Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 has been going since December 2020, providing fans of the battle royale a plethora of new cosmetics based on icons of pop culture such as God of War’s Kratos, The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin, and lately skins from the Disney series Tron.
It’s unlikely Season 6 will begin anytime soon provided Epic Games’ page says the ongoing season will last until March 15, but a new mid-season update revealed by the development team promises several additions.
The official Fortnite Status Twitter account posted a warning today that the v15.40 patch for Fortnite will go live today February 16 at 4 AM ET. Its original tweet has a vague-seeming teaser with the caption “knock knock,” followed by a door emoji, but more solid information about the update was provided soon after.
First on the lineup of additions coming to v15.40 is an “unvaulted favorite” that many claims will be the Pump Shotgun because the developers are implying players can “blast back” with the gun. The Pump Shotgun was originally vaulted back in Season 9 last May 2019, with the studio saying it accounted for 26% of all eliminations. It came back on other occasions but is almost always subject to balance changes and scrutiny.
Aside from the supposed unvaulted weapon, the post promises characters will have more Exotics in stock, the return of two time-limited modes – Floor is Lava and Air Royale, and the ability to adjust build/object level of detail in alpha PC Perf Mode. However, there is also a warning that currently unreleased props and assets will be taken down from Creative islands currently utilizing them.
It’s uncertain whether the “knock knock” reference at the beginning of the thread is meant to absolutely have fans speculating about someone that may be arriving in the game, or if it’s simply a way for the update to introduce itself.
Provided the number of characters introduced in the current season it could go either way, but no matter what it appears likely that fans of the game can expect the Pump Shotgun to return briefly after the developers took down the Storm Scout Exotic sniper rifle from competitive playlists.
Fortunately, players will not have to wait long to find out as version 15.40 will be live in a matter of hours. New content mid-way through this ongoing season will possibly help Fortnite players engaged, even as its developer keeps up its pre-planned legal war with Apple over pricing concerns in the App Store.