By far the most exciting thing about Fortnite Season 6 is the swirling vortex that now exists at the centre of loot lake. The strong winds around the now-floating central island make for fast-paced battles in which you can reposition at any time by leaping off the platform and being whisked round to a new spot on the island.
Towards the bottom of that vortex lies the new home of Kevin the Fortnite cube. After melting into the lake towards the end of last season, he now seems to have re-formed, and is embedded into the ground beneath the island.
He’s largely ignored down there by those players who are trapped in aerial battle with one another, but apart from being more stationary now, he’s much the same as he ever was. For one thing, you can still bounce off if you collide with him, and he’ll retaliate if you shoot at him. That quality in particular, has allowed one player to discover the fastest way to move across the map I’ve ever seen.
Reddit user JMS171 posted his findings to the Fortnite subreddit last night. It’s a complex method, but should be relatively easily to replicate for yourself. First, you’ll need to build a platform up towards the island over the lake, and equip it with a bounce pad. JMS then take a shot at the cube, waits a second or two, and then jumps onto the bounce pad just as Kevin lashes out, sending him flying across the map.
As you can see in the video above, the player ends up off the edge of the map, flying clear over the ATK track on the Western coast. Epic reckon that it’ll take you around 45 seconds to run in a straight line from one side of a grid square to another. JMS, however, made his flight in less than a third of that time, ending up in a watery grave around 13 seconds after his initial jump.
Some quick maths (and a handy distance calculator) puts that distance at somewhere around 1500 metres, and the resulting airspeed achieved at about 250 mph. Which is pretty good going.
That makes his attempts on of the fastest ways to travel we’ve ever seen in Fortnite. Admittedly, it might not particularly safe, but a few tweaks might make it more viable. For now, though, I think I’ll just stick with my parachute. You can check out the rest of the Fortnite Season 6 map changes to get an idea of all the game’s new changes, from the Haunted Hills castle all the way to the Fatal Cornfields.