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All map changes from the Fortnite v12.40 update

Take a look at what to expect when you drop into your first Fortnite match after v12.40. Here are all of the map changes.



Take a look at what to expect when you drop into your first Fortnite match after v12.40. Here are all of the map changes.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is, thankfully, taking a different route than Season 1 did. There are map changes nearly every update, making the game feel fresh once again.

Before you hop in and explore what’s new, take a look at where you should be heading. There are some differences at The Agency, The Shark, and other small places around the map.

Shark Ghost Prison

The biggest changes came to The Shark. This is the first POI – outside of Deadpool’s Yacht takeover – that didn’t transition to a Shadow base following the challenges.

This shift all but confirms that the allegiances were predetermined. Skye seems to be the one character that would have gone to Shadow if our selections carried any weight.

Via: @HappyPower

Players are still exploring the new POI and all that comes with it. Small details will likely be uncovered later in the week.

One of the most obvious details is that there’s a massive cell dedicated to one person. This is the kind of cell that you see in the movies – designated for a prisoner with enhanced abilities or one that is incredibly dangerous.

Who is being held, here? One of the superheroes on Deadpools’ team? Midas? A character whom we have yet to meet? Popular theories have Midas leading Ghost, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to be in there. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

The Agency

The Agency has gone through some subtle changes, as well. The hatches that appeared after the v12.30 update are now glowing, as you can see from the image above.

According to a leak from @iFireMonkey, the Agency will transition from a Ghost POI to a Shadow POI. It will be interesting to see where Midas goes after this or if he changes sides as well. This remains to be confirmed, of course.

Via: @FortTory

Other changes

There are a few, smaller, changes around the Fortnite map. We have some lore-specific changes that will only apply to those who have been following some of the subtle storylines of the season.

The Chair Truck that has been traveling around the map for the duration of Chapter 2 has crashed. Unfortunately, its story may have ended.

There are a few similar changes to this, as well. The Pipeman now has a gold wrench to take with him on his journey and a previously-crashed car is being hauled to Lazy Lake.

Speaking of Lazy Lake, there’s a new building in this area. The No Sweat Insurance company has returned and set up shop at Lazy Lake. You can find their signs in other areas, as well, including Pleasant Park, Sweaty Sands, and Frenzy Farm.

The update is still young, so players are still discovering all of the changes around the map. We’ll keep you posted when we find out more about what v12.40 has brought us.


Speculating on the rumored Flare Gun in Fortnite Season 3

How do you think the rumored Flare Gun will work in Fortnite Season 3?



Fortnite Season 3 has been delayed by an extra week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate about what it will bring. We’ve seen leaks and rumors that revolve around a flooded map, seemingly confirmed by the early release of the Season 3 icon on the PlayStation store.

One of the Season 3 leaks includes mention of a Flare Gun, which has a portion of the community guessing as to how it will work. Here’s one speculation from Reddit user u/DaBobbyKing.

Via: u/DaBobbyKing

We think these numbers seem reasonable, but that this isn’t the only application of the Flare Gun. We think that it will be similar to the Harpoon Gun in more ways than one.

In our opinion, the Flare Gun will be used for a new mechanic in Fortnite Season 3. It could even have a single use and trigger a Supply Drop, similar to Loadout Drops in WarZone.

This is only working within the confines of the mechanics from Seasons 1 and 2. It could be related to something entirely new – the same way that fishing was added to Chapter 2 Season 1.

Either way, we’re looking at the rumored Flare Gun through the same lense as the Harpoon Gun. We predict that it will be a support item first and a weapon second. Sure, you can deal some damage with it, but more players will use it for its primary feature.

What will that feature be? Until June 17, your guess is as good as ours. Let us know in the Twitter replies and comments.

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Fortnite players claim Epic missed an opportunity with Season 3 delay

Some Fortnite fans are claiming that the Season 3 delay was a “missed opportunity” to raise money for charity.



On June 3, we learned that Epic Games were postponing Fortnite Season 3 due to the current climate and protests against police brutality in the United States. The season was set to release on June 11 but has been pushed another week until June 17.

This is the third time that Season 2 has been extended, nearing Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. Despite the delay being predicted and understandable, Fortnite players were disappointed to hear the news.

Following the delay, many Fortnite players took to social media to express their frustrations. Some even called this a “missed opportunity” for Epic Games to incite some genuine change with their massive platform.

Several posts hit the r/FortniteBR subreddit that suggested that Epic should have released the season as planned and donated a portion of their Battle Pass proceeds to related charities.

Two posts, specifically, called out Epic Games for this missed opportunity, including one from @KudosOnYT and another from u/ViangelPlaysGamesYT. Both posts have since been removed by moderators of the subreddit.

The post by ViangelPlaysGamesYT suggested that Epic add something to the Item Shop to generate money for charity instead of delaying the season and “really changing nothing.”

Electronic Arts, with all of the hate they get in the gaming community for their microtransactions, announced that they’d be donating $1 million to charity and “double match any funds that you donate to these and any other local organizations through our YourCause program during the month of June.” They announced several related initiatives in their blog post as well.

Credit: Epic Games

We’ll have to see if Epic take any of these suggestions to heart. As of now, a chunk of the community tends to view the Season 3 delay under a selfish light – that Epic didn’t want the new Fortnite season overshadowed by real-world events.

Hopefully, that’s not the case and we see some sort of related charitable efforts from Epic and other studios and publishers in the wake of recent events. The opportunity is not completely missed, yet.

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How to make an explosive drone in Fortnite

This Fortnite exploit allows you to make Proximity Mines hover in the air.



Fortnite exploits run the gamut of being incredibly overpowered to meme-worthy. There will always be exploits in a complex game like Fortnite, and this one falls into the latter category.

We first saw this exploit on display from trickshotter FaZe Mew. He used the floating Proximity Mine/C4 exploit to hit another in a long line of insane shots. It’s too bad that it only resulted in a hitmarker.

Reddit user u/Slushyguy posted a brief tutorial on how to make these items fly. All you have to do is throw them at a wall, edit the wall, then destroy the wall. From there, the explosives will fly on their own.

It appears as though you can change the direction of these explosives with additional building pieces. At least, you can make them go higher into the air with ramps.

This is an interesting exploit, but will probably get more attention in the trickshotting community. We’d love to see someone get a kill with this roaming mine, though. At least, it’s something that will keep you busy while we wait another two weeks for Chapter 2 Season 3.

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