With so many changes coming to Fortnite Battle Royale with the arrival of Season 8, let's take a look at five things that should never have been added to the game.
Epic Games completely revamped the map with the v8.00 patch on February 28, with some huge additions to the Northeast side of the map - including a huge Volcano, the return of Risky Reels and the introduction of a new pirate inspired area.
While many fans will be enjoying some of the new features, there's no question that the developer has made some epic mistakes in their time. So, let's take a look at our list of five items that should never have been added...
Right, let's get this one out of the way quickly.
There has never been a more destructive and polarizing weapon to enter Battle Royale than the Infinity Blade. The sword, which was added to Fortnite in December 2018's v7.01 update, caused almost every player in each session to drop into the then newly added ice biome as it was so powerful.
The developer tried to encourage players to use the close combat weapon instead of other guns by increasing the HP and shield of whoever held the Infinity Blade by 200 - which would replenish each time an elimination was recorded.
Therefore, if a good player was to get ahold of it, it would be very difficult to stop them - especially considering the huge leap they would adopt when carrying it as well.
For all intent and purposes it was a disaster to add this type of weapon to Battle Royale.
Not everybody will agree with this and we can understand why - many people enjoyed playing with this feature.
However, after countless nerfs to planes and complaints from players stacking up during Season 7, it made sense for Epic Games to make the decision to remove them in Season 8.
They weren't just circling over our heads in Fortnite since the v7.00 patch, though, they were shooting players down and crashing into their buildings - most of the time with very little damage being dealt to neither the vehicle, pilot or passengers. For an extended period of time X-4 Stormwings were too strong and by the time the developer made the necessary changes, the game's community were sick of the sight of them.
On reflection, they probably weren't worth adding in the first place. Perhaps without built-in turrets, this could have worked slightly better than it did.
This piece of equipment lasted just season, as they were added at the beginning of Season 6 and scrapped by the v7.00 update after countless bugs.
Shadow Stones were only intended to give a player temporary invisibility, however issues hampered this item dramatically as some players found ways of disappearing from the eyes of their opponents for the entire game.
The idea itself was good, but the way it was rolled out and the bugs involved just made the addition of Shadow Stones a tremendous disaster.
Anybody who played Fortnite when the Guided Missile was active knows what we're talking about.
This weapon was perhaps the most overpowered thing on the game, allowing you to be anywhere on the map and call in an almost Call of Duty-style airstrike on opponents. Thankfully, it was vaulted in November 2018 with patch 6.21 and long may it stay that way.
Other more practical explosive weapons still exist in the game, though, including the Grenade Launcher and Rocket Launcher.
There has been speculation that Epic Games could be tempted to bring back a whole host of Fortnite weapons from the vault in Season 8. We're crossing our fingers hoping this isn't one of them.
Let's hope you don't hold too much deep-seated pain here, but the day that The Block is completely removed from Fortnite will be remembered long in the memory of many gamers. It initially replaced popular destination Risky Reels, before its return to the game in one of the major map changes of Season 8.
This location might be respected by some fans as a place where they're able to celebrate community creations, and that's understandable. It's a nice idea.
However, there's no continuity about this ever-changing location. One minute a good design comes around and you start dropping there - a week later it's gone.
Whether you're a top Fortnite player or just a casual Battle Royale fan, it's nice to find consistent drop points that work for you or your squad. At the moment, it's just taking up space on an already crowded map and that area could be used for something much better.
Epic moved The Block's location in Season 8 and hopefully by Season 9 it will have been removed completely.