Too much of a good thing
The whole appeal of the battle royale sub-genre is that your odds of winning are left to random chance. Sometimes you land in a spot with a ton of excellent gear and other times you’re stuck with squat. Skill will get you a long way, but a good drop can make or break the early game. This week, Epic Games introduced the “Infinity Blade” from its old mobile series into Fortnite and it turned out it was far too powerful.
Players would scramble to grab it and anyone lucky enough to pull it from the stone would basically win the round. It wasn’t a 100% guarantee, but the odds were more in your favor with little to no skill involved. Epic has been listening to complaints and, for the moment, has removed the sword from Fortnite.
In a post on Twitter, the studio noted that it will be re-evaluating mythic items for Fortnite in the future to prevent a similar scenario from happening again. If you were hoping to get an easy win in singles, it looks like that time has passed. RIP Infinity Blade.
We messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered / without good counters, especially in the end game.
The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to Mythic items.
Thanks for calling us out on this!
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 14, 2018