Fortnite players are calling for Epic to nerf the all-black superhero skins, calling them ‘pay-to-win.’
In Season 4, Epic introduced a skin set that arguably offered the best value in the game. The customizable superhero skins let players choose different colors, materials, and styles – making several unique outfits out of a single skin.
The community loved this addition for a while. Several players had locker presets filled with this single skin, as the options were seemingly endless.
After a while, ‘sweaty’ Fortnite players noticed that one particular combination of colors offered them a distinct advantage. The black-on-black superhero skins are incredibly difficult to see, especially with shadows enabled.
This is even more of an issue for console players, who don’t have the option to turn shadows off in their graphics settings.
Fortnite had a similar problem with the Plastic Patroller skin set more than a year ago. These all-green skins allowed players to blend in with the grassy environment, forcing Epic to add dirt to them to make them stand out.
These all-black superhero skins might be worse than their predecessors. You can blend in anywhere with these skins – not just in the grass.
At this point, it’s hard to argue that all-black superhero skins aren’t pay-to-win. They give players who purchased the skin a distinct advantage – something that Epic Games have always been against.
It’s only a matter of time before Epic take action on this issue, but we don’t know what they would do. The development team would have to prevent players from selecting all-black variants in some way, but the all-white variant has a similar issue in the snow biome.
Of course, these two combinations should ruin solid-color…