The latest free update for popular Battle Royale game Fortnite has arrived.
It’s not quite as extensive as some of the weekly updates we’ve seen in the past, and as such, developers Epic Games are calling this one ‘Content Update #3’, the third mini update to v9.30 of the game.
There’s not too much to talk about this week, but the update does bring about a couple of interesting changes and new additions.
Here’s everything you need to know about it:
How do Air Strikes work?
Air Strikes are a new item added to Fortnite with this week’s update, a thrown canister of coloured smoke that calls in a flurry of missiles from above.
Once you’ve thrown you canister and it’s come to rest, a bombardment of missiles will spawn after a short delay.
The missiles spawn about 120 metres above the smoke canister, and aim for random points within a nine metre radius of the canister.
A total of 20 missiles are spawned, and each has an explosion radius of 3.5 metres, which deals 75 damage to players and 200 damage to structures.
Air Stirkes can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, and Llamas, and drop in stacks of one, with a max stack size of two.
What else is new?
The Air Strike is the only new addition to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode, but there are a few new things in the game’s other modes.
In Creative mode, four new Galleries have been added, including Car Gallery B, which has more car colour variants.
And in Save the World, a new Wargames simulation has been added in the form of Double Trouble, which takes two Golden Smashers with cycling modifiers, makes them indestructible, and sets them loose on your fort.
Their ill temperament switches between attacking Heroes and the fort, and a new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner, and more variety to the Daily Wargames Challenges.
The De-Atomizer 9000 weapon also launches into the Weekly Store; the gun launches an energy projectile that explodes and shoots 15 sub-projectiles out in all directions.
It’s available until 3pm on 17 July.
For a full run-down of the patch notes, head to Epic Games’ website
When is Season 10 released?
When is Fortnite season 10 out? Release date, map, latest skins news and everything else about the Battle Pass update
Fortnite Season 10 is on the horizon, and will likely put an end to the futuristic theme of the game’s ninth series that saw revamped locations, Fortbytes, and all manner of challenges and loot to horde.
So what exactly is in store?
While details of new season content are usually kept under wraps by developers Epic Games until launch, all manner of clues, teasers and hints have been floating around, and the rumour mill is in full swing.
While Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode – being a multiplayer game – doesn’t have a story per-se, Epic Games tend to keep things interesting.
They updated the map and set into motion in-game events, which spell out a sort of meta-narrative for the fans to pick apart.
Most changes to the game implemented in new seasons are explained in some way through these events.
We’re a little too far out from Season 10 for anything major to have happened, but there have been a few strange events that could provide us with some hints as to the meta of Season 10.
A few weeks in to Season 9, a giant eye appeared in Polar Peak’s mountain, swinging its beady pupil towards anyone who dropped by for a look.
There are theories that suggest this eye might be connected to some kind of giant monster lying dormant under Fortnite’s island, which could burst out ahead of Season 10, changing large swathes of the map permanently.
Generally, Fortnite’s seasons run for 10 weeks, so since Season 9 of the game began on 9 May, that would put Season 10’s estimated start date on or around 18 July.
However, when Season 9 was listed on the PlayStation 4 store, it was detailed as running until 1 August.
We’ve seen a couple of previous seasons ‘run over’ their 10 week run-time, with a couple of weeks of ‘overtime challenges’ while Epic Games get the updates in shape.
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