Data miners have found evidence that Season 7 of Fortnite will come to an end with an in-game event called ‘Cracken’, likely an earthquake, and there are hints that Tilted Towers will be damaged or perhaps destroyed in the process.
Speculation about a possible earthquake shaking things up in Fortniter for Season 8 began after the v7.30 update, and soon after players began even feeling small tremors in game.
A number of leaks from the game files indicated something about an earthquake, but it was all pretty vague – until the v7.40 update, the final patch for Season 7, which has given us new details.
Labelled ‘Cracken’, the game files have a number of clues which can help us determine what exactly Epic Games have planned for the transition from Season 7 to Season 8.
Data miner @Lucas7yoshi_, who has uncovered various reliable Fortnite leaks in the past, has shared new files which he discovered after the v7.40 update, including ‘Cracken_City’ and ‘Cracken_Effect’.
Paired with a file named ‘S8LeadupEvents’, this ‘Cracken’ is likely the earthquake which is on its way, and the ‘city’ is almost certainly linked to Tilted Towers, the only City-like location on the Fortnite map.
There were a further three game files too, which appear to be linked to the impending earthquake, and include the words ‘Debris’ and ‘Collapse’.
Update: @Lucas7yoshi_ has now uncovered even more files relating to the Cracken event, with names such as ‘CrackProgressionSeconds’ and ‘CrackProgressionDistance’. These suggest that the cracks may in fact be visible on the map during the event.
This all still speculation, but the names of these files are surely not coincidental, and are almost certainly linked to the small tremors players have experienced in-game.
There are still two weeks left of Season 7, which has been extended due to the 2018 holiday period, before Season 8 begins on February 28/March 1. Whatever this Cracken event is, expect to see it begin to take shape in the lead up to Season 8.