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The Fortnite garage is about to receive a new occupant as Epic announces the impending arrival of the Quadcrasher, an ATV specifically designed to turn in-game structures into piles of rubble. With Update 6.10 due out next week, it seems likely that will also mark the arrival of the battle royale mode's newest vehicle.
Fortnite's news feed revealed the new vehile today (h/t to Gamespot). Along with information about the Disco Domination limited event and the fact that the mobile version of the game is now available on all Android devices comes our first look at the Quadcrasher. The vehicle is simply tagged as "coming soon," with a note stating that you can charge the vehicle's boost to "crash through structures or get some air."
This is a little surprising, as Epic has always held that standard vehicles would not be a part of their Battle Royale experience. For starters, the map (while large) is not as massive as other battle royale games like PUBG. Secondly, Epic felt the pace of the game was pretty well dialed in and the inclusion of vehicles might throw things out of whack.
Instead, the team started introducing some unexpected "vehicles" that allow players to get creative and move a bit faster than your average sprint without getting too carried away. A jetpack, for instance, allows for some sweet vertical maneuvering. A shopping kart also made the cut, which could support duos and has led to some pretty hilarious encounters. More recently, the game introduced some golf karts that, again, allow for a bit of speed and hijinks, but don't really break the game's pace.
The Quadcrasher, though, is a straight-up ATV, so it'll be interesting to see what its base speed is like. I'm guessing it'll have to move at a clip a little faster than a golf kart, but it sounds like "speed" is only half of the machine's purpose.
As you'll notice in the teaser image, the Quadcrasher has a grim-faced plow bolted to the front, making it a perfect implement of destruction. Not only does this seem to keep in the goofy spirit of Fortnite, but it also seems like an absolutely perfect wrinkle to introduce to the game. Some people have grown so good at building forts that they're damn-near impossible to line up a clean shot on. A Quadcrasher might help level the playing field a bit, allowing folks to just crash through buildings like the Kool-Aid man rather than waste precious ammo.
And just think about how this thing can be used in squad play. We can force Gary (you know, the guy on the squad nobody really likes) to plow through a structure and, while he's drawing all of the enemy fire, the rest of us can move in to clean up.
One thing is for sure: This is going to make for some interesting new YouTube compilations.