Fortnite season 7 has finally launched, but do not let the chilly map refresh fool you: it is a very warm and welcoming time to start or keep playing, if you've already put in a few — hundred — battle royale matches! Rather than changing the game up with a new supernatural element, Epic decided to keep things a little more simplistic and “basic” with this new winter-themed season.
Season 7 began on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Every Fortnite season is released for a 10 week period, so players should expect the latest season to conclude towards the end of February being that it will not be extended like Season 5. Winter has arrived in Fortnite Season 7, bringing with it a new battle pass, map changes, an all-new Creative mode and much more…
Fortnite fans have requested a mode that allows them to build freely and fortunately, their request has been fulfilled and it is finally present with the game’s new Creative mode. This new building-focused mode is filled with ways for players to create; from the ability to copy most of the structures already seen in the game to even making custom game modes. There are even ways for players to join friends’ games so that way structures and assets can be created as a group. For now, there does not seem to be a way to share these creations with people outside of the friends list, but that is something that players should expect to see in the near future.
The season 7 battle pass costs 950 V-Bucks — though you can earn V-Bucks just by playing the game, it will take you a whole lot longer than simply purchasing the smallest V-Bucks bundle, which costs $9.99. Ever since the launch of season 5, Epic has changed the way the Fortnite Battle Pass Challenges run, which makes not buying a battle pass a slightly more attractive proposition for players. Weekly challenges are split into two sections — free and Battle Pass. The first three challenges of each week are free, but the other four will only be available if you own the Battle Pass. However, the weekly challenge reward is still locked at four, so in order to earn the reward, you’ll have to buy the Fortnite battle pass. This time around, there are 100 new levels in Season 7's Battle Pass and over 100 new rewards to earn.
The iceberg has crashed into the map, and we can finally see the extensive changes to Fortnite's battle royale map since downtime in the game has been terminated. The entirely new environment, Fortnite: Iceberg brings with it a few new cities such as Happy Hamlet, Polar Peak, Frosty Flights and many other new points of interest. In addition to these new locations, players are also now able to slide around on the icy surfaces of the land.
On top of the new wintry biome that has taken up over roughly a quarter of the map, Fortnite season 7 has introduced players to the excitement and joy of true aerial combat with the new X-4 Stormwing Plane. Because of this, players should expect that air combat will be a crucial part of Fortnite season 7. The plane features exceptional maneuverability and includes seats for not only yourself but up to four other players and acquires a mounted machine gun as well. The pilot can fire the gun mounted at the front of the plane, which can overheat, causing the plane to barrel roll. And if your piloting gets a little too fancy and things go haywire, players are able to jump out of the plane and their character will go straight to skydiving — much like jumping off of the Battle Bus. Another new addition in the transportation category includes zip-lines — located near the Iceberg and Expedition outposts allowing them to zip from one town or mountain to another. Players are able to use weapons and other items while zip-lining and now during balloon flight as well.
In addition to the usual assortment of new skins accessible in the latest Battle Pass — which features multiple upgradeable skins for you to level up and customize as you play — new customization options are also available in regards of weapon and vehicle wraps by equipping them in your locker, but are only available if players have purchased a battle pass. While character skins have always been an important part of the way Fortnite looks, up until season 7, all of the equipment in the game looked fairly comparable.