Fortnite Adds New Weapon, Puts Old One in Vault

Joanna Estrada
July 17, 2018

The brand-new content update for Fortnite is here - and includes a couple of exciting new ways to approach the game, via a new heavy hitter gun, along with a brutally effective distance shooter.

Even after months of being at the top of the gaming world, the Battle Royale title shows no signs of slowing down after a report by The Esports Observer for the "Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Streamers of the Week" between July 9 and July 15 consisted of mainly Fortnite personalities.

Epic Games has released the official patch notes for the v5.0 content update for Fortnite, with the update itself providing some new features, such as a new SMG weapon to utilize in Battle Royale, though being a bit lighter on updates compared to past patches. It's a quick fire, aggressive shooter that is "ideal for intense close-range battles" and should give the edge to players equipped with it. The Tactical SMG weapon that already existed has been sent to the Vault, joining a number of other weapons that have been temporarily removed from Battle Royale. There's no word on when it will return.

The Typewriter Assault Riffle is a very high capacity weapon ideal for taking on long journeys and missions where you'll need a little extra firepower.

And while athletes - who tend to have a lot of down time - have widely embraced the game, with its Season 5 update, Fortnite is fully embracing the sports world.

Available in Common, Uncommon, and Rare variants. It can be found both as loot laying around, as well as in chests. Some speculate the SMG will be a part of that update since Epic has routinely added things in the days following its original teaser.

Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle damage increased to 75/78 from 63/66.

Save the World mode also gets a new gun, in the form of the typewriter assault rifle. This will make it great for dealing with large groups of enemies.

Available Wednesday, July 18 at 8 PM EST until Wednesday, July 25 at 8 PM EST.

Starts July 17 and ends July 30.

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