Fortnite data miner ‘FortTory’ has revealed a new trap coming to Epic Games’ battle royale, which will bring back nostalgia for long-term players of the game.
FortTory has correctly preempted a number of significant changes in the past, leading to a reputation as one of Fortnite’s most reliable data-miners.
Back in April, they correctly stated that Tilted Towers and Retail Row would be destroyed by a volcano explosion, even if this map change didn’t last that long.
On August 31 the data miner leaked another item coming to Fortnite, this time in the form of a trap. The data miner also included a brief summary of how it can be placed and the expected rarity of the item.
Known as ‘The Zapper Trap’, the new item looks like a throwback to the old electric traps that featured briefly in Season 1 of Fortnite, when the game had little traction in the gaming world.
according to the current files The Zapper Trap will be Epic Rarity and can be placed on Floors, Walls and Roofs.— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) August 31, 2019
Also it mentions that it can be placed on enemy buildings…. interesting but we cant be sure till the item actually has been released.
The Max Stack size is 4 pic.twitter.com/oTKjdiKz5c
It is not clear exactly how the trap will operate, with many fans speculating with do more than simply deal damage. Some of the unconfirmed suggestions include electrocuting victims, who will be physically unable to move and therefore easy targets for enemy players.
The leaks state that the Zapper Trap will be epic rarity and can be placed on floors, walls and roofs. In a move away from how traps currently work, the leaked files suggest it can be placed on enemies’ walls.
This is one of the aspects of the new trap that will be most subject to change, given the fact that it is not how traps currently operate. At the moment, they may only be placed on builds that belong to the player in question.
The data available also states that they will stack in 4s, but this will likely also be subject to change, depending on how they fall into the game’s meta.
Fans speculated that it will deal damage to all players caught in it, explaining why it can be placed on enemies’ walls.
The item itself (and all the speculation along with it) is unconfirmed, and will remain that way until Epic Games confirm its addition. No expected date was given for the Zapper Traps addition.
Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items
A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.
Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.
Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.
Leaked 14.20 Skins
Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.
There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.
Leaked 14.20 Back Bling
With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.
There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.
Leaked 14.20 Emotes
There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.
Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.
Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders
Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.
There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.
Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM
Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine
Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.
Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.
Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.
Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”
Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.
As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.
New Storm Hero Ability
Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.
You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.
It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.
As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.
The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
- Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
- Groot Awakening Island missing.
- Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.
- Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
- Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?
Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?
News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.
Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.
A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.
Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.
So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.
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Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.
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