The ninth season of Fortnite is right here, and it brings the battle royale sport into a brand new sci-fi future. The most important adjustments to the sport are two areas: the destroyed Tilted Towers has been rebuilt as a futuristic cityscape known as Neo Tilted, whereas Retail Row has become Mega Mall. The Neo Tilted constructions are additionally out there to construct with in Fortnite’s inventive mode. Different smaller adjustments to the island embrace some sort of energy plant constructed across the volcano, a banana stand, and drone-like hovering platforms.

Together with new areas, there’s a brand new type of transportation known as the “slipstream,” which is actually a wind tunnel the strikes you shortly from one spot to the following. Developer Epic has added a brand new weapon known as the “fight shotgun,” whereas eradicating an extended checklist of things from the sport, together with the treasure map, balloons, and a slew of weapons. Take a look at the entire adjustments within the patch notes right here.

A brand new season additionally means a brand new battle go, and right here, the sci-fi pattern continues with quite a lot of unlockable gadgets that embrace a Gundam-style go well with and a robotic cat. Additionally new are collectible laptop chips known as “fortbytes.” You must accumulate 100 of the hidden gadgets to finish sure challenges in addition to “uncover the secrets and techniques of season 9,” in line with Epic. In the meantime, Epic has additionally added Arabic language help, and says Center East servers are within the works. “We’re nonetheless a number of months from having companies come on-line and hope to offer a extra significant replace on server help earlier than then,” Epic says.

The developer began teasing season 9 on Monday, hinting on the sci-fi aesthetic. Later teases included taglines like “the longer term is vivid” and “the longer term is unknown.” Essentially the most overt tease got here yesterday, with a picture accompanied by the textual content “the longer term is tilted.”

The brand new replace arrives after a reasonably eventful season 8. It kicked off in February and launched a brand new journey theme, full with main additions to the Fortnite island like a volcano, pirate ship, and jungle space, together with a terrifying banana go well with. (It additionally eliminated some notable options, together with the short-lived airplanes.) There was additionally one other Avengers crossover occasion, together with the crucial possibility for gamers to pet the in-game canine.

Extra lately, developer Epic orchestrated one other large-scale occasion that lasted a number of weeks. It began when an odd alien rune floated its means throughout the island earlier than the brand new volcano confirmed indicators of erupting. Then, final weekend, a mysterious vault opened up, and gamers had been in a position to collectively vote on which traditional weapon to deliver again. (They selected the drum gun.) After that, the volcano lastly exploded, and it devastated two of Fortnite’s most iconic areas, Tilted Towers and Retail Row.

As at all times, the beginning of a brand new season of Fortnite is just the start. So anticipate loads of adjustments and updates as season 9 continues to roll out.

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