In today's patch notes, Fortnite has vaulted the fan-favorite Red-Eye Assault Rifle.
Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3's loot pool expanded with five new weapons, including a Thermal DMR and Flapjack Rifle. Although the new long-range options were popular on opening day, old weapons, like the Red-Eye Assault Rifle, were still dominating gameplay.
Introduced in Chapter 4 Season 1, the Red-Eye has been the go-to assault rifle in both competitive and casual play. Its deadly headshot multiplier and explosive Exotic version made the weapon unstoppable in the right hands.
Now, Epic Games has removed the gun from Fortnite.
Fortnite Vaults Red-Eye Assault Rifle
Without any warning, Fortnite vaulted the Red-Eye Assault Rifle. The gun can no longer be found in the game, less than a week into the new season.
Although the weapon was slightly overpowered, the Red-Eye was easily the most entertaining assault rifle to use and watch in FNCS. To compensate for the loss, Epic Games brought back the MK-Alpha Assault Rifle.
The community met the decision with harsh criticism, urging Epic Games to instead bring back Siphon or add a much-needed mobility item to Fortnite WILDS. With all the new changes impacting the game at once, the Red-Eye's dominance was the least of Epic Games' issues.