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Release Date and Time Announced for Fortnite’s v5.20 Update – What to Expect

Published: 6/Aug/2018 19:15

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games has announced the release date and time for the v5.20 Update in Fortnite: Battle Royale.

The update is set to go live on August 7 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 0900 BSt and will require downtime, which means that matchmaking will go down 20-25 minutes prior to launch.


This latest patch was announced via a post on the official Fortnite Twitter page.

Patch v5.20 approaches! Experience the update yourself tomorrow, August 7.
Downtime begins at 4 AM ET (0800 GMT).

There is no way to know what exactly will be in the v5.20 Update since the Patch Notes for it are not released until the server downtime begins.


However, Epic will likely add the new Double Barrel Shotgun that has appeared as “Coming Soon” in the in-game Message of the Day screen.

Furthermore, as has been the case for most game updates, v5.20 should include a slew of brand new outfits skins, back blings, pickaxes, gliders, and emotes that will be released in the Item Shop in the coming days and weeks.

The names of these new cosmetic items have already been discovered, and data miners will very likely sift through any new game files and leak images and other details about them in the hours following when the update goes live.


Fortnite Flare Gun return leaked with major buff

Published: 19/Oct/2020 12:53

by Connor Bennett


A new Fortnite leak has claimed that the Flare Gun could be set to make a return in the near future, and it would be receiving quite a substantial buff too. 

As Fortnite seasons unfold, weapons and items are regularly cycled in and out of the loot pool – either for being too strong, too weak, or not fitting the theme of the new patch. 


This means that some fan-favorite weapons might disappear from the game for one reason or another, either to return at some point later in the future or to never be seen again. 

In the case of the Flare Gun, which was initially added to the battle royale back in the v13.20 update but it was removed at the start of Chapter 2, Season 4. With some fans hoping to see it return, especially given the new fire mechanics, it appears as if Epic have got something up their sleeve. 

flare gun in fortnite
Epic Games
The Flare Gun first appeared in a small short video from Epic Games.

Following the v14.30 update, which gave a buff to the Combat Shotgun and also brought the Rally Royale limited-time mode to the party, leakers uncovered a handful of changes coming in the future.

This includes the Flare Gun, which as leaker Mang0e_ pointed out, could be set to return to the battle royale after a spell in the vault, but with a little bit of a boost too. 

“The flare gun may be coming back to core modes soon,” the leaker tweeted on October 15. “The duration for marking enemies was re-added and increased to 15 seconds.”


While this is not set in the stone, as the leaker tweeted that it may return, some fans will be hoping that the Flare Gun does return – especially given its reported buff.

This increase in time with marking enemies would certainly make players think twice about ignoring the chance to use the Flare Gun. But, as ever, it’ll be up to Epic to make the final call.