Did Epic Games take inspiration from a fan concept for Chiller Grenade? - Dexerto

Did Epic Games take inspiration from a fan concept for Chiller Grenade?

Published: 28/Jan/2019 21:36

by David Purcell


After Epic Games announced that the Fortnite community will soon be able to get their hands on a brand new Chiller Grenade, one player couldn’t help but think they’ve seen it all before.

The new item, which was posted to the in-game news feed on January 28, has been teased by the developer ahead of Fortnite’s next weekly update.

However, one fan can’t help but think that its design has been inspired by a concept they posted on Reddit over 70 days ago.

Fortnite added another snow-related item earlier this month, with the Sneaky Snowman.

Reddit user, Weinstein312, posted their own spin on the original grenade item back on November 15 of last year, with the tagline: “Vault the Chillers, and bring us a throwable version of it – Snow Bombs.”

They proposed that the grenades would be found in stacks of three and would turn players into ice for six seconds, after being hit by them. 

Check out both the official and the concept designs for the icy item below. 

Epic Games / Weinstein312Fortnite’s new Chiller Grenades (left) alongside the Reddit concept (right) which was posted in November, 2018.

Now, while Weinstein’s initial design wasn’t exactly the finished article, you can see the similarities between the Chiller Grenade and itself quite clearly. 

As the Chiller Grenade is still yet to be released, Fortnite fans can only make assumptions from the brief description on the game’s new feed, which does suggest it will be very similar to the concept indeed. “Give your enemies cold feet with this winter blast,” it says. 

There is no guarantee that the new item was inspired by the Reddit concept, as many players have been wanting an ice-style bomb to be added to the game for quite some time. 


Did The Rock just tease he’s getting a Fortnite skin?

Published: 27/Nov/2020 18:09

by Tanner Pierce


After an appearance by a very cartoony-looking float during the Macy’s Thanksgivings Day Parade, The Rock hinted that he may end up getting a skin in the popular battle royale game Fortnite, although he’s being a bit vague. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats are known their pop culture references. Between Pikachu, Goku, and others making appearances, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that one based on the popular young Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson meme a few years back would make its way into the 2020 version of the parade.

Seemingly because it’s a float, the giant balloon itself seems to be a cartoon representation of the meme, rather than a hyper-realistic one. After one person seemed to point out that it looks a bit like a Fortnite skin, the former wrestler now actor responded in a way that’s raising a few eyebrows.

In response to the comment about his float looking like a Fortnite character, The Rock simply responded with “way ahead of you” and “great minds”. This obviously caused a few people to pause and ask themselves if he just hinted at a Fortnite skin.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any official comment from Epic but the comment is certainly suspicious. While one could make the argument that The Rock was saying that he also had the same thought before the original tweeter, the wink face emoji seen after the tweet is a bit peculiar. Surely he would know not to put that kind of statement out with that emoji unless he meant to hint at it, right?

It’s also a bit odd that he also responded to someone who tweeted that they “shouldn’t give them any ideas”, meaning he could have been totally knowledgable in what he’s doing.

His inclusion in the game also wouldn’t be surprising. Fortnite is known for its crossovers at this point, even allowing for some Icon Series skins based on celebrities like Ninja and others. It could also be a part of a larger WWE crossover, considering there’s a plethora of characters there to make skins out of.

Still, until nothing official is announced, take this with a massive grain of salt. Here’s hoping that if it is real that it will get announced soon, however.