Fortnite adds silencers in its first Battle Royale update of 2018

The first Fortnite update of the new year has arrived for the Battle Royale mode, and it introduces the silenced pistol along with a special silent skirmish mode starting January 5th and running through January 8th. No one will hear you coming!

Except, you know, that is not how silencers work. Silencers make guns quieter and harder to pick out among ambient gunfire, but there’s a difference between “quieter” and “quiet.” Seriously, a four-second search on YouTube will turn up dozens of videos in which you can hear how loud a “silenced” gun still is.

So the question is how the silenced pistol works in Fortnite. Does it make the gun quieter but still loud, or does it turn the bullets into completely quiet little “fffpp” noises you see in so many games where silencers are magic toys made by wizards? You can find out yourself in-game right now, assuming you pick one up from the floor, by supply drop, or in treasure chests. It’s available in both Epic and Legendary rarities; have fun searching.

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Mewmew
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Mewmew

A lot of the sound you hear with “silenced” guns in those videos is made from the bullet breaking the sound barrier. Subsonic ammo with a silencer actually is pretty quiet.

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Lauren

You guys should try the silencers (suppressors, whichever) on GamerzArena and make some $$: https://gamerzarena.com/arena/fortnite.

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Melissa McDonald

my daddy taught me to call them suppressors. And that you should only use them with 45 caliber. But yeah they in no way “silence” the shot, just reduce it to something more like a firecracker- still awful loud. A 45 kicks a bit much for my wrists so, 9mm for me.

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angrakhan

Yah I’ve actually shot both a suppressed .45 and a suppressed AR-15. Neither is quiet, just less loud. The AR in particular will still leave your ears ringing. I still prefer to wear my hearing protection while firing them. It’s definitely not the Hollywood fantasy ‘thp thp’ sound they like to use in the movies.

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Greaterdivinity

So…are they still working on the survival version? Because it seems very much that, like H1Z1, the majority of their focus/resources are being put into the “spinoff” game mode rather than the initial game that was first outline/sold to users.

I feel like I’ve seen the occasional update (since I’m keeping a loose eye on the game as it does sorta appeal to me, at least visually), but the overwhelming majority of the news coming out of the game is about its Battle Royale mode : /

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Jack Kerras

They are, yeah. They’re still patching and working on the other side of it, it’s just not getting as much coverage because it wasn’t a ridiculous explosive success. The whole ‘you can buy in and get V-Bucks from dailies in PvE mode’ thing has gotten a lots of folks buying, though.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s good to hear, was worried they’d repeat the mistakes Daybreak made with H1Z1.

Oh well, in that case I’ll just happily continue to keep a loose eye on the game until it gets its F2P launch.