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5 things to know about Fortnite’s season 7 patch

Fortnite’s new season is here and it brought an airplane with it

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Fortnite season 7 is here and rather than change everything up with a new supernatural element, Epic is keeping things a little more basic with this new winter-themed season.

Among the largest additions coming to the game with this new season is a new vehicle, the X-4 Stormwing, an airplane that allows you to fly all around the map. Speaking of the map, there are quite a few new cities added this time around including places with names like Frosty Flights, Polar Peak and Happy Hamlet. There’s also an entirely new biome on the map called Iceberg which is probably about as cold, frozen and slippery as you would expect.

This patch also comes with the brand new Fortnite Creative mode which will let players build on their own personal islands, creating whatever they want and even making new game modes.

With all these changes coming to the game we’ve got a summary of what’s most important. But, for a full look at all the changes in Fortnite season 7check out our patch notes.

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There’s an airplane in Fortnite now

Yep, as part of the season 7 additions, there’s now an airplane in Fortnite. The plane is called the X-4 Stormwing and comes with five total seats, one for the pilot and four passengers. The pilot can also fire the machine gun mounted at the front of the plane, which can overheat, and of course the plane can do barrel rolls. If your piloting gets a little too fancy and things go wrong, don’t worry, you can always jump out of the plane and your character will go straight to skydiving like they’ve just jumped off the Battle Bus. It remains to be seen just how a flying vehicle might affect the game, since it will make the map feel smaller and more accessible than ever and it’s certain to change the way people play.

Creative mode lets you make whatever you want

For months now, Fortnite fans have requested a mode that lets them build freely and now it’s finally here with Creative mode. This new building-focused mode is filled with ways for players to create, from the ability to copy most of the structures in the game to even making custom game modes. There are even ways for you to join friends’ games so you can create things as a group. For now, there doesn’t seem to be a way to share these creations with people outside of your friends list, but that’s probably something we can expect in the future.

For a more information on Creative mode you can check out our full breakdown.

The list of vaulted items just got a lot longer

Every season, Epic uses the first patch to take a look back at which items are working and which ones could use some time in the vault and away from the game for a tune-up. This time around there are a quite a few items going away.

  • Shadow Stones
  • Port-a-Fort
  • Chiller
  • Clinger
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Shockwave Grenade

While all of these things might be leaving the game for now, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be gone forever. Epic often takes these items back out of the vault after they’ve been improved upon in some significant ways.

Icy new additions to the map have arrived

The map now has new locations like Frosty Flights, Polar Peak and Happy Hamlet, and they introduce an entirely new environment to Fortnite: Iceberg. Just like the top of the Viking Village area, these sections of the map are covered in snow, the new addition, however, is ice which acts like a Chiller trap and causes players to go sliding when they try to stop. These areas also add in brand new zip lines which players can latch onto to quickly zip from one area of a mountain or town to the next.

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Wraps are here to change what your weapons look like

While character skins have always been an important part of the way Fortnite looks, up until seasons 7 all of the equipment in the game looked exactly the same. But, that’s all changing this season with the addition of Wraps — which currently only available through the Battle Pass. Wraps personalize whatever item you’re using, so your version of it looks a little more unique. Whether you have it applied to shotguns, rifles or even the new plane, whatever weapon or vehicle you’re using can now look a little more interesting and reflect your own personal style.