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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.


How to watch Fortnite Galactus live event: Countdown, start time, leaks

Published: 1/Dec/2020 16:52

by Brad Norton


Excitement for Fortnite’s Season 4 Nexus War finale event, which will introduce Marvel villain Galactus, is at fever pitch. From start times to how to watch live, here’s everything you need to know.

Love them or hate them, Fortnite’s crossovers with Marvel have become big business for Epic Games. Season 4 has introduced a number of skins and weapons for our favorite superheroes and villains, and it’s set to go out with a bang with the arrival of Galactus.

We don’t know too much about what will happen when the Devourer of Worlds hits the Island, but as his moniker suggests, it’s going to spell trouble; the event has been described as “an interactive Marvel movie” by Epic, and is expected to be one of the biggest events the game has ever seen.

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Nexus War finale including start times, how to watch, leaks about another potential Black Hole scenario, and what to expect when Season 5 finally arrives.

When does the Fortnite Galactus event start?

Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.

The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:10 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.

Fortnite Galactus event
Epic Games
Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.

How to watch Fortnite’s Galactus event

If you want to take part in Fortnite’s Nexus War finale event, Epic recommends you log in to the game at least 60 minutes prior to the start time and date listed above, with the Event Playlist expected to go live 30 minutes before the event.

Epic have also advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat) for the best experience.

However, if you don’t want to play, and instead just want to watch the event live, you can tune in to NICKMERCS’ live stream on Twitch below.

Fortnite Galactus event: What to expect

Unfortunately, we don’t really know what to expect during the event itself, although the prevailing theory is that players will have to fight Galactus. This hasn’t been confirmed and is pure speculation, but with the hype that’s been surrounding the villain’s arrival, it would make sense.

That being said, the playlist for the event apparently states that players will have to “defend the Island to save all Reality!”, which supports that theory that we’ll have to take down Galactus himself.

We’ll just have to wait and see to find out exactly what’s going to happen during the event itself when it goes live at 4:10 PM.

Galactus Fortnite event leaks

2While we may not know exactly what we’ll be doing during the event, as with everything in Fortnite, there’s a ton of leaks surrounding the event itself, giving players SOME idea of what to expect.

Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.

It’s also been heavily rumored that there will be another Black Hole type situation once the Galactus event comes to a close. Back when Chapter 1 ended, the battle royale was stuck behind a black hole loading screen, with nothing for players to do until Chapter 2 began.

The potential return of a blackout was pointed out on November 18 by data miner FNLeaksAndInfo, who tweeted: “Prepare for some more possible downtime after the event similar to the Black Hole event!”

Beyond the event itself, it seems like players may be able to play as Galactus if some leaks are to be believed, although not in the way you’re probably thinking. It turns out there’s actually a standard-sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.

The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.

On top of that, on November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.

Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.

For more, detailed information regarding the Lazing Device, check out our dedicated article.

Live coverage to follow…