Fortnite Season 5 Arrives: What You Should Know

Fortnite Season 5 Arrives: What You Should Know

New Fortnite theme, skins and emotes have arrived in the latest update of the popular “battle royale” video game.

Check out the trailer for Season 5:

After weeks of hype and bringing items from the online game into the real world, Season 5 of Fortnite has arrived.

For those who haven’t yet joined the craze, Fortnite is a game available on consoles, PC and mobile where 100 players drop from a flying school bus, collect guns and resources to fight and build structures (hence the “fort”) and fight to be the last player standing.

Thousands of Fortnite gameplays can be found on YouTube or the popular livestreaming website Twitch.tv, which is owned by Amazon.

This time, the popular multi-player “battle royale” game has upgraded its map, added new cosmetic skins and items in the new update.

In Season 4, players watched a rocket launch into the sky while they were battling to eliminate 99 other players in the game. That rocket exploded and appeared to have caused a worm hole, bringing items from other eras like a viking ship, an ATV and even a Moai statue.

Players can still enjoy the game for free and they’re able to purchase V-Bucks to get access to Season 5 Battle Pass. The pass cost 950 V-Bucks which is around $10.

Some gamers might opt to spending more to earn a higher tier because a Battle Pass will start you off at level 1. Players will gain more access to over 100 new items as they level up and complete challenges.

If you’re wondering why your children can’t seem to stop playing this game, challenges are different every season and every week. They vary from simple things like killing five opponents with a pistol to opening loot chests at different locations in the map. (Here are some tips for beginners.)

Fortnite Season 5 Arrives- What You Should Know

The game gives different rewards for each challenge completed. This season, players can even unlock an exclusive outfit by completing special challenges.

One of the biggest changes in Season 5 is the addition of “toys.” Players can conjure up a golf ball and a beach ball to actually play at the new “points of interest” in the arena.

Fortnite has gotten rid of older points of interest, where players would land and collect firearms and other items that will help them win the game, to keep the game fresh for veteran players.

The game made $233 million in March, CNBC reported, and its popularity doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Fortnite has millions of players. Many are children younger than 16, and they can be seen as easy targets for hackers and scammers. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, has been warning players to be aware of scams around free or discounted V-Bucks.

Once you drop into the game today, you’ll immediately notice that Season 5 has brought some major changes. Perhaps the most obvious is that the landscape in the southeastern side of the map is now entirely desert.

Once you drop into the game today, you'll immediately notice that Season 5 has brought some major changes. Perhaps the most obvious is that the landscape in the southeastern side of the map is now entirely desert.Epic Games
Moisty Mire is now officially Paradise Palms, a sandy desert complete with cactuses,  tumbleweeds, and lots of palm trees.Epic Games

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.

Dusty Divot has also undergone some noticeable changes. The entire crater is now filled in with trees.

Dusty Divot has also undergone some noticeable changes. The entire crater is now filled in with trees.Epic Games

Each new season comes with many small changes to the map, and I’m sure we’ll continue to spot new Easter eggs and developments in the upcoming weeks.

One of the biggest additions is the game's first four-person vehicle, in the form of an Epic Games

The Fortnite patch notes, published by creators at Epic Games today, calls these “All Terrain Karts,” but I think that name might give them a little too much credit. They are, after all, just golf carts.

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, in which riding in a loud vehicle will immediately give your position away.

And finally, the rifts are coming into play.

And finally, the rifts are coming into play.Sceenshot / Business Insider

For the first time since their introduction two weeks ago in the wake of the rocket launch that nearly took out Tilted Towers, players can interact with the “rifts” — that is, small cracks in the space-time continuum.

The rifts seem to work like portals or wormholes. Once a player enters a rift by simply walking up to it, they'll be teleported up into the sky and apparently spat back out by another.Screenshot / Business Insider

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

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

The new season has also ushered in a whole new series of skins and cosmetics for Battle Pass holders, including the central character from the Season 5 trailer.

The new season has also ushered in a whole new series of skins and cosmetics for Battle Pass holders, including the central character from the Season 5 trailer.Epic Games

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