The final v7.10 content update is set to go live in Fortnite Battle Royale soon and it’s due to add some new content and bring major changes to the game.
Epic Games have announced that the latest content update will go live on Tuesday, January 8 at 5 AM PT / 8 AM ET / 1 PM GMT.
There is no mention of any downtime, which content updates usually don’t have anyway, but if there is to be downtime then matchmaking would likely get disabled 20-25 minutes prior.
The update was announced on January 7 via a post on the official Fortnite Twitter page, which reads: “Unseen and unheard… a stealthy new addition arrives to Battle Royale. Sneak up on enemies in the final v7..10 Content Update.”
Unseen & Unheard…A stealthy new addition arrives to Battle Royale :shushing:
Sneak up on enemies in the final v7.10 Content Update. Available tomorrow, January 8 at 8 AM ET(1300 UTC)!
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 7, 2019
The “stealthy new addition” mentioned above refers to the brand new Suppressed Sniper Rifle that was announced in-game earlier on January 7.
The new sniper, which will be the first of its kind in Fortnite, will be of the bolt-action variety but feature a suppressor that silences all sound when fired, giving the shooting player the major advantage of stealth.
Aside from the new weapon, there will be a series of major balancing adjustments implemented for a variety of items that are currently considered to be overpowered and unbalanced.
According to Eric Williamson, the Design Lead for Fortnite at Epic Games, v7.10 will introduce tweaks to the Boom Box, X-4 Stormwing plane, and Dynamite explosive.
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Not only that, the Dual Pistols will be unvaulted and returned to the core default modes of the game. The Dual Pistols were first introduced during Season 4 but vaulted midway through Season 6 when the developers realized that they were being heavily underused by the player-base.
The fact that the weapon is being reestablished could mean that the developers have made improvements to its effectiveness, although that remains to be seen.
Balance adjustments coming with 7.10 content update: tweaks to Boom Box, X-4 Stormwing, and Dynamite. And… Dual Pistols make their return!
— Eric Williamson (@erwil9) January 7, 2019
In addition to all that, players can also expect new cosmetic items to be added to the game files for release in the upcoming days and weeks. Data miners will likely look for and leak any of those cosmetics shortly after the update goes live.