Fortnite gifting system may arrive in time for the holidays
‘Tis the season for giving – or at least it will be soon. With Thanksgiving just past, Christmas isn’t far off…and Fortnite, apparently, is already gearing up for everyone’s favourite holiday. In a very un-Christmasy move though, Fortnite’s newest feature has been leaked – a gifting system.
It may just be dropped into the game in time for Christmas too – players may soon be able to give their friends non-refundable in-game items, skins and cosmetics. According to fnbr.news, where info on the new system was leaked, it could well be ready in time for the launch of next season.
There is a chance this is fake or simply a sort of decoy of course, but it makes plenty of sense – many platforms and games support the trading of items after all – a feature similar to Steam trading for example would hardly be outlandish and if ever there was a time for it, it would be Christmas!
According to the information we have, using the gifting system will require two-factor authorisation, and it will require them to be level two or higher. There will also likely be restrictions on what can and can’t be gifted (to prevent abuse, etc) – it’s almost guaranteed that season battle passes, straight up V-bucks and bundles won’t be gift-able.
How it is with items that the other party already owns, items that are part of the season pass etc – that remains as of yet unknown. Odds are, there will be some restrictions there as well, so don’t start begging your friends for their rare items JUST yet.
Some info has been given that suggests that gifting will also depend on the platform you play on – PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Android are expected to get the feature. That would mean that, iOS for example won’t get it – but that isn’t a very big deal since accounts can be used for cross-play anyway.
There are still two weeks left of season six and if we are going to see this feature at all, it’ll arrive with or during season seven – in other words, it will be a little bit of time yet before we receive proper confirmation on this potential new feature. So far, Epic has declined to comment on the new feature – not unusual as they rarely confirm or deny this type of thing and there are pretty much always ‘leaks’ – most of them turn out to be fake. This one seems to have some merit at the very least.
One thing is certain though – we’d love to see this one in the game! Given that it has been confirmed that there will be a large update during the holiday season either way, the timing would be perfect. With season seven approaching quickly, be on the look-out for other leaks and bits of info ahead of time – since the next season will cover Christmas, we’re expecting lots of Christmas-y shenanigans and epic new skins and moves from Epic…if you’ll pardon the pun.