Epic Games Announces Major Balancing Changes and Adjustments For All SMG Weapons in Fortnite - Dexerto

Epic Games Announces Major Balancing Changes and Adjustments For All SMG Weapons in Fortnite

Published: 25/Jul/2018 23:09 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have released a live update adjusting the SMG weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale.

The balancing changes have been made to all three types currently in the game: SMG, Compact SMG, and Silenced SMG.


The news of these changes was announced by Epic via a post on the Fortnite Twitter page, and subsequently on the FortniteBR Reddit page.

Here is the list of all balancing changes made to the SMG weapons:

  • SMG and Compact SMG accuracy bonus reduced from 35% to 15%.
  • SMG damage reduced from 19/20/21 to 17/18/19.
  • Compact SMG damage reduced from 23/24 to 21/22.
  • SMG fire rate reduced from 13 to 12.
  • Compact SMG fire rate reduced from 11 to 10.
  • SMG, Compact SMG, and Silenced SMG damage falloff.
  • Range reduced from 2400/3500/5000 to 2000/3000/4000.
  • Percentage reduced from 100/80/65% to 100/70/40%.
  • Rare SMG and Compact SMGs drop rates slightly reduced.

The update released to apply these adjustments is a live hotfix, meaning that there is no downtime or manual installation required.

This comes in response to the recently heightened unrest among the majority of Fortnite’s casual and professional player-bases in regards to the overpowered nature of SMGs, particularly with the new Compact variety. 

However, as Epic Games has proven in the past, community feedback plays a huge role in the development of the popular BR title, and this is just another instance where Epic has not hesitated to implement major changes based on players’ opinions and criticisms.


Fortnite invisibility glitch lets players cause absolute chaos

Published: 20/Oct/2020 10:58

by Connor Bennett


Fortnite players have got a new way to go invisible and troll their opponents, and it involves using the Mudflap truck. 

As the Fortnite seasons have unfolded, and Epic Games has added plenty of new content to the battle royale, players have found more and more ways to get an advantage over their opponents – be it legitimately or by using glitches and exploits. 


In the past, these glitches have ranged from being able to use whatever skin you want, getting under the map, and being able to carry more items than normally allowed. 

There have also been God Mode and invisibility exploits too. While Epic has been pretty good at rooting those out, even disabling the items that help players use these glitches, there’s a new one they’ll have to get rid of. 

Mudflap truck driving through a gunfight in Fortnite
Epic Games
The Mudflap truck is central to the new glitch.

The new invisibility glitch was pointed out by YouTuber GlitchKing who showed that it works similar to the invisibility glitch with the boat in seasons past. 

Players have to be knocked at the same time they’re entering a Mudflap truck, and then by doing so, are thrown underneath the truck while knocked. If they’re then picked up a teammate, they are invisible to everyone else in the lobby. 

Sometimes it doesn’t work as intended, obviously, as GlitchKing showed that his friend had attempted it a few times – once being throw under the map and another being eliminated altogether.


Obviously, when players are invisible, it’s impossible to get a read on their position. As GlitchKing demonstrated, he was able to cause havoc by damaging enemies who were clueless as to where he was. Though, he did give the game away by picking up knocked enemies.

Given that the glitch revolves around the Mudflap, Epic might have to disable the vehicle while they get things figured out, but as of writing, the problem hasn’t made its way to their Trello board so it remains to be seen as to whether or not they’re aware of it.