Fortnite fans were supposed to get their first taste of the Close Encounters limited-time mode today, but that may not happen. Just a few minutes after going live, Epic Games has announced it has temporarily disabled the mode to fix issues.
Due to an issue with Close Encounters, we’ve had to disable this LTM while we investigate. _— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 25, 2018
In the meantime, we’ve enabled Solid Gold. _
“Due to an issue with Close Encounters, we’ve had to disable this LTM while we investigate,” Epic said in a tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter account. Based on the accounts of users who were able to play the mode, the main bug involves non-Shotgun ammo spawning in this Shotgun-only mode. Some players have also discussed issues with “sky bases” following the recent implementation of the Jetpack Backpack.
As of now it’s unclear when Close Encounters will return, but it’s been replaced by Solid Gold V2 for the time being. If you need help mastering Solid Gold, feel free to read our dedicated guide for the mode.
For those who missed the news from this week’s 4.2 patch notes, Close Encounters is a Shotgun and Jetpack-only mode. Heavy Shotguns and Jetpacks can be found in Chests and Supply Drops, while other varieties of Shotguns are relegated to Floor Loot. When that loot also includes ammo for guns you can’t use, that’s a pretty big problem. This is far from the first issue Epic has faced with limited-time modes recently. Just last week, Solid Gold V2 was mentioned in the first round of 4.2 patch notes but not added to the game until this week.
Stay tuned for our Close Encounters guide, which is planned to go live shortly after the mode returns. We’ll update this post as new details become available.
Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, PC and iOS.
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