WATCH: ‘Fortnite’ player spans map with rocket-riding transport
A “Fortnite: Battle Royale” player recorded his successful airborne tour of the game’s island map using a guided rocket weapon introduced towards the end of March.
Across numerous action games, rocket jumps or grenade jumps have long been used to propel players to great, sometimes game-breaking heights.
This new twist on the trope turns rockets into personal airborne transports.
The March 28 update to “Fortnite: Battle Royale” introduced a powerful guided missile to the popular console, computer, and mobile phone game.
“Skilled players can take advantage of its range and maneuverability to get around cover and land the final blow on their opponent,” developer Epic wrote in the official patch notes.
Two weeks on and players are using guided missiles to skysurf their way across the last-person-standing’s island map, as evidenced by YouTuber NoahJ456 in an April 9 video.
Crossing the “Fortnite” island corner to corner would usually comprise an 11-minute flat-track sprint, not accounting for obstacles, opponents and elevation differences, of which there are many.
Noah’s rocket system sees him jump on a guided missile, turn, fire another and jump to the new one before the original runs its course, and in doing so he is propelled from one corner to the other in a little over three minutes.
He credited another player by the name of Fickle_Platypus with inspiring the novel system. JB
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