The Fortnite Gifting system was leaked MONTHS ago, but finally, we have our first proper in-game footage of it in action within Fortnite Battle Royale.
Earlier today one Fortnite leaker, @The1Jaren revealed footage on Twitter which showed a short video showing exactly how the gifting system could and should work in the game.
From the looks of the video, you should be able to gift players from within the item shop and send to multiple people at once.
Although it does look like there are some limitations, namely how often you can send gifts.
You can also personalise your gift with a custom message.
There’s still no details on the gifting feature release date however, we would imagine that with it seemingly finished and ready to go, we should see it in an upcoming update in the not too distant future.
The Fortnite gifting skins feature didn’t arrive during Season 5 and although there was some hope that it might arrive as part of the games new Season 6 update, fans were ultimately left disappointed once again.
Now, this isn’t to say that Epic aren’t planning to release the gifting feature during Fortnite Season 6 in the weeks ahead, it’s just it clearly wasn’t planned as one of the headline Season 6 features.
However, it is increasingly strange that Epic seemingly added the files related to Skin gifting to the game so long ago without acting on it further.
Like so many other long-awaited features, such as the next Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack, we’ll have to wait patiently to find out when Epic Games intend to release these features.
Stay tuned for updates throughout Season 6…
FORTNITE GIFTING SYSTEM DELAY
Quite a number of weeks back Fortnite added a gifting feature into the game, but, importantly, it wasn’t made live in the game.
Then, a few weeks later, there was further proof of the gifting system going live in the games 4.5 update which gave some further clarity on how the feature would work and the various in-game messages users would see.
Fast forward a few more weeks and the gifting system in Fortnite STILL isn’t live. And unfortunately, for the time being, there’s no telling when it could go live in the game.
The only conclusion we can make, right now, is that in the pecking order of importance, gifting is pretty low on the list.
Epic Games dev team were/are probably concentrating on more important features such as Playground mode V2 (recently added back into the game) and the rollout for the Fortnite Android release, which was only officially announced last week.
We suspect that gifting could be finally introduced once the Android release has been fully launched, which could still be a couple of weeks.
FORTNITE GIFTING RELEASE IMMINENT?
Epic Games new Fortnite Gifting feature could be coming a lot sooner than previously thought, with new evidence in the games most recent update that suggests the developers are putting the wheels in motion to release the new feature very soon.
As touched on previously, the Fortnite Battle Royale gifting feature first appeared in the 4.5 update released some weeks back on 27th June 2018.
But as shown by the Fortnite Battle Royale Leaks Twitter account (@FNBRLeaks) the new update contains various new strings of text which allude to the gifting system.
For instance, the text shown has various different messages that may accompany gifted items, such as “Hope you like this gift. Good luck; have fun!” and error messages like “We can’t find the item you’re looking to gift (we even checked the stockroom.)”
Some of the messages also hint that currency can be used to purchase gifts for other uses, with strings of text that read:
“Sorry, you do not have enough currency to gift these items.” There’s also several instances of “V-bucks” appear which might suggest that the in-game currency will be used to purchase items for gifting purposes.
One of the lines also says “Optional message up to 100 characters” which suggest you might be able to leave customized messages when gifting.
Of course, all of this could change significantly before it goes live, but given that this is the first instance of files being added for the gifting feature since the initial reveals some weeks back, we could see this go live in the not too distant future.
Potentially, next Tuesday with the games next significant in-game update.
* LEAK * There’s a lot going on in these photos but let me explain
– The 1st photo is all the strings (text) within the Gifting files.
– The 2nd & 3rd photo shows all the called assets including a V-Buck icon (it may be the currency used while gifting)
– The 4th shows the files pic.twitter.com/vHTjL47IBi
— Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks (@FNBRLeaks) July 17, 2018
Original Story – As of update 4.5 in Fortnite, players have noticed that Fortnite Battle Royale has include the ability to gift fellow players skins and items.
This new mechanic isn’t live in the game just yet, but thanks to players examining the data files that came along with update 4.5, we already know quite a lot about the pending in-game Battle Royale feature.
The new option, which can be found under ‘Account And Content’, will let Fortnite players turn on the ability to “receive gifts from others”.
Epic hasn’t revealed quite what this will result in, but we’re assuming it will let players gift their friends skins or other cosmetic items from the game.
We don’t know whether Epic will allow players to transfer V-Bucks or emotes to other players, but usually, in games like this, currency is locked to accounts, so we’ll have to wait and see.
After fans spotted the gifting in Fortnite feature, Epic Games confirmed that it is coming “in the future”, though the developer has not yet revealed a date the feature will drop.
In a Reddit post, Epic employee and Redditor MrPopo said: “Gifting will be coming in the future.”
“We don’t have an exact date to share, but we will inform you once we do.”
This feature seems to have been introduced behind-the-scenes with update 4.5. But at the time of writing we’re now in Fortnite Season 5 and the new gifting feature shows no signs of going live just yet.
The most recent update to the game is coming tomorrow, Tuesday July 17th, but again it doesn’t seem like the gifting feature is going to be apart of that particular update, at least based on the early patch notes.
“Discover what’s new in the v5.0 Content Update! Available tomorrow, July 17 at 8 AM Eastern Time (1200 GMT),” reads the new Epic Games tweet.
This means UK fans should be able to download the games new update from 1pm BST.
In a follow-up tweet, the developer also reassured fans that there would be no downtime for this content update.
Full patch notes for the new content update will be revealed at 1pm UK time when the update goes live.
Epic usually shares patch notes via the Fortnite Trello board, and if they’re to be believed, the new Battle Royale update will include a fix for a problem in which stats don’t record properly.
“We’re investigating an issue where players stats aren’t always being reported properly,” notes a statement from Epic.
Epic is also investigating a problem with voice chat on PC, as well as an issue with unequipping items in the locker. The developer also notes it’s looking into a problem with Toilet Paper and Chinese Lantern contrails not appearing.