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Fortnite Battle Royale • Dec 13, 2018

Fortnite: Epic Games announce nerf to controversial Infinity Blade in upcoming update

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Fortnite: Epic Games announce nerf to controversial Infinity Blade in upcoming update
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The incredibly powerful and controversial new Fortnite weapon will be getting a much-needed nerf with the v7.10 update.

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The Fortnite community has been abuzz with talks of the powerful Infinity Blade sword ever since it was introduced on December 11.

After witnessing the weapon dominate conversation surrounding the NA Winter Royale, Epic Games made a post on the Fortnite subreddit to explain the design philosophy behind the weapon and announce a key change set to come in the next update.

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Epic start the post out by saying that the introduction of the Infinity Blade at Mythic rarity as opposed to the previous highest rarity of Legendary was to "provide new and flavorful ways to interact with the map and generally shake up normal play across default modes."

Nonetheless, it was clear that a change for the weapon was needed, which will lead to the removal of the ability to build and harvest while holding the sword. 

When designing the Infinity Blade the goal was to provide a weapon with inherent risk to balance out the great capability it provides - the ability to harvest/build removes a great deal of that risk. By taking away the ability to harvest/build we hope to tune the Infinity Blade to where it feels risky to have, but still satisfying to wield.

Curiously, there was no word on moving the item to its own Limited Time Mode as many in the community have suggested. 

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Between the absence of such mention and Epic's mention of wanting to introduce item that change "the way the game is played for those who interact with that item," it looks as though the Infinity Blade is here to stay. 

Epic also mentioned that providing items above the Legendary threshold is something we'll "continue to see," pointing to the introduction of more powerful items in the future. 

This won't be the end of the road for adjustments to the Infinity Blade, however, as Epic said they "will continue to monitor the Blade's effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary."

You can read the full post down below:

Let’s talk about the Infinity Blade!

Heya folks,

We released the Mythic Infinity Blade item with the v7.01 update and have since seen a healthy amount of discussion and feedback around it. In response to what we’ve seen, we’re looking to provide more context on item philosophy and some upcoming changes to the Blade.

Mythic Items

The presence of Mythic items in gameplay is to provide an interaction a step above the Legendary item functionality and something you’ll continue to see. To us, that means changing the way the game is played for those who interact with that item. The addition of items in this tier provide new and flavorful ways to interact with the map and generally shake up normal play across default modes.

We’ll have some more info with regards to our competitive philosophy when it comes to new items, updates and seasons within Fortnite early next week.

Infinity Blade Changes

The change we’re currently planning for the Infinity Blade in our v7.10 update is to remove the ability to build and harvest when wielding the Blade.

When designing the Infinity Blade the goal was to provide a weapon with inherent risk to balance out the great capability it provides - the ability to harvest/build removes a great deal of that risk. By taking away the ability to harvest/build we hope to tune the Infinity Blade to where it feels risky to have, but still satisfying to wield.

After this removal we’ll continue to monitor the Blade’s effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary as well as communicate those changes. Thank you so much for your discussion and feedback around the Infinity Blade!

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