Release date and time revealed

Fortnite fans should take note: an imminent update will add flare guns and extreme weather conditions (including tornadoes) to the island.

Chapter 3, Season 1 of the Battle Royale shooter started on Monday, December 6 and featured some pretty substantial additions. Among other things, this patch completely overhauled the map, refined the traversal mechanics, and debuted the ability to browse the web using the mythical Spider-Man item.

Since then, there haven’t been too many significant changes to Fortnite Chapter 3. The Winterfest event dominated the second half of December and there was a New Years celebration towards the end of 2021 but other than that things were relatively calm.

For comparison, at this point in last summer’s “Invasion” season, Epic Games had already introduced alien parasites and mothership kidnappings. During this time, only a few weeks elapsed between the start of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 and its v18.10 update in September.

In other words, it looks like the next big thing for Fortnite Chapter 3 is long overdue. Yet reputable data miners – like @Shiina and @Hypex – claim we’ll have to wait another week for V19.10 to roll out, as it’s currently slated for Tuesday, January 18.

To keep you in the loop until then, a small update will be rolling out later today (January 11). According to data miners (who took a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s code), this will see the element of the rocket gun unprotected and the implementation of dynamic weather.

It’s worth noting that these leaks are rarely wrong, as they accurately report details about the Naruto Bundle, the Winterfest Cabin, and the existence of Chapter 3 itself, long before any of those things were officially confirmed. by Epic.

What’s in the new “Fortnite” update?

Anyone who has seen the first promotional materials for Fortnite Chapter 3 of Season 1 (aka “Flipped”) will remember seeing tornadoes devastating the island.

These destructive storms will form in the middle of battle royale matches and then move around the map. In terms of what they mean for gameplay, the leaked challenges have confirmed that you’ll be able to jump into whirlpools and then ride them, much like you already do in Battlefield 2042.

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Tornadoes aren’t the only aspect of severe weather to come. Fortnite, however, as data miners discovered that we will also have thunderstorms. If you are struck by an Electric Bolt from one of them, you will take 10 damage, but you will also gain Speed, like when you consume a Chilli Splash.

This should strongly shake up the dynamics of Fortnite matches, given that the weather is currently very similar throughout the match. It doesn’t even rain outside of the scripted events.

On top of all this, the new update will also remove the rocket gun element, which will be needed for some upcoming quests.

When is the weather update in ‘Fortnite’?

While there is currently no exact release time for today’s update, many are predicting that it will roll out early in the morning (ET). This would be in line with previous updates, which tend to arrive in the window between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. ET.

@Hypex on Twitter claimed it would be a bit later, launching around 9 a.m. ET instead.

Either way, you certainly won’t have to wait long to dive into the new content.

UPDATE 11/1/22, 5:17 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to add the tweet from @Hypex, claiming the Fortnite update will launch at 9 a.m. ET.