Last week, Fortnite‘s battle royale mode received a controversial update with major gameplay implications. This has led to a great deal of frustration amongst the player base, and many established community members have been speaking out against the changes through various channels. While this type of voiced dissatisfaction is certainly expected, and perhaps warranted, one particularly disgruntled Fortnite player seems to have escalated the situation considerably.
On April 3, the official Fortnite Twitter account was hacked, and the perpetrator used their access to post an array of messages from the account. A majority of these messages had little to offer, asking readers to follow another specified Twitter account, for example, but one statement rang loud and clear: “Revert the changes!!”
The changes that the hacker is demanding be reverted are very likely to be those made in the aforementioned update. Specifically, these changes ended siphoning outside of Fortnite’s new Arena mode. This feature was added with the v7.40 update, and it granted players health and Fortnite‘s materials upon eliminating an opponent.
Of course, players that wish to play with siphoning intact could choose to play Arena, but queue times for this mode have proven less than desirable. Case in point, Fortnite content creator Ninja had a frustrated moment on stream recently, refusing to endure the queue times and then opting to play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice instead.
Furthermore, Epic has also just announced that it will be putting an end to stretched resolution, an image stretching option that some players use to create a wider FOV in Fortnite. This announcement comes less than two weeks before the Fortnite World Cup begins, which means that competitors that use stretched resolution will not have long to adjust to gameplay in native resolution prior to the event.
This has undoubtedly contributed to the general sense of frustration initiated by the siphoning changes, and the Twitter hacking feels like a boiling over of this unrest. While Epic was able to quickly regain control of the account, and delete the hacker’s tweets, the incident certainly shows how strongly some seem to feel about the current state of the game.
At the time of writing, Epic has not made an official statement about the hacking, and the company has not addressed the ongoing fan outcry. As such, Fortnite players may be forced to deal with the absence of siphoning for the foreseeable future.
Fortnite is available now in early access for Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.