Epic Games’ popular shooter Fortnite is in a fairly interesting spot at the moment being between seasons in the Battle Royale side of the game. With season 7 having wrapped up earlier this month, players have been taking part in Overtime Challenges in an effort to unlock the upcoming season 8 battle pass for free. At the same time, Epic continues to provide subtle hints that more map changes are on the way, with cracks starting to appear all over the map. New Limited Time Modes are also being added, although one in particular is leaving almost as soon as it arrived.
Introduced as part of Fortnite‘s 7.40 update, the Driftin’ LTM mode pits two teams of 32 players against one another on a map that has all chests and ammo boxes removed. Red Supply Drops could be found containing a driftboard that players could use to regenerate health and shields, as well as race around, pull off tricks, and eliminate the opposing team. However, community feedback has noted a number of issues related to item spawning and poor playability in the mode. Epic Games has taken notice, and the mode has now been removed temporarily for fixing.
There are still a few ways for players to get their driftboard fix. The item was added to the PvE side of Fortnite known as Save the World, but for fans of Battle Royale, the popular Team Rumble mode has returns alongside the new driftboard item.
It’s unknown if Team Rumble will only be available until Driftin’ is ready to return. For now, though, Fortnite players can take part in the mode for the next few days at the very least.
We’ve noticed feedback around the Driftin’ LTM and agree it could use work. At 3 PM ET, this mode will be disabled while we make changes. It’ll return in the next few days.
In the meantime, drop into Team Rumble, now with more Driftboard! pic.twitter.com/4YrRu4EcfS
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) February 20, 2019
This isn’t the first time Epic Games has had to step in and remove some sort of item or functionality after it had gone live. Outside of certain character skins and the occasional weapon like dynamite, the game’s Playground Mode struggled mightily after it was originally added to the game.
Shortly after the servers went live, issues began popping up with the matchmaking service prompting Epic Games to issue emergency maintenance in order to disable the limited time mode completely. After a couple of weeks and strenuous internal testing, the mode eventually returned.
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