Fortnite Developer Discusses Season 5 Weapon Adjustments, Storm Changes, and More in Latest Dev Update - Dexerto

Fortnite Developer Discusses Season 5 Weapon Adjustments, Storm Changes, and More in Latest Dev Update

Published: 13/Jul/2018 20:30 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games has released the 12th episode of its Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Update series to discuss the changes in Season 5.

In the video, developer Eric Williamson talks about the decision making process that went into making weapon adjustments, changes to the Storm, and acquiring Progressive Outfits.


The Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Update series is a way for Fortnite developers to directly talk to the game’s vast-player base, offering up commentary and perspectives that can’t be found in written patch notes.

Following a major game update, Epic usually will release a short episode that is both tweeted out and published to YouTube.


Weapon Adjustments

Episode 12 started off with a discussion about weapon adjustments, particularly with Shotguns and suppressed SMGs. 

Shotguns now have a delay after being shot, to eliminate the quick, follow-up use of another shotgun, and spread of pellets inside the reticle have been changed to shoot in the same dispersion and red dots that indicate which of them did damage.

“We wanted to make them more consistent […] Running multiple shotguns was too advantageous and we wanted to make sure that was kept in line with other weapons.”

The adjustments made to SMGs include a decrease in fall off damage at longer distances, reversing some of the previous changes that had made them too strong at long range.


“We were seeing that the supressed SMG was being picked over Assault Rifles for long range engagements, and we wanted to make sure it fit its role for close to medium range.”

Storm Changes

The development of Season 5 included some major changes done to how the Storm circle moves, particularly in end-game situations.

The cent of the final circles (7,8, and 9) now shifts in random directions instead of simply shrinking, allowing it to move to a new location.

“This is to encourage dynamic and exciting gameplay for matches that do reach that length”

Progressive Outfits

In terms of cosmetic items, one of the new aspects of Season 5 is that players can progress their Battle Pass skins (the ones that can be progressed) beyond the end of the season, giving them much more time to fully upgrade the skin.


“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about Season 4 progressive outfits and the main concern was that people didn’t feel they had enough time to complete them.”

The entirety of the Battle Royale Dev Update #12 can be viewed down below.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.