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Fortnite Season 8 Patch notes : New Weapons, locations and much more

Fortnite Season 8 is now live on all platforms. With the Battle Pass free for those who previously completed the overtime challenges, Fortnite is now getting back to being the most watched game over the weekend. The “ESL Katowice Royale” did help boost the viewership, but Season 8 has got Epic back in action.

This new season features a volcano, pirate cannons and much more. There seems to be a large crack developing towards the center starting from the north portion of the map. We might see the whole map split into separate islands as the days pass by. Data miners will be releasing leaks throughout this week to give a glimpse of what’s to come. Keep following our News and Updates section to keep up with the latest Fortnite leaks.

Season 8 Patch Notes – Key Highlights

New Locations

Three new locations have arrived in this season’s battle royale map.  The Volcano, Sunny Steps and Lazy Lagoon are the three new places and they can be found at the Wailing woods end of the map. Wailing woods along with a few other places such as the Haunted Hills and Tomato Temple have been removed.

Weapons

Pirate Cannon: This cannon is the only new weapon introduced into the game in Season 8. Players can launch themselves or explosive cannons over great distances causing damage to opponents and structures. The pirate cannon can be found all over the map and can be moved about to get a perfect shot.

Vaulted Weapons and Items:

  • Sneaky snowman
  • Chiller grenade
  • X-4 Stormwing
  • ATK
  • Shopping carts.

Gameplay and UI Changes

Party Assist for Challenges: Players can now tag along with their friends to keep track and complete weekly challenges with this new feature.

Volcanic Vents and Lava: Volcanic vents are capable of launching a player up in the air. This gives the player increased mobility. Lava and volcanic vents can be found near the volcano. Touching the lava will cost a player 1hp.

World Markers Introduced

Epic has decided to introduce an Apex Legends style ping system into the game. Players can now use the “Place Marker” feature in-game to mark and alert teammates. While aiming down sight, using the place-marker feature will place a red marker alerting teammates that there is an enemy at that spot. Double tapping the place-marker function also places a red marker.

Playground Mode Updated 

Playground mode now has a welcome lobby which features rifts into each town of the battle royale map. Creative Islands have also been added in the lobby allowing for more than 4 players to join the game. This addition to the game allows players to host fun sessions on multiple islands featuring a variety of game modes.

A patch fixing a lot of issues that initially existed at the launch of season 8 is now available on PC & console. Not every platform has received an update, but Epic will make the update available to all users by next week.

What is your take on Season 9? Have you visited all the new locations on the map? Let us know in the comments below.