Update: It turns out that Epic Games decided to delay the release of the jetpacks to Fortnite, after they've discovered some design issues. Speaking to PC Gamer, Epic explained the item's delay.
"This week’s new item is being changed from the Jetpack to the Hunting Rifle," Epic said. "We found a last minute design issue with the Jetpack that’s going to delay its launch and we’re working on correcting it... The Jetpack will lift off at a later time. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of no-scopes with the new Hunting Rifle item and a new, lucky point of interest on the map."
As of now, details on how the jetpack will function in-game is still unclear, however, the design problem that was discovered would suggest that jetpacks will be functional than cosmetic.
Original Story: Epic Games seems to be teasing Fortnite players with its new welcome screen that showed players that jetpacks will be arriving in the game soon. Since yesterday, players who logged in the game were welcomed with an update screen showing the already announced Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass, together with the Royale Dragon Glider. However, just beneath those Epic Games revealed about the upcoming new item. The description reads: “Jetpack (Coming Soon). Take the fight to all new heights.”
Although no further details about the jetpack was revealed, it seems like this new item will not be purely for cosmetic purposes. Epic’s announcement definitely implied that the jetpack will be usable in game and will offer players the ability to at least jump higher than they used to. For now, these jetpacks will remain a mystery until Epic reveals more information.
While we wait, you can check out the latest set of limited time legendary weapons that is now live in the game. The Solid Gold Limited Time Mode, will temporarily change the game’s mechanics for the duration of the event. In this mode, all weapons will be available on the map and every single firearm will pack the maximum fire power. Furthermore, players will find legendary versions of weapons like the Suppressed Pistol, Rocket Launcher, Sniper Rifle, Mini gun, and the Hand Canon. The Solid Gold event will be a four -player squad only event, which means that you won’t be able to try it out alone.
As of now, the duration of the Solid Gold event is still open ended, as Epic is yet to announce the end of the event. However, looking at past limited-time events, this will likely last for a week or so. What do you think of the upcoming jetpack item and the legendary weapons available now? Share your thoughts in the comments below.