Fortnite Battle Royale has made some changes to the way Upgrade Stations work. Through a new update to the game, you can now "sidegrade" weapons at an Upgrade Station. Yes, that's a new word Epic Games has tried to coin for the new feature.
Usually, you'd be able to take a weapon to an Upgrade Station in Fortnite Battle Royale, and increase its rarity level, boosting damage and other stats. Now, you can "sidegrade" weapons instead, actually changing their type.
Introducing Weapon Sidegrading!- Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 15, 2020
Use Upgrade Stations to convert your AR to a Heavy AR. Check it out now. pic.twitter.com/v0XAzyb7Ji
The example given in the tweet above is converting an Assault Rifle to a Heavy Assault Rifle. This works in the same way that you'd usually upgrade a weapon: deposit the required materials into the Upgrade Bench, and get a better weapon.
We're not too sure if the new sidegrading function applies to the Assault Rifle only. For now though, you can convert your Assault Rifle into a heavy duty version in Battle Royale right now.
Epic Games Store, the storefront run by Fortnite developer Epic Games, just topped over $680 million in player spending. This comes from a PC player base of over 108 million users in total. Epic Games also announced that it would continue giving away free games through the Epic Games Store in 2020, upping the rate from one free game every two weeks, to one free game every week.