Fortnite has already reversed the way explosions damage players in the game, following massive amounts of backlash against splash damage.
If you play Fortnite and have made it through to the final stages of a match, you will know all too well how defensive things can get. It normally comes down to four or five players held up in massive wooden towers. It's the complete opposite from the carnage that goes down in Tilted Towers at the start of every single match.
The defensive mindset of those final few players can make the end of a Fortnite match pretty boring. That's why Epic, the game's developer, has been taking steps to try and dissuade players from doing so. From causing the edge of the storm to damage player-built structures to giving us a vehicle that can tear them down in the quadcrasher.
Players seem okay with those changes for the most part, but not the latest one that came about with last week's update. Epic tweaked how explosions from things like rockets and grenades affect players. Even if you're hidden in a self-built fort or behind a wall, the splash from an explosion can still deal out 25% of its damage. As reported by Forbes, the backlash was so fierce that those changes have already been reversed.
Fortnite officials wrote on its Reddit page over the weekend "We are working on getting the changes reverted ASAP, and will update once completed." The game's developer even asked whether players would be more open to that change if it were introduced differently. Epic asked whether 25% damage is too much, or if the damage ratio should be adjusted depending on the material between the explosion and the player.
While we are all for Epic trying to make the latter stages of Fortnite matches more aggressive, we understand why players thought this was a step in the wrong direction. If you're without something like a rocket launcher at the end of a round, someone can simply spam you with explosives from a distance and there's nothing you would be able to do about it. Credit to Epic, though, the changes were reversed quicker than they would have been for any other game.