The biggest tournament in Fortnite looms just a few weeks out, but before that arrives, Epic has added a new weapon to the game that could possibly upend the natural order. Air Strikes are coming to Fortnite, and they appear to be pretty devastating.
The v9.30 Content Update #3, as it's called, was released today and among other changes added an Air Strike item. Essentially a colored smoke canister, missiles will rain down upon wherever you toss the Air Strike after a short delay. 20 random missiles will hit random points in the radius of the object, dealing major damage to structures and solid damage to players.
It's impressive, and no doubt a blast to use in casual settings. But Fortnite players who are competing in the upcoming $30 million World Cup Finals might not be as keen on a new item being added just as they're getting ready for the big game. Epic has, in the past, implemented big new items just before major competitions, sometimes resulting in catastrophic results for tournament players.
Whether the Air Strike has the same impact as the Infinity Blade remains to be seen, but either way, competitors are going to have to quickly adjust to whatever paradigm shifts the Air Strike brings to the table. For casual players though, you'll have a new toy to play with in games, provided you can find one in a drop somewhere. Hopefully it won't rain down missiles on you at the least convenient time, like in the middle of a $30 million tournament.