'Fortnite' season five adds a desert locale, golf carts and rifts

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Progressive challenges no longer run out at the end of a season, with players able to complete them at their own pace rather than having to rush. "Hop in an All Terrain Kart (ATK) with your squad and uncover all-new mysteries and locations that await". In season 5, the crack adds two new locations on the map: Paradise Palms and Lazy Links. Check out all of those in full here, and I'll leave you with Season 5's Battle Pass trailer.

The roof of the ATK also functions as a bounce pad. All four members of a squad can climb inside, but also work together to enable higher jumps using a well-timed lean.

The biggest change pertains to the new Rifts that are scattered all throughout the "Fortnite" battle royale map. It's unclear what these Rifts can do, but players will be testing it out once the game's servers go live.

As always with a Fortnite patch there are a bunch of fixes and performance improvements, with some changes too in weapon balancing.

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Some changes to gameplay include adjustments to shotguns, which will now indicate how many pellets have hit, and it will be visible within the damage reticle. Heavy shotguns have been given a 10 pellet magazine, instead of 5, and the ability to double pump has been reduced with the introduction of a shot delay. Update v5.0's patch notes inform the centres of Storm Circles 7, 8 and 9 can now shift in random directions, as opposed to shrinking as normal.

The new season has also been preceded by Fortnite items, including Llamas and the Durr Burger sign appearing in real life locations around the world. Epic Games has also made it a bit more hard to "double pump" in season 5.

Perhaps the biggest news for Switch players, however, and the addition we know many of you lovely readers have been waiting for, is the addition of gyro controls exclusively for the Nintendo Switch version of the game. "Fortnite" players will now earn XP when they revive their teammates in 50vs50 and Teams of 20 matches, according to Engadget.

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