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Why Ninja doesn't want the new leaked assault rifle added in Fortnite

by Albert Petrosyan
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Star streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins doesn't think it would be a good idea for developers Epic Games to add the newly leaked Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite Chapter 2.

Following the release of v11.20 update on November 20, two weapons were leaked to be coming soon to Fortnite - the AK-47-esque assault rifle known as the Heavy AR and its longer-range counterpart, the Scoped AR.

Both weapons have previously featured in Fortnite at some point during the first ten seasons, but if the leaks are true, then the two weapons would be added with all five rarities for the first time, as neither ever had a gold Legendary variant.

When the Scoped AR was mentioned on Ninja's stream, he quickly made it clear that he did not want the weapon to be added back, especially if it were going to include a gold version.

HYPEX - Twitter
HYPEX - Twitter
The leaked stats for all five Scoped AR variants, according to prominent Fortnite data-miner HYPEX.

"Ew, it didn't need a buff, it was strong," Ninja said. " That's a joke man. Bro, that is going to be so broken. Bro, there's no movement! You can't land on someone that is just holding you like that, you're screwed."

According to the Mixer star, Epic adding the Scoped AR back would throw off the game's balance.

He contends that players will be to abuse the long-range weapon to pick off enemies left and right, and with there being almost no mobility options, it would be hard for people to escape the gun's wrath.

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History of the Scoped AR in Fortnite

With the Scoped AR receiving a texture make0ver in the v11.20 update, many believe that the weapon will be added back soon. Up to this point in Chapter 2, no weapons from the previous chapter have been returned, and the only new gun overall is the Harpoon Gun that was added several weeks ago.

The Scoped AR made its debut in Fortnite all the way back in Season 1 and was kept in the game until the start of Chapter 2, when it and many other weapons were removed from the game.

It was never considered an overpowered weapon by any means; in fact, during Season 7, its variants were reduced from Rare/Epic to Uncommon/Rare, and its base damage was increased by a couple of points during Season 8.

It offers 100% accuracy when aiming down sights, and very little recoil overall, but the cons are that it fires too slow and cannot be viable at close range like other assault rifles.