Surprise events are some of the most consistently popular content added to Fortnite. Since launch, players of Epic Games’ battle royale have witnessed meteor showers, UFOs and even welcomed a certain Marvel villain onto Battle Island for a bombastic crossover. These types of occurrences often precede the beginning of a new season or serve as teasers for upcoming content. That being the case, it’s not at all surprising that fans suspect new shenanigans are afoot, thanks to recent events.
Beginning at the tail end of last month, excavation sites have since begun sequentially appearing all across Fortnite‘s map, starting with one at Paradise Palms. Players banded together to promptly clear that site of rubble in record time, only to be presented with two further archaeological digs: one at Dusty Divot, and the other in close proximity to Loot Lake. Thanks to in-game events, including diggers appearing close to Loot Lake, a fourth excavation site smack-back in the lake’s middle is believed to be next, though what will happen when the site is cleared remains a mystery.
Data miners, however, have wasted little time in attempting to get to the bottom of Epic’s schemes and in doing so, have unearthed a potential answer. As the post over on Twitter by Lucas7Yoshi shows, several files discovered in Fortnite‘s event folder make specific reference to an ‘Underground.’ Some of those files are attached to text mentioning different elements – Fire, Steam, Water, Earth, etc. – too, suggesting that some sort of new gameplay mechanic will be coming into play.
All of the above is currently total conjecture and though the end result could end up far-removed from existing suspicions, Epic is clearly building up to something big. Assuming the excavation site at the center of Loot Lake is the final piece of the puzzle, fans should expect a payoff for all of that manual labor shortly. Until then, feel free to let us know in the comments below what you think’s about to happen in Fortnite.