Each Friday we break down the biggest stories, best jokes and capture a snapshot of the Fortnite community. Here is May 4th to May 10th.
The biggest story of this past week was the start of the new season. Each season start brings a spike in players, has some sort of large map change and usually shifts the meta.
Highlights from the Season 9 Patch Notes
You can find the whole patch notes here, but most people if you are reading this site are already familiar with what happened.
The two new(ish) locations are a drastically changed futuristic Tilted Towers and a Mega Mall. Both locations tap into the tech-heavy feel Season 9 is aiming for.
Fortnite also added its first public transportation system with the addition of slipstreams that can rapidly take you around the map.
For weapons, only one new weapon was added in the Combat Shotgun, and it replaced arguably the most important weapon in Fortnite in the pump shotgun.
In addition, grenades were unvaulted. (Why were they even vaulted in the first place?)
In addition to the pump, a variety of mostly unused weapons joined it under Loot Lake. Clingers, Buried Treasure, Poison Dart Trap, Scoped Revolver, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Thermal Assault Rifle, and Balloons.
The Season 9 patch notes also added a new challenge called the Fortbytes which will form together to create a picture as players collect individual parts of the challenge.
As always there were a long list of bug fixes and UI improvements. Fortnite Creative and Save the World also received new changes and options as well.
Top Stories of the Past Week
Our top stories from this week centered all around the anticipation and the reaction to the drop of Season 9. Our daily item shop update is not included in this list.
Monday: What to expect from Season 9
Tuesday: AT&T potentially leaks Fortnite Season 9 skin (This wasn’t in the initial release, but could come later in the season.)
Wednesday: Season 9 release time announced
Thursday: Patch Notes
What was the community talking about?
The conversation and replies centered around a couple of key topics. At the start of the week, people were already clamoring to re-vault the Drum Gun. Spoiler: Not gonna happen.
There are still plenty of calls to revert as well. Spoiler 2: Not gonna happen.
The conversation shifted when the pump shotgun was vaulted. Taking away such an important weapon made that the new critique of choice.
Now we’ve got some mix of “unvault pumps,” “vault drum gun” and “revert.”
It does finally seem like the calls to revert are being drowned out by other complaints which I guess is a good thing?
Another interesting development in the community conversations is a growing rift between the top streamers and the competitive community.
Ninja took a stance complaining about the other people complaining, some true complain-ception. Ninja hasn’t exactly been a super positive voice for Fortnite in the past couple of seasons, but apparently the anti-Fortnite conversation has even outpaced his issues with the game.
Ninja telling the truth , streamers and their audience are destroying this game , complaining about everything from r/FortNiteBR
Another example of the issue played out when Dakotaz dared to post that he was actually enjoying the game:
Ultimately the issue has been developing for a long time. It has proved very difficult to strike a balance between the competitive community and the rest of the Fortnite player base.
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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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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