Almost 300,000 Fortnite fans vote on state of controversial update in Ninja poll - Dexerto

Almost 300,000 Fortnite fans vote on state of controversial update in Ninja poll

Published: 30/Mar/2019 22:24 Updated: 31/Mar/2019 11:04

by Virginia Glaze


Fortnite’s v8.20 update is catching a lot of flak from the game’s player base, including popular Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who created a divisive poll on the subject via Twitter – with a landslide result.

Ninja’s poll, created on March 30, asked players if they would rather Epic Games revert the state of Fortnite before its latest v8.20 update or keep the changes, instead.

“Regarding the latest Fortnite patch… revert or don’t revert,” Ninja wrote. “If you vote don’t, please reply why.”

While many players have bemoaned the update, the votes in favor of reverting the change were nothing short of overwhelming – over 270,000 users voted to roll back the patch, making up 87% of voters, as opposed to 13% in favor of keeping the update.

Arguments for keeping the update were largely related to Fortnite’s long-term sustainability, with some fans arguing that Epic needs to implement big changes in order to keep the game fresh.

“A gaming company… can’t evolve if it doesn’t come up with new and innovative ways to play the game,” one user argued. “It develops to make the player play more to be better than they were.”

Epic Games unrolled their controversial patch on March 27, introducing a brand new poison trap, Ranked Arena mode, and a slew of bug fixes – as well as removing a popular feature where players would gain 50 health or shield as a reward for every recorded elimination.

Epic GamesFortnite’s v8.20 update has received mass backlash across the game’s player base, with the likes of Ninja creating a hugely popular poll asking for Epic Games to revert the change.

The removal of this feature, alongside lowering the amount of materials dropped from eliminated players, incited a wave of backlash from the Fortnite community.

“One day game developers will realize that you can’t protect noobs from getting bopped,” TSM’s Daequan said of the issue on Twitter. “You add ranked, people will smurf. You separate casual and ranked, ppl will just go bot farm in casuals. You try to change game mechanics to save them, you ruin your game.”

Ninja himself even branded the game as “boring” following the patch, going on to play UNO with popular Twitch streamers Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tim ‘TimTheTatMan’ Bertar over playing duos in Fortnite.

Commentator and streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop had a similar take on the title, thrashing the changes in a hilarious Tweet where he claimed that he had a nightmare about Epic’s update.

While Epic have yet to speak out on the backlash, they confirmed a new, mini-battle royale mode for the title, although no date for this addition has been revealed.


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.