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Robot at Pressure Plant gets new upgrades as giant Cattus monster fight event nears

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Season 9’s most hyped event draws ever closer as Epic Games continues to build up the giant Robot at Pressure Plant. The mech has gotten all new updates to its chassis as it towers towards the sky.

Each of Fortnite’s seasons contains major game changing events like the Unvaulting event of Season 8 or the famous Rocket Launch which poured Fortnite into the real world. We can expect something similar from the Giant Robot vs. Monster (Cattus) event.

The event’s details have been mostly covered in fog as Epic Games wants to keep it all secret until the big day. However, new updates to the Giant Robot and small data leaks have gotten us a little more information.

Fortnite’s Giant Robot gets torso upgrade

There’s truly nothing better in gaming that the build up (literal this time around) to a Fortnite Season ending event. The Unvaulting wasn’t beloved by all, but the staging for it was superb theater from Epic.

Season 9 won’t see us teleporting to any other dimensions, but we’ll get to witness a massive Mech Vs. Monster battle. Epic Games has been busy encrypting event files, but in-game updates have given us a little more information for the event.

The Giant Robot being built at Pressure Plant now has a torso…and it is massive. We’ve got you a picture, but you should head into a game to check it out for yourself. The scale can’t be adequately described, it’s the biggest object Fortnite has ever seen.

Robot Torso viewed from Volcano’s southern edge

According to data-leaker, FortTory, the next steps of the building process will be the Bicep Left, Bicep Right, and Forearm Left. Unfornately for all of us, no images of the next stages can be found due to their encryption. If you try to view them through a Unreal Engine package viewer, all you will find is a bunch of jumbled up textures and model bits.

We also got you a short video of Pressure Plant as of July 8th. It gives a better idea of how huge this robot is when compared to our player model flying directly next to it.

May we suggest you listen to the Pacific Rim main theme while you view the video above? It’s an excellent choice for any and all Mech related videos.

But, what of the monster? Where is this behemoth lurking nowadays?

Where’s our friend, the Cattus monster?

I always feel like…a giant deadly monster is watching me

While the Pressure Plant mech has been occupying our attention for the last few weeks, it was the ‘Cattus’ monster that filled our minds with fears in the early parts of Season 9. As of late, the escaped monster hasn’t been making much noise.

We first saw the Cattus monster inside of the Polar Peak iceberg, but it then escapes its icy prison and took a part of Polar Peak with it. The monster also destroyed the modern house at the Pleasant Park and one of the Snobby Shores building also got the treatment.

Around the same time, players could see the monster swimming around the Fortnite island with Polar Peak’s tower on its back! We swear, no one builds an in-game story plot like Epic.

Spotted the Sea Monster swimming around with Polar Peak from r/FortNiteBR

As for additional details on the monster’s whereabouts or the location of the Mech vs. Monster, we’ve got the leak of event’s timer for now. We’ll let you know as soon as any more leaks start to surface. Don’t expect too much before the event’s launch as Epic seems to be buttoning down the leaky ship.

How excited are you for this massive event? Fortnite’s definitely seen some game-changing stuff, but a Mech vs. Monster battle could tear apart gigantic parts of the map. The fight will certainly tie into any major map changes coming with the launch of Season 10.

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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
Via Epic Games

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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