It’s 4 AM EST and the Fortnite servers are down, which means patch version 5.0 is downloading. This update introduces Season 5 and many new changes, outlined in Epic’s official patch notes. Considering the level of hype surrounding this update, we won’t mince any words here. Let’s dive in. From Epic’s blog post, we break down the key changes players can expect.
Perhaps the most notable change, the addition of a new vehicle is huge news, and not something people actively expected. Based on the description of new mechanics such as drifting, hopping over obstacles, and the ability to lean, it sounds they’ve really reconsidered the role of vehicles in-game ever since the shopping cart.
Furthermore, a new desert biome is now live, as predicted. Though there’s no mention of specific correlation to Season 5’s theme, two new points of interest are named: Paradise Palms and Lazy Links. Whether or not these areas replace existing points of interest on the map remains to be seen. From Epic’s notes:
Continuing their refinement of the core gameplay mechanics, the new patch includes a variety of adjustments to existing weapons. Excitingly, there are a number of tweaks to shotgun mechanics. Now the shotgun will indicate how many pellets hit, and there is a new pause introduced between firing separate shotgun weapons. Hopefully, players will experience more consistency with shots fired, while simultaneously reducing the need for the double-shotgun meta.
Downtime for Season 5 has begun…
Jump through the rift and into the v5.0 Patch Notes: https://t.co/rZuknRlyXl
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 12, 2018
Of course, not all changes directly affect the competitive aspect of gameplay. Epic already has their line cast out to players, and now they need to keep them hooked. In order to do so, they’ve updated some of the ways in which players earn experience and how the Battle Pass functions. There are a number of changes that are especially notable for free players. For the record, the new Season 5 Battle Pass will be available for purchase once the servers are back online again.
Of all the miscellaneous changes, the addition of gyro/motion controls for the Nintendo Switch is exciting from an esports standpoint. Exactly how accurately these mechanics will work is still up in the air, especially with whether or not they are viable in a competitive atmosphere. From Epic’s notes, the other changes include:
Though there’s still some time while the servers update, the patch notes give us a lot of information. After a season of waiting, this is a lot to take in. What news has you most excited? On paper, does the patch (and, in turn, the introduction of Fortnite Season 5) live up to your expectations? From an esports perspective, there’s enough here that the meta of the game might see significant change. In particular, the All Terrain Kart sounds like it offers a significant shift in squad movement. Well, that and the fact that it allows for greater Mario Kart opportunities once Playground LTM returns.
With the first Duos tournament of the Summer Skirmish Series approaching, the next few days on the island are going to be busier than usual. Let us know your thoughts below, before and after you drop-in!
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