Fortnite is a game known for its rapid changes and constant updates, but one of its next big patches could go so far as to change the entire map. Players have spent the last two years landing on the same playing field, with familiar landmarks and locations. The map changed before, sprouting everything from a giant cube to a Borderlands-themed zone and a Western frontier, but never on the scale currently being theorized by players.
According to dataminers and fans, the next set of changes might bring a new map altogether. There are signs of destruction on the map that suggest Fortnite’s island may be completely removed from players’ access. The patch, according to data miners, is marked as “The End,” and they have pulled the following pieces of information:
Gonna go ahead and say a new map is likely, or atleast a massively changed one— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks (@Lucas7yoshi) September 11, 2019
Kinda proof is in the reply to this https://t.co/Gv8UzgEXKW
Between the way these files are labelled, a loading screen where players wave goodbye to the battle bus, and the Visitor opening time rifts all over the map, it’s clear that something big is coming for the traditional Fortnite map. After all, the Visitor himself arrived in a meteor that crashed into the map, and his time rifts have caused all sorts of map-threatening catastrophes before.
While other battle royale games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have branched out with new maps and locations, Epic might be prepared to simply flip over the table and start anew.
While Fortnite fans wait for further updates on the status of the map, they can log in to find Batman related cosmetics and challenges in the game. The current season is set to end on Oct. 6, which usually heralds the announcement of new balance and big map changes.
We’ve reached out to Epic Games for comment and will update if we receive a response.