Update: Fortnite (opens in new tab) has re-enabled shopping carts once again o the Fortnite map (opens in new tab), a little less than a week after taking them out of the game on June 20. That was actually the fifth time in under ten days that Epic had either enabled or disabled the two-person vehicles (seemingly in response to exploit-enabling glitches and other bugs), so I wouldn't be surprised if carts disappear once again sometime soon. Better enjoy them while they last!
Race away from the Storm! ⛈️🛒Shopping Carts have been re-enabled.June 26, 2018
Fortnite has had a tough time over the last few weeks - and no, I'm not talking about crossplay and account locking concerns (opens in new tab), I'm talking about shopping carts. The two-person vehicle was added to the game back on May 30, prompting tons of memorable chaos as players figured out how to use them effectively (or just had a fun-as-hell time launching off ramps in carts).
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Unfortunately, some learned a little too well, and cart-derived geometry exploits (on top of other issues) have led Epic Games to disable, enable, and re-enable them no less than five times over the last ten days. Here's a complete timeline of the repeated rise and fall of Fortnite carts, pulled straight from the game's official Twitter account.
Shopping carts are introduced on May 30
Players... start your carts! Race across the map and pull off gnarly stunts with Shopping Carts, now available in Battle Royale. pic.twitter.com/Ett0wakSAbMay 30, 2018
Shopping carts are first disabled on June 11
Due to an issue caused by Shopping Carts we’ve disabled the ability to use them while we investigate.June 11, 2018
Shopping carts are re-enabled (for a bit) on June 14
We just released v4.4.1, you may have to restart to download the update. What can you expect?Shopping Carts re-enabled.Pro-Am matches available to view in BR clients.Player Reporting in StW.June 14, 2018
Shopping carts are disabled again on June 16
Due to a bug with the Shopping Cart, we’re temporarily disabling it until we have a fix. We’ll update you once the issue is resolved. June 17, 2018
Shopping carts triumphantly return on June 20...
Ramp up and roll down, Shopping Carts are back.https://t.co/DonAii5Us7Video Credit: u/MarleyLoJune 20, 2018
Until shopping carts are taken out again hours later
Due to ongoing issues, we'll be disabling Shopping Carts again. We'll update you when this issue is resolved.June 20, 2018
That brings us to the present, with shopping carts once again being banished to the netherworld after a scant few hours rolling threatening across the hills of Battle Royale. These things are turning out to be more trouble than Guided Missiles (opens in new tab)! Though as far as I can tell, most folks seem to like shopping carts and want them to stay in the game - just not the associated exploits (opens in new tab) that let people glitch under the map and kill you with impunity.
If and when Epic Games reenables shopping carts in Fortnite, we'll let you know. Hopefully it takes its time and the situation's fully resolved before they make a comeback, though. This kind of story is funny to write, but honestly, I'd rather just get back to enjoying all those ridiculous cart plays.
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