Hasbro, proprietor of the Nerf model, immediately revealed its full lineup of Fortnite-themed Nerf products, together with the previously announced AR-L Elite blaster modeled after the SCAR in Epic Video games’ hit battle royale recreation.
Previous to immediately, solely the AR-L Elite was confirmed again when the road was first introduced in October. On the time, that product had a ship date of June 1st, 2019 and a price ticket of $49.99. That price ticket stays the identical, however Hasbro says the entire merchandise will now begin transport on March 22nd. Preorders begin immediately via the Hasbro Pulse web site, though the corporate says you’ll additionally be capable of get them organized properly via Amazon, Goal, and Walmart when the total product listings go stay sooner or later sooner or later.
Along with the AR-L Elite, Hasbro can also be promoting a SP-L Elite, modeled after Fortnite’s silence pistol, for $19.99; a TS-R Tremendous Soaker modeled after the tactical shotgun for $19.99; a HC-E Tremendous Soaker modeled after the sport’s extra-powerful handgun; and a RL Tremendous Soaker based mostly on the sport’s RPG weapon. There’s additionally some merchandise which might be much less outright firearm-like and extra within the realm of playful toys, together with a small, handheld blaster that appears rather more cartoonish known as a MicroShots and a llama-shaped blaster, modeled after the sport’s unofficial mascot animal.
All in all, the costs appear considerably affordable for correct Fortnite-themed gear, though The Verge’s Sean Hollister, our resident Nerf knowledgeable, notes that expensive AR-L Elite is a semi-auto blaster, not a full-auto one. Meaning, for about double the worth of Nerf’s semi-auto Modulus Stryfe, all you’re actually getting is the Fortnite brand and a barely bigger dart journal, of 10 darts as an alternative of simply six. Moreover, these toys appear rather more… properly, firearm-like than your normal Nerf blasters, particularly contemplating Fortnite fashions its weapons after real-life weapons just like the FN-SCAR and IMI Desert Eagle. In order that’s one thing to pay attention to before you purchase any of those on your children or give them as items.
That stated, Fortnite is a comparatively family-friendly affair, regardless of being a recreation the place you’re primarily murdering strangers in a winner-take-all contest set in a abandoned panorama, one some cultural critics have likened to a giant metaphor for useful resource shortage within the age of local weather and impending societal collapse. No one bleeds, and there’s nearly no animated violence past your participant’s avatar collapsing and disappearing upon demise. So there are definitely extra violent video games on the market that might get extra problematic toy strains than Fortnite.