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Epic has removed the Infinity Blade from Fortnite, admitted it was a mistake

By mongeese · 15 replies
Dec 15, 2018
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  1. Infinity Blade was a popular iOS fighting/RPG game that Epic Games released on the App Store as far back as 2010. It was the first mobile game to use the Unreal Engine, pushing the envelope with stunning previously-unseen visuals on mobile devices. Earlier this month, Epic announced it was retiring the franchise after laying dormant and without updates for a long time on the App Store.

    Shortly after Epic released a new game-breaking "Infinity Blade" item on Fortnite, on the same day as the North American Winter Royale Tournament. The tournament, which Epic streamed on their Twitch channel, turned into a massive battle over the Infinity Blade where pro players tried and failed to come up with a counter. Viewers at home got a close up look at how the Infinity Blade practically ruined the metagame. Strike 1.

    In the couple days that followed, pretty much every player realised the worth of the Infinity Blade and the majority of Fortnite Twitch streams and YouTube videos switched over from their usual programming to make videos of themselves annihilating opponents with the Blade. Strike 2.

    On Thursday, Epic games published a cheerful update about the Infinity Blade to a seething Reddit, saying that they were removing the ability to harvest and build while wielding the blade – but most players said that wasn’t enough. Many Reddit users responded to the post by saying they simply didn’t want to play the game in its current state, and many echoed the sentiment that “the only thing that will kill Fortnite is Epic Games.” Strike 3 and out.

    A very sensible Epic games announced that they were vaulting the weapon on Friday evening (vaulting means the weapon is removed but may come back once it has been completely reworked).

    With the removal of the Infinity Blade, the future of the mythic weapons (which the Blade was the first of) is left an open question. Many players have requested that they are added to a new limited time game mode, allowing players to continue to enjoy them without ruining the metagame. Considering how quickly Epic responded to feedback with the removal of the blade, it’s likely this will come soon.

    While the introduction of the Blade was not well thought out, its quick removal shows how Epic is willing to listen and respond to their fanbase, something that’s often lacking in the industry. It’s a good indicator for the future of Fortnite.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,718   +2,517

    Since they've abandoned the Unreal Tournament reboot they should add the Redeemer. With option to ride it, of course.
    Nobina, Lounds, Reehahs and 1 other person like this.
  3. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 730   +287

    Or do what they said they would do, reboot Unreal and let the garbage Fortnite die. It's gonna die like most games do anyways, at least on pc it will.
    If they actually listen to their fanbase they wouldn't have killed off Unreal. They have enough money and resources to make the game.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,480   +3,037

    Lounds likes this.
  5. Strango

    Strango TS Member

    Thought the title said "Epic has removed Fortnite, admitted it was a mistake"

    I was so happy
    Sikirash likes this.
  6. Morphine Child

    Morphine Child TS Booster Posts: 33   +27

    Back in the day... Unreal Tournament 2004 brought something beyond belief, a game that had everything, bigger and better than anything before in the series... so much content you couldn't decide which mode and which map to play... with later added content packs for even more choices... AI bots that were smarter than average Fortnite player...

    And what is the news in 2018? A single new item that completely broke the game. -_-
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    What a game! That game is what single handedly convinced me to become a PC gamer, man I miss the days games were that good.

    I load it up every so often but struggle to find active servers these days.
    Reehahs likes this.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,494   +1,295


    EDIT: weird, this is my actual account yet the last post came up as if I was logged in as Treeski? Very weird
  9. Morphine Child

    Morphine Child TS Booster Posts: 33   +27

    The fact that you can find any server after 15+ years is amazing :)
    Burty117 likes this.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,403   +5,022

    SO your comment is posting as if someone else posted it?
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    That sounds like a dream for some people. :)
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  12. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 198   +126

    Brilliant idea
  13. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,947   +1,492

    They have money to continue Unreal but not the people. I read somewhere Unreal guys are working on Fortnite and you can't just hire any o'l cnt to do this game. Fortnite is what made them relevant and it's not going to die soon, Unreal was a great game, my favorite, but today it wouldn't be popular.
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,494   +1,295

    Yeah, on my phone, it was acting like I was logged in as that user, couldn't see their notifications but I could poke around bits of their profile, I logged off and back on and now it's all normal again. Very odd...
  15. maybe something is happening a TSpot. Recently (last month or so?) I've gone to log in and several times I've been greeted with the message "Your account has temporarily been locked due to failed log in attempts".
    Wasn't me attempting to log in.
  16. indiferenc

    indiferenc TS Booster Posts: 47   +51

    ITT: old people whining about unreal. I dont like fortnite either, but damn, unreal hasnt been relevant for 20 years! or more! lol

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