A Commons Committee was left confused when an Epic Games executive member had some interesting answers regarding Fortnite, player revenue, and data regulations.
Fortnite Battle Royale has been a topic of debate around the UK since Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, claimed that the game should be banned.
Epic Games and EA Games were in attendance as witnesses for the Commons Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport committee as they look into “immersive and addictive technologies,” according to The Guardian.
When the companies were asked about the Prince’s comments, they denied answering and admitted they did not collect the proper data that was needed by the committee.
Epic Games’ general counsel, Canon Pence, said, “It’s always been our [Epic] effort and intent to create a fun, fair, flexible, engaging, and generous form of interactive entertainment.”
When he was approached about the Duke of Sussex’ opinions on Fortnite, he replied with, “A statement that suggests it’s some sort of nefarious attempt to extract short-term profit is a mischaracterization.”
Later within the meeting, Pence also said that “I don’t think it’s accurate to define Epic as making money from people playing the game [Fortnite]. “
The Guardian also claims that Epic did not collect users’ date of birth, which is against data regulations.
When asked why Epic doesn’t think it is needed to follow the regulations, Epic’s general counsel replied with “We don’t.”
Pence denied ever giving that statement, with a committee member prompting him to relisten to the recording.
It should be interesting to see if the committee comes back with any results, especially considering that the World Health Organization officially recognized gaming disorder as a mental illness.
Epic confirm incoming fix for pay-to-win Fortnite superhero skins
Epic Games have confirmed that they’re working to address community pay-to-win concerns regarding Fortnite superhero skins.
Epic Games developers have responded to player requests regarding the all-black variant of the customizable superhero skins.
Fortnite is no stranger to pay-to-win controversies. The first came in the form of the Deep Dab emote, which allowed players to duck under windows and get free shots on their opponents.
After that were the Plastic Patroller and Toy Trooper skins. These skins blended in with the grassy background of the map, making them far more difficult to see than the brightly-colored alternatives.
Thankfully, Epic fixed both of these problems by adding a delay to emotes and dirt to the toy soldier skins. Now, though, they’re facing a similar controversy with the customizable superhero skins.
Reddit and Twitter users have recently noticed something that competitive Fortnite players knew since these skins first hit the Item Shop: the all-black versions are difficult to see.
The problem has only gotten worse, as recent Fortnite updates have made the nighttime even darker. Console players don’t have the option to turn off shadows, which means finding these corner-campers is nearly impossible for them.
Following the outcry on Reddit and social media, the developers responded to a thread, calling for them to fix the issue.
Epic Games staff member, u/gstaffEpic, told Redditors, “We’re looking at it. Thanks everyone for raising it.”
We assume that a fix for this problem is coming sooner rather than later. In the past, Epic have always been quick to address community concerns when it comes to pay-to-win items. They changed all of the other troublesome cosmetics throughout Fortnite, and we expect their handling of the superhero skins to be the same.
Unfortunately, it seems like the easiest fix would be to disable solid-colored superhero skins. We hope this doesn’t happen, but it would be better than all-black pay-to-win skins hiding in corners around the map.
Fortnite players call for Epic to nerf this pay-to-win skin
Fortnite players have noticed that this skin combination gives players a competitive advantage. They’re now calling this skin ‘pay-to-win.’
Fortnite players are calling for Epic to nerf the all-black superhero skins, calling them ‘pay-to-win.’
In Season 4, Epic introduced a skin set that arguably offered the best value in the game. The customizable superhero skins let players choose different colors, materials, and styles – making several unique outfits out of a single skin.
The community loved this addition for a while. Several players had locker presets filled with this single skin, as the options were seemingly endless.
After a while, ‘sweaty’ Fortnite players noticed that one particular combination of colors offered them a distinct advantage. The black-on-black superhero skins are incredibly difficult to see, especially with shadows enabled.
This is even more of an issue for console players, who don’t have the option to turn shadows off in their graphics settings.
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Fortnite had a similar problem with the Plastic Patroller skin set more than a year ago. These all-green skins allowed players to blend in with the grassy environment, forcing Epic to add dirt to them to make them stand out.
These all-black superhero skins might be worse than their predecessors. You can blend in anywhere with these skins – not just in the grass.
At this point, it’s hard to argue that all-black superhero skins aren’t pay-to-win. They give players who purchased the skin a distinct advantage – something that Epic Games have always been against.
It’s only a matter of time before Epic take action on this issue, but we don’t know what they would do. The development team would have to prevent players from selecting all-black variants in some way, but the all-white variant has a similar issue in the snow biome.
Of course, these two combinations should ruin solid-color superhero skins for everyone, but they might.
This isn’t the last we’ll hear of the topic, so we’ll keep you posted when we learn more. For now, make sure to check every corner when looting a house. You never know if there’s a sneaky superhero hiding in a corner.
When does Fortnite Season 5 end and Season 6 begin?
Fortnite Season 5 will eventually come to an end, giving way to Season 6. Here’s what we know about the Fortnite Season 6 release date.
The Fortnite Season 6 release date is still decently far away. Here’s everything we know about the new Fortnite season so far.
Fortnite Season 5 was a return to form for the game, mirroring the popularity of the same season in Chapter 1. The game feels fresh and new again – something that hasn’t been the case for a long time.
Still, fans are looking forward to when the next Fortnite season will begin. Not everything about the new season is perfect, and some players are ready to move on from the quests, NPCs, and IO Guards.
Fortnite Season 6 release date
Fortnite Season 5 will be longer than a traditional Fortnite season, but that’s to be expected. We’re not talking Chapter 2 Season 1 and 2 long, but it will be above average in length.
This is, of course, because the season takes place over the holidays. Fortnite developers are going on break and extending the season.
At the time of writing, Fortnite Season 6 is scheduled to release on March 15, 2021. Players still have over two months to finish the Battle Pass at the time of writing.
What will Epic do with the two+ months of Fortnite Season 5 content? Your guess is as good as ours.
We’ll likely see a few more Bounty Hunters added to the game, along with characters from familiar video game series. It seems like we’ll be getting a proper ‘secret’ Battle Pass skin for the first time in Chapter 2, as well.
There’s even speculation that Kevin the Cube will make an appearance before the end of the season. We still have a lot of content to discover, so don’t wish away Season 5 so quickly.
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