Ninja rants at Epic Games over Drum Gun in Fortnite Battle Royale - Dexerto

Ninja rants at Epic Games over Drum Gun in Fortnite Battle Royale

Published: 5/May/2019 9:52 Updated: 5/May/2019 10:11

by Joe Craven


Twitch streamer and prominent Fortnite Battle Royale personality Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has provided his thoughts on the unvaulting of the Drum Gun – and he wants to see major changes.

The Drum Gun is a hybrid rifle-SMG, initially introduced to the game back in Season 4, with the v4.5 update in July of 2018. However, it only remained in the game for a matter of months, and was vaulted over balancing issues and negative community feedback in September 2018.

Despite the reasons behind its vaulting, in the v8.51 live event, Epic Games gave the community the chance to vote in-game and unvault one item. The Drum Gun won comfortably and was instantly reinstated – but, Ninja is one of a number of community members who is unhappy with the decision.

Epic GamesThe Drum Gun was controversially unvaulted on May 4.

Why is Ninja unhappy with the Drum Gun?

It seems Ninja is displeased over the balancing of the Drum Gun, in terms of the weapon’s rarity and ability, as well as how it is used by other players.

“The Drum Gun is back and in less than one game,” he said. “It took one arena game with me and Reverse[2K] – and there were like 15 people left after the third circle, everyone just charging everyone with Drum Guns. Every single person had it, SOS man.”

“I love what Epic did,” he continued. “Allowing us to unvault one of the guns in the game – I think it was an incredible idea, I love it a lot. But dude, something needs to happen. The Drum Gun needs like a rarity buff, like it needs to be gold.”

At the moment, the Drum Gun is available in uncommon (green) and rare (blue) versions, meaning it is found fairly frequently by players. However, Ninja believes it is too high-performing to be available this frequently. 

“I love the gun, it’s fun to use,” he finished. “[It’s] gonna be a very interesting couple of weeks if this is allowed in the competitive – World Cup.”

World Cup Qualifiers are underway, and while Epic ruled out the Drum Gun’s inclusion in this weekend’s matches, they are yet to comment on its future inclusion. However, it is clear Ninja believes it could lead to a significant meta-change.

Other prominent community members, including Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, echoed Ninja’s concerns over the gun’s unvaulting.

In competitive matches, such as the World Cup Qualifiers, defensive play-styles are favoured, as players regularly build themselves into ‘1x1s’. The Drum Gun’s combination of high fire-rate and high damage mean it is very effective at breaking into these defensive buildings, to a point Ninja feels is unbalanced.

Epic are yet to announce whether changes will be made to the Drum Gun, but, given its controversial history, it’s possible we will see adjustments soon.


Ali-A uncovers teasers for future Fortnite skins: Matrix, Witcher, Ant-Man & more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 17:13

by Daniel Megarry


YouTuber and longtime Fortnite superfan Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has discovered big clues for more crossover skins that could be coming soon to the game.

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off with a bang as The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda arrived on The Island. Since then, we’ve seen God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and even Predator get their own skins.

So who’s coming next? Well, Ali-A has some ideas based on a hint list that was sent to him by Fortnite creators Epic Games themselves, and it seems as though more epic movie crossovers are on their way.

The Matrix 4
Warner Bros.
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In a new video celebrating the arrival of Terminator, Ali-A also revisited a list of items that he’d been sent by Epic Games, with each item acting as a teaser for a ‘hunter’ that would be coming to the game at some point during Season 5.

It appears that many hints on the list have already been discovered: The cup is The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda; the sunglasses are Terminator; the face paint is Kratos; the mud mask is Predator; and the syrup is Mancake, for example.

As for the remaining items on the list, there are some very interesting theories about who they could relate to, and which iconic characters could be coming to The Island next.

Ali-A explains that the Ant-Farm item is most likely a hint at Ant-Man finally joining the game, as he was given his own point of interest during Season 4’s Marvel extravaganza but was never added as a character.

The red and blue jellybeans could be a hint towards characters from The Matrix. This will likely be either Neo or Trinity, as they’re both set to return in the upcoming sequel Matrix 4 that’s due out later in 2021.

Tokens also appear as an item on the list, and Ali-A believes this is a hint towards The Witcher protagonist Geralt, especially as the Netflix adaptation of the game features a song called Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
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A baseball bat could be a hint towards Scout from Team Fortress 2, or it could have pointed to The Walking Dead crossover that already happened. Similarly, space bananas could be a hint towards Samus Aran from Metroid, or it could have just been about Master Chief.

Elsewhere, the golden back scratcher is likely going to represent the long-rumored Female Midas skin, as it links up with the ‘Midas Touch’ myth. As for the hand wraps, even Ali-A is unsure what they could hint towards, but it could be a boxer of some sort.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these crossover skin predictions come true before Season 5 of Fortnite comes to an end on March 15, 2021.