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Fortnite’s Rune Loot Lake event destroys popular towns and more

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Epic Games began hinting at an in-game event for Fortnite on May 3 with a huge count down timer, and when the time finally came for the event, Fortnite’s map was left burning in destruction.

Season 8 of Fortnite Battle Royale introduced a huge volcano near the northern side of the map, and around the last week of April 2019, the map began rumbling with lead fans to believe it might erupt.

On May 4, Fortnite underwent another in-game event that eventually lead to the destruction of some of fan’s favorite locations.

What happened at Loot Lake?

At approximately 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST, all of Fortnite Battle Royale was witness to the Rune event at Loot Lake.

The metal door that was unearthed at Loot Lake opened up with a huge beam of purple light blasting up into the sky.

Some fans tried to jump into the seemingly infinite white light shining out of the hole, but nothing seemed to happen.

About 30 seconds later, fans were then transported to another dimension in time where the tactical machine gun, drum gun, Infinity Blade, X-4 Stormwing, and other vaulted items were displayed in a transparent shrine.

Another dimension with our worst nightmares

Players soon realized that the shrines took pick axe damage, and the entire lobby began to smack away at the weapons.

While players axed away at the shrines, there was a large white sphere floating in place towards the right end of the large white room.

We walked around the sphere, but we have no idea what it was or what it was meant to represent – another Epic mystery for next season?

Once players successfully destroyed the weapon shrines, they crumbled from the top to the bottom with the weapons sliding out of their old positions.

Drum guns are now back in Fortnite.

Volcanic action leads to chaos

After the shrines crumbled, players were transported back to the Fortnite map where they infinitely floated around with their gliders.

The map was dark, the sky looked to be red hot and covered in ash, as the ground began to shake violently within a few seconds of players arriving back on the map.

Soon, the volcano erupted with several huge rocks flying towards some of our favorite towns.

The first town to be destroyed was Retail Row with a huge rock crashing and exploding right into the town’s center.

Next, another rock was sent hurling through the air and eventually landed near the old Greasy Grove location.

Finally, the one location Epic has been teasing for months – Tilted Towers – was ground zero for numerous volcanic rocks leading to its destruction.

In the middle of Tilted Towers there is now a huge pool of lava where buildings once stood.

We will keep you updated on any new changes, but for now, players have a whole new map and meta to get used to!

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Support email suggests we can unlock golden skins after Season 2 ends

A Fortnite player support email suggests that we may be able to unlock the golden skin variants after Season 2 ends.

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Update: An Epic employee has addressed this topic and clarified things. The email was referencing “progressive” skins, like Ragnarok. These skins are “Enlightened” and are tied to Season 2 progression.

The topic of gold skins is a hot one in the Fortnite community – specifically Agent Peely. The gold version of this skin requires players to reach level 350 – a seemingly impossible mark for most players.

Fans became frustrated with Epic Games when they learned that they planned to sell XP in the Item Shop – something that hasn’t come to pass at the time of writing. With only a week left in the season, it may never happen.

The objective of unlocking the golden Agent Peely have led fans to wonder whether or not they’ll be able to reach their goal after the season ends. Common Fortnite knowledge dictates that we won’t be able to, but a support email tweeted by data miner FireMonkey says differently.

“When a season ends, you can continue to progress the Outfit,” the email read. “Carbide and Omega are the only exceptions to this rule, as they were locked to their Seasons.”

Via: @iFireMonkey

FireMonkey tweeted this with the disclaimer, “Keep in mind: Epic Games Support doesn’t exactly communicate with the rest of the dev team and just because they say something doesn’t mean it’s correct. They’ve been wrong on multiple occasions.”

As many of the replies noted, last season’s corrupted Scratch skin did not make it past Season 1. This system seems far more similar to Season 1’s corrupted variant than any of the other past Battle Pass outfits.

We’re saying that there’s a chance. It probably still isn’t likely, but those who are desperate to unlock the golden Agent Peely can keep their fingers crossed. We’ll find out on June 11.

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Have Epic been teasing Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 since last year?

Fortnite fans are looking back to potential Chapter 2 Season 3 teasers from 2019.

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Today’s Fortnite Season 3 leak may have been a mistake, but fans are beginning to think that it was calculated. In fact, some are going so far as to claim that Epic have been planning Chapter 2 Season 3 for over a year, down to the delayed release date of the season.

By now, many of you have seen the leaked promotional image that the PlayStation store dropped early. You can take a look at that here, as well as the rumors of a potential Fortnite X SpongeBob crossover coming in the near future.

It’s funny that a single image could cause so much discussion, but it has. Some players have even looked back at Chapter 1 Season 9 for clues as to what’s to come in the next season.

Jonesy has become one of the only plot devices that have come with us through the two+ year journey of Fortnite. Naturally, he’s the primary character around which these theories revolve.

Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A tweeted side-by-side images of the Season 9 Bunker Jonesy wall and the Chapter 2 Season 3 leaked image. The old image shows a sketch of the Battle Bus passing over an island with three trees, just like we see in the new promotional image.

Things get even spookier when you look at one of the midseason trailers that Fortnite released during Season 9. This video seemed to come out of nowhere, showing Jonesy on an island before he shoots down the Battle Bus with a flare gun.

The island on which Jonesy stands appears to be the same island from the leaked image and Bunker Jonesy sketch, suggesting that Epic had specific plans for Chapter 2 Season 3 over a year ago.

YouTuber, OrangeGuy took things a bit further. He drew a comparison to the Jonesy animation, as many have, but he noticed the numbers on the flare gun box. The series of numbers read 1106.

June 11 is the release date for Season 3. Most countries put the day before the month when writing the date. In other words, Season 3 releases on 11/06.

This might all be a giant coincidence, but it’s unlikely. The most likely scenario is the Epic had a loose plan of how Chapter 2 would unfold while they were still finishing Chapter 1. They released some Easter Eggs that they planned to eventually pay off a whole year later.

This could even explain the massive delay in Season 1, as they were being true to their prediction as to when Chapter 2 Season 3 would come out: 11/06.

Is Epic playing 3D chess with Fortnite? We’ll have to wait until June 11 to find out.

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Tfue addresses rumors that he quit Fortnite

Tfue addresses rumors that he quit Fortnite and returns with, what could be, a God-tier trio.

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Tfue has unquestionably been the biggest Fortnite streamer on Twitch since Ninja left. He’s stuck with the game for years, and only recently started flirting with the idea of moving on.

Tfue floated a move to Warzone following the most recent FNCS Invitational. He seemed to get fed up with aim assist and needed a break from the game. He tweeted a cryptic message before switching his streams to Warzone for an extended period.

This led many fairweather Tfue fans to suggest that the longtime pro and streamer was officially quitting the game. He seems to be loving Warzone and has reunited with his old duo partner and friend, Cloakzy.

On May 20, Tfue took to Twitter to clarify that he wasn’t quitting Fortnite. “No I didn’t quit Fortnite,” he wrote on Twitter. “I just think the game is super unfair atm and wanted to take a break.”

In fact, it looks like Tfue has his sights set on a return to Fortnite for a Trios competition. He, Scoped, and new teammate, Innocents, showed-out during a recent bout of pro scrimmages. Scoped, as usual, showed that he’s one of the best Fortnite players in the world with a massive clutch at the end of a match.

Sometimes, we all need time away from a game in order to enjoy it more. It seems like Tfue is getting a much-needed break from Fortnite. Judging by his recent streams, he’s been considerably more positive towards the game when he does play.

It will likely take a new format and some additional time away for Tfue to come back to Fortnite full-time. He may never come back, and instead, focus on a variety of titles or competing in a different game. Only time will tell.

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