Fortnite players have started feeling earthquakes during matches. The first time someone reported an event of this kind was on Feb. 5, and so far we have very little information about what these earthquakes will do to the game if there are more coming.
But we’re approaching the season seven end, and players know that season endings are weird. In season six, players saw a huge iceberg with a winter cloud surrounding it southwest of the map. It was only a few weeks before the season ended late last year.
The end of season five in September had the mysterious cube nicknamed Kevin covering Loot Lake to turn it into a floating island when season six started.
Between players’ reports and dataminers’ leaks, here’s what we know about the earthquakes happening in Fortnite: Battle Royale’s season seven.
Before the earthquakes started
Fortnite leaker FortTory found evidences of an earthquake hitting the Battle Royale island a few days before the first tremor. He found a folder hidden in the game files after the v7.30 update named “earthquake” under another folder named “events.” By that time, players didn’t report anything similar, but it was a clue that ground tremors could be coming to Fortnite and that something would unfold from them.
When they started
Players first reported ground tremors during Battle Royale matches on Feb. 5. The earthquake made the ground shake a lot and made a loud noise that hadn’t been heard before. It was a short earthquake and no big changes happened to the island after it stopped, and players were only left with another hint that the leaks could be right.
A few players have reported experiencing tremors on Feb. 6 too.
After they started
At time of writing, the first earthquakes don’t seem to have caused much damage to the Fortnite island. However, other leakers found clues that several other earthquakes might happen this season and that each will be stronger than the one before.
Lucas7yoshi was the leaker who found more about upcoming earthquakes. He revealed what seems to be a game file related to these tremors, which has several variables such as “Quakes” values ranging from zero to one, and “NumberOfEvents” equaling 50.
So if what players felt on Feb. 5 was the first earthquake, there might be another 49 coming until the end of the season, and the “Quakes” variable very likely indicates how strong each of them will be. The first tremor was set as 0.018, while the last is 0.756, indicating the last one could be dozens of times stronger than the first.
We have yet to see if these earthquakes will make any changes to the Fortnite island, but if they do, they might become noticeable in the next few days as the tremors get stronger. We could see cracks forming around the island, or maybe new hills and mountains rising.
We will update this article as we gather new information about the Fortnite earthquakes.