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Fortnite: Battle Royale

Release date: September 26, 2017
Platforms: Mac, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fortnite Season 5: Worlds Collide Overview

Introduction to Fortnite Season 5 including the Battle Pass, map changes and new game mechanics


Indeed, worlds have collided! Viking ships, desert outposts, and ancient statues have appeared across the Island, and what better way is there to roam around and explore it all than in a brand new All Terrain Kart (ATK) ready to take you and your squad on an adventure. It started off with a bang, or to be more precise with a ‘’Blast Off’’, an announcement of an Easter egg event in Season 4 that was to happen only once. A rocket launch pierced the sky and opened a dimensional rift leaving tons of clues and hints prior to the release.

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It only happens once!
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If it sounds strange, it’s probably because Epic Games never falls short of bringing some wicked yet thrilling features into the mix. Following the maintenance on July 12th, Epic have released their V.5 patch notes of the new Season 5, featuring a brand new Battle Pass filled with skins and challenges, accompanied by several map and gameplay changes. Without further ado, let's jump into some of Fortnite's new intricacies.

Season 5 Battle Pass

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The Battle Pass cost is as per usual, 950 V-Bucks (the micro-currency of Fortnite), approximately $10, which instantly unlocks 2 skins: the Huntress outfit and Drift outfit. The store leaves you with only the option of purchasing 1000 V-Bucks so there will be a spare of 50 V-Bucks which you can save for future purchases.

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‘’The fearless raider from storm-tossed sea’’ as part of the Norse set
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‘’Journey into the unknown, and find your way to victory’’ as part of the Drift set

Alongside the skins, you get an array of other benefits from purchasing the basic Tier 1 Battle Pass, valuing the items altogether at over 3.500 V-Bucks. This includes:

  • Weekly and drift progressive challenges to complete and get up to tier 100, reaping the rewards with each level;
  • 50% boost to your match XP
  • 10% boost to match XP your friends receive while in a party with you;

Worth noting is that by playing and grinding your way to Tier 100, you get additional 1300 V-Bucks, plus 200 V-Bucks from the normal experience gain, so do have that in mind before going on a spending spree, as the basic Battle Pass sure looks like a great bargain.

On the other hand, if you're looking to spend a bit more, the other option includes a purchase of a Battle Bundle which grants you the Battle Pass plus additional 25 tiers amounting at a cost of 2.800 V-Bucks or approximately $29. The Bundle includes items that are valued at over 10,000 V-Bucks:

  • Extra weekly and drift progressive challenges
  • Additional outfits such as "Redline"
  • 70% Bonus Season Match XP
  • 20% Bonus Season Friend Match XP
  • "Ballon Axe" Pickaxe"
  • "Uplink" Back Bling
  • "Lanterns" Skydiving Trail
  • 2 Gliders
  • 4 Sprays

The season ends in 73 days on the 25th of September and If you want to get all the benefits faster you always have the option of purchasing more V-Bucks, but a good old school grind, solo or squad, will bring you up to pace making it a proper online, gaming experience. Moving forward, here are some of the other highlights that the Season 5 update has brought about.

All Terrain Kart (ATK)

This is the first introduction of a motorized vehicle in Fortnite and it sure does deliver! The new go-to vehicle is capable of carrying 4 players, has a rooftop which is a portable bounce pad, and receives a boost of speed when you drift it, making it a viable, strategic tool.

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When maneuvering around the map with the ATK, teamwork is the most crucial part. Other than the driver, the remainder of the squad is able to shoot and build while the rear passengers have the option of leaning back at the same time by holding the ‘’S’’ button or holding back the thumb-stick for controllers, in order to jump higher over obstacles. Head on head encounters with another squad are full of adrenaline and result in chaotic yet electrifying fights.

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Map Changes

Paradise Palms

Several drastic changes have occurred on the map starting with Moisty Mire and the surrounding area, being replaced by a desert biome. The new town of Paradise Palms is a cleverly designed place, reminiscent of the southwest of the United States, hence it's desert theme. Interesting enough, this is the perfect spot to utilize the previously mentioned All Terrain Karts on the golf-kart track situated on the outskirts of town.

Lazy Links

Looting barns, stables, and haystacks in the north is a thing of the past, as Anarchy Acres has been replaced with a flashier, more luxurious resort called Lazy Links.

Additional POI's (points of interest)

Remember the Viking ships we mentioned? There's a Viking village located on the top of a mountain southeast of Snobby Shores.

The meteorite den of Dusty Divot has been replenished by a massive forest outpost.

There are additional, unnamed POI's which you can explore throughout the map, but either way, with the introduction of the ATK and the Rifts(see next chapter), a lot more places have become a viable landing spot for you to loot and secure.

Rifts

Well, it looks like the same rifts from Season 4 that "swallowed" the Durr burger sign, are now an integrated mechanic and serve a different purpose. As of know, it seems that these dimensional rifts are randomly scattered all over the map and function as a re-deployment tool. Once you enter one, you reappear above in the air, making you able to use the glider again. This also gives you the option of re-positioning, whether you are in a tight race with the storm or getting the upper hand in an ongoing crossfire.

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Eight days into the patch and we've only scratched the surface with these several new features as Epic Games continue to expand and deliver with new content, making it a challenge full of undisputed fun. Stayed tuned for more in the days to come.


Thomas Jakimovski