The New Fortnite Weapon
Fortnite has an addictive formula that keeps gamers coming back for more, but the release of a new Fortnite weapon can always shake things up. The latest legendary weapon is a Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle, and it’s one of the most interesting additions yet.
The majority of the legendary Fortnite weapon additions are just more powerful versions of their more common counterparts, but the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle may actually be game changing.
With the potential to affect the balance of the game, many are both excited and nervous about the addition of such a unique Fortnite weapon — but whether or not the changes it adds are positive or negative, there’s no denying that the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle adds something very unique to the Battle Royale arena.
Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle
Epic has now revealed that the Thermal Scoped Assault rifle will be the first thermal Fortnite weapon.
Thermal weapons are far from a new phenomenon in the shooter genre. As guns that allow players to track heat signatures of enemies, they make it easier to keep track of fleeing opponents or to protect yourself with higher situational awareness.
Because Fortnite is based around survival, the addition of the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle may make some major changes to the way the game plays out. It’s going to be far more difficult to hide from players who have access to this new Fortnite weapon, which may give those who are lucky enough to find one the upper hand in this fight for Battle Royale dominance.
The community seems to be split on whether or not the addition of this new Fortnite weapon is a good thing or a potentially game-breaking change. The game is relatively well balanced at this point, and the addition of legendary weapons thus far have generally been straight power upgrades rather than massive mechanic adjustments. By introducing a thermal mechanic, protecting oneself may be even more difficult.
It remains to be seen how the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle will actually function in game, and it’s going to be very important that Epic balances it correctly. For example, limiting the tracking of the thermal scope when people are inside buildings could be an option to make things a little more fair.
Epic has generally done a pretty good job keeping Fortnite fair and balanced, but even the best developers can sometimes make missteps. New weapons are always an exciting adjustment, but if you’d like to keep players on a level playing field, it’s important to carefully consider any new additions to the game.
As far as when exactly we’ll see the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle implemented, many are thinking it may hit servers after the reset this Thursday. There has been no official announcement of the release date, however, so it’s possible that the wait could be a little longer. Once players get their hands on the new Fortnite weapon and can test it out in action, we’ll start to get a better sense of whether this is a positive addition or a game-breaking issue.