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If Fortnite is getting a jetpack, then so is Roseanne Barr

Let’s round up the latest Fortnite news

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Some odds and ends related to Fortnite crossed my desk early this morning. To be honest, none of them really amount to all that much on their own. But together, friends ... together, they work. And so, I just wanted to gather them up and lay them all out for you here on our internet website.

First up, Fortnite’s free-to-play Battle Royale mode unleashed a brand new, limited time mode called Solid Gold. All of the weapons that drop onto the map are legendary quality. A squad of four players is required, so if you’re looking for a hardcore, one-shot style of gameplay you’re in luck.

Like 50 vs. 50, Solid Gold is only available for a limited time. No word on when it will end.

Epic likes to tease its fans as much as it likes to shake up the game, and the loading screens in Fornite are one of the places it tends to toss surprises out. Judging from a picture that’s cropped up online, it looks like they’ve got something wacky in store at some point in the nebulous future. That’s right: Fortnite is getting jetpacks.

One eagle-eyed Redditor spotted the tease right there on the loading screen, and that post quickly shot to the top of the main games subreddit. The tagline reads, “Take the fight to new heights.”

xCosmit via Reddit

Sure, I’m in. The game already has a hoverboard exclusive to the Save the World game mode, so why not jetpacks?

Beware, though, that if I’m getting a jetpack and you’re getting a jetpack, then Roseanne Barr is getting a jetpack as well.

True, she misspelled Battle Royale. It’s right there in the Tweet; I see it clear as day. But I like to think that it was just because she’s gaming so hard right now that spelling is an afterthought. I mean, if you had won 20 games last night, wouldn’t you hop on Twitter to crow about it, spelling be damned?

Epic’s PR was quick on the scene. Nick Chester is hunting down her handle for fact-checking purposes ... and to squad up ahead of the 1990s sitcom star’s upcoming reboot in March.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try and shake off the imagined sound of Roseanne Barr’s laugh as she sails over the battlefield, guns blazing.

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