Slipstreams, Fortbytes and more.
Epic Games has released patch Notes for Fortnite v9.00, which includes details on Fortnite Season 9 and its new locations, features and more.
Fortnite’s Season 9 battle pass is available now for 950 v-bucks ($9.50) and includes 100 levels and over 100 new rewards. New points of interest that have emerged from the destruction of the Volcano include Neo Tilted and Mega Mall. A semi-automatic Combat Shotgun has been added that holds 10 shells, fires nine pellets per shot, and has a tight spread and fast fire rate.
One of the biggest new features from v9.00 are Slipstreams, a wind transportation system consisting of wind tunnels that quickly carry players. Players move faster in the stream, and can use directional input to gain extra velocity, which includes bobbing up and down to increase speeds. Players are then launched out of the stream when exiting based on their movement speed and exit angle, and projectiles and vehicles can also enter the Slipstream. In addition to this, air vents are new environmental items that launch players and grant immunity to fall damage.
Fortbytes, a series of 100 collectible computer chips available to Battle Pass owners, slowly decrypt a mysterious image when collected. 18 Fortbytes are available to find on day one, and at least one new Fortbyte will be unlocked each day following this. Collecting all of the Fortbytes unlock rewards, and they cannot be collected once Season 9 ends.
There will be a rotation of three Limited Time Modes: Trios, Solid Gold and One Shot. Trios is classic Battle Royale with three-person squads. Solid Gold is a fight to the finish using legendary weapons. One Shot includes low gravity and all players have 50 health – only sniper weapons are available, and bandages are the only healing item.
Fortnite Creative is also getting updates, including a build-your-own imagined version of Neo Tilted, hover platforms and a creature manager. Meadow Island, a 105×105 flat grass island, has been added along with a team rotation option, fight options and an “allow out of bounds” option.
Fortnite: Save the World is introducing Wargames! – unique Storm-shield mission simulations, as well as the Black Knight Garridan, a new mythic constructor.
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