UPDATE 23/3/21 16:00 UK: Fortnite will refund all purchases of the Wild music track, an epic spokesman told Eurogamer. The item should not have been included in the game’s department store, the company confirmed, and its appearance did not change any rules regarding the exclusivity of match items.
ORIGINAL STORY 12pm UK: Epic Games has updated Fortnite’s game store to remove an item that was released last night and that comes from the game’s current gameplay.
The Wild music track, which has the soundtrack from Fortnite’s recent Zero Crisis Final event, was available for purchase for several hours. It is currently part of the match chapter 2 season 6 match, which amounts to level 70.
For over three years, Fortnite has never sold a match pass reward separately via the game’s department store – thus breaking an important promise from Epic that match pass items will never be sold separately at a later date.
Fans were quick to start with a perceived change in Epic’s rules, and a spokesman for the company soon confirmed that the music would be pulled.
“Should not be there,” gstaffEpic wrote on / FortNiteBR reddit. “We’ll take it out of the store.”
An hour later, Epic used his Fortnite Status Twitter account to issue an official statement:
“Wild Lobby Track was made available in the Item Shop today despite also being a Battle Pass Reward,” Epic wrote. “We realize this was a bug and will remove it from the store.”
Wild Lobby Track was made available in the Item Shop today despite the fact that it was also a Battle Pass Reward. We realize this was a bug and will remove it from the store. pic.twitter.com/aZi94OKdTA
– Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) March 23, 2021
So what happened? Epic has not explained the matter further, although it is clear that this was not just a last minute. The release of the Wild music track was tweeted via now deleted posts on the game’s social channels with animated examples of the track. It was also uploaded separately to the game’s YouTube so you can listen to it – and this is still live below.
One explanation suggested by some fans is that Wild was originally intended as a retail item that should only be exchanged into the match pass at the last minute – and only after the game’s content and social posts were planned in advance. If true, this would mean that Epic decides what to sell in Fortnite’s popular in-game store weeks in advance, and then programs it all in at that point.
Back in 2019, Epic was forced to reverse the release of Gunner, a reskinned pet dog that was almost identical to an earlier part of a fight.
“We should not have released Gunner Pet and apologized for doing so,” Epic said at the time. Gunner was repaid, and then cut out of Fortnite’s files completely, never to return.
Epic has not yet repaid the purchase of Wild, but is expected to do so soon. We have contacted the company for more information.