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Six things Epic Games should never have added to Fortnite

Published: 13/Dec/2018 12:13 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 10:40

by David Purcell


Drastic changes have been made to Fortnite Battle Royale throughout the course of Season 10 and that’s been a continuing trend for this game, but let’s take a look at six things that should never have been added. 

The game’s landmark tenth season has been somewhat marred by criticism from members of the game’s online community, particularly surrounding the introduction of BRUTE Mech suits, but people can’t help but feel that they’ve seen it all before in some ways. 

While many fans will have enjoyed seeing fresh content added throughout this season already, including the exciting Borderlands 3 and Batman crossover events, there’s no doubt that they have also enjoyed seeing the back of some features since the game was released in September 2017. 

So, let’s take a look at some of the things that should never have found their way into the battle royale mode. 

The Infinity Blade

Right, let’s get this one out of the way quickly. 

It could be argued that there’s never been a more polarizing weapon to enter Battle Royale than the Infinity Blade. 

The Infinity Blade, from Fortnite Season 7.

The sword, which was added to Fortnite in December 2018’s v7.01 update, encouraged players to use the close combat weapon instead of other guns by increasing the HP and shield of whoever held the Infinity Blade by 200 – which would replenish each time an elimination was recorded. 

Therefore, if a good player was to get ahold of it, it would be very difficult to stop them – especially considering the huge leap they would adopt when carrying it as well. For all intent and purposes it was a disaster to add this type of weapon to the game mode. 

X-4 Stormwing planes

Not everybody will agree with this and we can understand why – many people enjoyed playing with this feature.  

After countless nerfs to planes and complaints from players stacking up during Season 7, it made sense for Epic Games to make the decision to remove them in Season 8. 

epic gamesX-4 Stormwing plane, introduced in v7.00 patch.

They weren’t just circling over our heads in Fortnite since the v7.00 patch, though, they were shooting players down and crashing into their buildings – most of the time with very little damage being dealt to neither the vehicle, pilot or passengers. 

For an extended period of time, X-4 Stormwings were too strong and by the time the developer made the necessary changes, the game’s community were sick of the sight of them. On reflection, they probably weren’t worth adding in the first place.

Shadow Stones

This piece of equipment lasted just season, as they were added at the beginning of Season 6 and scrapped by the v7.00 update after countless bugs. 

Cultured VulturesShadow Stones from Fortnite Battle Royale.

Shadow Stones were only intended to give a player temporary invisibility, although issues hampered this item dramatically as some players found ways of disappearing from the eyes of their opponents for the entire game. 

The idea itself was good, but the way it was rolled out and the bugs involved just made the addition of Shadow Stones a tremendous disaster. 

BRUTE Mech suits

The BRUTE Mech suits have been strongly defended by Epic Games during Season 10, having faced stern criticisms from members of the game’s competitive and streaming community – many of which have tried out other titles since these were added. 

The powerful Mechs were added, in the view of the developers, to give people that are new to the game just as much chance of winning in the battle royale mode as slightly more experienced players. 

Epic GamesBRUTE Mech suits were added at the beginning of Season 10.

In a statement, released on August 15, Epic Games stated: “We have seen players who had previously struggled with getting eliminations acquiring more, while the number of eliminations earned by more experienced players remained steady.” 

While that much is true and they had the statistics to back it up, being destroyed by one of these huge vehicles – which can fit two people inside, one shooting and the other controlling movement – is something that people haven’t really warmed to. 

No matter what side of the debate you’re on, for the Mech or against it, this has been one of the most controversial features added to the game. Some can’t wait to see it go. 

Guided Missile

Anybody who played Fortnite when the Guided Missile was active knows what we’re talking about. 

This weapon was perhaps the most overpowered thing on the game, allowing you to be anywhere on the map and call in an almost Call of Duty-style airstrike on opponents. 

Guided Missile on Fortnite? Awful.

Thankfully, it was vaulted in November 2018 with patch 6.21 and long may it stay that way.

Other more practical explosive weapons still exist in the game, though, including the Grenade Launcher and Rocket Launcher. Hopefully, we never see this thing return. 

The Block

Let’s hope you don’t hold too much deep-seated pain here, but the day that The Block is completely removed from Fortnite will be remembered long in the memory of many gamers. 

It initially replaced popular destination Risky Reels, before its return to the game in one of the major map changes of Season 8. This location might be respected by some fans as a place where they’re able to celebrate community creations, and that’s understandable. It’s a nice idea. 

Epic GamesThe Block is a section of the Fortnite map dedicated to community creations.

However, there’s no continuity about this ever-changing location. One minute a good design comes around and you start dropping there – a week later it’s gone. 

Whether you’re a top Fortnite player or just a casual fan, it’s nice to find consistent drop points that work for you or your squad. At the moment, it’s just taking up space on an already crowded map and that area could be used for something much better. 

So, that concludes our list of worst things to be added. While every fan will have their own opinions on different features, there’s no doubt that each of these kicked up a fuss. 


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite Season 4 is now entering its final week, but before it wraps up, you’ve got one last batch of Challenges to get through in order to claim some huge last-minute experience.

After what feels like forever, the current Marvel-themed takeover is about to reach its conclusion. Galactus is hurtling towards the map, and the Nexus War is finally set for a major in-game event on December 1.

If you’re worried that you might not have time to fill out your Battle Pass before then, fear not. Epic Games has come through with more XP boosts this week than any week prior. You’ll be able to catch up and finish things off in no time thanks to this week’s XP Xtravaganza Challenges.

From where you’ll need to go and what you’ll need to do, we’ve got everything broken down. Here’s how you can complete Week 14’s XP offerings.

Fortnite skins
Epic Games
Foil skins for the current Marvel lineup will soon be gone forever.

There are a whopping 12 Challenges to get through this week, plenty to keep you busy. Many of these can be kept in the back of your mind while you focus on some of the more tricky ones. However, there’s nothing too complex here, so you should be able to get them all done in barely a few hours of playing.

Some Challenges ask you to use certain weapons and items. Be sure to track down Assault Rifles and Boogie Bombs in every game while keeping an eye out for vehicles as well.

One unique task requires you to keep your full health bar intact along with full shields. Obviously, this might need you to camp things out and play it safe. Eight minutes is the set time so try to find a safe spot, barricade yourself in, and wait this one through.

For more casual Challenges like fishing from a motorboat or riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York, your best bet could be to drop into some Team Rumble. Trying these in the standard Battle Royale playlists might prove frustrating. The full list of Week 14 Challenges can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles to opponents (1,000/2,500/10,000)
  • Hit opponents with Boogie Bombs or Shockwave Grenades (1/9/15)
  • Fish for items from a motorboat
  • Fish for items from a motorboat and a Choppa in a single match
  • Fish for items from a motorboat a Choppa, and a pickup truck bed in a single match
  • Maintain full shield and health for 2/4/8 minutes in a single match
  • Deliver a Small Truck from outside Upstate New York to Stark Industries
  • Generate power for Stark Industries by riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York (3)
  • Harvest Buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations (1)
  • Release Slurp into the atmosphere (3)
  • Boogie before oblivion (1)
  • Eliminate opponents outside of Stark Industries, Misty Meadows, or Weeping Woods (15)
Fortnite fishing
Epic Games
Fishing will play a big role in your XP gains in this final week of Season 4.

Whether you’re trying to complete the Battle Pass before it’s too late, or aiming for the ultra-rare foil skins, time is running out. This is your final week in Season 4 so get through as many Challenges are you can before everything’s gone.

To get ready for the new season, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Galactus event in Fortnite.