Epic Games Apologizes for Fortnite Update That Wiped Out Player Bases

August 5, 2017Written by Zarmena Khan

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Epic Games’ Fortnite recently received an update that took players by surprise as it wiped out their bases from the Plankerton, Canny Valley, and Twine Peaks Storm Shield maps without a warning. Since the change was somehow left out of the patch notes, Epic has officially acknowledged that it “messed up” while offering an explanation for the change alongside refunding building materials that were used in the construction of the bases.

Here’s an official statement from the studio’s Zak Phelps:

Ok first we messed up in missing a HUGE part of our patch notes. I apologize. We understand how much time you have invested in building your Storm Shield base, it’s your home, your defense, your vision, we feel that way too. We will be dedicated in providing detailed at patch notes going forward.

In our haste to get this patch out we missed clarifying tweaks to the Plankerton, Canny Valley and Twine Peaks Storm Shield maps. We decided to make change to those maps to improve game balance at upper difficulties. Map changes require us to reset any base you have built. Building materials and traps have been refunded into your Storm Shield Storage, the storage overflows in cases like these so you have every piece of stone, every trap laid ready to be reused. We have to do this to avoid issues with built bases conflicting with the map changes. We know that the time it took to create your base can’t be replaced, we hope that opportunity to rebuild with all your resources and past experience will allow you to make an even better base.

As we move through Early Access we will be modifying the game and making changes to improve the experience, at times this will mean changes that require refunds to core systems like the skill tree, research tree, and storm shields. We are never going to reset your overall progression.

Apologizing yet again, Epic promised that going forward, it’ll communicate any changes before they come into effect.

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[Source: Epic Games]