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Why Fortnite could be adding boss battles in Season 9

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Many people’s earliest gaming memories involved some sort of massive intimidating boss.

Whether it was swinging Bowser into floating bombs at the end of Super Mario 64, running raids on Ragnaros in WoW or navigating a massive stone creature in God of War, bosses are a key part of many games.

While video games have changed a lot over the years moving towards PvP instead of building massive AI challenges, Fortnite is the type of unique game that could incorporate a boss battle.

We know that Epic loves to push the envelope with Fortnite and what is possible in the game. Doing a full-scale boss battle where the lobby unites against an enemy would be new for a BR and would be a really interesting event.

Why Boss Battles in Fortnite could actually happen

While this article is mostly speculation towards the future, there are a couple clues that lead me to believe this is more than just a pipe dream.

First is Epic’s continued use of the massive damage bar that ticks across all servers. It started with the iceberg in Season 6 and continued with the runes in Season 7.

A trial for something bigger?

These events that require players across all the different servers to contribute something are interesting ways to move the story along, but they also could be trial runs for something else.

The first time this was incorporated, it was just damage to a stationary object. With the runes, they had them move as they took damage or required people to feed things to the volcano or move objective point.

Eventually this could be building to a monster in the middle of the map that people need to band together to take down.

Different stages of the battle would keep things interesting and not super grindy, and uniting the player base against an in-game enemy would be a good thing for Fortnite.

How would a boss battle work?

This would have to be an LTM unless Epic really just wanted to mess with competitive players by introducing a boss during the World Cup. That might be the only thing that could top the Infinity Blade in outrage.

The good ole days

A boss battle in Fortnite would be a unique event. While games like WoW have allowed groups of people to fight against a common enemy, doing a battle across worldwide servers has never been done before.

The logistic side obviously poses the most issues, but tracking damage would be the hardest part, and that is something they have already been working on.

For boss attacks, they could happen at regular intervals and be devastating blows that are tough to avoid. Fortnite players would act more like soldiers getting in chip damage before being taken down than traditional heroes we are used to playing as in other games.

A variety of challenges could be required to do damage. Needing damage from a certain weapon to a certain spot, requiring a certain amount of players to do the same thing at once, or having players scatter to different points on the map would all be interesting challenges to move the event along.

For most games, this wouldn’t seem likely. But we are talking about a game that held an EDM concert in-game, has done massive votes to bring back weapons, and has already brought one of the most notorious villains from pop culture in Thanos into the game.

Just make a massive Thanos the boss

If any game could do it, it would be Fortnite. What do you think?

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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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