‘Fortnite’ Update 9.01 Adds Tactical AR & Vaults Compact SMG – Patch Notes

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Fortnite update 9.01 is officially live with the Tactical Assault Rifle, a vaulted Compact SMG and major nerfs for the controversial Drum Gun. On the Save the World and Creative sides, the traditional content drops keep trickling in. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a blog post from Epic Games.

Fortnite 9.01 Patch Notes

Battle Royale

fortnite tactical assault rifle
The Tactical Assault Rifle is a new close-range option added in ‘Fortnite’ update 9.01.

  • 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

  • Improvements made to level streaming performance on all platforms.    
    • This will reduce cases of buildings not loading in.
  • Physics optimizations to improve performance in conduits

Creative

Weapons + Items

  • Tactical Assault Rifle    
    • Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants.        
      • 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.   

Prefabs

  • Seven New Themes    
    • Ruined Shops
    • Ruined Twin Apartments
    • Ruined L Apartments
    • Ruined Red Apartments
    • Ruined Fish Apartments
    • Ruined Basketball Court
    • Ruined Clock Tower   
  • Three New Galleries    
    • Ruined Floor Gallery
    • Ruined Wall Gallery
    • Scorched Gallery

 

Save the World    

Missions + Systems

  • New Wargames simulation: Mist Pods    
    • Weed that garden, and by garden we mean your Storm Shield. Find and destroy those Mist Pods before they spawn Mini-bosses.
    • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new player banner, and more variety to the Daily Quests.   

Heroes

  • We’ve added a new Hero to the Event store!    
    • Prehistoric Izza , A new Dinosaur Constructor!        
      • Standard Perk: Saurian Hide
        • While Shield is depleted, increases Armor by 33.           
      • Commander Perk: Saurian Hide +
        • While Shield is depleted, increases Armor by 100.           
      • Available in the Event Store on May 15 at 8 p.m. EDT..       

Gameplay

Bug Fixes & Improvements

  • Crashes no longer occur when depositing BlueGlo at the top of a radar tower.

As far as features are concerned, Battle Royale gets the most attention in update 9.01. With the Tactical Assault Rifle specifically, it’ll be interesting to see how the new short-range option compares to the unquestionable dominance of the shotgun meta. Speaking of overpowered weapons, the Drum Gun has also been nerfed following its return in May’s Unvaulting event. Epic has been unsure about how to handle cutting back the muster of this very popular gun, and it remains to be seen how the community will react to the adjustments.

For Creative and Save the World, what players get with update 9.01 is very much a traditional patch with the standard stuff. There are new Galleries and Themes to try, as well as new Wargames missions to explore. Fortnite update 9.01 doesn’t evolve Season 9 in any truly meaningful ways, but it contains some very necessary tweaks to mitigate frustrations that have emerged over the past few days.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile.

What are your thoughts on Fortnite update 9.01? Are you happy with the Tactical AR and Drum Gun nerfs? Tell us in the comments section!

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