Fortnite is the biggest video game in the universe. If you're not playing it, your kids are and if you think your kids aren't playing it, sorry, you're wrong. Season 4 (and patch v4.0) has finally crash-landed on Epic's servers and there are some huge changes on the way.
Here's what you need to know about Fornite Season 4 and all the changes to the world's most played video game.
Whoa, Wait... What Is Fortnite?
Don't pretend like you don't know. You're not pretending? Okay! Our complete explainer to everything Fortnite is right here.
Fortnite is an online multiplayer video game. You've probably heard its name a lot recently. It's very popular. Your kid is probably playing it. A host of Australian NRL players have been celebrating tries with Fortnite poses and, hey, Drake is notoriously big on it.
If you're struggling to keep up... We can help.
What's Different In Season 4?
You might remember that over the past few weeks, players had been spotting a comet travelling through the Fortnite skies. Smaller meteors have been impacting the game world in that time and some surmised that this comet was destined to crash into the map, too. Those some were correct. The comet has crashed, and with it, Fortnite players are going to see some big changes - especially in the way the map looks and plays.
Yeah, a comet crashed - clearly things are going to be different. It didn't take out any dinosaurs, but this season of Fortnite sees Dusty Depot as a crater impact site. It's called Dusty Divot now. The comet is lodged in what has become a military-only access site, but Fortnite veterans will be skirting those barbed wire fences with ease.
Surrounding the areas where comets have made impact are a new consumable known as "Hop Rocks" which let you jump higher than usual. Additionally, they're gravity-defying, which means that height comes with a price and you jump a whole lot slower, too.
The Crossbow is no longer available. Sad emote for some, happy emote for others. It looks like Epic made the decision to pull it and locked it away in the vault.
"Risky Reels" is another new area of the map, stylised like an old drive-in (man, some kids are not going to know what that is) and seen in the cinematic trailer below. Our sister site, Kotaku, has a few of the images of the new stuff here.
Players are even finding superhero lairs across the map - so that might be a hint of what else is to come.
But what does everyone come to Fortnite for, outside of the gameplay? Unlockable, collectable things that make you look pretty, of course!
In Season 4 there are over 100 new cosmetics for you to devour and they all have a superhero-themed slant. Well, actually, I know everyone is saying they are superhero-themed (and they certainly are) but I like to think there's something slightly alien about them too. This is where you're likely to be spending your money, if unlockable and collectible cosmetics are your thing. All the new skins are unlocked by completing challenges and ranking up your Battle Pass - it just depends on which level you want to jump in on.
Is There A Cute Cinematic Trailer To Get Me Hyped For Season 4?
If you want to access the full complement of patch notes for v4.0, you can head to Epic Games website here.
There are multiple bug fixes and changes that are being implemented in Season 4 and some of the biggest ones are listed below:
- Structures on the starting island can now be destroyed. Not the Battle Bus, though.
- Headshots are now prioritized when other body parts are in the way (ie if you hit an opponent's hand and then their head, you still get maximum headshot damage.)
- Hand hitboxes are now slightly smaller.
- Knocking a player off the island will award elimination credit like normal fall damage.
- You can now mark cosmetic items as favorites in the Locker.
- You are no longer limited to just the 6 slots on your emote wheel for Sprays and Emotes and can now use any of the ones you own in a match!
- The Crossbow has been vaulted.
- The 4:3 aspect ratio is now supported.
- Made significant performance improvements when many players are on-screen by reducing the impact of character parts.