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This week in Fortnite – Season 9, no more pump, slip streams and more

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Each Friday we break down the biggest stories, best jokes and capture a snapshot of the Fortnite community. Here is May 4th to May 10th.

The biggest story of this past week was the start of the new season. Each season start brings a spike in players, has some sort of large map change and usually shifts the meta.

Highlights from the Season 9 Patch Notes

You can find the whole patch notes here, but most people if you are reading this site are already familiar with what happened.

The two new(ish) locations are a drastically changed futuristic Tilted Towers and a Mega Mall. Both locations tap into the tech-heavy feel Season 9 is aiming for.

Fortnite also added its first public transportation system with the addition of slipstreams that can rapidly take you around the map.

For weapons, only one new weapon was added in the Combat Shotgun, and it replaced arguably the most important weapon in Fortnite in the pump shotgun.

In addition, grenades were unvaulted. (Why were they even vaulted in the first place?)

In addition to the pump, a variety of mostly unused weapons joined it under Loot Lake. Clingers, Buried Treasure, Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle, and Balloons.

The Season 9 patch notes also added a new challenge called the Fortbytes which will form together to create a picture as players collect individual parts of the challenge.

As always there were a long list of bug fixes and UI improvements. Fortnite Creative and Save the World also received new changes and options as well.

Top Stories of the Past Week

Our top stories from this week centered all around the anticipation and the reaction to the drop of Season 9. Our daily item shop update is not included in this list.

Monday: What to expect from Season 9

Tuesday: AT&T potentially leaks Fortnite Season 9 skin (This wasn’t in the initial release, but could come later in the season.)

Wednesday: Season 9 release time announced

Thursday: Patch Notes

Friday: Complete list of all Fortbyte challenges currently available

What was the community talking about?

The conversation and replies centered around a couple of key topics. At the start of the week, people were already clamoring to re-vault the Drum Gun. Spoiler: Not gonna happen.

There are still plenty of calls to revert as well. Spoiler 2: Not gonna happen.

The conversation shifted when the pump shotgun was vaulted. Taking away such an important weapon made that the new critique of choice.

Now we’ve got some mix of “unvault pumps,” “vault drum gun” and “revert.”

It does finally seem like the calls to revert are being drowned out by other complaints which I guess is a good thing?

Another interesting development in the community conversations is a growing rift between the top streamers and the competitive community.

Ninja took a stance complaining about the other people complaining, some true complain-ception. Ninja hasn’t exactly been a super positive voice for Fortnite in the past couple of seasons, but apparently the anti-Fortnite conversation has even outpaced his issues with the game.

Ninja telling the truth , streamers and their audience are destroying this game , complaining about everything from r/FortNiteBR

Another example of the issue played out when Dakotaz dared to post that he was actually enjoying the game:

Ultimately the issue has been developing for a long time. It has proved very difficult to strike a balance between the competitive community and the rest of the Fortnite player base.

This is still a developing format for FortniteINTEL. Let us know what other sections you want to see recapped each week!

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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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