"We messed up," a recent tweet from Fortnite developer Epic reads in an unsurprising acknowledgment of the madness created by the Infinity Blade. The recent addition of the Mythic item to Fortnite Battle Royale has caused a huge stir, and it looks like players won't bee seeing it again any time soon.
Heya folks,— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 14, 2018
We messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered / without good counters, especially in the end game.
The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to Mythic items.
Thanks for calling us out on this!
Even before anyone had even laid hands on the new Infinity Blade sword, players had concerns about its balancing within the game. It was first introduced as of patch version 7.01, and not only did it do considerable damage in close-quarters combat, it granted an increased health and shield pool, regenerated health, increased movement speed, negated fall damage, and took down structures with ease.
Given how many players were having fun with the Mythic weapon, Epic did at least make an attempt to balance it. The team announced an upcoming adjustment for the weapon just yesterday, promising that the Infinity Blade would get nerfed in update 7.10. Apparently that plan fell by the wayside in the grand scope of things, and the two-weeks-young Infinity Blade is now consigned to the darkness of the vault. Further, given the extremely mixed reception to the blade, the crew at Epic are now re-evaluating the need for Mythic items in general.
It's been an interesting two weeks for Fortnite players, to say the very least. Now that the new Infinity Blade sword has been removed from Fortnite, fans should expect some semblance of order to return in Epic Games' hit battle royale. To stay on top of the absolute latest developments, be sure to stop by Shacknews' Fortnite home page.