Data miners have been hard at work searching through the v8.20 update files for clues as to what will be coming to Fortnite in the future, and it appears that fans of the game will soon have a new Explosive Bow weapon to wield in search of a Victory Royale.
The Fortnite v8.20 update on March 27 has already brought a number of new items to the game, including the Poison Dart Trap and the introduction of brand new Foraged Items, which provide health and shield to players who find the consumables.
Data miners have also leaked new cosmetic items, as well as new loading screens. One of these graphics have revealed a first glimpse at the Bow, too, as it features prominently in the Week 5 loading screen, which will be available for unlock once the new Fortnite challenges drop.
Well-known leaker, Lucas7yoshi, has also gotten his hands on some information regarding the Explosive Bow, releasing new animations that show the weapon firing a bolt, and the process of drawing the bow back before the shot takes place.
Neither the official name or the damage it will do has been revealed yet, but leakers are confident that it will fire explosive bolts. It’s likely that data miners will find more information about the weapon in the run-up to its release.
kaboomey bow animations pic.twitter.com/NlvhZ9edM8— Lucas7yoshi_ // Fortnite News & Leaks (@lucas7yoshi_) March 27, 2019
Eagle-eyed Fortnite fans will recognize that they’ve seen this weapon before, as like most items released throughout Season 8. It appeared in the very first promotional image for the season.
As with any leaks, there is no guarantee that the Explosive Bow will ever make it into Fortnite, but with the weapon appearing in loading screens already, it’s likely that we will see it in a future update - possibly as early as next week.