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The new Fortnite vehicle is a dang hamster ball

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.  

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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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Austin Wood
Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature.