Fortnite developer Epic Games elaborated on its recently announced intentions to remove submachine guns from Battle Royale, explaining that weapons will be continually rotated in and out in the name of balancing.
Epic announced that it planned to remove submachine guns from Battle Royale in a massive State of Development blog post late last week. The post conveyed that the game’s SMG would be Battle Royale‘s first weapon to be put into “the Vault,” meaning the weapon “may or may not return,” which allows Epic to “manage the weapon pool as [it] introduce[s] newer weapons.”
Fans were a little unclear on what this meant for the future of the game’s armaments, prompting Epic to elaborate further in a post 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,” Epic wrote in response to a fan’s inquiry. “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.”
Epic proceeded to clarify that, while SMGs would be taking a break, the Tactical SMG and Suppressed SMG are technically different weapons and would therefore remain in the game. If there is enough demand for the return of the SMG, it will more than likely be brought back. Epic has a propensity for listening to the community, as evidenced by its response to the backlash surrounding skill-based matchmaking.
The State of Development blog post in which SMGs were singled out also included a host of other details on Epic’s plans for Battle Royale. New outfits, the ability to requeue after dying, and new limited-time modes are just some of the changes players can expect over the next few months.
Source: VG 24/7