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Fortnite Battle Royale is finally getting jetpacks

After three months of waiting, Epic is finally letting us fly

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Jetpacks are finally headed to Fortnite Battle Royale, Epic Games confirmed in a tweet today. The jetpacks are set to arrive in Fortnite Battle Royale as a part of the v4.2 content update, which will go live on Tuesday, May 22 at 8 a.m. ET with no server downtime.

“Strap in and blast off with Jetpacks in the v4.2 Content Update,” the company tweeted.

This tweet confirms part of a datamine by the Twitter account Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks. The account linked the jetpacks to a possible new limited-time mode called “Close Encounters,” which seems to have something to do with a combination of shotguns and jetpacks. Polygon has reached out to Epic Games for comment on the game mode, but for now the company hasn’t announced anything yet, so for now, that part is still just speculation. While jetpacks will be added with Tuesday’s update, they will only be in the game for a limited time, according to the game’s news section.

Players were first promised Jetpacks by Epic Games back in February, when they showed up in the in-game client’s new tab. The items vanished shortly after with no official word on their fate, however. Since then, jetpacks have become one of the most frequently requested features for the game — and the target of frequent jokes.

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