The Revolver, a classic Fortnite: Battle Royale weapon, may soon be unvaulted for online play. While sleuthing through the weapon buffs contained in the latest patch, Reddit user Lightning_Splash discovered that the Revolver’s rate of fire and reload time was adjusted, changes that would only be necessary if developers were rebalancing the weapon for the current metagame.
Originally introduced in September 2017 in Patch 1.6, the Revolver was vaulted just under a year later in Patch 5.40 before making a brief comeback in February for the Wild West Duos Limited Time Event.
While it was never considered the strongest pistol in Fortnite, the Revolver was notable for its high damage output, and was infamously used by streamers such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to make numerous stylish plays.
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If the Revolver was reintroduced into competitive Fortnite play, it probably wouldn’t upend the metagame. Its role is more or less filled already by the Hand Cannon, which boasts higher damage and a slightly lower rate of fire. The Flint-Knock Pistol, with its significantly greater damage, may have more utility than the Revolver if the Hand Cannon is already in play.
The Revolver isn’t the only Fortnite weapon that might soon make a comeback: another Reddit user noted that the Heavy Shotgun’s reticle was also updated. Like the Revolver, the Heavy Shotgun’s role is already filled by several alternatives, such as the Tactical Shotgun, in the current metagame. Still, its return—and the return of the Revolver—will be sure to please Fortnite’s wannabe cowboys and 2017 nostalgists alike.