Fortnite’s latest patch has arrived, and with it comes the second new weapon of the season in two weeks, the John Wick-themed Tac Assault Rifle which resembles one he uses in the movies, but also a few surprises. What’s in store for this patch? Quite a bit, actually.
Drum Gun Nerf
The Drum Gun has been incredibly dominant ever since fans voted to bring it back from the vault at the end of last season. It has already seen its availability be reduced, but that wasn’t enough, so we’re going full nerf this time around, and it’s a pretty decent one.
Damage has gone from 26/27 to 22/23, making it effective, but perhaps not nearly as rampant as it was previously, which had been a common complaint among players. We’ll see how this impacts the meta now that the change is live.
Compact SMG Vaulted
This one was a bit of a surprise, but Epic says that since the Drum Gun came out of the vault and the Tac Assault Rifle is arriving, they wanted fewer rapid fire weapons on the map, so the compact SMG is headed to the vault. For now at least.
Tac Assault Rifle
This just arrived in the game this morning so it’s too early to tell how good it is. But we do have all its official stats now:
Rare, Epic, Legendary
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.
You can now build into slipstreams, but players who collide with buildings in slipstreams will blast through them. Seems fair. Also, slipstreams are now disabled after phase 5 of the storm because people apparently kept getting pulled into the storm unexpectedly by them.
And that’s it, really. Not a huge patch but the Drum Gun nerf is a big deal potentially, and adding a new weapon to the mix always has the potential to shake things up quite a lot. This patch paved the way for the John Wick LTM and sales event which should kick off tomorrow at reset, or possibly later at night for the store items.
Head out there and try out some of the changes for yourself and see how things have shifted. I’m just going to be preparing my wallet for when the legendary John Wick skin drops.