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Fortnite Season 9: All map changes and new locations from v9.0 update

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As with every season, Season 9 has brought with it some changes to the Fortnite map. We’ve got details on what’s changed, what’s remained, and what’s returned.

Epic Games enjoys mixing things up with the Fortnite quite often for better or for worse. The constant change can cause some balance turmoil, but it does keep the experience fresh without a doubt.

With Season 9’s v9.0 update bringing a futuristic revamp to the popular battle royale title, two of the games most legendary locations have recieved major upgrades, while a number of smaller locations have also seen changes or improvements.

Season 9 Map Changes

We’ll break down the changes into a few categories to help sort out the plethora of alterations to Fortnite’s map. This will help you parse the information faster and get you on your way to learning the new map.

Tilted Towers becomes Neo Tilted

One of the biggest changes to the Fortnite map sees the always popular Tilted Towers, which was destroyed by the volcano, turn into Neo Tilted, a futuristic city based on sci-fi renditions of neon cities.

In terms of structure, the city looks almost identical, with the layout of the buildings almost identical to the Tilted Towers location that stood on the location previously. However, the design is much different, with neon boards and futuristic materials used to give the city a sleek, forward-thinking feel.

Neo Tilted is a futuristic rendering of the former Tilted Towers. Credit: Epic Games

Mega Mall rises from Retail Row’s ashes

The other major location destroyed when the volcano erupted was Retail Row, an area which had been a feature of Fortnite since it’s release back in September 2017.

While some wondered if the location on which the shopping area sat would lay empty for a period of time, it’s clear Epic Games had another plan for it, as a massive shopping mall has appeared on the location.

Mega Mall now sits on the old location of Retail Row. Credit: Epic Games

Pressure Plant appears at the volcano

Following the eruption of the volcano at the end of Season 8, it appears that a new plant has appeared, possibly attempting to use the incredible power of the volcano to power the new futuristic locations dotted around the map.

The Pressure Plant can be on the south facing side of the massive volcano, allowing players to drop in and hunt for loot in the shadow of the monstrous natural phenomenon.

The Pressure Plant has been built on the side of the volcano. Credit: iScenario/Twitter

Fortnite’s map has seen a number of other minor changes, including some references to prior locations, and upgrades to others to help it match the futuristic feel of Season 9.

Loot Lake

Following the events of the ‘Unvaulting’ event that took place at the end of Season 8, vegetation such as bushes and trees have began to grow again, leading many to believe that the area will eventually be covered over once again.

The buildings at Loot Lake have also received an upgrade to match the theme of Season 9, replacing the old brick warehouses with sleek, futuristic versions.

Loot Lake has underwent a number of changes. Credit: iScenario/Twitter

Junk Junction

For those who have already started to feel nostalgic for the old version of Tilted Towers, Epic Games have kept one specific remnant from the destroyed city that players can visit.

Half of the old clock tower, including the actual timepiece itself, can be found cordoned off at Junk Junction, showing fans that at least some of the old Tilted survived the destruction.

Sky Platforms

Sky Platforms have been introduced in Fortnite Season 9, giving players new vertical areas to explore, and also offer an easy way to rotate around the map using the Slipstreams.

These will be easy to find, as they float high above the map across the island, so keep an eye on the sky and you might just be able to visit one!

Sky Platforms can be spotted hovering above the island. Credit: FNBR News

With Epic Games likely to have updated a lot of different locations in the v9.0 update, we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for new places and changes, so stay tuned to Fortnite Intel for all the latest.

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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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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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