A new Fortnite update is here and oh boy, a lot of things have changed in Fortnite season 5. Viking ships, desert outposts, and ancient statues have all appeared across the island, completely changing most of the landscape and providing us with tons of new things to play with and exploit in the 100-player fight to the death. There’s a new All Terrain Kart, Rifts, new locations and updates to almost every aspect of the game. We’ll be updating this article regularly with all the new things we’ve found but for now here are the 7 biggest changes to look out for in Season 5.
1. Meet the new All Terrain Kart
It’s hard to say which of the changes we’re most excited about but this one will certainly change the game in a big way. The All Terrain Kart can be found at Paradise Palms and the nearby racing track and you can hop in it by holding square. You can drive it around in Solo but it has room for your whole squad who can all ride with you and, crucially, shoot anyone who gets in your way. You can even run people over! The roof acts as a bounce pad allowing you to jump high into the air, plus you can power slide by holding down L1 which will give you a speed boost and – even better – if you have people riding in the back they can hold back on the thumbstick on console (S on keyboards ) and release at the same time to leap over obstacles. Prepare yourself: this will be a game changer.
2. A new Desert biome has appeared
Now we’ve got the desert biome to roam around, an entirely new biome that brings with it two new locations: Paradise Palms and Lazy Links. Throughout the biome you’ll find multiple towering hills that resemble the grand canyon, along with gas stations and the odd shack. Oh, plus three giant (fake) dinosaurs. No, I’m not kidding. Keep your eyes peeled too, as it’s not just the desert that’s been revamped: a couple of other unnamed Points of Interest have appeared all over the Island.
3. Paradise Palms is a new residential area
Paradise Palms is a snooty residence area complete with uber-modern houses, swimming pools, gas stations, the skyscraper Hotel 23, and – most importantly – an ATK hiding away in the garages. The wagon we glimpsed in Fortnite season 4 can even be found near the entrance, along with camper vans strewn all around the streets, so there’s tons of loot to unearth. Careful, though – with all that loot just waiting to be grabbed, it’s already a hectic place as players scramble to explore and fight to the death on its dusty streets.
4. Goodbye Anarchy Acres, hello Lazy Links
You’ll find Lazy links at the top of the map where Anarchy Acres used to be. Goodbye farmland, we’ll always remember you. In its place stands a country club complete with tennis courts, a pool and a FULL GOLF COURSE. That you can actually play golf on (if you have a ball with you)! You’ll also find a number of the new All Terrain Karts here dotted around the place to make it easier for guests to get around. Loot wise the Country Club building has a good number of chests in it and the various outbuildings around the golf course are also good sources for improving your weapon load or just finding another kart to ride in.
5. Try out ATKs at the Race Track
At the race track you can – surprise surprise – race ATKs on and perfect that power slide. There’s a garage right outside which always has at least one ATK in it, so make sure to head for there if you want to try your hand at vehicular destruction.
6. New Points of Interest are everywhere
New points of interest are scattered all around the map, starting with three massive colourful dinosaurs near Paradise Palms in the new Desert biome. A red triceratops, purple brontosaurus, and green t-rex loom over anyone nearby, and make for rather stunning scenery if you’re not too busy trying to avoid getting shotgunned in the face. There’s also a giant Viking town and ship on the mountain where the evil liar used to be.
7. The Storm has changed too
Gone are the days of the straightforward shrinking Storm: now during the 7th, 8th, and 9th time the storm closes in during a match it’ll not only shrink, but move in random directions to a completely new location. So you’ll have to stay on your toes when the end of the game nears, as there’s no certainty that you’ll find yourself in the safe zone – and more importantly, building is sure to be much more of a risk.