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Epic are changing Dragacorn Fortnite glider after “pay to win” claims

Published: 7/May/2020 22:24

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have temporarily disabled the Dragacorn glider in competitive Fortnite playlists, and will be changing its animation after controversy broke out over the item’s potentially “pay to win” nature.

Cosmetic items in Fortnite are meant to be just that – cosmetic. But a few here and there get released with properties that can actually affect gameplay in one way or another.

The most recent example of this is the Dragacorn glider, which was released on April 3 as part of the Deadpool set. Despite its bulky and obnoxious appearance, it became an instant hit with the competitive community; one look at a recent FNCS match is all you need to see a bunch of pro players riding around on these gliders.

Why? Well, turns out that its animation makes players harder to spot in the sky, and thus more difficult to shoot at and take down. The influence of the Dragacorn became so prevalent that it got labeled as a “pay to win” item, which obviously goes against Epic’s policy when it comes to cosmetics.

As a result, the developers announced on May 7 they’ve disabled the glider from all competitive playlists in order to implement an “animations fix,” assuring players who had purchased it that they could get a refund once the changes had been applied, without needing to use a token.

There’s no timetable yet for when the Dragacorn will be enabled again, so until its return, anyone who equips it in the competitive modes will see it appear as a default item in-game.

This announcement came about a week after popular Twitch streamer SypherPK published a video explaining why so many pro players were using the Dragacorn.

“The ability to see the character and know where to aim, it has a very unique effect that’s kind of clunky and makes it harder for opponents to beam you out of the sky,” he explained.”

“That’s really important in competitive. When you’re gliding, you don’t want your opponents to leech you as you’re using a Launch Pad towards the safe zone or in moving circles. It’s not just a few pro players using this glider. Literally 80% of the lobby is using this thing. Everyone is using this glider.”

This isn’t the first time that a cosmetic in Fortnite has gotten the dreaded “pay to win” label. Prime examples of this are the Plastic Patroller outfit skin that camouflaged perfectly with many areas on the map, and the Deep Dab emote, which players were exploiting to shoot through windows without giving enemies a chance to shoot back.

As SypherPK explained in his video, most competitive players will lean towards using items that give them the edge, such as female skins for the smaller in-game body, and sleek pickaxes that are quiet and stealthy.

But there’s definitely a difference between those and a glider that literally makes people harder to shoot at, which explains why Epic didn’t waste much time addressing the issue.


How to get The Mandalorian skin in Fortnite Season 5 with Baby Yoda

Published: 30/Nov/2020 14:17

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite Season 5 is upon us, and it’s got some very exciting things in store – but the one thing fans are most looking forward to is the leaked crossover with The Mandalorian.

Following the success of Season 4’s Nexus War, which introduced skins and weapons based on some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes and villains including Storm and Venom, Fortnite seems to be once again teaming up with another Disney-owned franchise, Star Wars.

Recent posts from a number of leakers including ShiinaBR and others have suggested a crossover with The Mandalorian is imminent, with bounty hunter Din Djarin and the adorable viral sensation Baby Yoda both being a part of the major Season 5 update.

There’s even been a leaked advertisement for the Battle Pass, which shows off the incoming Mandalorian skin accompanied by a little Baby Yoda, which is presumed to be another Back Bling cosmetic like Rocket Racoon, from Guardians of the Galaxy.

How to get The Mandalorian Fortnite skin

We won’t know exactly how to unlock the new Mandalorian secret skin and accompanying Baby Yoda Back Bling cosmetic until Season 5 drops on December 2, but we can definitely speculate.

In previous seasons, featured skins have been unlocked when players complete Battle Pass challenges. It’s likely that The Mandalorian skin will be acquired through a similar unlock method. It will look something like this:

  1. Load up Fortnite Battle Royale.
  2. Head into the Battle Pass menu.
  3. Access the Battle Pass challenges screen, and wait for the relevant challenges to appear.
  4. Once they’ve been made available, it’s down to you to complete them.

We’ll update this page as soon as we know how to unlock these new cosmetics, so keep an eye out.

When does Fortnite Season 5 start?

Fortnite has a lot to live up to after Season 4. It saw the introduction of a number of Marvel heroes as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, for an epic Nexus War finale event.

Season 5 will kick off on December 2, although an exact time hasn’t been confirmed. It’s also been hinted by dataminers that there will be another Black Hole style blackout to bridge the gap between the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5.

Fortnite black hole
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It’s rumored there will be another blackout between Season 4 and Season 5

It’s not expected that the whole season will be themed around The Mandalorian, unlike the previous Marvel-focused Season 4, but it looks like it will likely feature enough Star Wars content to keep fans of the galaxy far, far away happy.

Season 5 also brings with it the arrival of the new Fortnite Crew membership, which includes the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins, and other monthly benefits for a set price.

We will continue to update this guide as new information becomes available.