Fortnite players have been mad about mechs for a while, but now it seems Epic is taking action to satisfy another point of contention. A seemingly re-skinned dog cosmetic is now being removed after owners of the original decried its breach of exclusivity.
First noted on Reddit, the Gunner pet looks an awful lot like a previously exclusive Battle Pass cosmetic, season six's Bonesy. With a slightly different scarf and a few other changes aside, they look essentially the same.
Epic's already drawn ire from Fortnite players over a similar situation with a beachwear version of existing character Drift, but at the time it was a much greater swap. With these two Fortnite pups, the Gunner version has very minor changes to differentiate it from Bonesy, and it costs more than a Battle Pass.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Epic has said it apologizes for releasing the Gunner pet and will be refunding users who purchased it. Those who already bought it will get a refund in V-bucks, as well as an additional 200 V-bucks.
It's good to see Epic address this, as fans are buying time-limited skins with the expectation they won't be re-sold down the line. Still, it does make me think about how many cosmetics are in games like Fortnite, how much it costs to keep up, and how far the artists and developers can really take these aesthetic changes.
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