'Fortnite' Season 5 is here with some big changes

Posted July 13, 2018

Season 5 of the hit game dropped on July 12.

Now that Season 5 is underway, the Battle Star for the Week 1 challenges has been discovered with the hint coming via the loading screen that is unlocked following the completion of the necessary challenges. The new season of "Fortnite" also adds Rifts to the map that allows players to instantly teleport to a random location in battle royale.

Developer Epic Games' popular free-to-play online multiplayer shooter Fortnite entered into Season 5 Thursday, introducing a number of new aspects to the game including new areas and a usable vehicle. If that weren't enough, there's also a Bounce Pad on the roof.

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In terms of changes to gameplay, the centre point of storm circles 7, 8, and 9 can now randomly shift to a new map location, meaning that the circle will start shrinking in a different direction rather than just closing in. The game made major updates, including three new locations.

Although, I was using the Nintendo Switch while trying one out, so I was definitely more prone to over-correcting on the steering than a person playing on PC might be.

The heavy shotgun will now fire double the pellets, with 10 instead of 5, but the maximum damage will remain unchanged. We can now forget about slugging up a hill with our shopping trolleys because this new buggie is fully motorised.

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As Epic explains: "All players can change their preferred fire mode by navigating to Options, Custom HUD Layout, then choosing the "Select Fire Mode" option and confirming their selection: Tap-to-fire, A dedicated fire button, Autofire".

Upon logging into Fortnite today, you'll probably notice that the map has undergone some big changes. To rectify this, players can earn XP for reviving their teammates in 50v50 and Teams of 20 matches.

Season 5 of Fortnite is finally here and the patch notes have already been released.

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