'Fortnite: Battle Royale' just got a massive update for Season 5 — here are all the latest additions

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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 4, the game hinted that a meteor shower would change the island forever. When the meteor did hit, it caused a large crater in the enter of the map, turning Dusty Depot into the craterous Dusty Divot. Later, there was even a limited-time tie-in with “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The developers have also introduced or removed a few truly game-changing tools, including jetpacks, guided missiles, a rideable shopping cart, and now rifts.

This week’s update corresponded with the transition to Battle Pass Season 5, which ushered in several new locations on the island, a new vehicle, and even a new game mechanic.

In “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” the changing of seasons is a big deal, and Thursday’s transition to Season 5 may be the biggest one yet.

Here’s everything that’s new in Fortnite this week:


NEW ITEMS: Rifts

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The rifts – that is, breaks in the space-time continuum – are finally given meaning in the latest update.

Players can now interact with the rifts, which act as teleporters. Simply walking up to a rift will teleport a player way up into the air, where they’re apparently spat back out by another rift, only to parachute back onto the island.

The rifts will always drop you just above the same area where you entered, so this isn’t quite a long-distance travel solution, but it is really fun and could be helpful for making a quick escape while being chased or cornered.

The rifts seem to be scattered around the island randomly, but I found at least three all on the edge of Loot Lake in a single match.


NEW VEHICLE: All-Terrain Karts

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This update includes the game’s very first four-man fast-moving vehicle, in the form of a golf cart.

They’re not all that much faster than the shopping carts, and tip over quite easily. Although, I was using the Nintendo Switch while trying one out, so I was definitely more prone to over-correcting on the steering than a person playing on PC might be.

However, the carts are really quiet, which is a nice change from lots of other battle-royale games where riding in a loud vehicle will immediately give your position away.

The carts will no doubt be invaluable for those who like to play with their friends in Squads mode.


NEW LOCATIONS: Paradise Palms

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Moisty Mire is now officially Paradise Palms, a sandy desert complete with cactuses, tumbleweeds, and lots of palm trees.

The new desert landscape covers the entire southeast corner of the map, and offers lots of new areas to explore.

It’s likely that Paradise Palms is at least somewhat inspired by resort destination Palm Springs, California, especially given Epic Game’s recent decision to plant a real-life replica of the Durr Burger in the California desert last week.


Lazy Links

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Anarchy Acres has officially been replaced by Lazy Links, a small resort complete with swimming pool, lounge chairs and water slides.

Lazy Links will likely be the best place on the map to grab an All Terrain Kart, given that the resort features a complete golf course where players can actually tee off!


Viking Ship

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A viking ship and village have appeared atop the mountain between Snobby Shores and Greasy Grove.


NEW SKINS

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Season 5 also brings an entirely new selection of skins for Battle Pass holders, including one resembling the character featured in the newest official trailer:

Many upcoming skins and emotes have already been leaked from known datamining site FortniteSkin.com and others.


SEASON 5, WEEK 1 CHALLENGES

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The new challenges unlock every Thursday, and the most hardcore fans often complete them within a matter of hours.

These are the Season 5, Week 1 challenges, according to Fortnite Insider:

  • Deal damage with SMGS to opponents (0/500)
  • Search a Supply Llama (0/1)
  • Clinger, Stink Bomb or Grenade Eliminations (0/3) HARD
  • Search Chests in Snobby Shores (0/7)
  • Search floating Lightning Bolts (0/7)
  • Follow the Treasure Map in Risky Reels (0/1) HARD
  • Eliminate opponents in Retail Row (0/3) HARD


All of these changes come on the heels of the rocket launch — a one-time only event that took place two weekends ago, and promised big changes for the future of the game.

At exactly 1:30 p.m. EST on June 30, the huge rocket embedded into the side of the mountain just northeast of Snobby Shores launched into the sky, in a one-time event ahead of the end of Season 4.

After shooting straight up into the sky, the rocket changed directions and careened headlong toward its target: Tilted Towers.

Luckily, the most popular area of the map was spared by the first crack in time and space, which swallowed up the rocket just before impact.

After travelling in and out through a few more “rifts” in the space-time continuum, the rocket eventually veered into an invisible dome above the center of the map, causing the largest rift to form above the center of the map. The sun rose shortly afterward, and the rocket was gone.

The launch was a one-time event, meaning those who weren’t in a match at the exact right moment couldn’t experience it first-hand, but thousands of players were generous enough to record and post the spectacle on social media for those of us who weren’t online that day.

One fan-blog, Fortnite Intel, compiled a list of videos that show the launch from various angles and points of view.


Last week, “Fortnite: Battle Royale” also finally introduced “Playground Mode” — the game’s first non-competitive mode, letting you just explore and build with friends.

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On June 28, Fortnite creators at Epic Games were supposed to introduce Playground, the game’s first practice area, encouraging players to build elaborate structures, do target practice, and goof off with friends in the first-ever non-competitive mode.

At least, that was the idea.

Not long after the new mode went live, Epic Games took all servers offline for roughly two hours to investigate matchmaking issues. The usual modes (solo, duo, and squads) were brought back online roughly two hours later, but Playground wasn’t restored until five days later on July 3, when it made its return via a software update.

Playground Mode 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.

Here’s the official trailer:

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