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Artist who faked Fortnite Season 2 map ‘leaks’ explains why they did it

Published: 27/Jan/2020 11:46

by David Purcell


Fortnite players might have been expecting some of the most explosive map changes ever seen in the battle royale game following an apparent Season 2 leak, but it turns out that the whole thing was a hoax. 

Epic Games have confirmed that the next major update will roll out on February 20, the 11.50 patch, although there’s been little mention about what could be set to change when this first season – the longest in history – finally draws to a close.

Just like any ordinary leak, false information spread like wildfire in the game’s community on January 26, featuring what was claimed to be a trailer image and a snapshot at map changes. Basically, it suggested Steamy Stacks was going to explode and impact several destinations in the process.

However, the person who made the fake leak has come forward and explained not just how they did it, but why.

Fake Fortnite trailer image
KinaKingy, Reddit
Here’s just one of the fake leaked images KinaKingy had shared to Reddit.

As mentioned, there will have been a tremendous amount of time between the beginning of Chapter 2 and the start of Season 2 in the free-to-play game, which not only means the game’s developers have had free time to put together plans for new updates.

But, clearly, members of the community have had time to make their concepts look like the real thing as well. Reddit user KinaKingy, who claims to be responsible for the material made in the apparent leak, shared a video on January 27 to show people that none of it was official material.

A voice reader in the video said: “Hi, sorry if any of you guys thought this was real and will get disappointed by this. The leak was fake as a lot of people expected. Every image here is completely fake and made by editing images, 3D software, and more things.”

Well guys, the leak was fake. from FortNiteBR

The user stated that English is not their first language and, therefore, it was easier to speak using the voice reader instead. Anyway, the explanation of the “silly experiment” continued.

“Of course, it was me. I have uploaded some 3D stuff like concepts and even map concepts that follow the same aesthetic to the supposed leaked one,” they said. “I made this for fun and just to see how people were going to react to another supposed leak of information.”

Fake Steamy Stacks leak Fortnite
KinaKingy, Reddit
One fake image showed that there would soon be a disaster at Steamy Stacks. We now know that won’t be the case.
They went on to show a number of images that had been edited to make it look like an explosion had occurred in the leaked images. They were actually just standard screenshots from Fortnite.

KinaKingy rounded things off by advising fans to never set their hopes too high with leaked information and apologized if members of the community believed it was actually real. Many, however, were skeptical from the beginning.

Once we have official details on the Chapter 2, Season 2 trailer for Fortnite, we’ll be sure to let you know.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 9 challenges

Published: 22/Oct/2020 11:39

by Matt Porter


The ninth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
Epic Games
Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 9 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
Epic Games
Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.