Epic Is Refunding Anyone Who Bought Gunner, The Re-Skinned ‘Fortnite’ Pup
Earlier this week Epic revealed a new cosmetic, a backpack pet called Gunner, that would be going on sale in the cosmetics store. The Fortnite community quickly complained about the item, however, because it was simply a reskin of Bonesy, a cosmetic that was released in an earlier Battle Pass. Epic has now apologised and will be refunding any purchases, as well as giving buyers an additional 200 V-bucks. Gunner will be put down.
As you can see above, the change between Bonesy and Gunner was slight, a lightening of the fur, a logo added to the bandana, and a change of eye colour. While Gunner is still a delightful little pup, but the differences weren't drastic enough to meet players' expectations - particularly when Epic was charging £7.99/$10 to buy him.
"We should not have released the Gunner Pet and apologize for doing so," Epic said in a statement on Reddit. "Within the next couple of days, all purchases of Gunner will be refunded for the full amount of 1000 V-bucks as well as an additional 200 V-bucks and the Pet will be removed from the Locker.
"Anyone who purchased Gunner and refunds it prior to this make-good will instead receive 200 V-bucks and a replacement Refund Token that can be put towards any eligible items that were purchased within the past 30 days."
Part of the reason fans were annoyed was that Bonesy originally appeared in a Battle Pass. Epic had said in the past that items sold in Battle Passes would be unique and exclusive to the pass, so if you didn't buy a pass and earn the cosmetic then you wouldn't be able to acquire one later. So seeing a reskin of an old item angered the community.
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