Fortnite

Fortnite

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Fortnite just had a new patch today, and it has inserted a few different things into the game data that are…interesting, to say the least. The usual team of leakers and dataminers is out there, and while none are sharing the exact specifics of the event (if they even know it), one new loading screen and one new skin seem to have given us major clues about what’s going to happen.

We’ll start with the loading screen, seen above, via HypeX.

It shows Midas looking at some sort of new powersuit behind glass, and if you zoom in, you can see not just his reflection, but that of a woman, which appears to be the tattooed “engineer” character who has been sitting on his desk in a photo. We are not yet clear if this is Midas’ sister, wife or daughter, but my guess is certainly one of those.

Hi there

Hi there

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But further leaks show that this powersuit is actually an upcoming legendary skin called Cyclo, which has backbling called a Windshear Cloak. The descriptors for those are “Defy the Storm” and “Wherever the wind blows” respectively. When the suit is “on” it appears to be harnessing some power of the Doomsday device we have seen in Midas’ office, as it looks identical.

So, I think it’s pretty clear that the thing that creates the flooding which will lead to a drowned Chapter 2, season 3 map is a giant, man-made hurricane. Midas has designed this suit either to survive what’s coming, or he’s literally the one creating the hurricane while in that suit, some sort of Weather Wizard type supervillain thing.

Cyclo

Cyclo

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Before any of this, we have seen the barest wisps of clouds start to form a circle around The Agency, which is likely going to be the eye of the storm. I thought those clouds would get more pronounce with this new patch, but that has not happened yet, so maybe it all manifests next Saturday during the event itself.

Fortnite

Fortnite

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But regardless, this makes a whole lot of sense. Fortnite has done giant explosions before, so introducing a huge weather event like a hurricane that creates flooding on the map is an evolution of that concept. What I am certainly most curious about is how this is going to play out in real time, if we will see the map flood during the event, or if that will have to be patched in for the season switch-over. Knowing Epic, I don’t think anything is impossible, even crazy dynamic weather alterations of the map.

But yeah, a giant doomsday hurricane is coming, with the eye being Midas at the Agency and him apparently being a new supervillain, unless I’m reading his Cyclo suit wrong. Cannot wait for this Saturday, to say the least.

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