​'Fortnite' Season 5 Starts Today - Here's Everything That's New

It's finally here. The day Epic Games have been building up for so long - Season 5 for Fortnite's Battle Royale mode.

This time around, there are tons of new features for you to enjoy. The new theme is 'when worlds colide', and here's a quick rundown of the coolest stuff for their V5.0 Patch notes.

"Viking ships, desert outposts, and ancient statues have appeared across the island," explains Epic.

"Hop in an All Terrain Kart (ATK) with your squad and uncover all-new mysteries and locations that await."

Credit: Epic Games
Credit: Epic Games

All Terrain Kart

Epic has finally introduced a four-person vehicle. We can now forget about slugging up a hill with our shopping trolleys because this new buggie is fully motorised. Not only does this vehicle drive you and your mates around, but the roof acts as a bounce pad and if you leap over obstacles, everyone in the ATK can lean back and release simultaneously for a higher jump.

New Map

The map we all know and love has gone through a bit of a sandy makeover, and it now now mostly represents a golden desert. There are a couple of new locations, Paradise Palms and Lazy Links, as well as a few other unnamed locations. There are also a notable number of rifts still lurking around the map. These will take you 'for a wild ride' if you dare step in, so maybe they'll act as some kind of teleportation portal.

Credit: Epic Games
Credit: Epic Games

Storm circles

Circles 7, 8, and 9 could now move in random directions, rather than just plainly shrinking - "As the storm closes in, it will move & shrink to the new location," says Epic. We're not sure just how much this will change gameplay, but it will be interesting to see what effect it has.

Battle Pass progression

So, this is one you were all requesting for the end of Season 4. Progressive challenges will now stay in the game, so you can complete them without having to rush, and they'll go off XP rather than season level. This won't mean stuff from last season will be carried over, though, as it will start exclusively from Season 5.

Also, weekly challenges will now come in two sections. Non-Battle pass players will get the first three challenges for free, while people who paid will get an extra four challenges to undergo.


There are a couple of weapon updates, but the shotgun seems to have had the most changes. You'll now be able to see how many pellets made contact with your enemy, through the reticle, and the spread pattern for each shot will become consistent.

The heavy shotgun will now fire double the pellets, with 10 instead of 5, but the maximum damage will remain unchanged. Most importantly, however, there will be a small delay when you want to fire a shotgun straight after using another, so this will stop people stacking and spraying the hell out of each other with pumps.


Mobile gamers will now have the opportunity to fire on any enemy which enters their sights, but only if they turn the feature on.

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."

Credit: Epic Games
Credit: Epic Games

Revive XP

This one's nothing major, but you will now be able to earn XP 'for reviving teammates in 50v50 and Teams of 20 LTMs up to three times per match (30XP, 10XP, 10XP)'.

There are too many times in these game modes where other players just walk past you while you're down, so maybe this little XP bonus will encourage people to be more sporting.

...And that's about it from us on the Patch notes, but you can read the full list here, including all the info on bug fixes. Are you exited for Season 5? Let us know!

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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