Fortnite Season 5 Patch Notes Reveal Desert Biome, New Vehicle

Storm changes, Shotgun adjustments, and more!

Epic has released the official patch notes for Fortnite’s big Season 5 update just as downtime goes into effect.

The map is indeed getting an update with a new desert biome, although it’s not yet clear if this covers the entire map or just a portion. Paradise Palms and Lazy Links are the two latest named locations to join the map.

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A new vehicle named the All Terrain Kart (ATK) is being added and will fit your entire squad. Rear passengers can lean back and release at the same time to help leap over jumps and obstacles. The roof of the new vehicle acts as a bounce pad.

Shotguns now indicate the number of pellets hit within the reticle. The Heavy Shotgun can now fire 10 pellets instead of five, and players who fire a shotgun won’t be able to to switch to a second shotgun for “a very short time.”

The new desert biome.

The new desert biome and the mysterious rift.

In the final phases of the storm, the circle will now shift and move as time goes on.

Weekly challenges will now include three free challenges and four challenges only available for those with the Battle Pass. Progressive challenges will no longer be tied to a single season and can be completed by earning a fixed amount of XP at any time.

The Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite will now allow the use of motion controls.

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You can see the full patch notes here.

Downtime for Season 5 has been detailed and a number of teasers were released this week. Players created Fortnite bingo as they waited for the new season to begin.

An 8-week series of competitions known as the Fortnite Summer Skirmish has been announced featuring a prize pool of $8 million.

Michael Koczwara is IGN’s Weekend Web Producer who keeps checking to see if downtime is over. Follow him on Twitter and YouTube.

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