Fortnite Season 8 Patch Notes: Battle Pass, New Skins, Map Changes, Shared ChallengesSubojit Aich | March 1, 2019 | 0 | Games , Internet
Epic Games has released the big update to begin Fortnite Season 8, which brings with it gameplay changes and tweaks, new areas of the map, new weapons, and a brand-new Battle Pass, with more than 100 rewards (including new skins). Alongside all of this, Epic has shared the extensive patch notes detailing everything that’s new and different in Fortnite.
The most notable change in Season 8 is to the Fortnite island. As with previous seasons, Epic likes to mix things up by introducing new themes and altering the play space. This time around pirates, ninjas, and creatures from within a newly emerged volcano are all set to tussle over some treasure. Along with the volcano, new locations for Season 8 include Sunny Steps and Lazy Lagoon.
Tying into the volcano, a big gameplay addition is that of lava, which will deal one damage per touch and will make the player bounce off the surface. There are also volcanic vents that shoot out gusts of hot air that players can use to launch themselves into the sky.
In terms of weapons, there’s a new Pirate Cannon, which can be used to destroy structures from a distance. You can also get inside the barrel of the cannon and launch yourself across the map.
A variety of weapons and items have been vaulted, meaning they’re no longer accessible for the time being. Those include the Sneaky Snowman, Chiller Grenade, X-4 Stormwing, Shopping Cart, and All Terrain Kart–that covers many of the game’s vehicles. Specifically regarding assault rifles, drop rates have been adjusted to make the high-tier ones less common, although assault rifles in general will still be available at the same rates as before
Excitingly, Epic has also introduced Party Assist which, when enabled prior to a match, will allow daily or weekly challenges to be completed with the help of friends in your party. In Season 8, daily quests will be automatically claimed and the reward will be delivered once they are done. There are some limitations to this feature–it doesn’t work in larger team-based modes, and it doesn’t allow you to work together with random players who fill your squad. Still, that there is any way to share challenge progress with friends is an encouraging move.
In terms of limited-time modes, there are two going on right now. The first is Close Encounters, which gives players jetpacks and shotguns. The other is 50v50, which pits two large teams against one another; that’s perfect for the start of a season, as it’s an easy way for new players to grasp the game’s mechanics without having much pressure on them.