Epic Games recently changed the weapon meta in Fortnite Season 6 by vaulting all Sniper Rifles. This was followed up with a new system of crafting and hunting where players have to use bows instead of snipers for long-range combat.
Fortnite Season 6 is off to a great start with its fresh crafting system as it adds a fair bit of variation to the game. However, fans and pro players are not happy with Sniper Rifles being vaulted.
This has caused a major uproar on Twitter, where fans are voicing their opinions about Season 6. It has also created a huge void in-game as vaulting Sniper Rifles has suppressed a playstyle.
Content creators, professional players, and casual players made it clear with their statements that Sniper Rifles need to return in Fortnite Season 6.
Will Sniper Rifles return in Fortnite Season 6 after multiple community requests?
Epic Games received outright criticism on Twitter from players who are dissatisfied with the Sniper Rifles being removed from Fortnite Season 6.
A huge section of the community believes that the publisher is changing the game because of the copious collaborations. Thus, the game saw a major meta shift in Fortnite Season 6, where crafting takes precedence over long-ranged-combat.
Vaulting snipers has also affected content creators and professional Fortnite players.
Fortnite Sniper montages, 360 no-scopes, and trick shots are popular on Tiktok and YouTube. Without Sniper Rifles, creators cannot make these videos in Season 6.
Professional players who are fond of precise long-range fights are also struggling to cope with the new dynamic.
While some players have adjusted with their bows for long-range combat, the majority want to see Sniper Rifles return to the game.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 experienced a meta with plenty of powerful Sniper Rifles like the Amban Sniper Rifle, Storm's Scout Sniper Rifle, Dragon's Breath Sniper Rifles, and much more.
This entire dynamic was reshaped by Epic Games concerning NPCs as well.
Previously, NPCs were used to carry exotic variants of Sniper Rifles available for purchase with gold bars in Fortnite. However, the publisher has removed all exotic Sniper Rifles from Fortnite Season 6.
Players have started criticizing the current dynamic, which effectively forces them to craft weapons by killing wildlife on the map. Twitter user @taskervo remarks that the traditional system with normal weapons should return in Season 6.
@CreativeCryptic suggested on Twitter that content creators struggling to make sniper montages can try Bow videos instead.
Even pro players complained about the newly introduced Mechanical and Primal weapons in Fortnite Season 6.
The fact remains that these newly added weapons are all from different weapon classes. Epic Games has vaulted an entire weapons class by removing Sniper Rifles from Season 6.
This has divided the community. However, there is still hope if leaks are to be believed.
Twitter user @Krisis1k suggests that the publisher will add snipers later on in the season as Primal and Mechanical weapons. Players will have to craft them with animal bones and meat in Fortnite Season 6.
That being said, Epic Games has not hinted at snipers returning to Fortnite Season 6 anytime soon. Only time will tell if all these fan requests will bring the Sniper Rifles back this season.