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Fortnite's New Infinity Blade Weapon Removed for Being 'Overpowered' by Epic Games

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Fortnite's New Infinity Blade Weapon Removed for Being 'Overpowered' by Epic Games
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  • Epic Games has removed Infinity Blade weapon from Fortnite
  • The weapon was too powerful and there was no way to defend against it
  • Epic is reevaluating its approach to Mythic weapons in Fortnite

Epic Games has removed the Infinity Blade weapon from Fortnite Battle Royale. The company said the Infinity Blade was "overpowered" and that it doesn't have any good countermeasures to defend against it, which is why it's been removed from Fortnite. At the moment Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world. It's a battle royale game where up to 100 players are paradropped on a map and the last person standing wins. Fortnite, unlike PUBG and PUBG Mobile, encourages players to build structures in the game.

Infinity Blade in Fortnite was introduced as part of the 7.01 update, and the company announced on Reddit that it would be getting rid of it. This weapon appeared only once per match but anyone who got their hands on it became overpowered instantly. This is because the Infinity Blade in Fortnite could destroy structures in one blow and deal 75 damage to players with a single hit. Even nearby players would get dealt 25 damage.

The person wielding the Infinity Blade in Fortnite also got 200 health and 200 shields, with 1HP per second health regeneration. With the Infinity Blade in Fortnite you could also move at 130 percent the speed of other players and you'd get an instant burst of 50HP every time you killed an enemy. If that wasn't enough, the person first picking up the Infinity Blade in a Fortnite match would instantly be healed to full health and shields.

These elements combined to make it so powerful that the game became unbalanced. There was no counter-weapon to defend against the Infinity Blade in Fortnite. This led to horribly unbalanced matches and this Epic Games' statement: “Heya folks, 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!”

It's good to see Epic Games owning up to its mistake in Fortnite and re-evaluating its approach to Mythic weapons for better in-game balance. At the moment Fortnite is Epic's primary cash cow and it's so popular that the company has decided to dedicate almost all of its resources towards developing this game.

This is the reason why the Infinity Blade games were removed from the iOS App Store, a move that has upset quite a few people. Epic Games' Fortnite is not available on Google Play but via its own app store for Android. The company has recently launched the Epic Game Store on PC, and has been wooing developers to its platform by offering a better revenue split than its biggest rival — Steam.


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Pranay Parab Pranay is in charge of podcasts and videos at Gadgets 360. Over the years, he has helped build the tutorials section of this site from the ground up, got the Guide section off the ground, started two podcasts, written several in-depth features, reviewed fitness gadgets, handled social media and most recently, taken charge of videos as well. He loves travelling, particularly to places not frequented by tourists. He keeps running half-marathons across the country and hopes to complete a full ...More
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