Fortnite guided missiles temporarily removed after players report permanent invisibility glitch

Fortnite (opens in new tab)'s guided missiles have proved somewhat problematic since they were added back in March. Initially, they were too powerful (opens in new tab), and Epic Games removed them for a full three months before reinstating them (opens in new tab)—only for players to discover that a missile's turning speed was linked directly to the game's framerate (opens in new tab). Yesterday, Epic again had to remove them for repairs, seemingly because players found a bug that let you turn permanently invisible if you combined guided missiles with Shadow Stones (opens in new tab)

As mentioned on Twitter and on this Reddit thread (opens in new tab), players were able to turn permanently invisible if they spammed shoot with a guided missile while consuming a Shadow Stone. They could run around, pick up weapons, heal and shoot enemies while in this state.

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Epic didn't mention the bug when it disabled the weapon—the game's Twitter account (opens in new tab) simply said guided missiles had been "temporarily disabled while we investigate an issue"—but it came just a few hours after players started talking about the problem. It also didn't give a time frame for how long a fix would take. 

In other missile-based news, an Epic employee confirmed on Reddit (opens in new tab) that player complaints about the missiles always heading directly north as soon as they're fired would be addressed in an upcoming patch.

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Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.