It has been months at this point where fans have been speculating that a legendary version of the SMG would make its way into Fortnite, and now it appears we have finally arrived at that moment.
Fortnite recently just took the old tactical SMG out and put the new MP5 model in, but it continues to be SMG season with new epic and legendary variants coming this week, according to the in-game news feed.
The new epic and legendary SMG is based on the P90, which most Call of Duty players should recognize, and going way back, Goldeneye players will of course remember the famous RC-P90, the best gun in that game, especially when dual wielded.
Epic promises the gun “excels at close quarter combat,” which you would expect from an SMG. We don’t know the exact stats of the weapon yet, but my guess is that it will arrive Tuesday, and dataminers might extract that information before then.
A legendary SMG is going to be no joke in the current state of Fortnite. With all this focus on SMGs lately, it seems clear that Epic is trying to give players a close quarters alternative besides just the shotgun alone. They’ve recently hard nerfed the popular dual-slot shotgun loadout that most players used, so switching to an SMG, or starting with one, is now a key option for players.
Watching “pro” gameplay this weekend at Summer Skirmish, we already saw quite a bit of SMG play, and I have to imagine that’s only going to increase with these epic and legendary variants. While SMGs are no miniguns, they do better against structures than shotguns, so they serve the purpose of both cutting through walls when you need them to, and cutting through the players hiding behind them. Not to say they’re going to be the new go-to over shotguns in most circumstances, but I suppose it does depend on how powerful these new variants end up being.
We are still not seeing any historical “themed” weapons so far in season 2, as some assumed that might be the case as we are slowly running out of different kinds of modern weapons. Bows, Western revolvers, M1 Garands have all been suggested as possible historical weapons that could be used in Fortnite’s time travel-themed season 5, but nothing yet. This legendary SMG has been a long time coming, however, and I’m having trouble thinking of another legendary that could be on deck next, given the current weapon line-up. Dual pistols? And could we ever see dual SMGs, Matrix-style? I guess we’ll see.
I would prepare for this SMG to arrive as soon as Tuesday, and we’ll be able to see how it changes the meta after that.
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