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This amazing Fortnite build tip can save precious mats

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Builds are a central aspect of Fortnite gameplay and remaining efficient is important. This tunneling tip can save resources while allowing for maximum protection.

Tunneling in Fortnite is a form of building that involves moving forward (usually to get away from a fight or the Storm) while building a tunnel to defend against incoming fire. The process can cost precious mats which can make end-game fights a pain.

However, there is a new technique that can mitigate the mat bleed. The process involves the usage of pre-edited cones instead of stairs/ramps.

The player will create a slanted-ramp with the cone pre-edit. This saves 1 mat per tile allowing you to build more and save resources for more important encounters. The technique is brought to us by courtesy of “ImSpeedGonzalez.”

I know it’s meme monday, but here’s a tunneling tip: A cone pre-edit can help you do a mat efficient tunnel when you’re mid ground and edge of zone (i.e. one side is protected by storm) from r/FortniteCompetitive

The smaller material save might not seem like a massive difference, but it can easily mean the difference between life and death.

The tactic is also faster and easier to pull off than a regular tunnel build. This means that more players can pull this trick off.

A regular tunnel consists of a rotated stair and a flat platform per tile. This means you will have to rotate your stairs 90 to 270 degrees depending on your last needed placement.

With the pre-edit, you can simply place the slanted-cone ramp and the platform. The only thing you need to keep in my mind is that you will need to reset the cone edit after the tunnel if you want to use the default cone again.

So, this tactic is a double win, maybe a triple win in fact. It saves mats, it’s faster than regular tunneling, AND it’s easier to perform/reset. This means any player from casual to competitive can use this strategy to their advantage.

We hope this tunneling tip will get you in and out of fights more safely and lead to some awesome Victory Royales. You can even send us some clips of yourselves using this tip in game at @FortniteINTEL.

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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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