The release of the brand new Season 7 in Fortnite Battle Royale has introduced a wide variety of new locations, including Polar Peak.
Located in the new snow biome and near the area formerly occupied by Greasy Grove, Polar Peak is a large new mountain fully covered by snow.
Sitting atop the mountain's peak is a stone castle that was previously seen poking out of the iceberg when it was floating off of the coast of the Fortnite mainland.
Players can enter and explore the castle, but the only areas that are accessible are the top levels, as the lower areas are blocked off due to the snow and ice.
Shortly after the launch of Season 7, fans have theorized that the snow and ice will ultimately melt as the season goes along, opening up the lower levels for exploration.
That theory has now been substantiated by new files in the Season 7 game files which have been discovered and leaked by Fortnite news and leaks outlet @FortTory.
So the iceberg will slowly melt and melt till we can go inside...— FortTory - Fortnite Leaks (@FortTory) December 6, 2018
We got the files for it and the underground place is already there, so maybe tonight? at TheGameAwards? pic.twitter.com/wXhj2Nhig2
According to the leaks above, the lower levels of the castle already do exist, and there are clear indications that the snow blocking access to them will be melting in increments.
It appears that after every weekly game update, an additional layer of snow will melt, until the full castle becomes accessible several weeks into the season.
A video published by popular Fortnite YouTuber 'Happy Power' tours the bottom levels of the castle using an exploit glitch that allows players to look below the snow.
The content of the video make it quite clear that the lower area is already build and coded into the game, which means that it'll be just a matter of time before players can get down there.
Another Fortnite YouTuber, 'WolfGaming' release a quick video that demonstrates how players can go about looking below the snow near the castle at Polar Peak.
Weekly map changes such as this are nothing new to Fortnite; one of the best examples of this was when the former Dusty Depot was hit by a meteor at the start of Season 4 to form Dusty Divot, which ultimately turned from being a barren rocky crater to a tree-filled location.
Similarly, Tilted Towers and Risky Reels have both seen central structures destroyed in the past, only to be slowly repaired on a week-to-week basis.
If the concept of melting snow and ice becomes reality in Season 7, this opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities that go beyond just the castle.
New locations could come to be as the season goes on, and new surprises and secrets could be revealed to be hiding under the thick layer of snow.