The v9.10 content update added the Burst SMG into the game to replace its cousin, the Suppressed SMG. Now, let’s take a deep dive into the weapon stats and see what you said about the weapon!
We’ll start this article off with a little explanation for what you can expect from new weapon releases in the future.
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After the release of a new weapon, we will release a poll (or two) to gauge the favor of the weapon. Once we have the final results, we will turn these into a ‘FortniteINTEL Rating’ that shows the general popularity of the weapon.
We think that this will not only help us better understand the community’s opinion, but let you visualize the results better as well.
Burst SMG FortniteINTEL Rating
We already showed off the stats of the Burst SMG in a earlier article, so let’s start with the FortniteINTEL Rating. Don’t worry, the stats analysis is also located below this section.
To measure the popularity of the Burst SMG, we released two polls. One on Twitter and another on the FortniteINTEL website.
Twitter Poll Results:
What do you think of the new Burst SMG in #Fortnite?— Fortnite News (@FortniteINTEL) May 29, 2019
Site Poll Results:
We know the second poll is in a different format, so let’s standardize these before we get into anything else.
The second poll got a total of 1,345 votes. The breakdown of percentages is as follows (rounded to the nearest percent):
- Love – 15%
- Like – 42%
- Dislike – 24%
- Hate – 19%
For now, we’ll weight both of these poll the same for simplicity.
In the Twitter poll, 51% of voters gave the Burst SMG a positive opinion. Meanwhile, in the site poll, the percentage of positive votes rose to 57%. These polls were published within 30 minutes of each other.
Taking the average of these polls and converting it into a 10-point scale will give us our FortniteINTEL (community) Rating.
Burst SMG FortniteINTEL Rating: 5.4/10.0
In the future, we will also begin to mix in other elements in the rating. This could include damage stats, FortniteINTEL writer opinions, and more.
Burst SMG Stats & Structural Damage
The Burst SMG comes in three rarities: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. Similar in its role to the vaulted Suppressed SMG, this replacement does have slightly different stats along with a completely different firing style.
We’ll look at the stats of the new weapon alongside the stats of the Suppressed SMG for comparison’s sake.
As you can see, the Burst has a lower damage-per second than the Suppressed SMG due to its firing delay. Additionally, the bullets within each burst also come out slower than the interval of the suppressed.
Additionally, the Burst also only packs 24 bullets per magazine. Reload times are also longer.
- Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
- Fires a quick 4 round burst.
- Deals 23, 24, 25 damage.
- 1.75x headshot multiplier.
- 24 round magazine.
- Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
- Uses Light Ammo.
Important Note: Epic Games nerfed the structural damage of the Burst SMG after the polls for the FIR (FortniteINTEL Rating) were conducted.
We’ve released a hotfix to adjust structure damage for the Burst SMG.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 30, 2019
Burst SMG damage to structures has been reduced from 25/27/28 to 23/24/25. Damage to structures now matches the base damage to players.
The videos below show you how much damage the Burst SMG can do to structures. It’s definitely a great build buster, but it doesn’t have the same staying power as the Suppressed SMG.
The Burst SMG has the unique feature of having no damage falloff against builds.
Grey Burst SMG
- 2 bursts to destroy Wood
- 3 bursts to destroy Brick
- 5 bursts to destroy Metal
Green Burst SMG
Blue Burst SMG
How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3
“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.
Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.
An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.
A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.
That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.
Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.
What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.
We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.
In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.
Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood
It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.
Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.
That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.
Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.
As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.
Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.
Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.
Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.
These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.
A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.
Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.
As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.
There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?
Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.
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