Fortnite Season 6 May Bring Deadly AI-controlled Helicopters

Published 03/01/2021, 1:19 PM EST


Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 5 is about to end. It may be slightly hectic at the moment to deal with the shotgun meta, but newer patch notes are right around the corner. Epic Games is undoubtedly working on more challenging content, and if you have been dealing with the meta change for some time now, hang in there a little longer.

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Season 6 is going to bring a horde of changes and a better dynamic in the game. Who knows, the next meta may not even bring human opponents in the game! Maybe it’s the season for the rise of bots instead.

Reliable data miner, Mang0e, recently posted on his Twitter about “some unfinished AI spawner capabilities for vehicles added in 15.40”.

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The current season, according to the game’s website Battle Pass counter, will expire on March 15. Therefore, Season 6 will probably begin on March 16. According to Mang0e’s leaks, the game has unfinished codes that suggest the addition of non-player characters (NPCs) in some areas of the map.

He made some vague assumptions about what that means, but Epic Games has verified none of the content yet. Check out the trailer for Season 6 below.

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Fortnite Season 6 NPC spawns

NPCs are bots that run on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) defined by the developers of the game. These bots are usually harmless and simply add to the number of kills in most games, or just function as extra loot without increasing the kill count in games like PUBG PC. However, unfinished Fortnite Season 6 patch note 15.40 suggest these bots can be deadly in the upcoming update.

The bots can apparently ride vehicles that spawn at certain locations of the map. He added some “loose guesses” on what it could signify and came up with two points.

First, the bots in the game can now ride these specially spawned vehicles to move around the map. This will not be extremely dangerous unless the developers program the NPCs to run over human controlled players with these vehicles, which is the second possibility.

The second case, as mentioned by the data miner, is the killer version of the first guess. In fact, especially during squad vs squad fights, the bot third party can decide between life and death.

If the developers are restricting the Boss Bots with vehicle to a specific area, they can act like the helicopter in Rust, or the Giant found inside the Farm in CoDM. They might require the participation of the entire squad and can yield special items on dying.

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He also spotted the addition of an animation for an Extra Large Male skin with an emote in 15.40. This is, however, a little “odd” since Thanos is the only XL male skin in the game. As mentioned earlier, Epic Games has confirmed none of the leaks mentioned by Mang0e. Fans still have to wait for the official patch notes to know exactly what is new. 

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Jenny is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since January 2021. She started as a competitive player, and found her joy in not restricting to just one title. She grew up around various popular PUBG and Call of Duty streamers, discovering her love for both titles.

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