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."
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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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