Epic Games has decided to remove the Guided Missile for Fortnite Battle Royale. The change came after some earlier issues with the weapon and some players complaining that the weapon was too powerful.
"We’ve gotten a lot of feedback around the Guided Missile, in particular concerns over fairness and strength of the weapon. We share your concerns, so we’ve put the Guided Missile into the vault while we figure out the next steps for its future," wrote Fortnite Battle Royale Senior Systems Designer Eric Williamson in a Reddit post.
The weapon was briefly removed a few days ago during Patch 3.5.1 due to an animation bug. Firing the weapon while walking or sprinting could end up breaking the animation entirely for the player. Putting it in the Vault is a bit more permanent though.
The Guided Missile Launcher was the last weapon added to Fortnite Battle Royale in late March and quickly became the darling of highlight clips. Part of the magic of the weapon was the ability to ride the missile. Not only did this add a rough vehicle to a game without any transportation, the missile itself was quite powerful. In the right hands, the Guided Missile Launcher was almost too strong.
As such, players seem mostly happy with the weapon's removal.
"The guided missile has been vaulted. There is a God. Cheers lads," wrote Reddit user Baileyjones.
"Damn, I wasn't expecting Guided Missile to go to the vault. It makes sense though because it was pretty broken in squads," added Reddit user Zenerism.
The Guided Missile Launcher joins several other items in "The Vault", where Epic Games puts weapons that they feel break the game in some manner and need tweaking. Vaulted items include traps like the Zapotron, Wall Dynamo, and Ceiling Zapper, and weapons like the Smoke Grenade and Submachine Gun. Maybe one day they will return, but that day isn't anytime soon.
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