ORIGINAL STORY: Since they first starred in the trailer for Fortnite: Chapter 2 – Season 3, players have been eager to get their hands on cars in what is sure to be a pretty drastic change for the game in terms of how it plays. The only issue, almost two months later, is that those promised cars still aren’t actually in Fortnite.
Cars in Fortnite have been talked about for a long, long time, almost as long as the game has been out. Players in Fortnite’s earliest days, when the game’s biggest competition was PUBG, were clamouring for something similar. Epic eventually added the Shopping Cart with later seasons seeing the arrival of planes, helicopters, and quad bikes, but no sign of cars.
So, when cars popped up in that gameplay trailer for this current season, fans went crazy for it. Things have been quiet since then, though, and cars don’t currently have a firm release date in Fortnite, but they are on their way.
Fortnite Cars Release Date
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Initial information from an insider suggested that cars would be coming to Fortnite on July 21st, but that date came and went with no news. It looks, however, that that info from an insider might have been accurate, but that Epic decided they needed to work on the cars more closely before adding them.
On July 23rd, the official Fortnite account tweeted out an announcement that more or less said that they were delaying the addition of cars to Fortnite for a few weeks and all of the static cars currently in the game will also be taken away while they get “road ready”.
If you take a “few weeks” literally, meaning 21 days, cars might be scheduled to release on Thursday, August 13th. Thursdays typically aren’t update days, but the release date of cars in Fortnite should be then or within that week.
This means that the much-anticipated cars may actually only be in the game for the last two weeks of Season 3, which is currently scheduled to end on Thursday, August 27th. However, considering how the last five or more Fortnite seasons have seen significant extensions, don’t be surprised at all to see Season 3 also getting delayed.
The trailer for the new season showed off many different types of cars that we have yet to see in the game: Truck, Large Car, Medium Car, and Small Car. There are official names for these cars and they have been hinted at in posters across the map. Those names are Whiplash, Prevalent, Mudflap, and Bear, but it’s worth waiting until they are all in the game before confirming which is which.
As for how the cars work, it seems that they will all come with a finite amount of gas that you will have to fill up at a gas station. In fact, a challenge was leaked for Week 6 that asks you to Gas Up A Vehicle Catty Corner, but cars weren’t added for Week 6 so it looks like that challenge will become active later down the line.
All of the cars will be able to take a beating, the Small Car coming with 800 health and the others even more than that. For reference, that’s four players worth of HP. It also seems they will also have a random amount of gas when they spawn.
It’s also believed that you will be able to drive all of the old cars that have been a part of Fortnite for years and only previous purpose was to help you farm up metal. Epic removing them recently seems to support this, but it’s best to wait and see.
Are We Excited For Cars In Fortnite?
Absolutely. Cars have been a long time coming, so to go from the days of Shopping Carts to this feels quite surreal if you’ve been playing Fortnite for a long time.
As for the delay, we get it. We’re currently in the midst of a Big Thing in the world right now, so working from home, let alone developing something for millions of expectant fans, cannot be easy whatsoever.
It’s just going to be interesting to see how much they change up the way Fortnite generally plays, whether competitive players push back against cars or if they will make that much of a difference overall. With cars looking like they will be coming to Fortnite in August, it’s a pretty interesting time to be a fan.
Fortnite: Chapter 2 – Season 3 is free-to-play on PC via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.
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