It was a dark time in Fortnite. A time where meeting someone with an SMG spelled certain doom and the only way to win was fielding the weapon type. But now, a new dawn has risen and cast out the shadows across the battlefield as Fortnite SMGs have been nerfed in response to player feedback.
In response to apparent furor over the weapon type and its domination of battle royale, Epic posted a series of adjustments to SMGs that were hotfixed into the shooter.
In synopsis, literally everything that an SMG does has seen a reduction, including damage, rate of fire, damage falloff and accuracy bonuses. Even the drop rates of Rare SMGs and Compact SMGs have taken a hit.
Another point made by one of the devs in the announcement thread mentions that the damage falloff will also apply to damage against structures as well, meaning SMGs are now also much less capable of chewing through barricades players fabricate in a fight, particularly at ranges where rifles should be more effective.
“Again, we’ll be keeping a close eye on SMG performance to make sure they hit the goal of being a good option for close-quarters combat without over-performing in other areas,” reads the post.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying in a shooter video game like unloading a full salvo from a high-powered SMG, but we definitely agree with a lot of the changes made to this weapon type, especially as they relate to long range damage. Here’s hoping the Fortnite team has found that sweet spot.
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