Update: A giant purple cube has appeared where lightning was striking Fortnite Battle Royale’s map today. After a violent stream of lighting coming from the rift formed the cube, the rift disappeared. Players have reported being able to bounce on top of the cube. Shooting the cube will result in the player taking damage directly to their health, whether or not they have armor.
Original Story: It looks like Fortnite Battle Royale is starting to tease its next big map-changing event in the form of purple lightning.
Players have reported that the large rift in the sky that was formed at the end of season five has turned purple and is sending down loud, violent lightning strikes periodically. Lighting strikes seem currently concentrated around a particular rock in Paradise Palms, destroying one of the cacti that circle it every 15 minutes, according to Twitter account @FortniteBR (via IGN).
These changes were hinted at a couple of weeks ago, when the rift in the sky began to shrink. It looks like that mystery is starting to pay off.
The map has already seen a major addition in the form of a gigantic temple dedicated to Tomato Town’s most famous citizen, Tomato Head. It’s possible that, within the hour, we’ll see another major addition in Paradise Palms. Tomato Head was one of the props that disappeared during the season four purging of famous Fortnite landmarks, so maybe we’ll see a new Durr Buger temple, possibly hinting at a burger versus pizza holy war. I know that sounds ridiculous, but Fortnite has done crazier things, like dropping a real-life Durr Burger burger in the middle of the California desert.
The lightning strikes have entered the game along with the most recent patch, which introduced a new Rift-to-Go item that lets players instantly teleport to the sky, where they can get a second chance at parachuting down and finding a better tactical location.
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