Fortnite is venturing underground following The Big Bang event that resulted in the destruction of the Chapter 4 island. With the introduction of a new season called “Underground,” major changes are set to take place in the battle royale, including a new island, gameplay enhancements like boss battles, Lego skins, and the addition of licensed characters such as Metal Gear’s Solid Snake and Peter Griffin from Family Guy. To learn more about this, visit the official Fortnite website.
Starting with the island itself, the Chapter 5: Season 1 update has completely transformed the battle royale island, introducing new locations such as a railway with a functional train, marinas, mansions, a grassland, and significant snow cover.
In terms of gameplay adjustments, the island is now populated with five boss characters, one of them being Peter Griffin. Conquering these bosses earns players a medallion with a valuable feature: the ability to regenerate shields over time. However, holding onto a medallion will also reveal the player’s location to others on the map, with the precision increasing based on the number of medallions you possess.
Additional new features include an SUV for players to drive, a weapon called the Ballistic Shield that allows simultaneous defense and shooting, the ability to move while healing or restoring shields, and the option to mod weapons at specific locations on the island. There’s also the introduction of vehicle customization alongside traditional character and weapon customization, and cross-game item carryover from Rocket League for players of both games.
Players who obtain this season’s battle pass will have the opportunity to unlock all new boss characters, a new version of Jones, and Solid Snake later in the season.
The launch of Chapter 5 represents a significant milestone for Fortnite. Following the introduction of Fortnite OG, the game experienced a surge in popularity, ultimately culminating in its largest day ever on November 4th, with over 44 million players. This eventful period was marked by The Big Bang live event, which not only witnessed the destruction of the Chapter 4 island but also featured a virtual concert from Eminem.