The somewhat controversial glider redeploy mechanic will be making a return to Fortnite as part of the 7.2.0 update which is due sometime next week.
When Epic allowed you to redeploy gliders previously, players felt that the game speed was too fast and that it changed the meta too drastically. However, Epic has introduced the new redeployable glider as a consumable item rather than something that you have as soon as you land, which means you’ll have to find one on the map in order to be able to use it rather than how it was implemented previously, where everybody had one as soon as they dropped.
Implementing the glider this way means it will take up a slot in your precious inventory space. It also means you will only have a limited amount of charges, 10 to be exact, and once you’ve used all 10 charges the glider will be removed from your inventory. The overview Epic has given for the new glider mechanic is below:
- The Gliders item will take up an inventory slot and can be found from normal loot sources.
- Activate Glider Redeploy as you normally would, you do not need to select the item.
- Each deploy will remove one charge, when all charges are used the item disappears.
- Use of Launch Pads, Rifts-to-Go, and LTM respawns will not consume a charge, as these put you in Skydiving mode.
- The new Glider Redeploy item can be found in floor loot, Chests, Vending Machines and Supply Llamas.
In the Soaring 50s and other large team modes (where the glider is already able to be redeployed) the mechanic will be implemented slightly differently. Now, instead of having unlimited redeploys you will be limited to just 50, and you will have the glider in your inventory as soon as you drop. This means that, yes, it now takes up an inventory slot in these game modes too, however, you are of course able to remove it from your inventory if you want to do so, though who would want to do that? The redeployable glider is OP.
As well as the redeployable glider there appears to be a whole host of other changes coming in the 7.20 update (as there is with every update, really) though we’re not sure exactly what changes are coming. Epic has been teasing the changes in-game with the most recent tease being for a new Scoped Revolver, which is described as providing “perfect accuracy at range”. So basically another sniper, then?