Fortnite: Battle Royale has really come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2017 and the game's map has been the same one, although Epic overhauled it more than once. Fans, however, think that the dev is preparing a new map now.
Well, there isn't exactly a lot of info coming from Epic, so we can't say with certainty whether it's a significant overhaul of Fortnite's existing map or an entirely new one, but it's safe to say that big changes are on the horizon.
Before we move onto speculation, or more like wishful thinking, let's take care of the cold facts. Namely, Fortnite's freshly mined data files have revealed some peculiar names, which are presumably points of interest (POI) in the revamped and/or the new map.
The exact names are Camp Cod, Creative Island, Dirty Docks, Frenzy Farm, Holly Hedges, Lazy Lake, Mountain Medow, Power Plant Slurpy Swamp, Sunny Shores and Weeping Woods.
Onto speculation then - it doesn't take much to notice obvious naming scheme similarities between the current map and the aforementioned, data-mined POIs, which could suggest we're looking at an alternate universe version of Fornite's island.
This would indeed fit the narrative of Fortnite's current season, what with the Visitor opening rifts across the map, POIs being brought back from the dead and so on. If it is not a brand new actual map, which we're actually quietly rooting for, it could mean that Epic will be significantly redoing the map for a limited time.
Fortnite's data-mined image below, which happens to be named "Last stop. Thank you, bus driver", pretty much confirms we're waving a proper goodbye to something. As for what that exactly is, we're yet to find out with certainty. Surely it isn't the bus itself?
Epic already announced matchmaking changes, which are scheduled for v10.40 update and should ensure for fairer matches, which definitely beats Fortnite's mech-based solution to let newbies get kills. They also announced adding bots as of next season, which should help newer players at lower skill levels to get their footing, without being outgunned, outran and outbuilt by pros.