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This week in Fortnite – Respawn Vans, Hamster Balls and more

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This is a new series we are starting every Friday where we break down the biggest things that happened in Fortnite over the past week.

Each Friday, we will recap the biggest news of the past week and what the Fortnite community was talking about at the time.

Patch Notes

We start with the biggest news that comes out in any individual week. The Patch Notes. This week we actually got two different patches, but we will start with v8.30.

Despite plenty of calls of “Revert,” another patch came and went without a change to the controversial update which removed siphon-on-kill and increased material farming speed.

Instead, we got Reboot Vans. A popular mechanic from other Battle Royales like Realm Royale and Apex Legends, Reboot Vans allow players to respawn teammates who have died. They are a solid addition to Fortnite and make the average game a bit better.

Being able to respawn makes duo and squad games more interesting as players are always engaged in the match, even if they have been eliminated.

The other major note that made waves in these patch notes was Epic no longer allowing Stretched Resolution in competitive modes.

Stretched Res was becoming more popular among competitive players and was taken away just a week before the start of Fortnite World Cup. For more information on Stretched Res and why players are using it, check out this article.

There were plenty of bug fixes and also new prefabs added to Creative mode so check out the full patch notes here.

Challenges for Week 7 of Season 8

This week featured plenty of interesting challenges and the unique ones mostly centered around Pirate Camps placed around the map.

As always, the most comprehensive infographic to help you tackle these challenges comes from SquatingDog who uses a clean layout to show you what you need to do to complete all your challenges.

Patch Notes #2 – The Re-Patchening

Patches in Fortnite used to be a once-a-week occurrence with occasional hotfixes being made during the week. This week we got four separate patches or hotfixes.

Fortnite Team Rumble was given a hotfix to improve the gameplay in end games on the same day as the main patch.

Another bug fix and stability update came out this morning which addressed some new bugs that came out of the main patch on Wednesday.

But the biggest change other than the main patch notes was a nerf to The Baller. Since it entered into the game, The Baller has caused problems in competitive matches.

Many players spend the game rolling around in a ball, trying to get top tens. That doesn’t make for a good viewing experience for Fortnite esports and Epic hopes that taking the health from 300 to 200 will make it less of a problem as the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers are set to begin.

The Baller was changed in a separate update

State of the Community

In this section, we will try to capture the mood of the community during the week. This will be based on top posts on various social media platforms and key comments from notable community members.

It’s safe to say, this week hasn’t been great. The second most popular post on FortniteBR over the past week was a quick meme video that did well to summarize the issues currently facing Fortnite.

Ladies and Gentleman… Priorities! from r/FortNiteBR

That post tackles the key issues which are: Players wanting shield on kill, console graphics issues, phasing through builds and The Baller.

Another post took a different approach to show the bugs and how the most famous streamers in the community are reacting to them.

State of the Game v8.3 Community Edition from r/FortNiteBR

As much as people like to bash streamers for complaining, their opinions do reflect a solid amount of the Fortnite player base.

Even notoriously positive streamers like SypherPK have started posting public complaints for the first time in recent days.

This isn’t usual content for SypherPK and is further indication that Fortnite has a real problem on its hands.

Top News of the Week

We cover a lot of different topics every week at this site, and some posts are always popular.

People love the daily item shop, Patch Notes and challenge guides.

But those categories only make up a small percentage of the work we do week-to-week. Here are the most popular posts on the site that don’t fit in those major categories:

  • Finally, we had Ninja’s animated rant comparing Fortnite to H1Z1. As one of the first Battle Royale’s, H1Z1 provides a cautionary tale to Epic Games about what can happen to a game that loses the support of the community.

That’s all for this round-up of this week in Fortnite. Let us know if you enjoyed this recap, and what sections you want to see added in future weeks.

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All major map changes in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite Season 5 brought substantial changes to the map. Here are all of the new POIs in Fortnite Season 5.

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Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a look at all of the major POIs included in the new season.

It seems like Fortnite has been upping the ante with each recent Fortnite Season. It might be recency bias, but this seems like the biggest season in Chapter 2 so far.

Let’s take a look at all of the major changes included in the Fortnite Season 5 map.

New Fortnite Map

The Fortnite Season 5 map looks amazing. No, it’s not a completely new map like some people thought. Still, Epic fleshed things out with new locations that fit the theme and expand on what’s already there.

Here’s how the new map looks when you enter the game for the first time. As always, we expect Epic to add to this as the season goes on.

Salty Towers

Tilted Towers is back! Well, it’s kind of back. Salty Springs and Tilted Towers have morphed together to create Salty Towers – perhaps a better name for the area.

This will be the hottest drop spot in the game on release – potentially for the entire season. Salty Springs was already a hot drop spot, and Tilted is the game’s original hottest spot.

This is going to be fun. Can’t wait to see NickMercs come back and dominate, here.

Stealthy Stronghold

Stealthy Stronghold gives us a Jurassic Park vibe, along with some old school Dusty Divot foliage.

This location might end up being one of the tamer drops over the course of the season. It occupies the northeast portion of the map, which was always a good place to land if you didn’t want a large fight.

We can’t wait to see what’s under all these trees.

Colossal Coliseum

Colossal Coliseum is going to be a tough place to fight. You won’t want to get caught in the middle with enemies on the sides.

We expect this to be another hot drop for players in Season 5. It is, after all, a coliseum.

Hunter’s Haven

Hunter’s Haven seems like a smaller version of Misty Meadows or Lazy Lake, but we’ll have to see. This is a perfect place for a new location, though, right in the previously vacant center of the island.

We’re not as excited about Hunter’s Haven as we are about some of the other locations around the map, but we’ll check it out. It could end up being our favorite.

The Zero Point

The Zero Point has returned – this time, significantly smaller than we remember it. Of course, this might not be its final form…

The area surrounding the Zero Point appears to be a no man’s land. It will be interesting to see if this orb causes a low-gravity effect like the last one did. For now, it looks like Epic replaced a spice drop spot with an empty area – not always a bad thing.

Of course, there are a ton of other, smaller POIs that aren’t included on this list. You’ll have to dive in and find them with the rest of us.

We’ll see you in Salty Towers. It’s going to be a bloodbath. Good luck out there.

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Fortnite Season 5 ‘Zero Point’ Battle Pass first look

Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a look at all of the Battle Pass cosmetics included in the new season.

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Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a first look at the new Battle Pass before loading in.

Zero Point – the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass – has finally come to the game. This is shaping up to be the best Fortnite season in recent memory, and we haven’t even played it yet.

The new Battle Pass hasn’t been officially released at the time of writing, but we have a trailer, and a full list of skin sets to explore. Let’s take a look.

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass Cosmetics

The Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass brings bounty hunters from all kinds of different realities. Yes, this includes The Mandalorian from the Disney+ series and makes sense relating to the recent Fortnite X Disney+ promotion.

Here are all of the skin sets included in the Season 5 Battle Pass.

We’re excited to jump in and start unlocking these characters. Now, to see what kind of crazy challenges Epic have us doing, this season.

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When does Fortnite Season 5 start? Downtime, leaks & more

Fortnite Season 5 is right around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know about when it starts and what it will include.

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Fortnite Season 4 is almost over. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Fortnite season.

Following the Galactus event, the Fortnite servers went down as players entered into a small, “second black hole.” Thankfully, there’s a timer on this one, and we know how long we have to wait.

Ahead, we’ll give you all of the information we have about the new season, including the start time, leaks, and more.

Fortnite Season 5 Start time

Fortnite Season 5 is only hours away. Initially, when the event ended, we had a seven-hour countdown to the next season.

This proved too good to be true. A few hours later, the countdown shifted to ten hours, putting the start time of Season 5 at 4 AM EST – four hours after the scheduled downtime that Epic announced later in the evening. The initial countdown seemed to be counting to the downtime, not the actual start time.

What to expect

We’re getting more and more information as the hours pass. At the time of writing, we’ve heard two teasers that presumably relate to some new Battle Pass characters and, likely, new bosses.

Last week, the Epic Games store accidentally updated their game icon, and some players were able to catch a glimpse of the new screen. Here, we saw some new characters along with The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda – two characters that have been teased in some of the official Fortnite Season 5 content

For now, the Fortnite Season 5 theme doesn’t seem to be entirely focused on Star Wars, although there’s a chance that we were transported into a Star Wars-based reality.

We expect the map to be considerably different this season – if not an entirely different template. As always, we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the new game goes live.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL to stay updated on all of the latest Season 5 information.

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