‘Fortnite’ players have found a mysterious new hatch and don’t know where it goes

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  • In a mysterious new twist, “Fortnite” players discovered a locked hatch hidden in plain sight this week.
  • There are similarly mysterious markings on the hatch, and it’s impossible to break in.
  • The hatch is reminiscent of a previous event in “Fortnite,” where a meteor suddenly appeared in the skies of the in-game map. That event had transformative consequences.

With tens of millions of people playing “Fortnite,” secrets are unearthed near instantly.

Such is the case with a mysterious hatch that players discovered in the Wailing Woods section of the map this week. What does the hatch do? Where does it go? No one knows!

But I can tell you how to find it, as I visited the hatch on Friday morning.

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To find the hatch, head to the Wailing Woods section of the “Fortnite” map – it’s in the upper right corner.

To my surprise, I didn’t encounter another player in the woods. Considering it’s both a great place to harvest resources and home to the mysterious hatch, I was expecting a fight. Thankfully, all I found was the usual tranquility of large trees and that sweet, loot-filled hedge maze.

Here’s a look at where you’ll want to go on the map – cross-section I-3:

My player arrow is on the exact spot of the hatch.

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My player arrow is on the exact spot of the hatch.
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It’s relatively easy to find the hatch when you get to the general area of Wailing Woods that’s in the section of map above – there’s a little gully surrounded by trees, and the hatch is in the middle. It’s not far from the hedge maze.

Once there, you’ll find the hatch can’t be broken in to; the pickaxe can’t break through the door, and simply bounces off. I tried! A lot!

The hatch is also light on visual detail. There’s a fan that’s seemingly providing an exhaust to the chamber below, and these two holes with a handful of markings:

If you can figure out what this means, consider me very impressed.

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If you can figure out what this means, consider me very impressed.
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You can get a look down into the chamber, and one intrepid Reddit user even dug into the game’s virtual world to get a look at its innards – they’re less exciting than you might imagine, but that’s likely due to the nature of how video game code works. It’s entirely possible (likely, even) that there’s no way to see what’s inside the hatch without “Fortnite” developer Epic Games patching in code that expands the location and/or triggers something. There may be nothing inside the hatch just yet, with Epic intentionally withholding that code from the game for now.

Some “Fortnite” players are speculating that the hatch is part of an ongoing story that will tie into the game’s next season. A similar in-game event took place during season three, where a meteor appeared over the game’s sky. Just before season four began, the meteor collided with the map and fundamentally altered a variety of locations.

It’s unclear how the hatch could tie into the game’s next season – season four just began, and runs until July 9 – but you can bet players will continue digging into the game to find out more long before mid-summer.