Epic Games respond to debate over nerfing Fortnite’s Heavy Sniper - Dexerto

Epic Games respond to debate over nerfing Fortnite’s Heavy Sniper

Published: 15/Mar/2019 12:09 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 12:43

by Connor Bennett


Fortnite fans who may have got their hopes up for a potential nerf to the Heavy Sniper Rifle might not take kindly to what Epic Games have had to say about the situation.

The Epic and Legendary variants of the Heavy Sniper Rifle are two of the most powerful weapons in the game, as they are able to dish out 150 and 157 damage with one single shot, respectively.

While some players have called to make the extremely powerful weapon less powerful, one fan’s response was answered by Epic Games.

Epic GamesThe Heavy Sniper will still be able to cause incredible damage.

In a post to the Fortnite BR subreddit, user xbonesawx – who actually doesn’t want the weapon to be nerfed – issued a plea to the developer via the Fortnite BR subreddit to keep the sniper the way that it is. 

The post proved to have a huge amount of support, receiving over 17,500 upvotes – sending it to the top of the page – and Epic decided to address the issue head-on. 

Replying to the post, design lead for Fortnite’s battle royale mode Eric Williamson posted: “Although balance is always subject to change, we don’t currently have any plans to make changes to the Heavy Sniper Rifle.”

The response, again, proved hugely popular as posters praised the post. “Thank you Eric. You are a godsend,” replied one fan. Another stated: “Thank god. It’s my favorite weapon in the game.”

However, for those players who had been holding out for a change to the gun, it isn’t particularly welcome news. 


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 10 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
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Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.