Fortnite's Season 10 has seen the return of several fan-favorite locations to the Battle Royale game mode that were thought long-forgotten. For the most part, bringing back these drop spots has been met with praise for one of the world's most popular games. That was, until the latest update to brought back two classic Named Locations, but with a catch.
In Season 7, Fortnite introduced the winter biome, which included the additions of Happy Hamlet, Polar Peak and Frosty Flights. Additionally, the suburban location, Greasy Grove, was turned into a frozen river that only made the roofs of the houses that once appeared in the town-like drop available to loot. At the time, players were disappointed to see the incredibly popular location change so drastically, but many held out hope that Greasy would return to form in a subsequent season.
That came to fruition this week as Fornite brought back Greasy Grove to the Battle Royale map. While initially excited, players began to notice something was off with the drop. When a user is inside the so-called "Rift Zone" that houses Greasy, they'll start dancing for a prolonged period in which they're invulnerable to damage and regenerate health at a rapid pace. The gimmick has begun to cause frustration, as it brings any combat to a screeching halt, with any damage inflicted on an opposing player becoming moot.
Across the map, Moisty Mire made its long-awaited return to the Fornite map in the form of "Moisty Palms," which sees Paradise Palms mix with the original location. On paper, the mixture of a Season 1 drop with a current one seems like a lot of fun, but it's far from it at this point. As is with every Rift Zone location, the area around the drop comes with a gimmick that allows the gameplay to change. The alteration in Moisty Palms comes in the form of Prop Hunt.
A fan-favorite, limited-time mode, Prop Hunt made its way into Fortnite earlier this summer before the World Cup. The game is simple: Two teams face off in a version of hide-and-seek in which one group hides by transforming into items and the other hunts them down using weapons.
Because the game mode was such a success, Fortnite decided to implement it into Battle Royale for Season X. So, if a player finds themselves inside Moisty Palms, they can transform into any item, a la Prop Hunt. However, instead of using a designated weapon to transform, users alter their appearance by crouching. Without the ability to duck, combat has become frustrating for many in the newly named location.
Even if some players are having fun turning into cars and dancing with tacos, the gameplay of Fortnite has once again changed for the worse. With Season 10 quickly becoming by far the game's least-popular outing, Epic Games needs to find a way to gain the trust of its community.
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