It goes without saying that Fortnite is not a stranger to leaks, as it appears almost every other day a new upcoming event or feature is speculated to be arriving to the hit free-to-play battle royale title. While many may consider rumors and leaks to be unfavorable to the success of a game, others may say that it helps build excitement for what a game has next in-store, and the continuous success of developer Epic Games’ popular battle royale can be considered evidence of just that.
Fortnite has allowed its players to experiment with a massive collection of items over the past years, from the usual assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols, to the crazier Big Chill weapons and Pumpkin Launcher. As the title is consistently introducing new content in order to keep it as fresh as possible, another new feature has been leaked possibly involving weapon customization has fans hyped for what’s to come.
In spite of the recent leaks of a bizarre Gnome Gunsand, even more details on weapons seem to have emerged. On Twitter, reputable and famous Fortnite leaker HYPEX revealed that it seems that a new “Weapon Mod Slots” mechanic is currently in the works by the Fortnite development team at Epic Games.
We might get a new weapons mechanic at some point, epic started testing a new thing called "Weapon Mod Slots" lately and it seems like it gives the weapon abilities/attachements.
— HYPEX (@HYPEX) December 27, 2020
While what this new feature leads to isn’t totally sure for the time being, there are a few theories as to what exactly this possible new feature could mean. One theory is that the developers will allow its players the opportunity to equip their weapons with particular attachments like adding a scope to a pistol, or adding a silencer to an assault rifle while inside the game, essentially removing the need for dedicated weapons such as the Suppressed Pistol.
Some fans are also speculating that this new feature could allow players to customize weapons in ways that provide them certain abilities and perks. Players have emphasized that this seems rather likely, as this is a feature that was included in Fortnite’s poorly received Save The World mode, which let players craft customized weapons to their liking.
In addition to the rumors as to what this new feature could possibly bring, players have been thinking whether this feature will remove weapon rarities altogether, though it doesn’t seem likely to some, considering the Exotic weapon rarity that was just added in the game’s latest season. For now, the fan’s general agreement seems to be that Fortnite’s Save The World weapon crafting feature could be integrated into the battle royale mode in some form.