Fortnite returned after unscheduled downtime of around an hour today, but a short while ago players became unable to login to the game. These issues seem to stem from a gathering storm of game-breaking glitches that all related to recently added features. The biggest bad seems to have been the Shockwave Hammer, a weapon that was designed to be powerful up-close with a gigantic distance-closing leap… except the cooldown on the latter wasn't triggering.
This is why fortnite vault shockwave hammer!!! pic.twitter.com/08yiFOWcFhJanuary 9, 2023
Thus as in the above clip, players could spam the shockwave hammer infinitely, granting constant super-leaps which makes someone a very annoying target indeed. Epic eventually disabled the hammer (opens in new tab) in all playlists, before announcing the weapon's return a few hours ago.
There was also an issue with the game's recently introduced vaulting mechanic, and same story: Epic disabled it but recently the feature has returned.
Things aren't over yet though. At the time of writing Fortnite is now experiencing widespread login issues, and a third problem remains. The deku smash ability, introduced as part of the My Hero Academia crossover, was removed several weeks ago, for the simple reason it is ridiculously OP.
This tweet showing the attack also serves to illustrate Fortnite 2023 in a nutshell.
Doom slayer does Deku's Smash while having Among us on his back, Marshmello as a pickaxe and then hits the gangnam style dance in Fortnite.. pic.twitter.com/sLDHLmzH1HDecember 16, 2022
There's no ETA on when this attack will be restored (or if), and means Epic has now introduced multiple items with season 4 that basically haven't quite worked out: though hopefully the fixes in place now will hold. The game's current login issues persist at the time of publication: Fortnite's current status can be seen here (opens in new tab).
Epic's best-in-class support for Fortnite as a live service game will doubtless see that final gremlin squished before long. The game recently received an upgrade that, almost overnight, seemed to turn Fortnite into a graphical powerhouse (opens in new tab). It's not all sunshine and lollipops, though, with Epic a few weeks ago accepting an eye-watering half-a-billion dollar fine from the FTC (opens in new tab) for failing to protect childrens' privacy.