Fortnite’s map has gotten massive overhauls from its very beginning. Epic is never happy with being ‘done’ and always seeks to keep things interesting. A new set of leaks has revealed additional map changes are inbound.
Epic Games isn’t a studio to just let things sit. The map in Fortnite has received at least half a dozen major overhauls and dozens of changes.
A new leak from v9.20 files has revealed possible upcoming changes and events. These involve the monster that has been trapped inside the iceberg since Season 7.
Upcoming Fortnite map changes
The monster inside of the iceberg in Fortnite has plans of escaping and it will leave some destruction in its wake.
These leaks suggest that the giant snow biome brought with Season 7 might be going away soon.
Some leakers and Fortnite talking-heads have speculated that the monster inside the mountain could be leading to a Godzilla crossover. We’ve yet to see any verifiable leaks on this front. The monster is codenamed ‘Cattus’ in the game files.
''EVENLEAK''— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) June 6, 2019
The Iceberg has fallen pic.twitter.com/5yzBmzUYjj
According to @FortTory (a credible Fortnite leaker), this partially loaded model refers to the Iceberg’s destruction. The asset name can be seen in the top of the image.
''EVENTLEAK''— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) June 6, 2019
Also rip the Polar Peak castle.. pic.twitter.com/HbLj9Ctxvv
Additionally, Polar Peak will be going the way of Tilted Towers according to this new file leaks. The assets suggest the tower of Polar Peak will be blow apart by the escape of the Cattus.
If you are not convinced that the monster will be causing these events, FortTory has found even more evidence in the files. The Cattus will stomp its way through Greasy Grove.
''EVENTLEAK''— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) June 6, 2019
The footprint of the Cattus… its confirmed that the footprint at FrozenGreasy is from the Cattus! pic.twitter.com/1jDhZKwHXy
The asset confirms that the footprint will be placed at ‘FrozenGreasy’ which might mean that Greasy Grove will not be returning in the near future.
Fortnite added a Tutorial map. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/5uvVU96ZNC— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) June 6, 2019
As a last leak from the file dump, FortTory showed a small file name snippet that could mean a ‘new player experience’ will come to the game. A tutorial map named ‘Athena_Tutorial_Map_1.umap’ might serve as a teaching ground for new players in the future.
Remember, these are leaks and not confirmed by Epic Games in any way. Any of the above information may or may not make it to the final product.
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.
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.
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.
Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood
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.
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.
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.
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