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Epic Games responds to calls for Fortnite Heavy Sniper nerf

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The Heavy Sniper has recently become a controversial weapon in Fortnite due its powerful shots. The weapon can deal deadly damage even with simple body shots.

Epic Games pays close attention to the community’s requests and grievances. The biggest current issue rotating around the community’s fansites and Reddit pages is the Heavy Sniper’s unusually high body shot damage.

Many fans argue that the Heavy Sniper does too much damage with body shots. A single bullet can do 157 damage even if you just hit the enemy in the foot.

While the damage is not lethal, it’s essentially a kill shot without the need for accurate aiming. The general argument is that the Heavy Sniper’s high body shot damage reduces the skill gap immensely due to the ease with which you can take a player out of a fight.

Epic Games saw this argument boiling up within the community and decided to issue a short statement on the issue. EpicEricSW commented on Reddit about the Heavy Sniper.

Heavy Sniper won’t be receiving any balancing changes any time soon. from r/FortniteCompetitive

So, at least for now, it seems the Heavy Sniper will not be getting nerfed. This will come as a surprise to many players as Epic Games has removed/nerfed a lot of “over-powered” weapons in the past. The Heavy Sniper exceeds the damage and ease of many of those weapons.

The weapon currently is severely effecting the balance of the game. Due it’s high damage, Assault Rifles have become a difficult bet to use even in casual matches. In competitive matches, a single peak will result in essential death.

We have a suggestion for the community and Epic Games.

Perhaps the damage of the heavy sniper doesn’t need to be nerfed, but rather add a mechanic which will force a little more skill out of the Heavy Sniper user.

The Halo franchise of games uses a mechanic known as “de-scoping” to force players to shoot quickly. The mechanic takes players out of being scoped-in when they are hit by enemy fire.

Player getting descoped in Halo 4 custom mode – via TeamBeyond

This could be a nice way to keep the power of the Heavy Sniper at bay while also allowing for massive damage if the player has good reaction times. It would allow for a little bit of counterplay against the Heavy Sniper.

In its current state, many players feel the Heavy Sniper to be unfair for how easy it can be to use. For now, Epic Game has decided to take no action.

What are your thoughts on the Heavy Sniper? Do you think it should be nerfed or are content with its current state? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter at @FortniteINTEL.

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Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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When will the Fortnite Season 3 map stop draining?

When will the great flood end? When will the Fortnite Season 3 map reach its final stage? When will Atlantis be revealed?

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When Fortnite Season 3 began, the bulk of the map was underwater. That was the primary gimmick of the season, along with Aquaman, the new locations, and new bosses. Overall, it was a unique idea that we’ve never seen in Fortnite before. Many fans were worried about what this would mean for the game, but it ended up being pretty fun.

Since then, the map has gone through several drying-out periods – the most recent of which was today, July 30. We’ve seen POIs such as Dirty Docks, Pleasant Park, Sweaty Sands, and Craggy Cliffs lose all of their water and return to how they were during Season 2 – with some slight adjustments.

Craggy Cliffs in Fortnite

At the time of writing, Season 3 is slated to end on August 27 – about one month from today. We may see the season extended for a week or two, but all players are hoping that we don’t have another Chapter 2 Seasons 1 and 2 on our hands.

With so much time left on the clock, many fans are wondering: when will the Season 3 map reach its final stage? Well, according to the information that we have now, the water will reach its final level on August 1. This is also, reportedly, when the ‘Ruins’ POI (assumed to be Atlantis) will enter the game.

We can assume, then, that we’ll be playing on this version of the map for the final month of the season. Will cars enter the game on August 1? We can only hope – although the message from No Sweat Insurance would suggest otherwise.

Hopefully, Epic have something up their sleeves for the final month of the season. With most players nearing level 100 at this point, we’ll need something new to fill our time. We’re holding out hope that cars are coming to Fortnite sooner rather than later.

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Fortnite v13.30 Update patch notes

Fortnite’s 13.30 Update brings a new location, and some major bug fixes.

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Aquaman in Fortnite.

Epic Games are back with their latest major patch for Fortnite, with the 13.30 update dropping on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, July 21, bringing with it some major map changes and new LTMS for the Summer Splash event.

We all know that water is the name of the game in “Sea-son 3” of Fortnite Chapter 2, with the entire map submerged. Over the past few weeks though, the tide has started to roll out, revealing new locations as dry land reappears.

With the 13.30 Update, the water has went down once again, as the Summer Splash event continues, offering fans more LTMs to sink their teeth into.

Fortnite's Summer Splash banner.
Fortnite’s Summer Splash event continues with new LTMs.

Gas Stations

The big news in Fortnite’s 13.30 Update are the brand-new Gas Stations, which have been added in preparation for the addition of Cars at some point in the near future.

The locations have received a modern new look, with players likely required to head here to fill up their cars when they run out of juice, so they can continue driving around the map in search of a victory royale.

Summer Splash LTMs

Fortnite’s Summer Splash event is well underway, with Epic adding some more limited-time modes for players to enjoy in the latest update.

In an email sent to content creators, Epic confirmed that Payback!, Catch!, and One Shot would be making appearances over the coming weeks, although didn’t confirm what these game modes would actually entail.

Cars

Many expected that this update would finally see Cars appear in the game, ready for players to drive around and enoy, but unfortunately they have been delwayed, with Epic explaining that “many of the Island’s vehicles have been recalled.”

The reason behind the delay has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely that the developers found some issues before setting them live, and have decided to hold back on their release until they have been addressed.

Fortnite 13.30 Update bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board, including fixes for Gliders, disabling Whirlpools, and other fixes.

Here is the full list of bug changes in the Fortnite 13.30 Update:

General

  • Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Whirlpools temporarily disabled.
  • Placing a map maker cancels movement.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • XP gain from Foraged Items temporarily disabled.
  • “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match. Incorrect leveling-up.
  • Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
  • Supply Drops at The Authority not opening when searched.
  • Floating Rings not visible on platforms on lower settings.
  • Black rectangles appearing behind player when turning around in the Storm.
  • Gliding not working properly in The Authority.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.

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