Each Friday we break down the biggest stories, best jokes and capture a snapshot of the Fortnite community. Here is May 4th to May 10th.
The biggest story of this past week was the start of the new season. Each season start brings a spike in players, has some sort of large map change and usually shifts the meta.
Highlights from the Season 9 Patch Notes
You can find the whole patch notes here, but most people if you are reading this site are already familiar with what happened.
The two new(ish) locations are a drastically changed futuristic Tilted Towers and a Mega Mall. Both locations tap into the tech-heavy feel Season 9 is aiming for.
Fortnite also added its first public transportation system with the addition of slipstreams that can rapidly take you around the map.
For weapons, only one new weapon was added in the Combat Shotgun, and it replaced arguably the most important weapon in Fortnite in the pump shotgun.
In addition, grenades were unvaulted. (Why were they even vaulted in the first place?)
In addition to the pump, a variety of mostly unused weapons joined it under Loot Lake. Clingers, Buried Treasure, Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle, and Balloons.
The Season 9 patch notes also added a new challenge called the Fortbytes which will form together to create a picture as players collect individual parts of the challenge.
As always there were a long list of bug fixes and UI improvements. Fortnite Creative and Save the World also received new changes and options as well.
Top Stories of the Past Week
Our top stories from this week centered all around the anticipation and the reaction to the drop of Season 9. Our daily item shop update is not included in this list.
Monday: What to expect from Season 9
Tuesday: AT&T potentially leaks Fortnite Season 9 skin (This wasn’t in the initial release, but could come later in the season.)
Wednesday: Season 9 release time announced
Thursday: Patch Notes
What was the community talking about?
The conversation and replies centered around a couple of key topics. At the start of the week, people were already clamoring to re-vault the Drum Gun. Spoiler: Not gonna happen.
There are still plenty of calls to revert as well. Spoiler 2: Not gonna happen.
The conversation shifted when the pump shotgun was vaulted. Taking away such an important weapon made that the new critique of choice.
Now we’ve got some mix of “unvault pumps,” “vault drum gun” and “revert.”
It does finally seem like the calls to revert are being drowned out by other complaints which I guess is a good thing?
Another interesting development in the community conversations is a growing rift between the top streamers and the competitive community.
Ninja took a stance complaining about the other people complaining, some true complain-ception. Ninja hasn’t exactly been a super positive voice for Fortnite in the past couple of seasons, but apparently the anti-Fortnite conversation has even outpaced his issues with the game.
Another example of the issue played out when Dakotaz dared to post that he was actually enjoying the game:
Ultimately the issue has been developing for a long time. It has proved very difficult to strike a balance between the competitive community and the rest of the Fortnite player base.
This is still a developing format for FortniteINTEL. Let us know what other sections you want to see recapped each week!