Epic Games is giving Fornite players the ability to call in explosive air strikes on their opponents with the latest content update. Appropriately enough, the new item is called Air Strike, and it is available with the v9.30 Content 3 patch that has already begun rolling out. Fortunately, the Air Strike item is of the Legendary variant, so it is not going to be a constant bombardment of missiles (hopefully).
The way it works is a user throws a canister of colored smoke at a target. This calls in a flurry of missiles from above, once the canister comes to rest. A total of 20 missiles spawn about 120 meters above the smoke canister, then rain down on the poor sap who happens to be underneath.
Each missile has an explosion radius of 3.5 meters and deals 75 damage to players, and 200 damage to structures. Woe is the player who sees his or her buildings vanish from a rain of hellfire from above!
Players can find these Legendary canisters in Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, and Llamas. They drop in stacks of 1, with a max stack size of 2.
In the early going, users seem split on the addition of an Air Strike item. At the time of this writing, the YouTube video announcing the update has 220 likes and 163 dislikes, with accompanying comments on both ends of the spectrum.
"This looks ridiculous. Like it definitely looks like fun to use but being on the other end of that is gonna get frustrating fast," user AssassinOfEgypt wrote.
While the Air Strike item is the standout addition to Fortnite, there are some other tidbits. Notably, Epic Games announced a rotation of half a dozen Limited Time Modes (LTMs), four new galleries, a new Wargame called Double Trouble, and the addition of the De-Atomizer 9000 (shoots 15 sub-projectiles out in every direction) to Save The World.