Some Fortnite players are feeling burned over a new skin that was released to celebrate the start of the 14 Days of Summer event. The reason being is that the skin is a modified version of another skin exclusive to the Season 5 Battle Pass.
The skin in question is the Summer Drift skin, a beached-out version of Drift from the Season 5 Battle Pass. Like his Season 5 counterpart, Summer Drift has the face cover and Kitsune mask, but sports swim trunks and lei instead of pants and sleeveless shirt. But aside from the beach makeover, Summer Drift is the same character as the one from Season 5.
Summer Drift is available to purchase for 1500 V-Bucks, or about $15 USD. Though you'll need to spend at least $20 for two 1000 V-Bucks bundle, as Epic Games doesn't sell a 1500 V-Buck bundle.
The reason why players were so surprised to see a Battle Pass skin in the item shop, where skins and items can be purchased for real-world money, is because Epic's own guidelines on its Battle Pass says skins earned through the pass are exclusive.
Even when there are modified versions of Battle Pass skins, like Fishstick from Season 7, the variants are usually released for free to customers who purchased that Battle Pass and earned the skin.
The primary concern is that the value of a Battle Pass-exclusive skin could lower if there are variants of it that are just going to be sold later down the line. Skins in Fortnite hold valuable cache as they signify time spent earning it in a particular season. And Epic keeps the rarity of skins high by noting that if a player misses out on a skin exclusive to a Battle Pass, it's gone forever.
As reported by Eurogamer, the r/Fortnite thread has desenters who see this is as setting a bad precedent. One user asks where the line is preventing Epic from doing something similar with a past Battle Pass skin that's become rare over time.
On the other hand, there are some players who see this Summer Drift as a good thing, as it gives players who do miss out on a Battle Pass skin a second chance to get it. And so far, this is the only example of Epic releasing a Battle Pass skin variant in the item shop. But players are watching suspiciously as this could prove to be a turning point for how the skin economy in Fortnite grows in the future.