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Fortnite's newly added compact SMG nerfed before you could say op

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It didn't take long for world and dog to latch onto the figurative and literal blast that is Fortnite's newly added compact SMG, or should we say was, since Epic Games quickly swooped in and nerfed it, rendering quad loadouts void.

Ninja posted a video on the compact SMG P90, claiming it must be nerfed and preferably soon, On a side note, I'm not sure whether it's morning where he is but he didn't seem overly talkative. It could be me though, since I'm anticipating a discussion on whether it's actually smart to introduce slightly op weapons at launch since early morning.

If you think about it, making newly added guns a bit op helps with adoption rates and fun, even if Fortnite doesn't seem to need-need it at the moment. It's actually this initial period when everyone has most fun with these guns, so it makes double the sense. You can always bring in the nerfhammer brigade and knock it back ever so slightly.

Epic didn't waste any time though, taking to reddit to break down the changes. Firstly, the gun's accuracy bonus has been nerfed from 35 to 15 per cent, which is more than a half, and it now deals 21/22 damage, instead of earlier 23/24. Its fire rate went down fro 11 to 10, so it's a proper nerf alright.

The regular SMG will now be dealing 17/18/19 damage, instead of earlier 19/20/21 and it too got its fire rate tweaked. So, SMGs will now be firing 12 instead of 13 rounds per second, and Epic ain't done yet.

Last but not the least are damage falloff numbers, which also got reshuffled a bit to reflect the latest Fortnite changes. The effective ranges and damage inflicted have been decreased from 2,400 / 3,500 / 5,000 to 2,000 / 3,000 / 4,000, and from 100 / 80 / 65 per cent to 100 / 70 / 40 per cent.

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Epic also knocked Fortnite's rare SMG and compact SMG drop rates a bit. I still feel I'm right and Epic are wrong, because that happens so often. Oh and slurp juices have been acting up lately - what has this Fortnite world come down to, wink wink.

You can find Fortnite's reddit post in question here.