New Fortnite 'Testing Event' gives possible clues at upcoming ranked playlist [UPDATED] - Dexerto

New Fortnite ‘Testing Event’ gives possible clues at upcoming ranked playlist [UPDATED]

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:50 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 20:54

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have officially announced that a new in-game tournament-style event has been added to Fortnite Battle Royale.

The new tournament is called “Testing Event” and will feature a competitive format that supports both Solos and Duos. Just as with previous in-game tournaments, players who reach a certain points threshold will be rewarded with a unique pin.

Epic Games representative ‘SyzYn’ posted a message on the FortniteCompetitive sub-Reddit announcing the event and explaining that it will not be available to everyone at the start.

“Not everyone will have access to this initially,” the post reads. “We’ve updated the backend which tournaments run on and want to slowly ramp up the amount of players as we verify that everything is working as expected as we scale up.”

The developer also revealed that the tournament “will be deleted upon completion,” and that it’s “meant strictly for checking our new systems.”

This seems to be in-line with the leaks that data miners discovered about this new Testing Event, which included an in-game description: “This tournament will self destruct at the conclusion of our testing period. Any scores or pins will be removed after the tournament is complete.”

The leak, which includes a code file and several images, comes courtesy of Lucas7yoshi, a prominent source for Fortnite-related news and leaks. 

While this will be the next major competitive event to take place in Fortnite, its description does make it sound different than the other in-game tournaments that have come before it, such as the Pop-Up Cup.

It would appear that, unlike those other tournaments, this one will be continuously available to play over a longer period of time rather than the 2-3 hour sessions of the Pop-Up Cup, for example. 

The in-game tournaments have been popularly received by Fortnite players, especially the different variations of the Pop-Up Cup.

Some are also interpreting the second sentence to be a major hint that this Testing Event will actually be the first signs of ranked play in Fortnite.

Traditionally in battle royales, most notably H1Z1, players who achieve a certain status during a season of ranked play would lose that standing once the event reset and the next one began.

Combining the theories that this event will be continuous and not in spurts and that all scores and pins will be removed after its over does make it seem a lot like a ranked playlist. 

Even the name “Testing Event” and the Reddit post suggest that this could be a way for Epic to test out a beta ranked playlist and lay the foundation for an actual one to come sometimes in the future, which would be another explanation for why everyone’s achievements would get wiped out after it’s over. 


Fortnite tease exclusive new Drift Crew skin with Fox Clan hints

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:18 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 19:48

by Julian Young


UPDATE 1/24: After making several tweets and updating their avatar, the official Fortnite Twitter account deleted all tweets made on January 24 and reversed their avatar to the previous picture. The official Fortnite Twitter account started the hype train for the game’s next Fortnite Crew release by changing their avatar and issuing cryptic tweets about ‘Fox Clan,’ and fans are already speculating on when the next big surprise might arrive.

Fortnite has a long history of using in-game and social media teasers to hype up the BR’s future content. Whether teasing some new skins or a complete rework of the game’s universe, Epic Games is no stranger when it comes to feeding players a slow drip of hints to build up the hype.

With Chapter 2 Season 5 well underway, players have already been treated to special events like Terminator and Predator crossovers. However, Season 5 doesn’t end until March 15 and players are already looking for clues on what the season’s next content drop might include.

On January 24, Fortnite’s official Twitter account changed its avatar and tweeted out two mysterious hints linked to the game’s next big reveal. The community quickly flooded Twitter to discuss the teasers, but were then confused when the tweets were deleted only hours later.

Fortnite Drift Crew Pack Skin HYPEX Leak
Epic Games
Fortnite data miner HYPEX revealed the game’s new teasers are related to an upcoming Fortnite Crew skin for Drift.

The first tweet referenced establishing a connection and beginning a scan, which didn’t give fans much to go off of. However, the second part had some important implications, and included a reference to one of the games most iconic characters: Drift.

“Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” the last sentence read. Drift was originally introduced in Fortnite’s first Season 5, and was loved by players for his unique kitsune appearance and skins (kitsune means fox in Japanese, and these creatures often appear in Japanese folklore).

The second tweet issued a cryptic warning: “I know you don’t know who I am, but the Fox Clan is in trouble. We need you.” Fox Clan is something completely new to Fortnite, but it appeared to tie in with Drift’s previous in-game aesthetic and the account’s updated avatar.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 Skins
Epic Games
The leaked Drift skin is the latest in a series of cosmetics introduced in Season 5.

Fortnite data miner HYPEX also believed the teasers are related to Drift. The leaker shared an image of an unreleased Drift skin – which appeared to be a female version of the previously-male character – and confirmed the skin will be included in the February edition of the Fortnite Crew subscription.

Fortnite Crew – Epic’s monthly subscription model – nets players each new battle pass and 1,000 V-bucks every season, along with Crew Packs that include an exclusive outfit and matching accessory. HYPEX confirmed that the teased Drift skin will be tied to an upcoming Crew Pack.

So far, Epic Games has not revealed any additional clues other than the two mysterious tweets. While new information will continue to be discovered by HYPEX and other data miners, no additional clues have been posted at the time of writing.

After issuing several more mysterious tweets after the first two were posted, the official Fortnite account then deleted all of the tweets teasing the new content and reverted the account’s avatar to its previous image.

It remains to be seen whether this is part of a larger plan involving the teaser process, or if Epic took these actions to correct a reveal that was made too early. The Fortnite and Epic Games accounts haven’t issued any additional clarifications at the time of writing.

Fortnite fans will need to wait for confirmation on exactly what Epic has planned for the February Crew Pack, and why these tweets were made and then deleted. We will make sure to keep you updated as any new information is revealed at Fortnite Intel on Twitter.