Fortnite Battle Royale update will add silenced SMG and buff the assault rifle

From tomorrow Fortnite Battle Royale's puny SMG might be a viable option. Epic Games is adding a silenced variant that will be the quietest gun in the game, and boosting the damage and magazine size of SMGs across the board. The silenced SMG will come in common, uncommon and rare variants.

The assault rifle is getting a big boost, too: accuracy penalty per shot is dropping by 20%, recoil will fall by 20% and the weapon's accuracy will reset 20% faster. That seems like a lot for a weapon that is already quite powerful (although I know a lot of people prefer the burst assault rifle). Let's see how it pans out.

While assault rifles are getting buffed, bushes will receive a nerf of sorts. The potion that turns you into a bush will drop less often, addressing player concerns that despite its 'legendary' rarity it was relatively common.

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Good news for rocket riders: that tactic—in which you jump on top a rocket fired by a teammate and ride it into an enemy's base—is here to stay. Epic Games never planned for it to happen, but now that players have discovered it the developer is keen to support it.

It also acknowledged that team killing is a problem, and said it's taking steps to address that, although it didn't go into specifics.

Lastly, the developer said it plans to launch a public test server in which it can trial bigger changes to the game, starting with "weapon and combat feel and accuracy". Expect more announcements soon.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play.