Fortnite players have spent weeks complaining about the game’s Item Shop offerings, and there are a few reasons why they feel justified in doing so.

The Fortnite Item Shop is home to many of the game’s coolest collaborations, alongside what must, at this point, be around 1000 original skins created by Epic Games.

But lately, the Item Shop’s stock has been a little disappointing. Here are a few reasons why we believe that might be:

Why Fans Hate the Item Shop

Poor Offerings

The Fortnite Item Shop on the best of days is filled with incredible collab skins, and interesting original Outfits that often sync up with the latest real-world holidays.

However, while we’ve seen a few Christmas-themed cosmetics lately, it’s clear that the offerings haven’t been Epic Games’ best in recent weeks.

The issue began with the recent Fortnite OG season, where the Item Shop almost ceased to exist.

Fortnite OG Shop

In an effort to capture the old feel of the Fortnite shop, Epic Games reverted the Item Shop to just a single panel of skins, which was frustrating to returning fans who were hoping to spend their V-Bucks.

But even in Chapter 5, Fortnite’s Item Shop doesn’t seem to be getting better. And there are a few reasons that contribute to why that is:

Rick and Morty Forever

Someone over at Epic Games sure seems to like Adult Swim’s favorite cartoon series, as Rick and Morty refuses to ever leave the shop for long.

We’ve seen the likes of Queen Summer and Mecha Morty appear on December 12-16, return on December 20-22, and then resurface yet again on December 28.

Rick and Morty Skins in Fortnite Item Shop

That’s three re-runs in the same month, yet the Rick Sanchez skin that players actually want will never be able to return, thanks to its presence in a prior Battle Pass.

“Why are they here?? I promise you epic, anyone who wanted these cosmetics owns them by now,” Reddit user mystireon writes.

Fans are losing their minds over the constant presence of lackluster Rick and Morty skins, while other collaborations have gone months without returning.

Lack of Returning Skins

And while Morty, Summer, and Mr Meeseeks run rampant in the Item Shop, fan-favorite skins are going months or even years without returning.

Here are a few of the skins we’ve seen most heavily requested, alongside their most recent Item Shop return:

  • Captain Levi / Mikasa Ackermann – Last Seen April 24, 2023
  • Ezio Auditore – Last Seen February 12, 2023
  • Ryu / Chun Li – Last Seen August 1, 2022
  • Master Chief – Last Seen June 3, 2022
  • Kratos – Last Seen March 19, 2021

There’s no wonder that Fortnite fans are so angry about the constant Rick and Morty re-runs, as many feel as though it’s taking away the opportunity for another collab to take its place.

Expensive New Items

And it’s not just Rick and Morty that’s currently flooding the Item Shop either.

A lot of space is currently dedicated to items from Rocket Racing and Fortnite Festival – ones that are a lot more expensive than players would like.

Although Epic Games has already lowered the price of the Rocket League cars, and partially refunded the players who bought them, that didn’t stop the company from listing the Lamborghini collab at a staggering 3,500 V-Bucks for what is effectively just a single car.

Fortnite Lamborghini

What’s more, the Item Shop also contains 30 purchasable songs for the Guitar Hero-inspired mode on any given day, each for 500 V-Bucks.

And if you’re looking to buy a guitar, microphone, or drum kit, expect to shell out another 1000 V-Bucks for that too.

Songs in Fortnite Item Shop

Thankfully, we do expect the poor Item Shop offerings to come to an end soon. Epic Games is currently on break for the holidays, and should be returning to work in the New Year.

As such, fans can likely expect improvements in the coming days. But for now, it’s easy to see why players are complaining about the Fortnite Item Shop.

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