Fortnite Season 5 is finally here - here are the biggest changes
Kaylee FaganJul 13, 2018, 12.30 AM
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"Fortnite: Battle Royale's" newest Battle Season is here, and it's a doozy.
In Fortnite, the changing of seasons brings a new theme to the game's Battle Pass, and often many cosmetic changes to the map. For example, in the days leading up to the beginning of Season 4, the game hinted that a meteor shower would change the island forever. When the meteor did hit, it caused a large crater in the enter of the map, turning Dusty Depot into the craterous Dusty Divot.
This time around, a one-time in-game event - involving a rocket launch and rifts in the space-time continuum - was a signal to players that this new Season would include massive changes to the island, and that transition to Season 5 would be the biggest one yet.
Season 5 is here! As expected, the rifts have played a pivotal role in this season's introduction, and will likely continue to provide players with more surprises in the weeks to come.
Once you drop into the game today, you'll immediately notice that Season 5 has brought some major changes. Perhaps the most obvious is that the landscape in the southeastern side of the map is now entirely desert.
Moisty Mire is now officially Paradise Palms, a sandy desert complete with cactuses, tumbleweeds, and lots of palm trees.
Dusty Divot has also undergone some noticeable changes. The entire crater is now filled in with trees.
One of the biggest additions is the game's first four-person vehicle, in the form of an "all terrain" golf cart.
And finally, the rifts are coming into play.
The rifts seem to work like portals or wormholes. Once a player enters a rift by simply walking up to it, they'll be teleported up into the sky and apparently spat back out by another.
The new season has also ushered in a whole new series of skins and cosmetics for Battle Pass holders, including the central character from the Season 5 trailer.