For the past two weeks, Epic Games has been running a really fun '14 Days Of Fortnite' special event for Christmas and the holidays.
Each day a new free challenge was available and by completing it, you could earn fun cosmetic rewards. Everyone in the Fortnite community assumed we'd have a few days after the 14 days were up to finish these challenges, especially since an Epic Games employee said that this would be the case on social media, indicating that players would have until the 3rd or 4th of January to complete the challenges.
This made sense when we first heard it. After all, these challenges were progressively more time-consuming to complete every day. The first day you had to do just 1 thing. But by day 5 you had to fly through 5 rings. By day 9 you had to dance in front of 9 Holiday Trees. By day 14 you had to search 14 chests. I didn't even bother logging into the game for the past couple of days because I assumed I could wrap all these up over the course of at least the next two or three days. I was planning on doing this with my kids when they got back to my house today (they were with their mom for the past week) and I was really looking forward to helping them earn the cool Gingerbread Pet, one of the coolest items in the game.
For some reason, Epic has instead decided to end the 14 Days of Fortnite challenges already, going back on what they told players.
In a surprisingly lame attempt to make up for this, Epic is giving out the day 14 reward, a special Glider, to anyone who completed at least one challenge during the event (guess if you already got that reward you get nothing at all).
This is a terrible solution and a slap in the face to Fortnite's loyal fan base. If anything, give out the Gingerbread Pet---quite clearly the best of the rewards---not a relatively boring Glider. But really, the obvious solution is to do what you said from the beginning and re-activate the challenges for 2 (or so) more days.
This whole thing is completely mind-bogglingly ridiculous. I honestly can't believe it. I'm not sure I've ever been this disappointed in Epic Games and I'm frankly astonished they would make such a terrible call. Talk about a great way to ruin an otherwise really fun holiday event.
Fortnite fans helped Epic Games earn $3 billion in profits in 2018. Repaying that by getting rid of these challenges days before everyone was expecting is about the Grinchiest possible way to treat fans. You simply do not tell the community that they'll have this extra time and then go back on that. I'm flabbergasted that nobody at Epic has realized this yet and that they think a Glider will make up for this decision.
For many of players, a good chunk of these challenges was nearly complete, with maybe a trick or two to land or a boogie bomb to toss. Without warning, we now no longer have access to complete them. Gamers are returning from vacation to find that they're simply gone.
Epic Games said one thing and then did something else and there is only one way to make it right. We'll see if Epic makes right by its customers. A Glider simply doesn't cut it. A great deal of trust in the company rides on this decision. What a shame a fun holiday event had to end on such a sour note.
P.S. Some people have mentioned that there was a countdown timer for when these would end. That's great. It showed up on day 14 and so nobody who didn't log in that day actually saw it. How this is actually helpful is beyond me.
Also, I want to add to this another complaint I had about this whole holiday event. Epic added snow to the entire map, a really cool thing to celebrate Christmas. It lasted for exactly one day, on Christmas, when many people were busy with family and not playing Fortnite. Why keep doing these special things if you make it so many players can't experience them? The snow map isn't as big a deal as the challenges, but it still kind of illustrates how out-of-touch Epic is with people who have actual lives and don't play Fortnite all day every day. You know, normal people.