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Fortnite Junk Rift item disabled across all game modes

Published: 25/Aug/2019 23:53 Updated: 26/Aug/2019 0:12

by Brent Koepp


Epic Games announced on the official Fortnite Twitter account that it would be removing the Junk Rift item from all modes temporarily on August 25.

The junk rift item was first released in patch v10.10, and like the B.R.U.T.E Mech, was quickly derided by competitive players who argued that it fundamentally compromised the game.

The way the item works is that it is thrown and a rift opens up over your enemy, dropping a random object on them. On August 25, Epic announced that it would be disabling the item across all games modes because of an issue.

Junk Rift is temporarily disabled

Seemingly out of the blue, the official Fortnite Twitter account updated players and said it would be removing the Junk Rift item from all modes due to an “issue” in game. 

“Due to an issue with Junk Rifts, we’ve temporarily disabled them in all game modes. We’ll provide an update when we have more information.” the tweet read.

Junk Rift had already been disabled in Arena playlists on August 22 due to audio issues and the announcement was quickly met with praise from pro Fortnite players such as Team Liquid’s Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo who praised the item’s removal. 

“+1 for removing Junk Rift from arena  -1 for keeping the terrible vehicle in the game” he tweeted, before realizing that it was only temporary.

Competitive players hate the Junk Rift

Season X of Fortnite has so far proven to be its most controversial, due to the backlash received from players and the competitive scene over the addition the B.R.U.T.E. Mech and Junk Rift item. 

Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf took to Twitter on August 20 to urge Epic to “remove the junk rift” as he and other pro players were not a fan of the item.

Those who hate the Junk Rift will need to get in as much play time as they can while it’s disabled, as it seems that the controversial will be making its way back as soon as they fix the “issues” with it. 


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.