Fortnite’s map is something of an institution. While main competitor PUBG tried to keep players interested with brand new locations, Epic opted instead for smaller changes over time, with new seasons occasionally introducing new biomes, like the desert in the south-east and the ice biome in the south-west. But that may be about to change.
Earlier this month, dataminer Lucas7Yoshi posted twelve as-yet-unseen location names. While some of them – Weeping Woods, Slurpy Swamp, and Lazy Lake – bear similarities to places that we’ve seen before, none of them currently exist in the game, prompting the dataminer to say “a new map is likely, or at least a massively changed one.”
Earlier this week, that suggestion was backed up by a leaked loading screen. The screen, which is the final one for the current season, features a collection of characters waving goodbye as the Battle Bus flies off into the sunset. As an added extra, the screen is reportedly titled ‘Last Stop, Thank you, Bus Driver!’.
That’s not exactly conclusive proof, but the conspiracy goes deeper – posts on Reddit suggest that Epic has been hinting at the move since Season 9, with Jonesy’s mysterious cave painting.
Gonna go ahead and say a new map is likely, or atleast a massively changed one
Kinda proof is in the reply to this https://t.co/Gv8UzgEXKW
— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks (@Lucas7yoshi) September 11, 2019
Even after ten seasons of play, Fortnite’s map isn’t exactly stale. Epic has done a sterling job of ensuring it continues to evolve over time, with those aforementioned new biomes, volcanic eruptions, and a massive floating vortex over Loot Lake (RIP Steven).
All that said, perhaps now is as good a time as any to give the game a fresh coat of paint – Fortnite is approaching two years old, and Season 11 could be the perfect opportunity to give it the glow-up it deserves.