Every season brings great additions, but each has also brought at least one item of contention to the game.
Fortnite receives new items, weapons, and upgrades on a nearly weekly basis. This design strategy has its benefits, but can lead to cascading missteps without proper quality assurance testing before the items are released. Such situations spring up each season with the latest being the Season X B.R.U.T.E. mech.
As with real life mistakes, it’s good to look back on the game’s less savory moments and have a laugh. Many of these items may still be fresh on your minds, but we’d bet a few have already passed out of your memory.
Most hated Fortnite items from each Season
A recent FortniteBR subreddit post detailed the most controversial items added to Fortnite and split them into their release seasons. It’s quite interesting to see how many additions have caused uproar and ire from the community in spite of the game’s popularity.
The image, created by RealNuttyCaramel, certainly shows a rather alarming trend at first glance. The starting seasons only have a few items of controversy and the list becomes larger as we progress into later releases. Keep in mind that a few of the items, like the Infantry Rifle, are listed due to how under-powered they were.
Fortnite’s alarming trend of increased complaints
Of course, the double Pump was a massive issue in Season 2 and led to a fiery discussion across social media. Epic acted relatively quickly to stamp out the problem, however. Similar problems continued to crop up in later seasons with the shotgun delay (S5).
More serious problems began to appear with the introduction of the Guided Missile of Season 3. To us, this was one of the first times Epic added an item which truly unbalanced the gameplay experience. Don’t get us wrong, it wasn’t the B.R.U.T.E., but the GM felt unnecessarily under-tested and was soon removed.
Season 4 brought with it the Jetpack fiasco. We’re not totally sure why Epic decided the free movement would be well received after similar mechanics did serious damage to another…dutiful franchise.
We’d like to reiterate the scaling effect of controversial items. Season 5 through Season 9 contain more hated items with some truly ridiculous additions like the Stormwing, Infinity Blade, Quad Launcher, and more. Fortnite’s popularity reached its peaks around Season 3 and 4 after which Epic seems to have loosened up their design restrictions.
Another interesting note is the inclusion of the Baller in both Season 8 and 9. It took Epic Games nearly two whole seasons to deal with this vehicle even though the majority of the competitive and casual communities wanted the vehicle significantly changed or removed. Again, it’s no B.R.U.T.E., but that slow reaction time should send alarm signals blaring throughout the fanbase. The Boom Bow also followed this same trend.
Season X admittedly only lists a single major complaint, but the B.R.U.T.E. overshadows any other possible problems in Season X. It’s hard for the community to focus on smaller issues of balance when they are getting blasted into oblivion by a missile wielding Metal Gear-esque monstrosity.
We love Fortnite and seeing this increasing scale of complaints make us fear for the game’s future. Epic needs to take decisive action in dealing with mistakes made rather than sticking to their guns. We understand game design can be a hard and grueling process, but it’s highly important to learn from your mistakes in order to craft a better future product.
Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items
A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.
Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.
Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.
Leaked 14.20 Skins
Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.
There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.
Leaked 14.20 Back Bling
With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.
There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.
Leaked 14.20 Emotes
There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.
Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.
Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders
Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.
There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.
Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM
Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine
Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.
Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.
Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.
Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”
Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.
As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.
New Storm Hero Ability
Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.
You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.
It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.
As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.
The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
- Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
- Groot Awakening Island missing.
- Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.
- Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
- Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?
Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?
News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.
Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.
A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.
Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.
So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.
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Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.
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