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This day in Fortnite history: Season 8 releases

Fortnite Season 8 released one year ago today. Let’s take a look back at the season.

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Fortnite Season 8 released one year ago today. Let’s take a look back at the season.

Fortnite Season 8 brought us out of the winter theme of Season 7 into the summer, complete with a Volcano sprouting up in the Northeast part of the map.

This season represented one of the most mobile seasons at that point, with the implementation of pirate cannons, geysers, and overpowered Ballers that would eventually receive a nerf.

Of course, Epic changed our consideration of a “mobile” season with all of the mobility in Season 9.

The pirate theme of the season seemed to be a one-off, similar to what we saw with Fortnite Season 7. There wasn’t an overarching plot involving the pirates in Season 8 – just a theme for the Battle Pass.

The jungle biome was the biggest change to the map in the new Season. Lazy Links was replaced by Lazy Lagoon and Risky Reels gave way to Sunny Steps. The Volcano was only the first stage in what would eventually become the base for the Mech in Season 9.

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Looking back on the Fortnite Season 8 patch notes, it’s interesting to see that this season had one of the more iconic metas in Fortnite history. Spraying was still a popular strategy, but this was also the season that introduced the Boom Bow, Infantry Rifle, and Flint Knock Pistol.

The Boom Bow was widely considered overpowered, but players loved the Infantry Rifle and Flint Knock. This season also brought us Treasure Maps – which are now Vault Keys – Shadow Bombs, Peppers, and the underwhelming Poison Dart Trap.

The most impactful addition with Season 8 had to be the Reboot Vans. Fans were asking for these since the release of Apex Legends and they remain a staple of Fortnite to this day.

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Season 8 hosted the bulk of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers as well. This was controversial, in itself, as many players used Ballers to place highly in qualifiers before they were significantly nerfed.

The event for Season 9 was the unvaulting event, which culminated in the unvaulting of the Drum Gun and the destruction of Tilted Towers.

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All of this set the stage for the map reboot in Season 9, the Mech vs. Monster fight, and the eventual return to the past in Season X. We even saw a teaser for the Season X secret skin during the unvaulting event, although we didn’t know this until later.

Season 8 might not be at the top of many lists regarding best Fortnite seasons, but it was a unique experience. We saw very few departures from the spray meta in Fortnite, but Season 8 was one of them.

What did you think of Fortnite Season 8? Was it better or worse than Seasons 7 and 9? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter.

Challenges

Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 Challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 challenges are here! Take a look at how to complete them.

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It seems like just yesterday that we were staying up all night, waiting for the new season of Fortnite. Surprisingly, we’re already into Week 6 with another batch of challenges to help carry us through the Battle Pass.

Although weekly challenges offer a lower amount of XP this season, it seems like we’re working through the Battle Pass quicker than normal. Even still, we have a long way to go before we unlock all of our holographic variants, so we’ll be grinding away at these challenges.

The week’s challenges are pretty straightforward. All we need to do is consume some foraged items, deal some damage, and search some chests. Here are the challenges for Week 6:

  • Search Chests at Weeping Woods (7)
  • Eliminations at Misty Meadows (3)
  • Collect Stone from Coral Castle (300)
  • Consume a Legendary Fish
  • Consume Foraged Items at Holly Hedges (10)
  • Ride a Zipline from Retail Row to Steamy Stacks
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Black Panther’s Kinetic Shockwave (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Slurpy Swamp (500)

The inclusion of a challenge involving Black Panther’s ability suggests that we could see it come into the base game this week, but we don’t know that for sure. Epic could be pushing us toward the Marvel-based LTMs that have been rotating in and out of the game. We’ll know more when these challenges go live, tomorrow.

Collecting foraged items at Holly Hedges is as easy as taking some damage in Team Rumble and eating the Cabbage that is growing in the backyards of a few houses.

If you’re having trouble catching a legendary fish, take a look at our fishing guide for Season 4. You should be able to catch one if you hit a fishing hole with a Pro Fishing Rod – but this one will take a bit of persistence.

There’s a zipline network that connects Steamy Stacks and Retail Row, so you just have to ride this once and be done with it.

Apart from that, the rest of these challenges are straightforward. Of course, you’ll also need to land at Weeping, Slurpy, and Misty to get your chests, damage, and elimination. Good luck!

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New esports org Gamma Gaming makes splash with Fortnite roster

A new organization, Gamma Gaming, has entered the professional Fortnite arena with some huge signings.

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Fortnite is, again, the driving force behind the creation of an esports organization – this time, in the European market. Gamma Gaming – established by Arsenal FC player, Sead Kolašinac – made a splash on the EU Fortnite scene by announcing the acquisition of six Fortnite players on September 27.

The announcement included some of the hottest professional free agents in the region: Th0masHD, Kami, Tschinken, and Merijn along with content creators Obitoo and Mambo.

The most noteworthy of these acquisitions is, likely, Th0masHD who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, placed 4th in the recent Solo FNCS, won the BenjyFishy Cup, and, most recently, placed first and second in two of the FNCS Warmup competitions.

Going into the Season 4 Trios FNCS, he and his team are one of the top picks to win it all.

Gamma Gaming’s model follows that of another new organization, One Percent, which has built its foundation on the back of their professional Fortnite lineup. The young org will, undoubtedly, branch out from here, but they’re starting with solid EU Fortnite talent.

With some strong European players on their team, it will be interesting to see where these new Gamma Gaming recruits land when the FNCS competition comes around. We have a new organization to keep our eyes on.

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Fortnite leak reveals new SHIELD Henchmen coming soon

New Henchmen are coming to Fortnite, pointing to the spawn island helicarrier entering Fortnite as a POI.

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Fortnite Season 4 might be the most progressively evolving season of Chapter 2, so far. We’re getting the map evolution that we thought we’d get last season, this time with fan-favorite Marvel characters.

Players were split as to whether or not the Marvel crossover would be good for Fortnite. Now, five weeks in, it’s hard to argue that Season 4 isn’t the most entertaining season in the new chapter. Epic are keeping the game fresh and it’s bringing players back. There’s a reason that Ninja is playing Fortnite again, this season.

One of the map developments that hasn’t yet come to the game is a helicarrier appearing above the map. This is rumored to be the same helicarrier used as the Season 4 pregame island.

More recently, however, popular data miner, Hypex, revealed that there are unused Henchmen in the game files. These Henchmen are, reportedly, members of the Marvel Comics organization, SHIELD.

According to this leak, SHIELD is running the spawn island helicarrier as a base of operations. Another leaker, ShiinaBR, replied to Hypex’s tweet, linking these two pieces of information. His conclusion was that the SHIELD Henchmen will enter the game when the helicarrier moves over the map.

We’ve already seen several Fortnite creators like SypherPK and Ali-A make their way to the spawn island from a Battle Royale lobby. There’s a vault on this island, and they tested whether or not one of the keys that Doctor Doom or Iron Man carry will unlock it. As you might expect, their keys didn’t work.

All of this points to the idea that the current helicarrier – or spawn island – will, eventually, be a POI in Fortnite. We may have to build up to it or take a helicopter, making it one of the more exclusive places to loot. For now, all we can do is speculate – but we’ll let you know when we learn more.

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