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Balloons and treasure chests have gone, and been replaced by powerful vents that can blow you up into the air and a speedy slipstream system that will propel you across the map.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