Fortnite adds then removes split-screen mode

Epic Games continues to work on implementing split-screen for Duos and Squads.

The addition of local split-screen for Duos and Squads in Fortnite has been in the works for a while. As one of the most requested features, players were excited to hear that split-screen was made available to Fortnite players on console earlier this morning. However, shortly after its arrival in Fortnite, it was removed by Epic Games for additional fine-tuning.

Fortnite adds then removes split-screen mode

Fortnite adds then removes split-screen mode
Split-screen is being added to Fortnite on console, though Epic Games had to remove the feature to work on a few last-minute adjustments.
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The addition of split-screen mode for Duos and Squads in Fortnite is exciting as it means you’ll be able to play with a friend on the same console, not just in an online lobby. At launch, the mode will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Speaking of the split-screen launch, split-screen was indeed introduced earlier today via Patch 11.30, though Epic Games had to remove it due to an unspecified issue according to a post on Twitter. Epic confirmed they’ll update players as soon as the issue has been resolved and split-screen has been added back into Fortnite.

Experiencing technical difficulties with a mode like split-screen isn’t exactly surprising given how difficult it is to do properly. Furthermore, Patch 11.30 takes the time to clarify that the split-screen launch is far from complete, noting it’ll continue to be improved in the future. Other features added via Patch 11.30 include being able to view the Item Shop through your Party Hub on the Fortnite mobile app.

Similarly, Fortnite players have reported issues with the Item Shop following the introduction of Patch 11.30, including seeing different countdown timers. The Fortnite Status account confirmed this is another thing that’s being worked on and that new items will appear at their regularly scheduled time of 7 p.m. (EST).

Overall, we’re excited to try out split-screen in Fortnite on console once Epic Games resolves the associated issues with it. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the addition of split-screen for Duos and Squads in Fortnite on console? Are you excited? Are you frustrated that you’ll have to wait a little bit longer? Let us know down in the comments below!

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