For months now, “Fortnite: Battle Royale” has kept players on their toes with weekly – and sometimes daily – updates to the game, including new character skins, limited-time game modes, and fun and interesting challenges.
Some of those updates have been just for fun, and some actually change the way the game is played. For example, in the days leading up to the beginning of Season 5, the game hinted that a rocket launch would change the island forever. During the actual launch, the rocket caused a large rift in the space-time continuum to open up above the center of the map, and several items and landmarks throughout the island started disappearing.
The developers have also introduced or removed a few truly game-changing tools throughout the game’s history, including jet packs, guided missiles, fast-moving vehicles, and rifts.
Here’s everything that’s been added to the island in the last two weeks:
NEW WEAPON: Double Barrel Shotgun
Epic’s update notes say the newest gun can be “devastating at close range,” but only allows the player to take two shots before reloading.
NEW LIMITED-TIME MODE: Steady Storm
Fornite’s newest mode features a constantly-shrinking storm that envelopes the island in exactly 15 minutes.
The timed mode forces players to keep moving in close to one another, and leaves little time for looting or building and defending hideouts. It should make for some fast-paced firefights.
The no-pressure, no-combat Playground Mode is back this week, as rumours swirl that the sandbox style mode will soon be dubbed a permanent addition to the game.
“Playground” is a limited-time sandbox-style mode that lets players take a break from the fast-paced battle royale formula by roaming through the island with up to three of their friends, without any opponents to shoot at or hide from.
The mode includes the island’s normal amount of loot, plus ten times the normal gather rate for building materials, and a hundred llamas scattered across the island, giving players the perfect environment to hone their combat and building skills without having to worry about scavenging for weapons and resources.
With this new update, many of the game’s resources are increased. Ammo cans now give ten times more ammo than they do in the regular battle royale mode, players are more likely to find the rare launch and bounce pads, and one hundred supply drops will fall to the island throughout each match.
Friendly fire will be turned on, so squad members will be able to deal damage to one another. Never fear, though – players who are killed in Playground Mode will immediately respawn and parachute back onto the island.
After 55 minutes of free play, the storm will begin to close in on the island, eventually ending each round after a full hour has gone by. Deaths outside of the eye of the storm will not result in a respawn.
Another week , another set of challenges for free-to-play and Battle Pass holders. Here are the challenges for Season 5, Week 5:
- Search Chests In Junk Junction (0/7)
- Use Rift Portals (0/3)
- Eliminate Opponents in a Single Match (HARD) (0/3)
Battle Pass Challenges
- Deal Damage to Players with a Clinger, Stink Bomb, or Grenade (0/300)
- Hit a Golf Ball from Tee to Green on Different Holes (0/5)
- Follow the Treasure Map Found in Snobby Shores (HARD) 0/1
- Eliminate Opponents in Shifty Shafts (HARD) (0/3)
In last week’s update, Epic Games brought back the Guided Missile, a beloved — and previously quite over-powered — weapon that let’s players steer the missile after firing it at an opponent or enemy’s fort.
From here on out, we’ll outline the changes from last week’s update.
The beloved Guided Missile was removed from the game months ago for dealing too much damage, and because players quickly realised they could jump onto the careening missiles and ride them around like flying skateboards.
Now, the powerful weapon is back with a slightly lower damage rate, and a blessing from Epic Games encouraging players to “rocket ride teammates into the action.”
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