'Fortnite' season five adds a desert locale, golf carts and rifts

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

But although I hope we never see a more realistic Fortnite, Epic Games' take on the battle royale genre is getting its first vehicle for Fortnite season 5 - an All Terrain Kart, also known as an ATK. Viking ships and ancient statues have appeared on the map, while a drought in the Moisty Mire region has yielded a new desert landscape.

The hard difficulty Fortnite challenges offer players ten Battle Stars, while the regular tasks reward fans with five Battle Stars. One giant map, A Battle Bus, Last one standing wins.

You can read the full list of patch notes below.

Well, season 5's new battle pass has you covered.

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It sounds like there will be a ton of new stuff to discover on the map, and the new All Terrain Kart will be ideal for exploration with your squad.

As expected, the biggest changes are within the map. The ATK can also get a temporary speed boost when players realize a successful drift. Epic has brought some of them down to earth in the form of Rifts. Polygon speculates that it might even transport players to an entirely different map. There are truckloads of tweaks, changes and additions - ranging from weapon alterations to new vehicles - so study up before dropping. Where storm circles would normally just shrink, Epic has decided that the seventh, eighth and ninth circles should move in random directions, giving campers a whole new headache to deal with. Epic is also changing the way progressive challenges work - your progress toward completing these now carries over between seasons.

For Switch players, V5 adds gyro motion control options to the game. "Fortnite" players will now earn XP when they revive their teammates in 50vs50 and Teams of 20 matches, according to Engadget.