Epic Games responds to misleading Fortnite Xbox One S bundle backlash

Fortnite continues to dominate gaming across the globe with its hit battle royale gameplay. Now touting over 200 million players, it's received widespread acclaim, and now the target of several controversies. The official Fortnite Xbox One S bundle is among the latest, accused of misleading marketing for its digital contents.

All-inclusive themed Xbox bundles are standard practice for Microsoft, distributing its console family alongside leading titles. The $299 Fortnite Xbox One S bundle was poised to be among this holiday's best-sellers, featuring the entry-level console and last-man-standing shooter. Included is a redeemable code for "Full Game + Game Adds Ons," comprised of the free-to-play game, Eon cosmetic bundle, and in-game currency. However, with Fortnite's paid "Save the World" component excluded, buyers voiced concerns over the misleading description.

Fortnite creator, Epic Games, has since responded to the backlash, via a statement posted to Reddit. Affirming it agrees with player concerns, the publisher plans to distribute the $39.99 Fortnite: Save the World component to all bundle owners, or 2,000 V-Bucks.

Hey everyone,We agree that the messaging on the Xbox One S Fortnite Bundle was unclear and so will be granting free access to Save the World for those who purchased the bundle.We are going to begin identifying players who have claimed the Eon Bundle and will be granting their accounts access to Save the World. We will also make sure that all future players who claim the Eon Bundle will be granted access to Save the World moving forward.If you already had purchased Save the World and claimed the Eon Bundle, we will be granting you an additional 2,000 V-Bucks.We hope to have an update shortly on the exact timing of entitlements.

Epic Games later clarified the Save the World rollout is set for 2019 after the holidays conclude.

We'll begin the process of granting retroactive entitlements early next week when our offices reopen for the new year. We will provide an additional update on the progress of the grants around that time.

The Fortnite Xbox One S bundle is still available, currently discounted to $299 via Microsoft, including the newly-added Save the World access.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.