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Where the Rift Beacon is going next – Risky Reels, Salty Springs and more

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While we don’t know what the Rift Beacon is being caused by, we can identify a pattern in locations that will help us identify it’s next locations.

Ever since Season X started, a rift beacon in the sky has marked areas that are about to change in Fortnite. It started with Neo Tilted which became the no-build zone Tilted Town after the beacon marked it, then it moved over to Mega Mall which reverted into the old Retail Row.

With Tuesday’s patch, the beacon moved over to the Soccer Stadium. This is an interesting move as the beacon has settled on an area that has been virtually untouched over the years in Fortnite. Both the Mega Mall and Neo Tilted beacons signaled a return to their roots for the two areas, although Neo Tilted may have gone back a bit too far.

The Soccer Stadium was destroyed leaving a glitched area with old consumables to be picked up. That might be how it stays for the rest of the season or it may change again when the beacon leaves for another target as a desolate piece of ground is hardly the most exciting location.

But how about after that?

Where is the Rift Beacon going next in Fortnite?

So far the Rift Beacon has traveled to some of the oldest and most talked about points on the Fortnite map. It has stayed near the center in the grass biome that once covered the whole map but has been shrinking over past seasons.

Here are some likely places where the Rift Beacon will go and a prediction for what will change. Reminder, these are just predictions, we do not actually know what Epic has planned for the future of the beacon.

Risky Reels might be coming back

Epic Games has brought back a ton of old points of interest in this season but I think one of their biggest is still to come. The Fortnite community has been clamoring for the return of the drive-in movie theater since The Block smashed it during the Game Awards nearly a year ago.

Before this season Epic added in a little shrine with two cars and the old Risky sign to a place near where the theater once sat. My prediction: The rift moves towards that shrine and turns it back into the old location with maybe a couple new changes.

Salty Springs could get some love

Few areas in Fortnite have been as untouched as Salty Springs. While Tilted, Loot Lake, and Retail Row all have changed considerably, Salty has just powered through the Fortnite seasons. There are many old points of interest which no longer exist, but Salty has just stayed consistent in a nice spot in the bottom middle of the map.

Now it is time for a face lift. While other rift beacons indicated a change backwards, I think Salty gets flung forward in time – it really has no where to go back too. With the beacons being attracted to some of the famous locations, Salty feels like a logical choice for a future move.

Fatal Fields final form

In the same vein as Salty, this section of the map has stayed virtually untouched over the seasons. A player could drop in Salty and travel to Fatal and it would be hard to tell what season they were playing in based on just the locations.

It’s time to spice up the farm, I’d love to see Epic modernize the farm and turn it into a really interesting place to drop in for Fortnite. It isn’t clear if they are only going back in time, if they are, Fatal would be really difficult to turn back the clock on. But if they are open to a lot of different changes, Fatal is a good candidate for an overdue makeover.

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Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’

The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.

Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.

It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.

New Coral Castle POI

The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.

Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.

More map changes

There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.

You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:

Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.

With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.

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When will the Fortnite Season 3 map stop draining?

When will the great flood end? When will the Fortnite Season 3 map reach its final stage? When will Atlantis be revealed?

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When Fortnite Season 3 began, the bulk of the map was underwater. That was the primary gimmick of the season, along with Aquaman, the new locations, and new bosses. Overall, it was a unique idea that we’ve never seen in Fortnite before. Many fans were worried about what this would mean for the game, but it ended up being pretty fun.

Since then, the map has gone through several drying-out periods – the most recent of which was today, July 30. We’ve seen POIs such as Dirty Docks, Pleasant Park, Sweaty Sands, and Craggy Cliffs lose all of their water and return to how they were during Season 2 – with some slight adjustments.

Craggy Cliffs in Fortnite

At the time of writing, Season 3 is slated to end on August 27 – about one month from today. We may see the season extended for a week or two, but all players are hoping that we don’t have another Chapter 2 Seasons 1 and 2 on our hands.

With so much time left on the clock, many fans are wondering: when will the Season 3 map reach its final stage? Well, according to the information that we have now, the water will reach its final level on August 1. This is also, reportedly, when the ‘Ruins’ POI (assumed to be Atlantis) will enter the game.

We can assume, then, that we’ll be playing on this version of the map for the final month of the season. Will cars enter the game on August 1? We can only hope – although the message from No Sweat Insurance would suggest otherwise.

Hopefully, Epic have something up their sleeves for the final month of the season. With most players nearing level 100 at this point, we’ll need something new to fill our time. We’re holding out hope that cars are coming to Fortnite sooner rather than later.

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Fortnite v13.30 Update patch notes

Fortnite’s 13.30 Update brings a new location, and some major bug fixes.

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Aquaman in Fortnite.

Epic Games are back with their latest major patch for Fortnite, with the 13.30 update dropping on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on Tuesday, July 21, bringing with it some major map changes and new LTMS for the Summer Splash event.

We all know that water is the name of the game in “Sea-son 3” of Fortnite Chapter 2, with the entire map submerged. Over the past few weeks though, the tide has started to roll out, revealing new locations as dry land reappears.

With the 13.30 Update, the water has went down once again, as the Summer Splash event continues, offering fans more LTMs to sink their teeth into.

Fortnite's Summer Splash banner.
Fortnite’s Summer Splash event continues with new LTMs.

Gas Stations

The big news in Fortnite’s 13.30 Update are the brand-new Gas Stations, which have been added in preparation for the addition of Cars at some point in the near future.

The locations have received a modern new look, with players likely required to head here to fill up their cars when they run out of juice, so they can continue driving around the map in search of a victory royale.

Summer Splash LTMs

Fortnite’s Summer Splash event is well underway, with Epic adding some more limited-time modes for players to enjoy in the latest update.

In an email sent to content creators, Epic confirmed that Payback!, Catch!, and One Shot would be making appearances over the coming weeks, although didn’t confirm what these game modes would actually entail.

Cars

Many expected that this update would finally see Cars appear in the game, ready for players to drive around and enoy, but unfortunately they have been delwayed, with Epic explaining that “many of the Island’s vehicles have been recalled.”

The reason behind the delay has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely that the developers found some issues before setting them live, and have decided to hold back on their release until they have been addressed.

Fortnite 13.30 Update bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board, including fixes for Gliders, disabling Whirlpools, and other fixes.

Here is the full list of bug changes in the Fortnite 13.30 Update:

General

  • Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Whirlpools temporarily disabled.
  • Placing a map maker cancels movement.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • XP gain from Foraged Items temporarily disabled.
  • “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match. Incorrect leveling-up.
  • Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
  • Supply Drops at The Authority not opening when searched.
  • Floating Rings not visible on platforms on lower settings.
  • Black rectangles appearing behind player when turning around in the Storm.
  • Gliding not working properly in The Authority.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.

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