Epic Games secretly buffed Tac Shotgun in Fortnite v11.11 update

Published: 16/Nov/2019 0:55

by Albert Petrosyan


It appears that Epic Games have continued their trend of making unannounced changes to weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2, this time improving the Tactical Shotgun via the v11.11 update.

With patch notes now a thing of the past in Fortnite Chapter 2, players are no longer told about the majority of what each weekly update adds, changes, or removes.

It seems as though every week Epic make some sort of adjustment to one or more weapons, whether it be a buff or a nerf, but players are left to figure out what these changes are for themselves.

In this week’s v11.11 update, which was released on November 13 due to a one-day delay, the developers chose the Tactical Shotgun as the weapon they wanted to adjust, more specifically the gold Legendary and purple Epic variants.

In-game tests conducted by Reddit user ‘ZarteckNotbanned” discovered that Epic had considerably lowered that Legendary Tac’s pullout time, which is how long it takes for the weapon to be chosen, equipped from the inventory, and fired.

Blue vs Gold Tac pull out time from FortNiteBR

According to the video, the gun’s pullout time has been decreased all the way down to 0.484 seconds, 0.016 faster than the blue Rare Tac, which takes 0.500 seconds to use.

While the old exact pullout time of the gold Tac was never determined, this is a tell-tale sign that it has been reduced, since it would previously take longer than the blue version.

In fact, that is one of the reasons why some players, including star controller player Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff, preferred the Rare variant over the Epic and Legendary.

They complained that the two highest versions actually felt clunkier and slower to use than the blue one, which didn’t make sense since the purple and gold Tacs should really be better in every way.

Epic GamesSome players preferred the blue Tac over the purple and gold due to it having a lower pullout time.

The exact pullout time of the purple Epic Tac Shotgun wasn’t included in the video, but it’s assumed that too was reduced to be lower than the Rare Tac. It’s not currently known whether it’s the same as the Legendary or slightly higher.

This change could be enough to sway the opinion of NICKMERCS and other players who preferred the blue Tac, so we could see the superstar streamer start using the purple and gold versions a lot more.

That said, however, it’s unlikely that these two weapons will be ranked higher than the Rare and Legendary Pump Shotguns anytime soon, since those still appear to have the faster pullout times and do a whole lot more damage to boot.

Epic GamesIn most players’ eyes, the Legendary and Epic Pump Shotguns are still the best to use.

As mentioned above, this is hardly the first time that Epic have made secret changes to weapons and items in Fortnite without alerting the player-base.

Recently, they secretly nerfed shields, much to the chagrin of Mixer star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, and also reduced the maximum number of Grenades players could carry in each inventory slot down from 10 to six.

Previously, Epic made several waves of unannounced weapon adjustments, such as adjusting the reload times of several guns, implementing a buff for the Legendary Burst Assault Rifle, and, of course, adding the Harpoon Gun, the first new weapon in Chapter 2.


What’s included in February’s Fortnite Crew? Battle Pass, skins, prices

Published: 25/Jan/2021 15:48 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 15:49

by David Purcell


Fortnite Crew membership allows players to get the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins, and other monthly benefits for a set price. The list of rewards will update each month, but it’s proving successful with fans of Fortnite’s skins. 

The new system came into action alongside the game’s first major update of Season 5. Instead of having to purchase individual skins from the Fortnite Item Shop like usual, the developers are offering guaranteed rewards to Crew members that cannot be obtained any other way.

Monthly subscriptions have been all the rage since Netflix rose to prominence, but now many major players in the gaming world have followed suit. Xbox has its Ultimate Game Pass, for example, and now Fortnite’s creators have come up with their own.

Let’s run through what’s included in February’s Fortnite Crew Pack.

Fortnite Crew February price and start date

One of the most important factors in a player making up their mind about buying Fortnite Crew will be the price. The full price list can be seen below, for various currencies:

  • $11.99
  • €11.99
  • £9.99

This looks to be pretty reasonable, if you consider the Battle Pass is usually $9.50, anyway.

February’s Fortnite Crew membership pack will launch on February 1 at 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET | 12 AM GMT (February 2, 2021). The next one will most likely be released a month later on February 28, 2021.

What’s included? (February 2021)

According to an official blog post from Epic Games, the February edition of the Fortnite Crew membership will include the following:

  • Access to the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass
  • 1,000 V-Bucks
  • Vi of The Fox Clan skin
  • Foxbow Quiver Back Bling
  • Crooked Claw Pickaxe
  • Drift Shift Wrap
  • Loading screen art

These rewards will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included in the skin pack, though based on how obsessive the community has become over skins and cosmetics, it will likely be a popular event to open it each time.

Epic said in an official statement: “Monthly Crew Packs always contain a new Outfit along with at least one accessory. All items are exclusive to Fortnite Crew members.”

How to sign up for Fortnite Crew

  1. Launch Fortnite on your console or PC.
  2. Enter the Battle Pass menu screen.
  3. Click the Fortnite Crew signup icon.
  4. Enter your details and complete the sign-up!

How to get Fortnite Crew rewards

Fortnite Crew
Epic Games
The Fortnite Crew rewards will differ slightly month on month, in terms of what’s included in the Outfit Pack.

Epic Games have confirmed all you have to do, once you’re all signed up, is log into your Primary Platform each monthly subscription period to access your subscription content. This will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included, though generally the V-Bucks and Battle Pass will be guaranteed.

Is it cross platform?

In a series of frequently answered questions, Epic Games have confirmed a player’s Crew account will only work for their primary platform. For example, if you sign up for the Crew on Xbox One or Series X|S, it won’t carry over to PlayStation 4/5.

On the subject, they have said: “Your Subscription is associated with the platform on which you purchased it (your “Primary Platform”) until it is canceled and is not transferable. Be sure to choose the platform (e.g., Xbox, PlayStation, Switch) you purchase your Subscription on carefully. You’ll be able to access the items you receive from the Subscription across different platforms, but the V-Bucks you receive may not be redeemable on other platforms.”

We will update this every month and add new details about Fortnite Crew rewards, as and when that information is made available.