Fortnite devs finally respond to year-old controller inventory bug everyone hates

Published: 21/Feb/2021 16:23

by Joe Craven


Developers Epic Games have finally responded to a year-old bug in Fortnite, which relates specifically to players’ inventories when they are playing via a controller. 

While cross-platform play is growing in popularity across the gaming industry, many forget just how influential and innovative Fortnite was in this regard. When Epic Games’ battle royale dropped, many players were (inevitably) sucked in by the keyboard and mouse versus controller argument.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both but, as Fortnite has grown older and morphed into the game it is in Chapter 2, some controller players feel they have been left behind by the developers over at Epic.

Epic Games
Fortnite Chapter 2 is now into its fifth season, as the game displays a longevity many weren’t convinced it would have.

A common frustration among controller players is the prevalence of bugs, which some argue are far more frequent on controllers compared to keyboard and mouse. One particular inventory bug has now been in the game for more than 12 months without a patch, and controller players’ patience is wearing thin.

When controller players open their inventory, the game is supposed to take them to the first slot. From there, they can organize their inventory or drop items.

However, with the bug in question, whatever the player last selected stays highlighted. This can lead to multiple items being selected at once, inhibiting smooth gameplay. It can also be a frustration if the player is delayed because of the glitch, only to die to an approaching enemy.

Fortnite Inventory Controller Glitch Epic
Reddit u/gh0stly2
The glitch is shown in the image above, with multiple items selected by error.

After the issue was highlighted by Redditor ‘gh0stly2‘, who called out Epic over the amount of time the glitch has been in the game, the devs finally responded to confirm they are investigating.

“Thanks for the tag and bringing it to our attention,” Epic replied. “Eyes on it now.”

Reddit response on Fortnite Controller Inventory bug
The Reddit response from Epic.

There was no information provided on a timescale for a patch, but Fortnite players can expect one fairly swiftly now Epic have confirmed it is being investigated.

Keep your eyes peeled on future patch notes for confirmation of a fix.


New Fortnite leak hints at NPC drivers & boss vehicles in Season 6

Published: 23/Feb/2021 21:05

by Tanner Pierce


Massively popular battle royale game Fortnite might be getting some new features for its vehicles in the near future, including the possibility of NPC drivers or boss vehicles – if a recent code uncovered by a dataminer/leaker on Twitter is to be believed.

If you’ve been hoping for more from the vehicles in Fortnite, then there may be some good news for you on the horizon.

A leaker/dataminer named ‘Mang0e’ over on Twitter has discovered some unreleased “AI spawner capabilities for vehicles” in the Fortnite’s code that were added in during the game’s 15.40 update on February 16, 2021.

While they don’t have an exact answer for what it could be, they do speculate that it could mean that NPC drivers could be coming to the game. If this is the case, this would help players get around the map while also giving them a way to fight back, without having to rely on another player driving the car.

This theory has also grabbed the eye of another Fortnite leaker, iFireMonkey, who claims he had the same exact thought when he first saw the code for himself.

Magn0e also speculates that this code could mean that boss vehicles might be coming to the game, which would then attack players.

Of course, both thoughts are pure speculation at this point, and the only thing we know for a certainty right now is that there’s code referencing AIs and vehicles in the game’s code. The code/idea may end up getting completely scrapped and never released.

That being said, this particular situation is interesting because, according leaker HYPEX, Epic is currently testing attachments/mods for vehicles in the game, which may be connected to this code in some way (although that may be reaching a bit).

Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes out of this in the future, and with Season 6 right around the corner, it hopefully won’t be too much longer.