Considering John Wick is an assassin, he's not doing a very good job of keeping his upcoming arrival in Fortnite hidden. After an astute Reddit user noticed his house had appeared at Paradise Palms, leaker FortTory discovered a special Wick's Bounty LTM (complete with challenges) would be arriving in the game.
Now, thanks to prolific Fortnite dataminer Lucas7yoshi, we now have our first look at the new John Wick skin, along with some details on how that LTM is going to work.
So far, it looks like players can expect to see a skin with two styles: the regular version and a damaged evolution, which is essentially John Wick before and after one of his movies. Lucas7yoshi also found images of a gold token back bling (which, in the world of John Wick, are used as currency in the underworld).
Damage Variant pic.twitter.com/6uDlObxgib— Lucas7yoshi - Fortnite Leaks & News - og edition (@Lucas7yoshi) May 15, 2019
Aside from being a flashy accessory, the golden token back bling seems to relate to the LTM, in which players will work in teams to "eliminate the other bounty hunters" and reach a required token count. According to the datamined text, players can only be eliminated three times before being "out for good". Players who collect high amounts of tokens will need to watch their backs, however, as token leaders will be marked on the map.
Interestingly, Lucas7yoshi also found mention of the Continental in some of the files (the famous assassin hotel chain in John Wick). It's still unclear whether this means the actual hotel will appear in Fortnite's world - but it sure sounds promising.
Wax_Hotel_Widget (Wax being the wicks bounty ltm) file contains:— Lucas7yoshi - Fortnite Leaks & News - og edition (@Lucas7yoshi) May 15, 2019
"Welcome to the Continental"
"REMEMBER - no business while on the hotel grounds"
before you ask i have literally know nothing about the john wick series
All this, of course, is to celebrate the new John Wick 3 film, which you can watch right now in the UK - so we should be seeing this LTM appear in-game pretty soon.
It's worth mentioning the new John Wick skin is separate to Fortnite's original Reaper skin - the top unlock in the season three battle pass which was based on Wick and still heavily used today by veteran players - which explains why Epic and the entire Fortnite community is obsessed with the character.
Wrap/Umbrella seem to be encrypted still pic.twitter.com/2BCsGSLCRc— Lucas7yoshi - Fortnite Leaks & News - og edition (@Lucas7yoshi) May 15, 2019
In the world of official Fortnite patch notes, this week's update is introducing a tactical assault rifle: a fully automatic weapon which Epic explains "has a tight spread in close quarters but is less effective at long range when compared to other assault rifles". The recently-revived drum gun, meanwhile, is getting yet another nerf to reduce its effectiveness in battle. You can also say goodbye to the compact SMG, which has been binned "to reduce the availability of high rate-of-fire weapons".
Something less glamorous but probably needed are the changes to slipstreams, which are now disabled after storm phase five (to prevent players being sucked out into the blue zone of death). They no longer block building, which means players won't have to keep making "leaps of faith" to reach the air tunnel. Finally, I can stop throwing myself off buildings like a lemming.