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Fortnite Implementing Gameplay Changes with Patch v9.40




The developers of the massively mainstream online video game Fortnite are currently implementing patch v9.40 — which brings with it a multitude of changes. 

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Topping the bill of changes in Fortnite patch v9.40 is the addition of the Epic and Legendary tactical shotgun. This beast boasts maximum damage of 83/87 and can be fired 1.5 times per second. The shotgun holds eight shells, carries a headshot multiplier of 2.25, and can be obtained via floor loot, chests, supply drops, loot carriers, and vending machines.

Other weapon-related news from the game’s patch includes a scoped-zoom reduction for the Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle and a slightly-reduced headshot multiplier and reduced long-range effectiveness for the Combat Shotgun — meaning the latter weapon has been thoroughly nerfed to enhance fairer play.

Fortnite patch v9.40 also brings a couple of small weapons-related bug fixes. The Drum Shotgun’s environmental damage falloff has been fixed and Launch Pads can now be destroyed by pickaxes.


Image courtesy of IGDB/Fortnite press kit.

Gameplay Updates in Fortnite Patch v9.40

Fortnite patch v9.40 also updates the game’s core gameplay.

For example, picking up an overflow of items now causes the overflow to be dropped, instead of the currently equipped item. Many gamers will find this to be a fantastic quality-of-life improvement.

Consumables are now also picked up automatically, assuming the player already has one in their inventory and it is not already at max capacity. Overflow will be dropped if automatically picked up.

The patch has also squashed a significant amount of bugs related to gameplay.

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Image courtesy of IGDB/Fortnite press kit.

On the performance side of things, the Zipline’s server performance has been improved, Chug Jug’s client performance has been improved, and pickaxe-spawning has been adjusted to create fewer issues during the game’s initial skydive.

Mobile gamers are also set to benefit from a vast amount of mobile-specific quality-of-life updates and bug fixes.

What do you think of the gameplay changes being implemented in Fortnite patch v9.40? Let us know in the comments below! 

Images courtesy of Twitter/@FortniteGame, IGDB/Fortnite press kit.

Dani Polo writes articles — which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing technical gaming papers. He also writes about mainstream games, on subjects ranging from Halo to Minecraft. He enjoys reading about artificial intelligence and other nerdy stuff.