Part of the strength of Fortnite’s popularity has come from Epic Games' ability to keep the battle royale fresh with constant updates, while also tapping into the real-world through holiday events and crossovers.
The most recent crossover with popular culture has come in the form of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, where fans were treated to an in-game trailer event, free cosmetics, and the chance to wield both the lightsabers and blasters. However, even though players may be fans of the iconic movie franchise, the chance to swing Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hasn’t gone down all that well.
Players have taken issue with the damage they can cause – and the damage they block – and urged Epic to get rid of them just like they did the Infinity Sword. Now, with the Star Wars crossover coming to a close, Ninja has aired his grievances.
“Dude, just get the f**king lightsabers out of the game man,” Blevins said while streaming alongside Mason ‘Symfunhy’ Lanier. “Like, we had fun but just get them out. “It’s almost two weeks of lightsabers, get them out of the game, we get it. They can block infinite damage basically and they’ve been bugged since they came in.”
He wasn’t finished there though, after being stunned by a death he’d suffered at the hands of someone wielding a lightsaber, Ninja added: “Come on, come on, get them out. They’re fun, they’re great to farm, everyone had their fun and got their challenges in – get them out of here dude.”
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Ninja is not the only Fortnite player to call for the specialist weapons to be removed early, however, as plenty of fans aired their concerns back on January 3.
Of course, it’s unlikely that Epic will get rid of them anytime soon seeing as the remaining Star Wars-themed content will be removed on January 7. What’s going after them, though, is anyone’s guess.