Fortnite’s weapon meta never sits still for long before the next change comes to its shores. The latest leak reveals the incoming addition of the Storm Scout Sniper Rifle.
Epic Games just released the v9.40 patch with two new variants of the Tactical Shotgun in hopes of making the weapon class relevant. We’ll see how the changes pan out, but the next Fortnite gun has already been leaked as of July 17.
Leaks begin to pour out shortly after each Fortnite patch (though Epic has been tightening the hatches lately). The Storm Scout Sniper Rifle was plucked from the game files in the v9.40 cycle.
Fortnite Storm Scout Sniper Rifle Leaked
As the morning leaks began to roll in, Lucas7yoshi dropped a bombshell announcement about a new weapon they’d found in the files. The data-miner was able to extract an image of this new ranged combat option as well as some of its gameplay stats.
New leaked Storm Scout Sniper Rifle— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks/News (@Lucas7yoshi) July 17, 2019
Reload Time: 2.7/2.85
81 Damage to structures, i think pic.twitter.com/ZhcClEKAzj
The new Storm Scout Storm Rifle can be looted in Epic and Legendary variants. This will make the weapon fairly scarce, depending on Epic’s loot rate tuning. Additionally, @ShiinaBR has gotten some early gameplay footage of the new weapon.
Gameplay of the upcoming “Storm Scout Sniper Rifle” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CcyDSLQEVU— ShiinaBR – Fortnite Leaks (@ShiinaBR) July 17, 2019
RiftFNBR also provided some additional gameplay of the Storm Scout, showing the weapon’s damage power against another player in Creative mode.
Here's GAMEPLAY of the LEAKED 'Storm Scout Sniper Rifle'! pic.twitter.com/drMYQeQO4q— Rift // Fortnite Leaks (@RiftFNBR) July 17, 2019
More than likely, these will serve as the more powerful versions of the Semi-Auto Snipers.
The Storm mechanic of the Scout Rifle seems to be tied to a small display on its bottom left corner. This is seen best in the second video. While it could simply display the current storm close-in, that would make it quite lackluster. Perhaps this will be the only way to see into the future and see the next Storm’s location? This would be similar to a mechanic seen in Fortnite’s rival game, Apex Legends.
As of right now, we do not know of any such interactions, but we’ll be sure to report on them if any additional leaks are released. You can also check out additional stats from StormShieldOne.
In terms of other v9.40 leaks, Epic will be once again running additional Overtime challenges for Season 9. Completing these will unlock XP and exclusive Styles for seasonal skins. Fortnite’s 2nd birthday will also receive it’s own set of challenges and rewards.
As the day goes on, we’ll keep an eye out for any other major leaks and report on them. Patches are always an exciting time for Fortnite fans and we’re sure there’s still something juicy to uncover. Be sure to let us know if you see anything interesting floating around the web as well!