Fortnite’s got many amazing features and items, but there are some additions that simply should never have graced the game.
Constant updates are a double-edged sword of video game design. On one hand, it allows developers to continuously offer new updates in order to keep their games fresh. On the other, they can make an already great experience into a worse overall product.
We wanted to take a look back through all that Fortnite Battle Royale has contained throughout its two years. While we’re still in love with the gameplay, it’s been a bumpy relationship due some of the additions listed below. Naturally, we’ve got to start with the B.R.U.T.E..
B.R.U.T.E. Mech – Season X – Patch v10.0
In all honesty, we just don’t understand what Epic Games was thinking with introducing the BRUTE with Season X. Every major game studio has dedicated playtesters working tirelessly creating logs of every possible issue in the game before big releases.
It’d be hard to miss the BRUTE’s impact on game balance and we highly doubt that nobody at Epic said anything warning of this result. They decided to release it anyway.
The mech, for those that haven’t felt its wrath yet, packs enough firepower to wipe a full squad in a single button press. These behemoths can launch 10 missiles before reloading, have shotgun turrets which deal 50-75 damage a hit, and can even harvest materials by simply stomping the object out of existence.
To make things worse, the BRUTE can ‘overshield’ itself by using 200 mats (of any type) to gain a protective barrier. Careful and concentrated fire can bring down the mech fairly quickly, but a moderately decent player will be able to avoid destruction for a lengthy stretch.
Oh, don’t forget. The mech also features a self-destruct nuclear blast which downs/eliminates anybody within range. A truly unbalanced menace to the meta.
X-4 Stormwing – Season 7 – Patch 7.00
Fortnite has always had building as a core mechanic. So, when Epic introduced the Stormwing, players were outraged at its ability to easily destroy builds without proper risk.
The X-4 Stormwing not only could ram through builds, but also gave the ability to easily gain high ground by literally flying around in a plane. You could even carry your squad on the wings. The flying tank included a turret which dealt average damage.
Battle Royale has always been about a game of survival combined with the ‘thrill of the hunt.’ The decision making between taking the shot or avoiding a fight is sacred to the genre. The Stormwing obliterated that concept has players simply flew around the map with 5,000 health monsters.
Epic did nerf the plane slightly to have it take more damage when ramming builds. The nerf didn’t prove to very impactful and, eventually, Epic decided to completely remove the Stormwing in patch 8.00.
Storm Flip – Season 9 – Patch 9.20
The Storm Flip’s a unique one for this list since it’s gameplay impact has been mixed. In casual games, the Storm Flip often gets misused by getting thrown too early preventing major damage.
However, in competitive matches, the Storm Flip’s power is so immense that Epic was forced into banning the item from two World Cup qualifiers and the FWC Finals.
Storm Flips scale in damage depending on the current storm damage. The idea of the storm’s threat is key for Fortnite, but allowing players to control such a force takes things too far.
Competitive end-games come down to very tight 40-50 player battles in close quarters. Inexplicably, Epic Games did not think about this before releasing the Storm Flip. Top tier players ended up holding onto the Flip until end-game and then getting 5-10 eliminations by pressing a single key/button.
The Storm Flip has been nerfed somewhat, but still remains in the game. Epic Games has said that they are looking into how they’ll handle its inclusion in future competitive events.
Infinity Blade – Season 7 – Patch 7.01
Everybody’s heard of the Infinity Blade, the overpowered homage to another Epic Games series.
We actually loved the idea of Epic bringing in bits and pieces from other titles when the Infinity Blade was announced. The idea of seeing our favorite franchises make a small appearance intrigued us right up until we saw the Blade in-game.
Our hopes were that Epic would add a permanent or semi-permanent monument to the series, but they instead put the legendary sword into all game modes as a weapon.
You could swing at enemies for 75 damage per blow (in quick succession) and jump for miles. In addition, the sword granted the wielder 200/200 health and shields. The combination of these factors made the Blade an extreme nuisance to play against. Builds became essential death traps as the item could simply blast through them with a swing.
Thankfully, Epic realized its horrific mistake and vaulted the weapon on December 14, 2018. The fact that it only remained in-game for three days really shows its overpowering presence.
Original Boogie Bomb – Season 2 – Patch 1.11
The Boogie Bomb has been a mainstay throughout the last two years and it can still be quite bothersome in close fights. However, the original Boogie Bomb offered significantly more than the current iteration.
In the beginning of Season 2, getting hit by a Boogie Bomb essentially meant you were going to die no matter what. Duos and Squads allowed for team based counter-play, but Solos drove people mad as getting clipped meant you were going to dance and dance and dance.
The key difference is that the original Boogie Bomb’s effect did not end when you took damage. Instead, you would have to bob and weave between builds or cover for a full 5 seconds. Storm and fall damage did not affect the duration either.
Epic Games patched the item within a few weeks and made damage break the effect. This is quite common in all video games that contain long ‘crowd-control’ effects.
The Baller – Season 8 – Patch 8.10
Lastly, we’ve got the Baller. Added in Season 8, the Baller offered lighting fast rotations with relative ease of use.
The Season 9 version of the Baller wasn’t nearly the horror that the release version was. When it was added, the vehicle had a whopping 300 health. This made it hard to take down and allowed players of all skill levels to make effective rotations throughout the map.
Fortnite’s early days emphasized timing and awareness by forcing players to be careful of the Storm and other players. Other vehicles chipped away at this concept, but the Baller blew the idea up and threw into the trash. Why would you carefully choose a landing site, time your rotations, and be mindful of other teams when you can just hop into a Baller and roll?
Casual games took a hit in quality from the vehicle, but competitive games (as usual) were most impacted. The clip shown above is from the end-game of a high tier weekend tourney Final during the early days of Season 8. Describing that chaos as a ‘mess’ would be an understatement.
Are there any other Fortnite additions that you think should’ve made it into the list? We had any extended list originally, but wanted to cut it down to the most brutally unbalanced items. While the Infinity Blade reigned supreme for a long time, the B.R.U.T.E. certainly makes a strong case for the worst addition ever.
Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics
Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.
It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.
Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling
It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.
Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.
Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes
No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.
The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.
There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.
Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars
After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.
Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.
Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.
Joy Ride vehicles
Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.
Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.
Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.
Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.
The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.
As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Arena Island progress reset soon.
- Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
- Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
- Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
- Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
- Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
- Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
- Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
- Marauders updated:
- Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
- Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
- Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’
The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.
Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.
It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.
New Coral Castle POI
The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.
Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.
More map changes
There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.
You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:
Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.
With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.
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