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Fortnite hatches activated as Doomsday event countdown revealed

Published: 23/May/2020 13:39

by Connor Bennett


The date and time for Fortnite’s Doomsday Event has finally been revealed as the countdown is now underway in-game.

After the longest season in Fortnite history came to a close, Chapter 2 Season 2 started with the Top Secret theme taking over the map. Players have done battle at new locations, taken on NPC secret agents, and even been able to temporarily join a side thanks to the telephone booths scattered around the map.

However, while it has been a ton of fun, all good things must come to an end. Epic Games are rustling up one of their renowned cinematic live events for the conclusion of the season, revealing the long-awaited answer to the question of when is Chapter 2 Season 2 coming to a close.

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The Top Secret theme of Fortnite Season 2 is making way for something new.

When is Fortnite’s Doomsday Event?

Players who hopped into Fortnite on Saturday, May 23 noticed that a seven-day countdown had appeared in the pre-game lobby – signaling that the end of the season is almost here.

The timer is counting down to Saturday, May 30 with the Doomsday event set to get underway at around the usual live event time of 7:05 pm BST/20:05 pm CEST/2:05 pm EDT/11:05 am PDT.

As ever, Epic has hidden small hints inside of Fortnite for fans to find in anticipation of the live event. These small clues allow for theories to run wild as fans try to predict what is going to happen.

With this event, players have noticed that the hatches which had started appearing around The Agency have begun bubbling away. The numerous hatches all have air patches above them and make a slight sound when you go near them, but nothing too loud.

All these hints seem to point towards something happening with the water that appeared on the new map with the start of Fortnite Chapter 2.

Previously, leaks for Chapter 2, Season 3 had claimed that the map would be taken by a water theme and that players would need new vehicles – notably, a shark – to get around. We’ll just have to see what happens.


Fortnite leak reveals more classic vehicles returning soon

Published: 16/Jan/2021 13:06

by Connor Bennett


A fresh Fortnite leak has hinted at the return of some classic vehicles, including the controversial Baller hamster ball and even the ATK Golf Cart. 

Back in Fortnite Season 4, Epic Games gave fans of the battle royale a new way to get around the island – a shopping cart. From there, the vehicles in Fortnite have only gotten bigger and better. 

Though, they haven’t been without controversy. The Baller, X-4 Stormwing, and Brute Mech were the source of much anger in the Fortnite community because of how powerful they were – with all three prompting exploits where players could easily win games without much legwork. 

In Fortnite Chapter 2, a number of different cars have been introduced. They’re not as whacky or powerful as the old vehicles, and while they are helpful, some players do yearn for the Shopping Cart and Quadcrasher’s returns. 

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The controversial planes returned in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Well, according to a handful of new leaks, players might be getting their wish after a few of the older vehicles were given a refresh in the v15.20 patch.

According to Fortnite leakers FNBRUnreleased and InTheShadeYT, the Baller, Hoverboard, and ATK Golf Cart were all updated in the recent patch.

“Ballers and Hoverboard have been also updated! We may see them making a return soon,” FNBRUnreleased posted, while noting that the textures for the ATK Golf Cart were also refreshed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much of a change from the way the ATK’s used to look. 

There’s nothing mentioned about when exactly the vehicles could return, but it does seem possible that they could appear in this season. We got the Stormwings back over the holiday period, after all. 

Until we see them in-game though, it is worth noting that nothing is confirmed. Epic might have plans to bring them back, but scrap them based on something else that happens – say, they’re not compatible with another item. So, let’s just wait and see.