Independence Day brings out the best in us and we’d like to see it bring out the best in Fortnite as well. Maybe a Neo Tilted fireworks displays, barbecues, and one oversized American flag covering the sky?
We’ll admit it, July the 4th gets our blood pumping as we think about the food, the parties, and other activities. Independence Day, for any American, means a great deal and we’d love to Fortnite light up in the red, white, and blue again this year.
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Epic Games has been hesitant to lean into country based content too heavily, but have shown some support in the form of skins and minor events. The Stranger Things X Fortnite crossover will arrive alongside any planned July the 4th festivities, but we’ve got some ideas of our own for the biggest American holiday.
New & Old July 4th America Themed Fortnite Skins
This one’s a no-brainer. A July 4th Fortnite celebration would not be complete without our favorite star-spangled troopers. We’ll likely see the America themed skins return and we’d be awfully disappointed if they didn’t.
In addition to these older skins, new outfits would absolutely boost sales and liven up the event. Everybody loves to shop for American themed gear on July 4th. Epic’s marketing team doesn’t usually let opportunities like this pass them by.
What are we most hoping for in a new skin? Well, what else says “‘Merica!” like running around the Fortnite map in a bald eagle costume?
Stormwings flying overhead with colored trails
A common feature of American Independence Day parades are the flying jets with red, white, and blue trails. New York City hosts one of the largest of these parades each year.
Fortnite doesn’t have fighter jets, but it does include the now vaulted Stormwings. Many players have asked for their return, so perhaps Epic could temporarily unvault these for some festive fun. Each plane would spray a trail of color into the skies behind it.
Or, if that’s not to your fancy, a simple scripted event as the clock strikes 12:00am EST where a squadron of Stormwings flies overhead and replicates the real world Independence Day fly-by. Naturally, all of this would already have to be pre-planned well ahead of time.
American Themed Neo Tilted/Mega Mall
Season 9 introduced the cyberpunk remakes of the Tilted Towers and Retail Row. In futuristic style, neon streaks line most of the structures and brilliant spotlights casts rays into the sky. We see an opening here for some extra event color.
We don’t exactly know how the objects in these locations are designed and scripted, but there’s a possibility that the colors are interchangeable. If so, for 4th of July celebrations, it would be exciting to see Neo Tilted and Mega Mall change into a festive getup.
The purples and pinks would transform into reds and blues while the night lights continue to shine in piercing white. Maybe some of the holographic images on the buildings could also adopt American flags or other national symbols of pride.
Fireworks Display during Nighttime matches
According to leaked 14 Days of Summer challenges, Fireworks will be returning to Fortnite in the next few days in some capacity. In the past, these were used for challenge completions and as environmental clutter during events.
While these small, interactive fireworks displays fill us with some patriotic joy, a massive fireworks show would send us over the edge.
As in real life, light shows can’t be fully appreciated until night time. Early Fortbyte challenges showed that Epic can track day-night patterns in Fortnite and script events around them. A fireworks show that only kicks off as the night cycle begins in Fortnite would be an event for the ages. But, please, don’t try to break any world records while we watch the explosions!
International Independence Celebration
Earth has over 190 independent nations and giving them all a special event would be beyond impractical. With that said, everyone deserves to celebrate their own independence. Americans do make up a significant chunk of Fortnite’s community, but millions of players from other countries are left out of these celebrations.
We propose a midway solution that would be a little more inclusive. July 4th is the American Independence Day, but what’s stopping Epic from turning it into an International Independence celebration? America could take the center stage (after all, Epic Games is from North Carolina), but there’d be something for everybody.
Individual skins for each country might be too much to accomplish, but perhaps Emoticons or Emojis to express love for their own countries.
Epic Games offers awesome content for nearly every occasion and we’re not afraid of a lackluster showing tomorrow. Of course, it’d be fun to see our suggestions come to life, but we’ll take what we’re given happily.
But enough about our wishes, what would you do like to see for Fortnite’s 4th of July? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and feel free to go into detail. Maybe next year, we’ll see both of our hopes come to fruition.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items
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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