Fortnite’s Season 6 is right here, following a solo occasion relatively than a multiplayer one. Referred to as “Primal,” it encompasses a forest space, weapons crafting, and wildlife.
Whereas most Fortnite seasons begin with multiplayer occasions, Season 6’s occasion was a solo one, playable the primary time gamers boot up the sport. With out spoiling an excessive amount of for these of you who didn’t stand up on the ungodly hour of 4am Japanese, it featured Agent Jones trying to shut the Zero Level with the participant’s assist, coping with the rifts that have been rising throughout Season 5 and in the end resulting in—who would have guessed—map modifications. The solo occasion was dramatic and thrilling, profiting from its single-player nature to indicate extra of Agent Jones’ character. Nonetheless, I missed the drama of an enormous multiplayer occasion, and I hope we see one come again on the finish of this season.
Following that, the servers went on-line. There are a number of Lara Croft skins within the battle, go, together with a 25th anniversary model and a “traditional” model. There’s additionally, as rumored, a DC-themed pores and skin within the type of Rachel Roth from Teen Titans. The battle go incorporates slots for extra battle go degree rewards, so, like earlier latest seasons, we’re prone to see extra crossover skins because the season progresses. The season emblem reads “Neymar Jr” above some ominous eyes, a reference to the Brazilian soccer participant many gamers speculated was being teased within the lead-up to the season. The battle go display references “Neymar Jr rewards,” which unlock in 43 days, so we’ll see how he figures in.
Map modifications come within the type of a “primal biome” the place the desert stood final season, that includes an autumnal forest, a spire taking the place of the Zero Level, and a rustic-looking metropolis. Epic’s weblog about Season 6 reads that “the wilderness has taken over the island’s areas, like Colossal Crops and Boney Burbs. In the event you enterprise to the perimeters of the primal biome, you’ll discover guardian spires protected by mysterious forces.” I don’t miss sinking within the desert’s sand, although I haven’t seen lots of the different new areas but. (Replace, 6:06am—Boney Burbs is an space filled with ramshackle buildings. In one other space, I discovered an NPC I may spend my gold bars to get duties from, like within the earlier season.)
Fortnite beforehand had weapons upgrading, however this season introduces crafting. Whereas enjoying, I discovered a number of “makeshift” weapons, together with a rifle and a bow. A tooltip mentioned “these may be upgraded to primal and metal-based weapons,” seemingly with loot discovered world wide. Epic’s notes learn that “because the season progresses, new developments will arrive within the type of weapons and upgrades, like a brand new Chonkers tire set to allow you to tear it up off-road.” Some quests reference crafting a “Hunter’s Cloak” and accumulating “mechanical components” from automobiles, so it seems to be like there’ll be a number of methods to get crafting objects.
In addition to different gamers, you need to use these weapons on NPC animals that roam the world, together with boars, chickens, and the wolves hinted at within the teasers to the season. I killed a frog whereas enjoying, which dropped some form of loot my teammate rudely stole from me earlier than I may seize it. Later, I spectated a participant killing a boar, which dropped a meals merchandise. A few of these animals appear to be they’ll assault you—Epic’s notes learn, “although wolves might roam, essentially the most fearsome predators have but to hatch.” It sounds annoying, but additionally fairly enjoyable, and I’m wanting ahead to operating screaming from animals that shock me.
(Replace, 6:06am—Killing an NPC hen received me some animal bones, which I may use to improve the rarity of my weapons by going into my stock. It’s neat, although it’s by no means good to spend too lengthy in your menus in the midst of a Fortnite match.)
I’m nonetheless getting the lay of the land (and chugging espresso), so I’ll add new issues different gamers and I discover as we discover what Season 6 has to supply.