Epic Yanks Guided Missiles From Fortnite, At Least For Now

Epic Yanks Guided Missiles From Fortnite, At Least For Now

Imagine if you could produce a missile that would instantly do your bidding. Would you use it to sail across the sky like a combustion-powered witch? Or would you mostly just be a dick to people? It seems that Epic has decided that the latter is a big enough concern to shelve Fortnite‘s guided missile.

As part of an update today, Epic said that guided missiles are going bye-bye for now. “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback around the Guided Missile, in particular concerns over fairness and strength of the weapon,” Epic wrote on Reddit. “We share your concerns, so we’ve put the Guided Missile into the vault while we figure out the next steps for its future.”

While popular due to the creative shenanigans it enabled and rare enough that it wasn’t as though it was growing on the trees it’d eventually blow up, Fortnite‘s guided missile was declared OP AF on arrival.

Ever since it was added to the game in late March, players have complained that when a guided missile or two did enter the picture, they blotted out most other strategic possibilities. And while they were rare, the odds that someone would have one by the end of a match – especially a squad match – were semi-decent. Fighting tooth-and-nail to reach the top of the heap, only to leave in a body bag for reasons outside your control? Not super fun.

RIP for now, guided missile. It’s up in Heaven, pissing off angels.


  • only to leave in a body bag for reasons outside your control?

    Surely this describes every player death. Except drowning. Or falling. Or blowing yourself up…

    Surely this describes most player deaths.

    • Getting killed by the enemy is always at least partly within your control.
      No one forced you to sign up for the marines/space-corp/resistance/secret-government-research-facility-with-dubious-motives. You could have just stayed home with a cup of tea and a good book.

      Admittedly, At Home with a Cup of Tea and a Good Book would be a much less entertaining game. But it does have loot boxes with bottles of wine in them to liven things up a bit.

      • I’ve been grinding to get The Hot Water Bottle and The Log Fire, but I just get The Tartan Blanket again and again and again.

      • Plus, you haven’t met my missus. I was bloody drafted.

        “Stop playing PUBG, we’re going to play some Fortnite!!”

        “Yes dear.”

  • I said it was rubbish when it came out and it will not be missed.

    Outside of solo, it was too op if you had teammates to protect you whilst you used it

    • Agreed. The balance for its power was the vulnerability you had using it. But if you are protected by a team mate and that vulnerability is removed then wtf.

      I used to hate having to hide from it at end game. Not being able to rush cause you constantly had to build little forts.

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