After months of waiting, season 4 of Fortnite finally crash landed onto servers with patch v4.0 and made some massive changes to the game on its way in.
Thanks to the comet that we’ve been following for weeks, Fortnite Battle Royale’s map is in complete disarray now. Some locations have been destroyed completely and othersare simply in various states of ruin. While most players are going to notice changes to the map changes first, that’s not the only thing that’s been shifted by today’s patch on the Battle Royale side.
As for Save the World, there’s a huge amount of new content being added, thanks to the new superhero-themed campaign called Blockbuster Event. The campaign adds new enemies and heroes to the cast of Save the World. Players are also sure to notice some of the other changes in Fortnite’s PvE game mode, such as loot dropping from enemies now or the new military weapons set.
For a full list of Fortnite changes, you can check out Epic’s Fortnite v4.0 patch notes.
1. The comet crash landed and map is a whole lot different now
Vigilant Battle Royale players have had their eyes turned toward the sky for the better part of a month now trying to guess when this map-altering event might occur. Today it finally did. Thanks to Epic’s excellent cinematic trailer for season 4, we can get a glimpse of what the comet’s impact looked like — but to see fallout of it’s impact, you’ll have to look around the map yourself. While a whole slew of new locations have been added to the Battle Royale map, the most obvious one that was completely altered was Dusty Depot — it’s now Dusty Divot — which turned from a few peaceful warehouses into a giant flaming crater.
2. Save the World is getting a superhero origin story
Save the World’s missions are almost always exciting and an interesting sign of what might be on the way to Battle Royale in the next few patches. This time, the newest campaign is superhero themed, just like the Battle Pass, and introduces an entirely new cast of characters to the PvE game mode. Along with these new characters are a few new character subclasses to help you Save the World a little bit better.
3. The Crossbow is being retired to the vault
Not everyone likes the crossbow. Getting one out of a chest as your first weapon of the game could often mean that you were about to meet an early end. Thankfully, Epic realized that the weapon was less popular than it could be and retired it to the vault. If you were one of the few people that did really like the crossbow, don’t worry, it could be back someday. But for now, all you’re left with is fond memories and more useful guns.
4. Hop Rocks will let you jump tall buildings in a single bound
The comet has crash landed, and though it may be gone, its remnants are still all over the map in the form of tiny rocks. These rocks are called “Hop Rocks” and if you eat one, you’ll feel the effects of lower gravity and be able to jump way higher than normal. The patch notes don’t really say how long this effect lasts, or just how high you’ll be able to go, so you’ll have to get in game and experiment to see how they work.
5. The new Battle Pass is here
The most exciting part of every new season is here and this time, all the cosmetics are superhero themed. Once again, the Battle Pass will cost you 950 V-Bucks ($9.50) and has 100 tiers of cosmetics unlocks to gain. These tiers earn you Battle Stars, either by playing the game leveling up or by completing weekly and daily challenges.