Fortnite v9.01 Patch Notes – Tactical Assault Rifle and more

The patch notes for the v9.01 update for Fortnite Battle Royale are now live as the update rolls out to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, including information on the newest weapon added to the game, the Tactical Assault Rifle.

The v9.01 patch is the first update for the game since the launch of Season 9, which made some dramatic changes to the popular battle royale title. While this latest update is not expected to be anywhere near as big the one that kicked off the ninth season, it is still set to add some new content and changes to the game.

You can read the v9.01 patch notes in full below. 

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Tactical Assault Rifle
Tactics take the day! This robust and precise assault rifle is the ideal option for tight quarters.

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • 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

WHAT’S NEW?

Ruined Tilted
Create apocalyptic worlds using the new Ruined Tilted Themes!

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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

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

TACTICAL ASSAULT RIFLE

An update to the in-game announcement screen showed that the previously leaked Tactical Assault Rifle weapon would be added to the game in the v9.01 update for the possible battle royale title. The official in-game description reads: “This robust and precise assault rifle is the idea option for tight quarters.”

According to the patch notes, the Tactical Assault Rifle is a fully automatic weapon available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines, and has a 30 round magazine with a tight spread in close quarters. The weapon’s base damage sits at 22/23/24, and has a headshot multiplier of 1.75x, meaning it should be deadly in close combat. 

The Tactical Assault Rifle’s addition to the game was confirmed by the in-game news feed.

DRUM GUN NERF

One of the biggest changes to come in the v9.01 update is to one of the game’s most polarizing weapons, the Drum Gun. Since it’s return as part of the Unvaulting event, the Drum Gun has once again become one of the game’s most lethal weapons, with many using it ahead of shotguns and even assault rifles due to it’s high rate of fire and high damage.

Popular streamers such as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins have criticized the weapon on its return, and it appears that Epic Games have taken those complaints on board, reducing the Drum Gun’s base damage from 26/27 to 22/23, stating that they hope to “reduce the effectiveness while not impacting its strengths.”

The Drum Gun has received a major nerf in the v9.01 update.

SLIPSTREAM CHANGESS

Introduced at the start of Season 9, Slipstreams are large jets of air, located across the map, that give players new ways to rotate around the island without the use of a vehicle.

With the Slipstreams now in the game for a week, Epic Games have decided to make some adjustments, disabling them after the fifth stage of the storm in an attempt to stop players getting pulled into them and flung out of the circle.

Slipstreams will also no longer block building, which the developers believe should make it easier to access the large wind tunnels.

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