Epic Games revealed the Battle Pass Week 8 Discovery Challenge skin yesterday. Here are three potential reasons why.
On April 4th, Epic Games posted a teaser image accompanied with the following description description, “Ruin is coming…“. There were two theories as to what ‘Ruin’ would be, either a skin that’ll be available in the Item Shop or the Discovery Challenge Week 8 skin.
Yesterday, Epic confirmed that the ‘Ruin’ skin is the “Week 8 Battle Pass” outfit, posting on the official social media accounts an image of the skin along with the following text, “Battle Pass Owners… Prepare for Ruin. The Week 8 Battle Pass Outfit has been revealed! Complete your Weekly Challenges now to unlock Ruin in Week 8“.
Since the release of these additional challenges that provide Battle Pass owners to unlock an additional skin, Epic have not revealed the skin beforehand. Leakers, however, have leaked the skin the patch before the skin is unlocked. One of the potential reasons why Epic decided to reveal the Discovery Challenge skin before it’s unlockable could be due to the fact that next week’s v8.30 update will be a patch update that’ll contain a handful of new cosmetics in the files, including the Discovery Challenge skin.
In the past, patch updates have been released on the week of the hidden challenge skin being unlocked, for example, last season, The Prisoner skin was leaked in the v7.30 update, two days prior to the week 9 challenges going live. It’s possible Epic decided to reveal the skin early before leakers get a chance to do so in next week’s update.
The second potential reason could be due to the fact that the Ruin skin could set off or be part of some small in-game event. After a majority of players had seen the image, many came to the conclusion that the skin is likely in the next dig site at Loot Lake. There’s a small chance there could be a small in-game event once all the dirt/mud piles have been broken by players, similar to the lava that filled the digsite at Dusty Divot.
There’s been no shortage of complaints thrown Epic’s way lately after they decided to revert the Siphon settings that Epic incorperated into public games in the v7.40 update, with no signs of adding the Siphon settings back. Since then, Epic have decided to remove support for competitive stretched resolution on PC even with pro players using stretched resolution in practise in the lead up to the upcoming Fortnite World Cup.
Epic may have decided to reveal the skin in order to take some attention away from their questionable decisions as of late, however, judging by the Twitter replies on the first teaser, revealing the Discovery Challenge skin won’t mask the frustration players have built up over the last couple of weeks.