Fortnite down as Season 9 update brings Neo Tilted and Mega Mall

FORTNITE is currently down for maintenance as Epic Games applies the latest patch – and it’s a big ‘un.

The update kicks off season 9, which introduces a bunch of high-tech additions to the battle royale’s world.

New areas, complete with a whole new mode of travel

Epic said “The Future is… yours!” as they revealed the changes, which as expected bring back Fortnite fan favourite Tilted Towers in a new and shinier form.

Neo Tilted is joined by Mega Mall, a replacement for Retail Row.

Mega Mall features a new multi-level playground with plenty of aerial options, so is sure to be a hit with fans of the game, providing a new landing spot for those looking for instant action.

Many of the updates have a futuristic and cyberpunk vibe to them, including a new high-speed transport system.

Balloons and treasure chests have gone, and been replaced by powerful vents that can blow you up into the air and a speedy slipstream system that will propel you across the map.

With the new season comes a host of new futuristic skins
Epic Games
Completing challenges will unlock different parts of the puzzle
Epic Games

While buried treasure may have been removed along with last season’s vague pirate theme, the future brings Fortbytes, a whole new way of uncovering the game’s secrets.

“On the first day of Season 9, there are 18 Fortbytes available to find,” Epic says, with “at least 1 new Fortbyte will be unlocked each day.”

Fortbytes will only exist during Season 9, so get collecting them now if you want the associated rewards.

Other removed items include Clingers, the pump shotgun, poison dart trap, scoped revolver, suppressed assault rifle and thermal assault rifle.

The new Battle Pass brings with it lots of exciting new toys and other digital gewgaws, including “dual pickaxes, a robo kitty, flying disc toys, and more.”

A new season means a new Battle Pass – which means lots of new skins to collect and customise
Epic Games
You will be able to zip through the new Slipstream system, racking up points for tricks – and gunning your enemies down
Epic Games

Fans should enjoy it all while they can, as even bigger changes could be coming down the road for Fortnite and games like it.

A US Senator has introduced a bill that takes aim at games such as Fortnite that are free to start, but target children with microtransactions.

The bill could see popular games forced to remove such monetisation features in the US which would probably end up with them being removed entirely.

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Fortnite down as Season 9 update brings Neo Tilted and Mega Mall