Imagine a Fortnite game mode where a hoard of zombies is clawing at the last few players battling to survive.
Have you ever played Man-Hunt, maybe when you were younger? Another example would be the Infection game modes in the Halo series.
In these games, one player starts infected and as they eliminate other players or catch them they become infected as well.
Now take this and add it to Fortnite’s Battle Royale. Start off slow with one infected player and by the end of the game you have an entire zombie swarm.
For this game mode to work, there would have to be a way for the humans to win, but also a way for the infected to win.
There needs to be an incentive for people to stay in the game once they become infected. A typical Battle Royale wouldn’t work.
Instead, you would need something like the Getaway LTM, where there is an air pickup. However, I’d like it to be way more difficult to escape.
There would be one getaway vehicle on the map and it would only be made available during the final circles of the game. More than one player would be able to access it.
Humans who reached the getaway vehicle would win the game.
The infected would win if no human players escape and everyone in the lobby became infected.
Human players could also eliminate each other. In the final circles, they would have to make the hard choice of working together against the hoard or betraying everyone to be the sole survivor.
For gameplay, one player would be randomly selected to start as the infected. They could then infect other players by eliminating them.
Any player eliminated throughout the game would also join the infected hoard.
This would mean that getting eliminated doesn’t end your game, you instead become undead and help expand the infection to the entire lobby.
Infected wouldn’t be slow zombies either like you would see on The Walking Dead, instead, they would be quick like the zombies that appear in World War Z.
Imagine a player moving with the Shadow Stones, just without the invisibility part.
The infected wouldn’t have access to weapons or builds, but they would have claws that do plenty of damage.
Respawns for the infected would occur in the storm, meaning that due to whatever corruption is affecting them, they do not take damage from the storm.
Circles would close quickly making for fast lobbies.
The idea is that you can’t defeat the infected hoard, it keeps growing. Your only option is to escape.
Epic Games is constantly adding new LTMs to Fortnite and an Infection type game mode would be a nice addition.
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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