Fortnite introduces controversial Air Strike weapon in new 9.30 content update

first_imgThe weapon looks better suited at destroying builds rather than damaging opponents, but it can certainly do the latter.How to use Air Strike in FortniteSome details from Epic Games regarding the Air Strike: Fortnite released its 9.30 Content Update and in the patch notes, Epic Games introduced an interesting new weapon: Air Strike.The tagline for Air Strike is: “Throw this down to get help from above!” In a video released for the new item, it shows a user throwing the Air Strike canister into an enemy’s base, releasing a red smoke in the surrounding area. A few moments later, explosives start going off from above firing down in different directions. A thrown canister of colored smoke that calls in a flurry of missiles from above.Once the canister comes to rest, missiles will spawn after a short delay.Missiles spawn about 120 meters above the smoke canister.Missiles aim for random points within a 9 meters radius of the thrown object.  A total of 20 missiles are spawned.Each missile has an explosion radius of 3.5 meters.Each missile deals 75 damage to players and 200 damage to structures.Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, and Llamas.Drops in stacks of 1.Max stack size of 2.Legendary variant.Air Strike reaction from Fortnite playersIt didn’t take long after Fortnite’s announcement of the Air Strike for gamers to voice their complaints. Ah yes. More items that take no skill. Keep’em coming— Avery (@Avxry) July 9, 2019Epic about to add AIR STRIKES to Fortnite two weeks before players compete for 30 million dollarsvery cool pic.twitter.com/Gk80ciwPfb— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 9, 2019Remove it from competitive— FOV slider and old factories back for season 10 (@Cypnos) July 9, 2019U joking right?— code:Mr-Savage-M (@MrSavage) July 9, 20192 weeks before a $30 million tourney btw— JewishLewish (@JewishLewish) July 9, 2019no— Sceptic (@Sceptic) July 9, 2019yeah nah im good thanks— McCreamy (@McCreamy) July 9, 2019A lot of the complaints are due to the fact the Fortnite World Cup is coming up in just a few weeks. The tournament has a $30 million prize pool, so introducing a brand new weapon like this just before the tournament has caused some understandable frustration. Epic Games has been understanding of some of these complaints, removing items from competitive play (such as the Storm Flip) as they work on a solution to make it acceptable. We’ll have to wait and see how competitive players will react to the Air Strike item in Arena mode.last_img read more