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Fortnite leaks show Christmas map update and Battle Bus song

Tis the season for early Fortnite Christmas speculation. These leaks and in-game finds give us a sneak peek of what will happen this holiday season.

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Tis the season for early Fortnite Christmas speculation. These leaks and in-game finds give us a sneak peek of what will happen this holiday season.

We’re almost to Thanksgiving, which means Christmas isn’t far off. As most Fortnite players expect, we’ll be getting some festive updates to Fortnite as Christmas gets closer.

The Christmas Battle Bus music will be back, but this time it won’t be as annoying. The past two years of Christmas music was maddening after a while – especially since it went on for nearly a month.

This time, we’ll be treated to some nice, mellow music that I won’t mind hearing for an extended period.

Of course, that’s not all that will be changing in time for Christmas. We can expect some map updates, similar to last year when the Ice King sprinkled us with snow.

It seems like Epic learned their lesson with husks in Fortnite Chapter 2, so we probably won’t see them again. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the fog.

People in the Reddit comments seem to be excited about the fog, but I’m certainly not. All the console players out there know that Fog leads to the inability to see nearly anything at all.

We should also be getting some decorations around the map if the shipments at Dirty Docks are any indication.

That’s what we have so far. There will undoubtedly be a long list of new and returning Fortnite Christmas skins to accompany these map changes. We may be able to get a look at them as soon as this week if Epic releases a patch.

Are you hyped for the Fortnite Christmas update? Let us know what skins you want to see in the comments.

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Opinion: Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite

The introduction of cars has brought back the biggest missing element in Fortnite: lighthearted fun.

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The Fortnite v13.40 update brought one of the most anticipated items to the game: cars. Players had high expectations for cars in Fortnite, and the finished product didn’t disappoint.

With one simple item, Epic solved one of the biggest problems that were plaguing Fortnite for the longest time: everyone cared too much about winning. For almost all of Chapter 2, the most fun part of the game was getting a win. This wasn’t always the case in Fortnite.

Since the implementation of skill-based matchmaking, Fortnite players got a lot more serious about getting wins. Late-game public matches mirrored low-level Arena games, with players boxing-up and trying to survive until the end.

In some ways, it seems like Epic supported this environment in Chapter 2. The loot pool was simple and unchanging for the most part – with very few items dedicated to having fun. The days of goofy plays seemed to be over, unless we were playing the Unvaulted LTM.

With the release of cars, however, we saw players focusing on something that seemed to be lost within the Fortnite community: having fun.

We’re seeing taxi services, fortified gas stations, car battles, and everything in between. Some players don’t seem to care if they get the win, as long as they can have a good time in their match. That used to be what Fortnite was about.

Take a look at this next clip, for instance. All of these players are trying to complete the challenge of driving from Retail to Pleasant. Just a week ago, it didn’t seem like something like this would be possible.

As the title of the Reddit post states, it’s fun to dominate a lobby but it’s far more entertaining to laugh your way through a match – win or lose.

This clip from SypherPK spoke to us. He’s fantasizing about how this Fortnite update would be if all of the big names were still playing the game. Imaging TimtheTatman getting run down by CourageJD or DrLupo hitting a moving headshot with a Hunting Rifle.

Personalities like these have, largely, left Fortnite, but we’re all still here. We can have these moments in our games with our friends. Players are returning to find that the sweaty game they left is fun again; all because of one new element.

Cars will eventually get old and players will start becoming more serious, again. Hopefully, Epic can continue to create lighthearted updates like this one and keep the vibe that we’re all feeling right now. Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite. Let’s hope that it stays around for a while.

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More leaked details about Fortnite HighTower event: “Coming very soon”

The Fortnite Season 3 event, HighTower, could be ramping-up very soon.

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According to reports from the Fortnite data mining community, the most recent update – v13.40 – is the last update of Season 3. This means that Season 3 is on track to be the first season in Chapter 2 to end on schedule. Even if it’s extended by a week, it will be far shorter than either of the previous two seasons.

Data miners found some event files in the most recent patch, pointing to a season-ending event that’s set to get underway sooner rather than later. The first batch of leaks were largely comprised of strings of code. We learned that the event has the code name “HighTower” and that craters will begin to appear around the map. You can take a look at our initial recap here.

Since then, data miners have been looking closely at these files. There looks to be a rift that will begin to develop in the sky and grow over time – similar to what we saw with the first rift in Chapter 1.

The rift will appear either over The Agency or Mount Kay and should enter the game “very soon,” according to Hypex.

Epic have been a fan of hiding some clues in spectrograms since the beginning of the Fortnite storyline. We’ve seen several images come out of spectrograms dating back to Chapter 1 Season 4.

The sound of this rift creates an image in a spectrogram as well. All that’s visible is a shadowy figure, who will undoubtedly reveal himself by the end of the season – or at the beginning of the next season.

According to Hypex, we should also begin to see the runes appear around The Agency relatively soon. We could also see a crater appear near Salty Springs, a “crack in the sky” over Risky Reels, and a new HighTower POI to the south of The Agency.

Since this is the final patch of Season 3, this might be all of the information we learn before the runes, cracks, POIs, and rifts start to appear in-game. After that, we’ll probably need to wait for the season-ending event.

As far as what the event will bring – your guess is as good as ours. No one predicted that we’d be ascending to another plane of existence at the end of Season 2, so we’re not even going to speculate about where Season 3 will bring us. Send us your best theories on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Fortnite leaks point to in-game comic books coming soon

Comic books are likely heading to Fortnite sooner rather than later – with Thor being the first issue.

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The most recent Fortnite update, v13.40, brought us a ton of leaks that point to what the future of the game will hold. We already covered the 30+ new fish types found in the game files, but they weren’t the only new concept that was included in the patch.

Data miners also found mention of a “ComicReader” in the files. This would, naturally, suggest that readable comic books will be heading to Fortnite in the near future.

We have more than just a line of text, however. Apparently, those who switch accounts on Xbox (and possibly PS4) will be greeted with a glitched cut-scene. Obviously, this is not meant to be in the game, just yet.

We can see where the new comic books will be located in the Battle Pass tab, as well as what will happen when you click on them. What will these comic books hold? Well, we have some clues as to that as well.

Will these comic books be original content? We’re sure that some of them will, but we also have some leaks that point to actual comic books coming to Fortnite. Right now, they appear to be Marvel Comics.

Data miner, Hypex, has been spearheading these leaks. He was able to use the blurry photo of a Fortnite comic book to find out the actual comic that they came from. This one appears to be a Thor comic.

With all of this information available, we’d be surprised if Epic didn’t release comics before Season 4. Likewise, we expect the Season 4 secret Fortnite skin to relate to the in-game comics.

All of this points to Thor being the potential Season 4 secret skin. Fans were already theorizing about this when they saw what Captain America left behind in his release trailer – a glyph that looked strikingly similar to Thor’s glyph from one of his films.

Of course, this is only speculation. For now, all we know for sure is that Epic are planning on adding comics to Fortnite, soon – with Thor likely being the subject of their first issue. As always, we’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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