happy. Epic are continuing to adjust the system and will likely have some more changes in Fortnite Season 3.
Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts
Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.
XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.
Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.
While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.
When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.
Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.
This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.
In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.
Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.
For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”
At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.
“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”
These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.
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It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.
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