Permanently invisible killing machines with increased agility do sound just a bit unfair.
Shadow Stones, one of Fortnite’s new Season 6 additions, are being temporarily removed after players encountered a rash of problems with them, reports Kotaku.
Specifically, the items are making players permanently invisible, letting them use all their items and abilities while invisible, making them permanently move faster and jump higher, permanently granting them the dash ability, and allowing them to glitch inside trucks.
With none of the added power being intended by Epic Games, the developer is going back to the drawing board with Shadow Stones.
“Due to an issue with Shadow Stones, we’re disabling them until we have a fix,” Epic tweeted yesterday.
Shadow Stones were intended to let players move faster, jump higher, have a dash ability, appear as a shadowy figure while moving and turn invisible while standing still for a period of about 45 seconds. While invisible, players were supposed to be unable to use their weapons or build.
The extra powers that some players are getting from Shadow Stones appear to be getting enabled whenever a player is downed shortly after they acquire one of the stones and then revived by a teammate.
In Fortnite’s in-game lore, Shadow Stones were created as a result of the purple cube event that ended Season 5 and started Season 6. Shadow Stones aren’t the only thing that’s gone awry with the sixth season, as Epic has also had to remove “embarrassing and unintended” boob physics. Nevertheless, Fortnite is now so big that it can bully Sony and Nintendo.
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