In an email from Epic Games to Fortnite dataminer HYPEX, the new playlist is described as an “experimental and evolving space” which won’t feature any combat.
It also reveals tests are set to run from Friday 9pm EST (Saturday 2am BST) to test out the new playlist, so you’ll be able to try out Fortnite without weapons this week.
Did anyone else get these emails? Looks like they are doing something about snipers and aim assist.. lmk if you got this because I just got it pic.twitter.com/xqOc0dliTK— HYPEX - Fortnite Leaks & News (@HYPEX) April 29, 2020
They also detail new mode Operation: Payload which seems to emulate Overwatch’s defending and escorting of a payload across the map - while another team tries to stop you.
There’s also adjustments to aim assists and heavy sniper damage incoming too.
The new map for the Party Royale playlist has also seemingly been leaked by FortTory, which includes small icons indicating some kind of mini-games at their location.
The minimap for the Papaya Event/LTM pic.twitter.com/do65chZLeI— FortTory - Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) April 29, 2020
There’s icons which appear to point to races, along with a soccer match game too.
A non-combat Fortnite map isn’t a huge surprise considering the title has become a platform for huge events, with Travis Scott recently staging an incredible Astronomical concert.
It's also unclear if Party Royale could be sticking around as a permanent addition, which feels logical if it does become the place where huge crossover events take place in the future.
Could this mean even more Fortnite events are on the horizon? We’ll have to see.