In a Reddit AMA held late last month (opens in new tab), some folks from Fortnite (opens in new tab) developer Epic Games teased a new “single-occupancy vehicle” for the game’s Battle Royale mode. It turns out that vehicle is a giant hamster ball, as YouTuber @OMGitsAliA (opens in new tab) recently discovered and Epic worldwide creative director Donald Mustard confirmed.
Just you wait. It. Is. Amazing. https://t.co/qAzsKXF6HxMarch 11, 2019
According to a preview image dug up by Twitter user @lucas7yoshi_ (opens in new tab), the new vehicle is appropriately called a Fortnite Baller (opens in new tab). Judging from the hardware on the thing, it looks like you can drive The Baller around like a normal vehicle or use the Grabber – a grappling hook-like device which was wieldable before it was vaulted several months back – on the front of it to swing around. At least, I hope that’s what it’s for. But I have to wonder, can you also use it to pull other vehicles or people toward you for easy splatter kills? My kingdom for a limited-time mode with dozens of these things just swinging each other around. Overwatch’s Wrecking Ball – better known as Hammond the hamster (opens in new tab) – would be proud.
Epic previously said that, depending on how Fortnite’s Driftboards play with the Baller, they may be removed to make room for the hamster-mobile. They’re both solo vehicles so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Driftboards pushed out of the main mode, but god I hope we can get both of these things in a game at once, if only so people can balance a Driftboard atop a Baller and inevitably land a miracle headshot while doing so.
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