Epic Games have released patch notes for Fortnite's v9.21 update, which goes live on Wednesday, June 12 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.
Following on from last week's huge v9.20 update, Epic Games have released a much smaller patch in the form of the v9.21 update, but it looks set to have a major impact on the game and the current meta.
This patch introduces a brand new explosive weapon for players to wield, alongside some significant changes to the controversial Storm Flip item and the rate that some loot drops across the map.
The Proximity Grenade Launcher is the headline addition to Fortnite in the v9.21 update, a new explosive weapon that fires projectiles which trigger when they come close to a target.
Available in Epic and Legendary rarities, the Proximity Grenade Launcher is a semi-automatic launcher which uses Explosives Rounds like other weapons in its class. However, unlike the others, its grenades don't detonate based on time since fired, but instead use the distance between the round and the opposing player, erupting when they come within half a tile of an enemy or structures they have built.
The patch notes for the Proximity Grenade Launcher are as follows:
Proximity Grenade Launcher
Also included in the update are some major changes to the Storm Flip, as Epic Games try to balance the item amid complaints from fans and pro players that it is too powerful.
The biggest adjustment has been made to how the Storm Flip deals damage. Previously, the item dealt the same amount of damage as the active Storm Phase in the game, which meant that it became more powerful as the match continued. This encouraged players to hold on to them for as long as possible and created what Epic Games has called an "undesirable effect."
To combat this, the developers have changed the item to deal a flat damage rate, with the item taking five health points from players who are hit by the item regardless of when it used.
The full list of adjustments made to the Storm Flip item are:
Epic Games have also made a number of balancing updates in the v9.21 patch, increasing the likelihood that players will find Shield and Small Shield Potions from chests, with the developers stating that the addition of a number of new items had affected their drop rates.
Following complaints from players that Shotguns were too difficult to source, their drop rate has also been increased in floor loot, with Epic hoping that this will make "finding them in the early phases of the game easier." Epic and Legendary Infantry Rifles should also be a little easier to locate, with their availability from floor loot and chests given a boost too.
While the Mounted Turret received a buff to the time it takes to overheat last week, the item will now be harder to come by, as it has been given a slight drop to its availablity rate.
The balancing adjustments are:
The v9.21 update also includes information on Fortnite's next Limited Time Mode (LTM) named Horse Rush, a bug fix for an issue that was causing audio to sound muffled, and new Prefabs for the game's Creative mode.
You can read the rest of the v9.20 patch notes in full below.
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Proximity Grenade Launcher
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