Epic Games announce delay for long-awaited Fortnite Baller nerf - Dexerto

Epic Games announce delay for long-awaited Fortnite Baller nerf

Published: 9/Apr/2019 17:02 Updated: 10/Apr/2019 2:59

by Eli Becht


Epic Games detailed what will be done with the Baller in Fortnite going forward, but it will miss v8.30.

Fans and players of Fortnite rejoiced when they learned the planes would be vaulted at the start of Season 8 but that excitement was shortlived as Epic Games introduced the Baller into the game.

At first glance it didn’t seem like the Baller would be all that powerful but it has proven to be overpowered to go against as it allowed for easy rotations and just an overall annoyance to players.

Players have been trying to devise ways to counter the Baller ever since it was released.

The release of v8.30 of Fortnite is set to bring a variety of changes to the game like Respawn Vans, bug fixes but most importantly, the Baller is finally receiving a nerf.

Or, at least that’s what we thought. Epic Games announced the Baller nerf will not be happening with v8.30 but it will be available in a future update.

The Baller nerf has been delayed

Epic Games revealed in a Reddit post that while the Baller was originally on schedule for a nerf with this upcoming v8.30 update, the changes are still being worked on.

Fans have been reassured the changes will still be happening in a future update though, perhaps even v8.40. This fix would allow players to take damage while in the Baller by being shot through the glass, instead of all of the damage going straight to the Baller.

Baller Adjustments – Future Release from r/FortNiteBR

What this does mean in the short-term is players are still going to be able to abuse the Baller in competitive playlists, making things less than ideal for those wanting to have a proper competitive setting.

The current competitive version of Fortnite is open to a lot of complaints by players and the Baller nerf would’ve gone a long way to fixing the issues that currently plague the game.

Dexerto will have all the updates on when the Baller will receive its eventual nerf so stay tuned.


Fortnite leak reveals more classic vehicles returning soon

Published: 16/Jan/2021 13:06

by Connor Bennett


A fresh Fortnite leak has hinted at the return of some classic vehicles, including the controversial Baller hamster ball and even the ATK Golf Cart. 

Back in Fortnite Season 4, Epic Games gave fans of the battle royale a new way to get around the island – a shopping cart. From there, the vehicles in Fortnite have only gotten bigger and better. 

Though, they haven’t been without controversy. The Baller, X-4 Stormwing, and Brute Mech were the source of much anger in the Fortnite community because of how powerful they were – with all three prompting exploits where players could easily win games without much legwork. 

In Fortnite Chapter 2, a number of different cars have been introduced. They’re not as whacky or powerful as the old vehicles, and while they are helpful, some players do yearn for the Shopping Cart and Quadcrasher’s returns. 

fortnite winter planes with characters on the wings
Epic Games
The controversial planes returned in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Well, according to a handful of new leaks, players might be getting their wish after a few of the older vehicles were given a refresh in the v15.20 patch.

According to Fortnite leakers FNBRUnreleased and InTheShadeYT, the Baller, Hoverboard, and ATK Golf Cart were all updated in the recent patch.

“Ballers and Hoverboard have been also updated! We may see them making a return soon,” FNBRUnreleased posted, while noting that the textures for the ATK Golf Cart were also refreshed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much of a change from the way the ATK’s used to look. 

There’s nothing mentioned about when exactly the vehicles could return, but it does seem possible that they could appear in this season. We got the Stormwings back over the holiday period, after all. 

Until we see them in-game though, it is worth noting that nothing is confirmed. Epic might have plans to bring them back, but scrap them based on something else that happens – say, they’re not compatible with another item. So, let’s just wait and see.