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Tenth 14 Days of Summer unvaulted weapon has been released

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Each of the 14 Days of Summer Fortnite event introduces new weaponry for use from the unvaulted loot pool. These weapons can only be used for a single day before they return int othe Vault.

We’ve seen a wide array of exciting guns come from the vaulted list back into Fortnite with the 14 Days event. The experience has definitely changed our perspective on possible ways of testing new items outside of in-studio tests for Epic Games.

4th of July is a special day for Americans and today’s unvaulted weapon lines up perfectly with the festive holiday. We’ll take a quick look at the Bottle Rocket’s stats, gameplay, and more.

Bottle Rockets unvaulted for 24 hours

Bottle Rockets didn’t stick around for a long time during their first outing. While some items stick around for over a year or two, these tiny rockets only stayed in the game for a single season. They were introduced in patch 7.30’s Content Update and removed at the beginning of Season 8.

Fortnite Bottle Rockets return for 24 hours on July 4th

As we hoped for in our July 4th wishlist, the Bottle Rockets bring us a little taste of fireworks into active gameplay. The item isn’t your typical Fortnite item and can be a little awkward to use during combat.

Essentially, the purpose of the Bottle Rockets is setup a turret of sorts which fires tiny rockets in a arc. The rockets cause damage to players and builds. Players can easily dodge the rockets, but there are more so meant for preventing building with a single tile of space.

Bottle Rockets Stats

You’ll quickly realize why the item was eventually vaulted as it doesn’t really have a good place in any meta. Yes, it can be a small nuance against heavy builders, but can easily be avoided. Each stack contains six Bottle Rockets. Here’s a spot of gameplay if you’ve never seen the item in action before:

Fortnite 14 Days of Summer Daily Challenges

In addition to the unvaulted weapons, daily summer challenges keep dropping. Each of these challenge grant players exclusive rewards. They cannot be completed after the end of the 14 Days event.

Don’t worry if you are a little behind on these as we’ve got guides for every single one. You can find the corresponding challenge in the list below according to the day it was released.

Alright, hopefully all this information will help you get the most out of your 4th of July free time. Remember to have fun and stay safe! You’ll need to ready for another day of Fortnite content when the sun rises on July 5th.

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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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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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