Epic Games has updated Fortnite’s in-game shop to remove an item released last night which comes from the game’s current battle pass.
The Wild music track, which features the soundtrack from Fortnite’s recent Zero Crisis Finale event, was available to buy for several hours. It’s currently part of the game’s Chapter 2 Season 6 battle pass, as its tier 70 reward.
In over three years, Fortnite has never sold a battle pass reward separately via the game’s item shop – and doing so breaks a key promise made by Epic that battle pass items will never be placed on sale separately at a later date.
Fans were quick to kick off at a perceived change to Epic’s rules, and a spokesperson for the company soon confirmed the music would be pulled.
“Shouldn’t be there,” gstaffEpic wrote on the /FortNiteBR reddit. “We’ll be taking it out of the store.”
An hour later, Epic used its Fortnite Status Twitter account to issue an official statement:
“The Wild Lobby Track was made available in the Item Shop today despite also being a Battle Pass Reward,” Epic wrote. “We realise that this was a mistake and will be removing it from the Item Shop.”
The Wild Lobby Track was made available in the Item Shop today despite also being a Battle Pass Reward. We realize that this was a mistake and will be removing it from the Item Shop. pic.twitter.com/aZi94OKdTA
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) March 23, 2021
So, what happened? Epic hasn’t explained the matter further, though it’s clear this wasn’t just a last-minute snafu. The release of the Wild music track was tweeted via now-deleted posts on the game’s social channels with animated samples of the track. It was also separately uploaded to the game’s YouTube for you to listen to – and this is still live, below.
One explanation suggested by some fans is that…