Fortnite's v7.30 update vaulted the Bolt-action Sniper and players are feeling pretty emotional - Dexerto

Fortnite’s v7.30 update vaulted the Bolt-action Sniper and players are feeling pretty emotional

Published: 29/Jan/2019 17:27 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 17:28

by Ross Deason


The most surprising aspect of Fortnite Battle Royale’s v7.30 update on January 29 was the fact that Bolt-action Sniper Rifle was included as one of the vaulted weapons in the patch notes. As you can probably guess, players and personalities didn’t take long to react.

The v7.20 Content Update that was released just a week ago, on January 22, vaulted the Quad Launcher, Port-A-Fortress and Grappler, so fans of Fortnite weren’t expecting to see many, if any, items added to that list in the v7.30 patch.

However, Epic Games made the surprising decision to vault a total of FOUR weapons – the Burst Rifle, Heavy Shotgun, SMG and Bolt-action Sniper Rifle. While any of these could be classed as surprising, the removal of the Bolt-action appears to have hit the community the hardest.

The Bolt-action Sniper Rifle is one of Fortnite’s most iconic weapons.

“R.I.P BOLT ACTION SNIPER,” Tweeted FaZe Clan’s Cizzorz shortly after the patch notes went live. “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT.”

Fellow FaZe star, Jaomock, had an almost identical reaction: “BOLT ACTION IS VAULTED. WUT!? :(“

Of course, there is an argument that the recently introduced Suppressed Sniper Rifle is basically a Bolt-action Sniper with a silencer attached to the end, but this only appears to have softened the blow for a select few.

“Vaults Bolt, doesn’t touch Deagle,” said 100 Thieves pro player Parallax. “Lmfao alright that’s stupid.”


Reddit user DarkShoot3r took a relatively measured approach to the changes, noting that there are still options for players wanting to use versions the weapons that were removed: “Well Silent [Suppressed] Sniper is basically a Bolt and Heavy was the worst shotgun currently (at least for me). And the SMG just got a silencer again.”

“They just done up and vaulted the bolty? One of the most well beloved guns ever? I’ll be damned,” said another Reddit user, Mobster-503, before noting one silver lining: “But hey the Suppressed Smg is back and that’s all I wanted.”

Twitch streamer r0xy summed up the feelings of many, posting a rather emotional message to her dearly departed Sniper: “Today I lost someone very dear to me. Think I’ll be taking the day off to pay my respects. Rest In Peace Bolty, you will be missed 9/26/17-1/29/19.”

While the removal of the Bolt-action Sniper came as a surprise to many, the overall reaction towards the v7.30 patch has been overwhelmingly positive.

Many players are reporting that the game feels smoother than it has in months, especially in North America where ping can often be an issue for players on opposite sides of the country.

Don’t forget to check out our v7.30 Fortnite patch notes article for more information about the January 29 update.


Has LazarBeam quit Fortnite?

Published: 23/Jan/2021 12:44 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 20:23

by Connor Bennett


Fans of YouTube star Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott have been questioning whether or not he’s quit playing Fortnite after not uploading a gameplay video in a good while. 

The original rise of Fortnite saw creators from across the globe explode in popularity regardless of whether they were focused on livestreaming on Twitch or making videos for YouTube.

However, some of the original big names like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff, among others, have turned away from Fortnite and decided to play games like Valorant and Warzone. 

Plenty of creators still remain, though, they have issues with a lack of updates, and how the competitive scene is being run, to name just a few problems. Now, fans of LazarBeam have been asking if he is following the likes of Ninja and Tfue, and walking away from Fortnite. 

Lazarbeam is one of the most popular Australian creators around.

Did LazarBeam quit Fortnite?

Even though his fellow Aussies like Fresh, Lachlan, and LoserFruit have carried on playing Fortnite, LazarBeam hasn’t uploaded a YouTube video about it since mid-December. Though, he has tweeted about it and played the battle royale since.

In that time of not uploading a Fortnite video, he’s made videos on Among Us and Spellbreak, while also uploading his usual meme reactions from TikTok, as well as a more personal video reflecting on how 2020 went for him. 

In a recent stream though, he did say he was quitting the game after uninstalling. “I’ve decided to uninstall Fortnite. I’ve quit the game. I’m quitting it right now,” LazarBeam said. “I’m done forever.” Though, it’s hard to say if he’s being totally serious, given that he is one of YouTube’s funniest creators.

Will LazarBeam return to Fortnite?

It could be the case that he returns to Epic Games’ battle royale soon, perhaps once a new update is released. 

Other content creators have done similar, taking breaks because the devs aren’t rolling out as many regular updates as they used to, and the game feels a bit stale. But, we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s the case for LazarBeam whenever v15.30 launches.