A black hole swallowed the original Fortnite map and ushered in Chapter 2, and data miners have discovered it could also return to mark the end of Season 8 and introduce Chapter 3.
Back in October 2019, Season 10 concluded with a destructive event that took Fortnite offline and had players staring at a black hole on-screen for almost two days. When the black hole vanished, players dropped into the brand-new Chapter 2, Season 1.
We’re now in Season 8 of Chapter 2, and Fortnite data miner HYPEX has discovered that the black hole has been updated in the game files. Many believe this spells the end of Chapter 2 and will usher in Chapter 3 after Season 8.
There has been no official confirmation on when Fortnite Chapter 2 will conclude. Speculation started after Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard tweeted in September 2021 that “CH2 S8 and the two after it are maybe my very favorite parts.” Some took the ambiguous “the two after it” to mean that they might not be Chapter 2 Seasons.
The black hole has reportedly returned to the game files, and popular leaker HYPEX revealed on October 27 that it was “updated again.” They said Epic “added back the hotfix that makes the game load you directly into the Blackhole.”
Hints that Fortnite Season 8 will end Chapter 2
Alongside this tweet, HYPEX put together several hints that Season 8 will conclude Chapter 2. These include Season 8’s Page-Turner Emote, where the description is “Just a second, I’m almost at the end of the chapter.”
The Cube Queen arrived in the Battle Pass with the 18.30 update, and her character has several hints that the end is nigh. Her Reality Render Pickaxe’s description reads “This staff has ended countless realities. Soon, the Island will join them.” And her Backbling says “Time is running out for you.”
The powerful Mechs are set to return as part of the Donation Board mechanic, where players can vote to unvault previous items. These dominated Chapter 1’s final season, so some take this as a hint that the end of Chapter 2 is almost here.
Of course, these are just speculation and leaks. There’s no guarantee that Season 8 will mark the end, as Fortnite’s characters could rally together to prevent destruction in a Season-ending event.
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Fortnite leak claims skateboards coming soon as new movement mechanic
A new leak has emerged, suggesting that Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 will add a skateboard and skating mechanic.
According to new Fortnite leaks, Epic Games are planning to add skating mechanics and a new skateboard vehicle in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3.
The developers always keep the game fresh with new content, and a new leak suggests that they’re currently working on a new mechanic and vehicle that will be introduced in Chapter 3, Season 3.
Notable Fortnite leaker ‘HYPEX’ claims that Epic Games are developing new skating mechanics that will make way for the addition of skateboards or roller skates in the battle royale title.
The leaker stated that this new mechanic will be similar to the in-game sliding, as you’ll be slower when going uphill and faster coming down. If this leak is accurate, then players will have a new way to get around the map.
Another leaker with the name ‘InTheShade’ tweeted a gameplay video showcasing this new mechanic in action. While the video is obviously just a rough test, it shows the Fortnite player sliding across the map without crouching.
The character also moves faster when going downhill and is able to kick the board to pick up some speed. Moreover, it seems like jumping from heights with a skateboard will allow you to avoid heavy fall damage.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear if this mechanic will actually make its way into Fortnite, as this information is based purely on leaks. We’ll need to wait for Epic Games to confirm whether or not players will be able to skate in the game.
The developers have added skating-themed summer cosmetics in the Item Shop before, so it would make sense for them to add skateboards as well as a new POI that resembles a skate park.
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How to unlock free Naruto Fortnite cosmetics with Nindo challenges
Here’s how you can complete the Nindo challenges and earn rewards in the new Fortnite and Naruto collaboration.
There is a new set of Naruto cosmetics available in Fortnite, and you can get your hands on them by completing the Nindo challenges for Itachi, Hinata, Gaara, and Orochimaru.
Tackling these Nindo challenges will allow you to redeem new Naruto cosmetic items for free. We’ll go over each Nindo challenge that you need to complete along with the rewards that you can earn.
How to complete the Fortnite Naruto Nindo challenges
In Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, there are Nindo challenges available from June 21 to July 7, and you’ll need to sign in with your Epic Games account on the Fortnite website to track your progress.
There are different paths for the characters Itachi, Hinata, Gaara, and Orochimaru. These require you to complete tasks such as catching fish, scoring eliminations, and surviving storm circles.
Here’s a breakdown of all character paths along with their respective rewards.
|Character Path||Reward||How to unlock|
|Itachi||Shocked Itachi Emoticon||Finish in the Top 6 a total of five times|
|Gaara||Focused Gaara Emoticon||Survive 24 storm circles|
|Hinta||Byakugan Hinata Emoticon||Catch 20 fishes|
|Orochimaru||Orochimaru’s Smile Emoticon||Get 18 eliminations in total|
Successfully completing any character’s path will grant you the Akatsuki Weapon Wrap along with 20,000 XP. You can complete all four paths in order to earn a total of 80,000 XP along with the free Manda glider.
After you’ve signed in with your Epic Games account on the Fortnite website, it will track the in-game points that you earn by completing these challenges and then deliver the rewards directly to your account.
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How to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3
The Ripsaw Launcher is a brand-new weapon in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and here’s how you can get your hands on it.
The Ripsaw Launcher is a new weapon that you can unlock in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, and we’ll go over its location on the map as well as how to use it.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 features a plethora of fun content for players to unlock, including cosmetic skins of popular characters like Indiana Jones as well as powerful weapons like Darth Vader’s Lightsaber.
Now, Epic Games have added another weapon for you to get your hands on, and we’ll go over everything that you need to know about the Ripsaw Launcher, including its location on the Fortnite map.
How to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite
The Ripsaw Launcher can be found at a factory that’s located northeast of Logjam Lotus on the north end of the Fortnite map. Go inside the factory and the weapon will be hanging on a wall, just waiting to be collected.
Once you’ve gotten your hands on the weapon, you can use it to shoot a blade that is capable of shredding through builds, dealing 25 damage to buildings, 60 to players, and 100 to vehicles.
The launchers can hold up to 10 blades, and these continue to dish out damage for a total of 10 seconds when fully charged. You can charge it by simply holding the ‘shoot’ button for three seconds.
Since the Ripsaw Launcher is currently only found at one location, you might encounter heavy opposition from enemy players after arriving there, so we recommend collecting high-tier weapons and healing items before you go.
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Once you acquire the weapon, you can also use it in combination with some of the other Chapter 3, Season 3 additions like the Grapple Glove to swing around the map and destroy enemy builds.
For more Fortnite content, check out our list of the best Fortnite landing spots as well as how to unlock Super Styles in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3.
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