Fortnite to Add Light Machine Gun to Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale has announced that a new weapon will be coming to the game: a Light Machine Gun.
Fortnite players can generally expect game-changing new items at least every few weeks, with each addition bringing brand new strategies to the game, such as last month’s Guided Missile Launcher bringing the ability to ride your own rockets. Light Machine Guns already exist in Fortnite’s Save the World PvE mode, but this would be the first time they cross over to the multiplayer battle royale side. Fortnite Intel got word of Epic’s message about them earlier this week.
It’s currently unknown what ammunition type will be used in the Light Machine Gun, but many players are speculating that it will use medium ammo based on the fact that heavy ammo is too rare for a gun with a high fire rate, and using light ammo would make the Light Machine Gun function too similarly to the current Minigun.
The Light Machine Gun is described as having “a fast rate of fire, large magazine, and slow reload” according to the game’s news tab. Though the background picture is green, it’s likely this color choice is arbitrary, with the actual weapon coming in multiple rarities similar to assault rifles, shotguns, and snipers.
The addition of the Light Machine Gun likely means we’ll soon see the removal of a current weapon from the game. As Epic Games once explained on Reddit:
“As we add more weapons, consumables, and other item types, we want to make sure that the balance of itemization isn’t ruined. Expect more items to be released (and likewise vaulted!) in the future. And of course, items will often come back out of the Vault when the timing is right.”
While it’ is not certain as to which weapon (if any) will be “vaulted” by Epic Games to make room for the Light Machine Gun, the lesser used weapons are usually the ones to go, making the Crossbow, Minigun, and Revolver all possible targets for removal.
The Light Machine Gun’s high fire rate and ammo capacity do make it seem similar to the Minigun at first glance, but the fact that the new weapon will need to be reloaded is very telling. As a result, it’s possible that the Light Machine Gun will have better damage and accuracy than the Minigun, making it very valuable for late-game combat.