This week, Fortnite Battle Royale launched an updated version of its map featuring new points of interest, revamped textures, and some general improvements to gameplay performance. However, while the launch was mostly smooth, developer Epic Games did miss a major glitch with one of the game’s textures.
In the new Junk Junction area, there is a large crane that doesn’t have any collision. As a result, players can walk through the crane until they are fully covered by the large vehicle.
It’s a pretty major thing to miss considering Fortnite players can go inside the crane and not lose much visibility. Luckily, Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode forces players to keep moving to avoid the storm and the crane is inside of a fairly enclosed area. If the crane was out in the open this might be a bigger issue, but as it stands it is still a major glitch.
The good news is that Epic Games has acknowledged the collision glitch and vowed to fix it in an upcoming update. Typically Fortnite BR gets a new update every week, so this shouldn’t last longer than 7 days. It’s important for players to be aware of the glitch, though, so they know to either avoid the crane or fire a few warning shots in case someone is hiding. Think of it like a bush.
To Epic Games’ credit, Lead Level Designer David Spalinski took full responsibility for missing the collision issue, citing that it had been found in testing but he forgot to patch in the fix in time. No doubt Epic had a lot of items on its list with the launch of the new map, and things were bound to slip through the cracks. But it speaks volumes about the community Epic is trying to build and the line of communication the studio has created that a developer can come forward, take the blame, and players don’t immediately pounce on them.
Outside of that, the launch of the updated Battle Royale map seems to be going off without a hitch. Obviously players are focusing on the new points of interest so there is bound to be a lot of fighting (and dying) early on, but eventually, things will calm down. Right now, what’s new is what’s cool but keep an eye out while in Junk Junction.
Fortnite Battle Royale is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.