Tyler Blevins, known as Ninja, takes a selfie photograph with attendees after winning the Epic Games Inc. Fortnite: Battle Royale Celebrity Pro Am. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
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Fortnite leaks come from the strangest of places, and this one is no exception. We’re still waiting on the traditional retail leak of the new battle pass skins, but apparently, Fortnite star Ninja just dropped some of the season’s upcoming map changes on his stream. Fortnite News heard the streamer saying that he had the “inside scoop” on Season 9, and had some details about what we’ll be seeing.
Note that this is unconfirmed and should be treated as such. But there’s reason to think it could be legitimate: if it’s coming from Ninja, it has the ring of truth to it. He can’t really afford to be wrong, and has definitely received advanced information from Epic in the past. I’d be surprised if Ninja would say something along these lines if it weren’t true, and frankly, I would be sort of surprised if he did it without Epic’s permission. The developer has shown in the past that it’s pretty serious about NDAs. Ninja also posted the video on Youtube, so this has the ring of marketing more than anything:
Tilted Towers, he said, will become a futuristic “utopia”, which would certainly be right in line with sci-fi-styled teasers that we’ve seen so far. One imagines tall, silvery towers with copious glass or somesuch: utopia definitely implies less of the post-apocalyptic notion that some have suspected since the Volcano eruption.
Just as interesting are the hints about gameplay changes. Every Season now also comes with new items and, for the past two seasons, a new vehicle, so we can expect to see some of that. According to Ninja, these additions will include Halo-style Lifts and teleporters, the latter of which could get incredibly strange if deployed on any sort of scale. We had teleporters for a few seasons in the former Wailing Woods, but their out-of-the-way placement meant that they didn’t get a whole lot of actual gameplay use.
Replacing Tilted with another city makes sense: it would be a shame to lose the dense, vertically-arranged mayhem that is the beginning of any Fortnite match in Tilted Towers. That’s only one of the points of interest that is getting remade, however: Retail Row is definitely getting something new, and there will likely be other areas we don’t yet know about.
It all gets going after the downtime tomorrow, which will start at the usual 4:00 AM eastern.