Fortnite’s latest season kicked off this morning and includes a big change not mentioned in the patch notes. The free-to-play battle royale sensation has changed how its in-game challenges work – how you acquire XP to level up and earn rewards.
And, unfortunately, there seems far less for free players who don’t own the £7.99 Battle Pass.
Weekly Challenges are now themed, named things like “Road Trip” and “Rumble Royale” for achieving the usual sorts of tasks but related to hero character Drift or playing Team Royale mode. But these challenges are all locked behind the Battle Pass. There’s no smattering of free challenges on offer as before.
Daily Challenges appear to have been removed entirely. There’s no word from Epic on why.
Silver (free) tiers of the Battle Pass do still exist, however. There’s no change there.
Of course, this is still day one of the new season, and free challenges may pop up in the future. But already, free-playing fans have expressed their surprise at this unadvertised move.
no more daily challenges? how am i supposed to buy the battle pass now? all my preparation gone pic.twitter.com/OO1c7uI0l7
— Triipeey from YT (@triipeey) August 1, 2019
In particular, players who bought last season’s Breakpoint pack which requires you to complete Daily Challenges to earn out its various rewards, have taken to Twitter to say they can no longer progress.
Hi! So yesterday I bought the Breakpoint bundle and got the challenges. Now I can?t complete them as apparently you?ve removed daily challenges and all the other challenges require the battle pass. I either want the battle pass for free or I want a refund, this is unacceptable!
— Vinicius18?? (@ViniJrMadrid) August 1, 2019
We’ve asked Epic what will be included for free players in the future, and if there’s a fix coming for those stuck with their Breakpoint challenges.