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Fortnite’s new Port-a-Fort is a base-building grenade

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Forts in an instant

Fortnite Battle Royale’s building game is about to change, thanks to a new item: the Port-a-Fort.

Epic Games revealed the new item, which is “coming soon” to Fortnite, that will let players build defensive structures in the blink of an eye. It’s essentially a grenade that gives players the high ground and tactical advantage, according to its official description: “New portable fort sprouts a quick defensive position upon impact.”

A quick trailer for the Port-a-Fort shows how it can be used in practice. A player pinned down by a duo uses the Port-a-Fort to get up and over on her opponents, and then rain down grenades on them.

Epic hasn’t said when the Port-a-Fort is coming to Fortnite, but the developer typically rolls out new updates every Thursday, and there’s typically a short turnaround between a teaser for something and its addition to the game.

Last week, when Epic added vending machines to the game, it said it would start dropping new content without the need for an update. “This new cadence allows us to iron out more complex bugs, while continuing to provide fun content every week,” the company said.

Fortnite is available for iOS, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.