Epic Games disables sand tunneling due to a Fortnite glitch
Epic Games have disabled the sand tunneling feature in Fortnite Season 5, in response to a new glitch that players could use to instantly teleport to high-ground.
It’s not unusual for a game’s new season to come with a few bugs. We’ve seen it happen with nearly every major franchise and Fortnite is no exception. Fortnite has featured many exploits including one where players could teleport while jumping from a boat, and then a similar glitch was recently found in Season 5.
A few players saw that they were able to exploit the new sand tunneling feature to teleport themselves. They would disappear into the ground and then come out at an elevated position on top of a structure, allowing you to get yourself out of danger quickly.
Here’s the full details of the new glitch in Fortnite Season 5.
Sand tunneling Fortnite glitch
This glitch was first discovered by YouTuber Glitch King, and he explained how you could make it work in his Fortnite glitches video. It worked a lot like the last teleportation bug, except you would have to use the sand and a gas can.
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Here’s how you could perform the glitch:
- Stand near the sand, then throw the gas can down to the ground
- Sink into the sand, and start moving towards the can
- Ram into the can before jumping up to teleport.
This would immediately teleport you to the building above you. You can see this in Glitch King’s video below.
Epic Games responds to the glitch
This kind of glitch wouldn’t cause too much trouble for casual players, but it would ruin the experience of competitive matches. Your enemies would constantly abuse this exploit to keep teleporting above.
Epic Games had this same concern in mind and responded to it almost immediately. Just a few hours after the glitch video went online, they made a post on the official Fortnite Status Twitter account, stating that they’ve temporarily removed the sand feature in Arena Mode.
They plan to investigate the bug, and will bring back the feature once they come up with a fix for it. This is an unsurprising reaction since they would want to avoid game-breaking errors this early into the newest season.
This isn’t the first time that players have used an exploit with the sand in Fortnite. When Season 5 went live, there was another bug that you could use to enter God Mode and become invisible. Many players found it incredibly infuriating to come up against someone who was glitched out.
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Luckily Epic Games prevented this latest issue from getting that far by responding to the bug quickly. They also took the opportunity to address another bug in Snowdown Shuffle that was causing players to lose their Gold Bars.
With Operation Snowdown well underway, the developers have their hands full with releasing new content. We’re hoping they’ll find a fix soon and once they do, we will be sure to update you.
Image credits: Epic Games