The patch notes for the v9.01 update for Fortnite Battle Royale are now live as the update rolls out to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, including major changes such as the arrival of the Tactical Assault Rifle, brand new John Wick LTM, and more.
The v9.01 patch is the first update for the game since the launch of Season 9, which made some dramatic changes to the popular battle royale title.
While this latest update is not expected to be anywhere near as big the one that kicked off the ninth season, it is still set to add some new content and changes to the game.
You can read the v9.01 patch notes in full below.
Tactical Assault Rifle
Tactics take the day! This robust and precise assault rifle is the ideal option for tight quarters.
Every player begins with several gold tokens. Eliminating an enemy player pays out all of the tokens the target was carrying. The first squad to reach the specified gold token count wins the match.
Create apocalyptic worlds using the new Ruined Tilted Themes!
Epic Games confirmed that the v9.01 update will be releasing Wednesday, May 15 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST.
Because it is a regular patch and not a Content Update, there will be downtime, so matchmaking will likely be disabled 20-25 minutes prior.
Get up close and personal when the v.9.01 update releases tomorrow, May 15.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 14, 2019
Downtime begins at 4 AM ET(0800UTC).
An update to the in-game announcement screen showed that the previously leaked Tactical Assault Rifle weapon would be added to the game in the v9.01 update for the possible battle royale title.
The official in-game description reads: "This robust and precise assault rifle is the idea option for tight quarters."
According to the patch notes, the Tactical Assault Rifle is a fully automatic weapon available from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines, and has a 30 round magazine with a tight spread in close quarters. The weapon's base damage sits at 22/23/24, and has a headshot multiplier of 1.75x, meaning it should be deadly in close combat.
One of the biggest changes to come in the v9.01 update is to one of the game's most polarizing weapons, the Drum Gun.
Since it's return as part of the Unvaulting event, the Drum Gun has once again become one of the game's most lethal weapons, with many using it ahead of shotguns and even assault rifles due to it's high rate of fire and high damage.
Popular streamers such as Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins have criticized the weapon on its return, and it appears that Epic Games have taken those complaints on board, reducing the Drum Gun's base damage from 26/27 to 22/23, stating that they hope to "reduce the effectiveness while not impacting its strengths."
Introduced at the start of Season 9, Slipstreams are large jets of air, located across the map, that give players new ways to rotate around the island without the use of a vehicle.
With the Slipstreams now in the game for a week, Epic Games have decided to make some adjustments, disabling them after the fifth stage of the storm in an attempt to stop players getting pulled into them and flung out of the circle.
Slipstreams will also no longer block building, which the developers believe should make it easier to access the large wind tunnels.
Last updated on May 16, 2019 at 10:00am (EST).