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Epic Games dev finally responds to backlash over updates and communication

Published: 21/Apr/2019 8:35 Updated: 21/Apr/2019 15:18

by Joe Craven

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Epic Games, developers behind the massively popular Fortnite Battle Royale, may finally be about to respond the community backlash that has surrounded their game for the past month, at least if a Reddit reply is anything to go by. 

Why have people been critical of Epic Games?

The game developer has received criticism recently for a number of different reasons. A lot of it can be traced back to the v8.20 update, which was introduced on March 27. This update reversed a number of popular changes from Season 7, including a bonus 50HP granted on elimination, a minimum of 50 of each material dropped on elimination, and an increased farming rate of 40%.

On top of this, Epic Games’ reluctance to add a FOV [Field of View] slider has received condemnation, as well as their decision to remove the possibility of playing on stretched resolution.

The silence from Epic Games contrasts to their previous behaviour, where they admitted their mistake of implementing the Infinity Blade.
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Many members of the community have been quick to lament Epic’s silence, contrasting it to the failed implementation of the ‘Infinity Blade’ into base game modes of Fortnite, when Epic quickly responded and apologized. Now, though, a response from an Epic Games engineer suggests they are about to finally respond to the backlash.

Epic to change communication

On April 20, Reddit user ‘Rhymne’ posted a screenshot of their response to Epic Games’ April Survey, showing that they had answered with ‘strongly disagree’ to the statement ‘Epic Games listens to feedback from players’.

This prompted the vice president of Engineering at Epic Games, Dan Vogel, to reply, stating: “General feedback and sentiment is not lost on us – we should have communicated intent, motivation, and reasoning behind various changes to allow proper dialog.”

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The response concludes by saying that they [Epic Games] “plan on changing our approach to communication next week.” As a result of this, it looks highly likely that Epic’s silence will finally end soon.

However, some Reddit users were sceptical of this comment, worried that a response to justify the unpopular changes will not necessarily lead to changes in game, but will just cause more community unrest as Epic cements their position.

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Fortnite tease exclusive new Drift Crew skin with Fox Clan hints

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:18 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 19:48

by Julian Young

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UPDATE 1/24: After making several tweets and updating their avatar, the official Fortnite Twitter account deleted all tweets made on January 24 and reversed their avatar to the previous picture. The official Fortnite Twitter account started the hype train for the game’s next Fortnite Crew release by changing their avatar and issuing cryptic tweets about ‘Fox Clan,’ and fans are already speculating on when the next big surprise might arrive.

Fortnite has a long history of using in-game and social media teasers to hype up the BR’s future content. Whether teasing some new skins or a complete rework of the game’s universe, Epic Games is no stranger when it comes to feeding players a slow drip of hints to build up the hype.

With Chapter 2 Season 5 well underway, players have already been treated to special events like Terminator and Predator crossovers. However, Season 5 doesn’t end until March 15 and players are already looking for clues on what the season’s next content drop might include.

On January 24, Fortnite’s official Twitter account changed its avatar and tweeted out two mysterious hints linked to the game’s next big reveal. The community quickly flooded Twitter to discuss the teasers, but were then confused when the tweets were deleted only hours later.

Fortnite Drift Crew Pack Skin HYPEX Leak
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Fortnite data miner HYPEX revealed the game’s new teasers are related to an upcoming Fortnite Crew skin for Drift.

The first tweet referenced establishing a connection and beginning a scan, which didn’t give fans much to go off of. However, the second part had some important implications, and included a reference to one of the games most iconic characters: Drift.

“Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” the last sentence read. Drift was originally introduced in Fortnite’s first Season 5, and was loved by players for his unique kitsune appearance and skins (kitsune means fox in Japanese, and these creatures often appear in Japanese folklore).

The second tweet issued a cryptic warning: “I know you don’t know who I am, but the Fox Clan is in trouble. We need you.” Fox Clan is something completely new to Fortnite, but it appeared to tie in with Drift’s previous in-game aesthetic and the account’s updated avatar.

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The leaked Drift skin is the latest in a series of cosmetics introduced in Season 5.

Fortnite data miner HYPEX also believed the teasers are related to Drift. The leaker shared an image of an unreleased Drift skin – which appeared to be a female version of the previously-male character – and confirmed the skin will be included in the February edition of the Fortnite Crew subscription.

Fortnite Crew – Epic’s monthly subscription model – nets players each new battle pass and 1,000 V-bucks every season, along with Crew Packs that include an exclusive outfit and matching accessory. HYPEX confirmed that the teased Drift skin will be tied to an upcoming Crew Pack.

So far, Epic Games has not revealed any additional clues other than the two mysterious tweets. While new information will continue to be discovered by HYPEX and other data miners, no additional clues have been posted at the time of writing.

After issuing several more mysterious tweets after the first two were posted, the official Fortnite account then deleted all of the tweets teasing the new content and reverted the account’s avatar to its previous image.

It remains to be seen whether this is part of a larger plan involving the teaser process, or if Epic took these actions to correct a reveal that was made too early. The Fortnite and Epic Games accounts haven’t issued any additional clarifications at the time of writing.

Fortnite fans will need to wait for confirmation on exactly what Epic has planned for the February Crew Pack, and why these tweets were made and then deleted. We will make sure to keep you updated as any new information is revealed at Fortnite Intel on Twitter.