Epic Games launched the Guided Launcher to Fortnite Battle Royale two weeks in the past. The impression it’s had on the sport since then has been vital, to say the least. After a backlash, Epic nerfed the weapon with their newest replace, lowering the velocity and manoeuvrability of missiles. But, whereas the adjustments are a step in the fitting course, they don’t go far sufficient.
The Guided Missile is, basically, a Rocket Launcher that permits you to steer the projectile for as much as 18 seconds after it’s fired. Being in a position to management a Guided Missile means you don’t must have direct line of sight in your opponent as a way to hit them. You can dish out harm from round corners or behind hills, and all with out opening your self as much as ready snipers.
The preliminary drawback with Guided Missiles is that they’ll do some an excessive amount of harm, however it goes additional than that – they’re additionally an unparalleled scouting instrument. It’s very straightforward to steer a missile straight into the sky to get a chicken’s-eye view of your environment. That’s not notably advantageous within the early sport. But when it comes right down to the ultimate few gamers, understanding the place your enemies are is a gigantic benefit, and the ammo required for a couple of reconnaissance pictures is a small value to pay.
If you’re on the receiving finish of a Guided Missile then your choices are fairly restricted. You can construct partitions to guard your self, after all, however that’s usually a dropping battle – a rocket will blow a small construction aside fairly shortly, losing beneficial supplies. Their gradual motion velocity means you /can/ shoot missiles down, however when you attain the purpose the place that’s your greatest guess for survival, you may make certain that one other can be coming straight for you, and can probably be your undoing. Even working away is just not actually an possibility, because the elevated turning circle of the brand new missile isn’t more likely to restrict the impression of its splash harm.
The Guided Missile is a must have merchandise if you wish to contend for a Victory Royale, then. It’s a low-risk and high-reward weapon, which is unhealthy sufficient, however it’s additionally multi-purpose. The adjustments to hurry and steering that Epic have made assist to remove among the innate risk from the weapon, however additionally they want to focus on its utility.
The most evident repair, and more than likely the best to implement, is to make the Guided Missile costlier. That may very well be a matter of rarity – making the weapon drop much less usually or price extra to purchase from Vending Machines – however it might additionally apply to ammo. If a Guided Missile have been to make use of up two rockets quite than only one, not solely would gamers be much less probably to make use of them as speculative scouting instruments, they might even be much less in a position to pepper enemy forts till they discovered a approach in. Alternatively, Epic might cut back the period of time a Rocket is within the air, requiring gamers to know precisely what they wish to hit, quite than firing first and hoping to discover a goal later.
Another chance is to make the rockets bigger. It’s a change that’s much less probably that can assist you when you’re already a goal, however it would possibly cease gamers hiding themselves away and firing endless missiles out of a tiny hole within the facet of a home. The difficulty with that, nonetheless, is that making a projectile so massive it could actually’t be fired out of a window would in all probability make it extra comical than even Fortnite’s cartoon visuals can address.
The adjustments rolled out in patch v3.5 might remedy most of the points gamers have been having with Guided Missiles. As far as I can inform, nonetheless, the difficulty isn’t with the weapon’s accuracy or harm – I’ve lengthy been sceptical of Fortnite’s explosive weapons, however no-one’s calling for the removing of the Rocket or Grenade Launcher. The drawback lies inside how way more of the battlegrounds you may see when controlling the Guided Missiles. Still, I assume we will benefit from the irony of the issue being associated to recon, whereas Epic appear to have didn’t each foresee that and handle it when noticed by their gamers. they’ll stay important except Epic goal that individual energy.