Fortnite New LTM: Soaring 50's, Plus Sniper Shootout Changes

Fortnite beta invites are going out, as first wave comes to non-Samsung phones

Sniper Shootout has been in Fortnite in the past, but this new version will be making a change by removing scoped assault rifles from weapon drops and swapping them for the brand new heavy sniper rifle. This new mode looks to try and offer a new twist of the 50 vs 50 mode and brings a huge emphasis on mobility.

The heavy sniper rifle is the update's hardware addition. The mode follows the regular rules with a couple differences: players are able to re-activate their gliders when falling from certain heights and there is an increase to the number of jump items that will spawn in each game like Bounce Pads, Launch Pads, and Impulse Grenades.

Available in Epic and Legendary variants. A simple tap of the jump button when in mid-air above 10m will redeploy the glider.

Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are not tracked in this mode.

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Each shot delivers devastating damage at the cost of a long reload. The Heavy Sniper Rifle, which was first uncovered by data miners a few weeks back, makes its debut, and the Sniper Shootout Limited-Time Mode makes its return. This suggests it's trying to widen the gap between play styles, forcing players to choose between long-range weapons with slow firing rates, and short-range weapons with faster firing rates. Whether or not it will be as controversial in practice remains to be seen, but if fans dislike it, then Epic could remove the heavy sniper rifle from the game to rework it.

Can be found from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines. Epic has also taken the opportunity to reduce the Minigun headshot multiplier from 2.5 to 1.5.

Grenades now properly grant progress for the Week 5 Challenge: "Deal damage to players with a Clinger, Stink Bomb, or Grenade".

These restrictions were blocking some players from accessing the Weekly Challenge Missions even though their Power Level was at the necessary level.

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