Fortnite Kicks Off Season 5 and an $8M Esports Event

All of the rift randomness and hinting has finally led up to the Fortnite Season 5 launch, which literally sees worlds collide in Battle Royale and a Road Trip event for Save the World, along with the usual mélange of items, vehicles and other things.

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In Battle Royale, several new locations have appeared in the map including a desert region, a viking ship, a Lazy Links location, and a variety of other unnamed points of interest. There are now rifts that players can run through to experience “a wild ride” along with an all-terrain golf cart.

Season 5 also comes with its own Battle Pass full of brand new items for players to unlock, with a new assortment of skins, gliders and emotes – a total of 100 new items overall. The pass is available for 950 V-Bucks and buying in will immediately unlock two new skins.

For Save the World, players can get into the Old West spirit with new Western-themed heroes and Flintlock weapons, and the return of Challenge the Horde mode which will have players facing Husks in a new, close-quarters desert map.

Finally, this weekend will see the beginning of an $8M Summer Skirmish esports event. The series will run for eight weeks, starting with a $250k Duos competition. Specifics on who has been invited to the event were not announced at the time of this writing, but the reveal promises players will see “community creators and Fortnite players who have demonstrated their competitive prowess”, and also mentions that competitors may change from week to week.

Details about the new Battle Pass are here, patch notes for the update are here, and a trailer showing off the Battle Pass goodies is below.

Our Thoughts

Well then! Not an awful lot of narrative reason for there to suddenly be various time-related shenanigans, which is a bit of a letdown honestly. But then again, that’s only what’s on the surface via patch notes; we suspect that the intrepid players of this game will be doing some digging and uncovering some more intriguing tidbits over time.

Sources: official site 1, 2

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Atlas Reactor Adds a Frosty Freelancer and Mad Love

Today marks the official start of Atlas Reactor Season 5, the first update to the tactical online PvP’er in the new year. With it we’re seeing a brand new ice-controlling Freelancer, the start of a Valentine’s event, and some changes to your favorite Frontline characters.

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Above is Vonn, the Scion of Ice, a Firepower character that uses a supercooled cannon to attack foes with shards of ice and chilling winds or shield allies with frost. In addition to the new arrival, existing characters are seeing some tweaks, with special attention paid to increase the damage of every Frontline character and adjustments to Celeste, Grey, Oz, Quark and PuP.

Season 5’s launch means players will be getting Prestige Points based on their Season 4 performance, which can be spent on special golden ability effects. Ranked play will begin on Tuesday, February 13th with weekly chapters featuring themed Alerts and Missions based around specific Trusts.

Today also marks the start of the Mad Love Valentine’s Day event. From now until February 20th, players can earn seasonal loot matrices full of new skins and emblems. Matrices can either be earned by completing daily missions or bought directly from the in-game store.

Be sure to check out the complete patch notes for all the specific details.

Our Thoughts

Yep, it’s another Freelancer! But most importantly, we have to take a moment to appreciate the adjustments that have been made across the Frontliner board with this update. Those of us who like to play the forward tank role in Atlas Reactor will likely have something to say about these changes.

Sources: press release, official site

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