fortnite is heading underground. After Saturday’s The Big Bang event, which led to the destruction of Chapter 4’s island, big changes are coming to the battle royale in a new season called “Underground.” That includes a new island, gameplay features like boss battles, Lego skins, and of course more licensed characters like metal gear‘s Solid Snake and Peter Griffin’s Family man.
Let’s start with the island. In the update, which brings the game to Chapter 5: Season 1, the Battle Royale island has been completely changed, which means a number of new locations. There’s a railway, complete with a train you can ride on, as well as marinas, mansions, and a whole new grassland area. There is also quite a bit of snow.
As for gameplay changes, the island is now filled with five boss characters, one of which is Peter Griffin. Defeating them will grant players a medallion with a very useful feature: the ability to regenerate shields over time. But it also has a downside, as holding a medallion will alert other players to your location on the map. “The more medallions you have, the more precise the radius of your exact location will be,” says Epic.
Other additions include: an SUV to drive, a weapon called the Ballistic Shield that allows you to “defend yourself with the shield while firing the gun at the same time”, the option to move while healing or restoring shields, and the ability to Mod Weapons in certain locations of the island. There is also a new type of cosmetic in the game; Now, in addition to customizing your character and weapons, you can customize vehicles. You can choose different bodies, decals, and wheels, and once you get into a sports car in the game, the vehicle will change based on your choices. (Certain articles of rocket league will carry over to those who play both games).
For those who get this season’s battle pass, you’ll eventually be able to unlock all the new boss characters, along with a new version of Jones and, later in the season, Solid Snake.
The release of Chapter 5 comes at a very busy time for fortnite. The game received a huge boost in popularity with the release of fortnite OG in November, which brought back the original island and many fan-favorite locations, items, and characters. According to Epic, this led to the biggest day in gaming history, with more than 44 million players on November 4. This all culminated in The Big Bang live event on Saturday, which not only saw Chapter 4’s island destroyed, but also featured a virtual concert by Eminem.