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Fortnite's Biggest Changes in Season 5

July 13, 2018

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By: Max Cannon

A sizable wait since the missile launch was all worth it, that crack in the sky brought some time-and-space twisting changes to Fortnite's map. A lot has changed in season 5, and I mean a lot, but there are some more impressive changes than others. Here are the biggest changes to Fortnite in season 5.

3. Rifts

There have been small pockets of energy floating around the game world but in season 4 they didn't seem to do much at all, other than absorb structures as time went on. But season 5 has renamed these spots as "rifts" and they change up the gameplay in a big way. Running into a rift will teleport your character through a portal in the sky and give you a chance to do a miniature drop like you'd do at the start of the round. Your glider will deploy faster than usual and you could get right above the ground when dropping from these rifts. 

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Aside from being super cool, these rifts are a welcome change because of how they shake up the gameplay. When you're on a run from the storm it used to feel hopeless but now finding a rift could easily get you to safety. You could also use a Jump Pad if you're feeling really desperate but there's also a new inclusion in season 5 that could speed things up for you. 

Making smart use of rifts could keep you out of the storm.Making smart use of rifts could keep you out of the storm.Courtesy of Windows Central

2. The All-Terrain Kart

The original Fortnite vehicle was the two-person shopping cart but Epic Games have quickly topped themselves with the All-Terrain Kart which most players would probably just recognize as a golf kart. A full squad can fit into the kart, and using the powerslide will power up a boost for the vehicle in a way that feels straight out of the Mario Kart series. You'll get up to a fast speed that can escape even the fastest moving storm. 

The All-Terrain Kart keeps you cruising at a high speed, until it ends up destroyed.The All-Terrain Kart keeps you cruising at a high speed, until it ends up destroyed.Courtesy of Epic Games

That's not the only use of that golf aesthetic as Anarchy Acres has been replaced with a new golf course titled Lazy Links. This season's battle pass also features an emote that'll let you drive, chip, or putt a ball. Using that emote out on the course will let you actually hit the back 9 for yourself. But that's not even the biggest or most obvious change made in season 5.

There's even a neat little rack track in the bottom-right area of the map.There's even a neat little rack track in the bottom-right area of the map.Courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun

1. The Desert

Sorry to fans of the Moisty Mire but that area has been replaced with the gorgeous looking desert in the game's south-east to really showcase some variety to the map. There's a small oasis, new gas stations, tiny towns, and even Paradise Palms which is a miniature take on Tilted Towers that includes a giant apartment complex. The whole thing is tied together by a series of roads that can really test out those All-Terrain Karts.

The gorgeous desert map adds some much needed vibrance to the map.The gorgeous desert map adds some much needed vibrance to the map.Courtesy of Fortnite
Have Your Say!

That's not every change in season 5, what did we leave out? Which changes were your favorites? Comment below!