The Fortnite v11.40 patch introduces a new “Sidegrading” feature.
Upgrade stations found on the island will now offer a better weapon in exchange for a certain number of materials.
For example, players can unlock the Heavy Assault Rifle by going to a Weapon Upgrade Bench, and trading-in materials.
The Sidegrading feature is only available in non-competitive playlists at the moment.
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The Fortnite team noted that while the Sidegrading feature is currently present in competitive playlists, this was unintentional, and that “the feature will be disabled in competitive playlists in our next major release.”
The Weapon Upgrade Bench feature was initially added to the game during Fortnite’s Chapter 2 patch. But it only allowed players to upgrade their preferred weapons into higher rarity, which cost plenty of materials.
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