'Fortnite' New Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle Gun Coming in Update 4.4

Fortnite update 4.4 is expected to release this Tuesday, and in-game news posts suggest it adds a Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle to Battle Royale's weapon roster. Just in case you didn't think Fortnite's ARs were powerful enough, now they have additional abilities.

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‘Fortnite’s Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle makes it easy to see enemies. Epic Games

We don't know much about Fortnite's Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle beyond the fact it's Legendary and is a "new-high power Assault Rifle that makes it easier to find enemies." While there are other scoped ARs in the game, this one's thermal element makes its view of enemy positions even clearer.

In fact, the presumed power of the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle is so obvious that some Fortnite fans aren't happy about the reveal. With the aid of thermal sights, there's the distinct possibility a grassroots shooter like Fortnite starts feeling a lot more like Call of Duty. Scoped ARs are generally the bread and butter of that franchise, so there's some concern its impact will be equally pervasive in Fortnite.

That being said, there's still a lot we don't understand about this particular Scoped AR. While its graphic implies it's Legendary, it's possible the gun's availability may be more limited. It's also unclear just how well this weapon stacks up against other ARs in the game. It may have an advantage in terms of raw power, but there may be other shortcomings designed to balance it out. Those specific details will be fully revealed when update 4.4 goes live later this week.

This new Fortnite weapon arrives just days after Epic deployed major nerfs to Shotguns in close-quarters combat. For both Pump and Tactical alike, it's no longer possible to get one-shot kills when an opponent has full health and shields. Damage multipliers have been tweaked as well. Knowing what we know today, it's possible this unpopular adjustment was put in place to create breathing room for the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle in tight situations.

Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, PC and iOS. A release date for the Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle has not been officially announced, but updates typically go live on Tuesdays.

What are your thoughts on a Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle coming to Fortnite? Will this new gun be totally overpowered? Tell us in the comments section!