UPDATE – January 16, 2019
Epic Games has officially announced a fix for the Reaper Pickaxe audio introduced with the v7.20 update.
In addition to this fix, Epic also corrected the ghost peeking and trap selection issues.
We have released a client update to fix some of the current issues. There will be no downtime, but the players will be required to download the update.
Fixes in this update:
• Trap selection
• Ghost peeking with scoped weapons
• Scythe pickaxe sounds
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 16, 2019
The release of Fortnite’s v7.20 update has introduced new items for players to get their hands on, but it’s also come with its fair share of bugs.
When the update went live on January 15, many fans noticed that the audio for the popular Reaper Pickaxe was much different and not at all what it had been prior to the update.
While some thought that maybe this was simply just how the Pickaxe would sound from now on, Epic Games calmed everyone’s fears in a simple follow-up Tweet.
New sound for the Reaper pickaxe. Bug / New sound – What do you think? pic.twitter.com/9Nyuvc4xRK
— Bananik • Fortnite Leaks And News (@FortniteLeaksB) January 15, 2019
Hours after the change was spotted, Epic confirmed that it was indeed an error and announced they’d be working on a fix.
There was no timeframe given for when the fix would go live, but fans should no doubt be relieved to find out that the new sound is not here to stay and will soon be fixed.
We're aware that the sound effects for the Reaper Pickaxe are incorrect and are investigating the issue. We'll keep you updated as we learn more!
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 15, 2019
While the Pickaxe is indeed one of the rarest PIckaxes in Fortnite, having been released back in October 2017 when the game was still in its infancy.
GIven that it’s so rare and so beloved, it was no surprise to see many players, including TSM’s Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, worried about the new sound.
Myth even posted his thoughts on the upcoming fix on his Twitter, asking Epic to not boost the sound too much with the upcoming fix.
Please don't make them bass boosted again, I love the reaper but that shit was extremely loud before today's patch. I'm actually using it now. https://t.co/kaLG24xesR
— Myth (@TSM_Myth) January 15, 2019
As soon as we know about when the fix is releasing, we’ll be sure to update this post. Be sure to also follow us @Dexerto on Twitter for all the up-to-date info on everything Fortnite related.