The island at the centre of Loot Lake in Fortnite’s Battle Royale map has begun Season 6 by being lifted up into air on a swirling vortex, and now it’s on the move.
As you’ll recall from Season 5, a large and mysterious purple cube appeared and began making its way around the map, stamping runes on the ground wherever it settled. The cube, which also exhibited gravity-warping properties, eventually made its way to Loot Lake and rolled in, changing the lake into a bouncy purple mass of alien rubber.
At the time, many players assumed the cube had dissolved into the water, but that’s not the case – instead, the cube has been what’s lifting the island into the air. The cube itself – which is now lovingly known as Kevin to the player community – is visible under the mass of soil and rock holding up the island.
Now, it appears Kevin is on the move again. But it’s not exactly clear where Kevin and the floating island are going, or even where they actually are at any given time. Players have reported seeing the island appear over Salty Springs and south of Retail Row, although many believe that a bug causes the island to show up incorrectly on the in-game map.
Here’s a shot of the island hovering above one of the runes left by the cube in Season 5.
— Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks (@FNBRLeaks) September 29, 2018
Meanwhile, a datamine examined by Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks suggests that Kevin is going to grow during this season. A subfolder labeled ‘CubeGrowth’ has appeared in the game data, and it seems highly likely that this means, well, cube growth is going to happen.
So, the cube is going to grow this season 👀 pic.twitter.com/LgbjWT27AL
— Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks (@FNBRLeaks) September 28, 2018
What does it all mean? Well, nobody knows for sure, and that’s what makes it fun. Some players have suggested that Kevin is retracing the cube’s path during Season 5, stopping over each of the runes it left behind. Perhaps drawing energy from each of these is what will fuel its expansion over the course of the season.
In any case, Fortnite Season 6 is well underway, and we’ll keep you updated on developments and weekly challenges as they happen.