Epic really hasn’t had much luck when it comes to adding new items to Fortnite in the current chapter. After saying goodbye to Shockwave Hammer, the studio tried to introduce Kinetic Blade. Now that too has been shelved, possibly forever, and players aren’t happy about it for a number of reasons.
Kinetic Blade was first vaulted from competitive playlists and soon after from all modes. The bug, which is largely aimed at weapons that allow players to traverse the island more easily, naturally presented an issue where you could damage and take out players when they were very far away.
While Epic will want to fix any bugs they find as quickly as possible, this particular issue was quite complex to exploit. In order for the Kinetic Blade to be effective over long distances, players had to disconnect and then immediately reconnect to the Internet at the right moment. Clearly enough of you were willing to do this to get Epic to remove Kinetic Blades from Fortnite entirely.
Many players took to Reddit to lament the jumps, mostly because it’s the latest in a long line of changes that some say have made the game less fun. Grenade and heavy sniper nerfs are also on the list. In the last five years, grenades can deal 100 damage with a single hit. Epic unexpectedly put a stop to that this week, dropping that 100 to a much lower 40.
Epic also seems to have forgotten at least one of their quests that requires completing the Kinetic Blade. If you haven’t completed the quest that requires you to take out the enemies with the weapon that is now in the vault, it is now impossible to do so. Epic usually replaces quests that require vaulted items to complete, so hopefully it will be replaced by the time you read this.
More Star Wars crossover content and the arrival of Miles Morales and the beautiful Spider-Man 2099 on the island might please some players, but Epic seems to be making more missteps than good ones right now. Not only through grenade nerfs and weapon arches, but also by sending Trios into the Fortnite abyss. The game finally got a long overdue ranked mode this season. However, Trios has to make room for it for some reason. Epic still hasn’t explained why this had to be the case.
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