Epic Games have revealed new information about the future of the Pump Shotgun and shotgun pullout delay in Fortnite Battle Royale.
The Pump Shotgun was one of the earliest weapons to be added in Fortnite BR, surviving for nearly eight whole seasons before being vaulted at the start of Season 9.
The weapon was widely considered to among the most powerful in the game, especially in the competitive meta, and thus its removal caused quite a stir and outrage in the community.
In their May 31 competitive AMA on Reddit, Epic mentioned the Pump in one of their answers, dropping a hint that it could potentially return in the future.
“The Pump Shotgun is still available in Creative,” they wrote. “And always has the potential to be unvaulted.”
What about the shotgun pullout delay?
The reason they were talking about the Pump Shotgun in the first place was because they were asked a question about the future of shotgun pullout delay in Fortnite BR.
The pullout delay was first added at the start of Season 5, in order to mitigate the effects of the ‘double Pump’ – a popular strategy that allowed players to speed up the fire rate of the Pump by switching back-and-forth between two shotguns while firing.
With the Pump now out of the game, players are naturally curious as to whether Epic would consider decreasing or even completely removing the pullout delay.
“We’re looking into possible tuning iterations here,” Epic wrote. “The main thing we want to keep in mind is that the Pump Shotgun is still available in Creative, and always has the potential to be unvaulted, so we want to make sure that any adjustments take its unique characteristics into consideration.
While that obviously doesn’t reveal whether or not the pullout delay will be adjusted, it does essentially inform players that Epic will either bring back the Pump from the vault, and thus keep the delay, or make adjustments to it and keep the powerful shotgun stored away from the default core modes.
At the end of the day, as has been proven on numerous occasions, Epic usually do what they want, so players should always expect the unexpected when it comes to the popular battle royale title.
Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far
The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.
Leaked Map Stages
All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.
Leaked Quest Voice Line
Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.
A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:
“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”
According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.
Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.
Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25
In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.
Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.
We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.
Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon
Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.
Re-added Item Shop Sections:
- S.T.A.R.S. Team
- El Chapulín Colorado
- Wu Wear (new)
Removed Item Shop Sections:
- Silk Sonic
- Chloe Kim
- Cobra Kai
- Turn The Music Up
The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.
We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.
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