Epic Games have provided Fortnite fans in the middle east with a major update on the future of the game in their region, including confirmation of support for the Arabic language, plus an update on the possibility of servers based in the Middle East.
Fortnite’s Season 9 officially kicked off on Thursday, May 9, introducing a ton of updates to the game’s map, plus the introduction of the Combat Shotgun which replaces the now vaulted Pump Shotgun.
Included in the deluge of information that Epic Games released to mark the start of the game’s ninth season, the developers gave fans in the Middle East some good news to kick off the game’s latest season.
Epic Games announce Arabic Support
A major announcement for players in the Middle East, Epic Games confirmed that the v9.0 update introduced Arabic language support throughout the game, meaning players who speak the language will finally be able to access the menus and play the game using it.
In a release, Epic Games stated that the support means that whether players choose to play Battle Royale, Save the World or Creative, they’ll have the “ability to experience it in Arabic.”
Fortnite’s Player Support team will also be able to assist queries in Arabic, giving players in the Middle East and those who speak it around the world the opportunity ti have their problems and issues addressed by the developers.
Epic Games address Middle Eastern servers
Fortnite players in the Middle East have long been begging Epic Games for dedicated servers for their region, citing horrendous lag as a reason why they needed the opportunity to play on their own servers.
Back in January 2019, fans started a #FortniteMiddleEastServers campaign on Twitter, publicly pleading with the developers to give them servers so they can stop playing on 1000+ ping, which makes building, editing and shooting almost impossible.
Middle Eastern fans thought that servers were officially on their way when a leak in February specifically mentioned the region, but information has been scarce on the possibility since – that is until May 9.
Unfortunately for those anxious for an update, Epic Games could only share that they are still “a few months from having services come online,” but reiterated that they hope to provide a more “meaningful update” before then.
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.
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.
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.
Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood
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.
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.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
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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