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Epic asks Fortnite leakers not to leak Chapter 3, leaks it in a TikTok ad instead

Fortnite Chapter 3 leaks are among us

Fortnite characters approach a tower

December 2, 2021 Despite Epic’s efforts, Fortnite Chapter 3 is leaking.

Fortnite Chapter 3 is nearly upon us, and Epic is hoping to keep the content of that release a secret – and not doing a very good job of it, it seems. Some of the game’s most prominent dataminers have reported receiving messages from Epic asking them not to leak content from the battle royale game during the upcoming downtime, but a TikTok ad appears to have revealed the big twist anyway.

If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, you should probably quit reading now. Last night, freddythefox_YT on Twitter tagged some of the game’s big leakers, and said “I was on TikTok and I got this video as a ad”. The video essentially shows the island getting wrecked, and then flipping upside down, hinting that Chapter 3 will take us to the underside of the map.

This comes after iFireMonkey, ShiinaBR, and HypeX all reported receiving a message from Epic asking them not to post Chapter 3 leaks. The dataminers have been in discussions with the devs about how this could be realistically achieved, though perhaps it’s too late for that.

“I have been trying to think about how this would work for a bit today,” iFireMonkey says, “and how I feel is that if anyone is able to leak the update I see no reason for me to not post leaks, since no matter what people would be able to post it anyways. We will have to wait and see.”

An official teaser also popped up last night, courtesy of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. There are plenty of explicit Fortnite references in the tweet itself, and a Foundation helmet appears in a fridge in the attached video. The video flips upside down multiple times, which seems to more or less confirm the content of the TikTok ad.

An Epic representative declined to comment.

Fortnite leaks usually come from datamines, as Epic often includes information and content for upcoming updates in earlier patches. Dataminers dig those details out of the game files and post info about those upcoming features. At this point, very few Fortnite updates launch as true surprises.

Given how previous events have run, we’re expecting several days between the Chapter 2 end time and the Fortnite Chapter 3 release date. During that maintenance period, we would usually see dataminers digging deep for any extra insight on what’s coming. Maybe we’ll see a bit less of that this time around.