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Five huge map changes in Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off this week and as expected, there’s been a number of changes throughout the map. New places of interest, environments and buildings are everywhere but what are the five biggest changes to the island this season? Read on as we take a look at the major changes to the Fortnite map.

Paradise Falls

Paradise Palms

The most notable addition to the map comes in the form of a tropical city in the new desert biome called Paradise Falls. It’s the fifth major city addition to the map and the entire desert biome has replaced Moisty Mire, so it’s taken up what was a fairly barren place in the map. The main attraction in the map is Hotel 23; a five-storey hotel with chests on every floor and easy access to the roof which looks over the entirety of the town. The rest of the neighbourhood has a number of villas and modern houses, complete with swimming pools and a basketball court at the end of a cul-de-sac. The road passing through it connects the town to the racetrack to the north, or southbound it winds through the desert ridges, past some dinosaur statues all the way to Lucky Landing.

Cowboy Corner

Cowboy Corner

The other major attraction in the new desert biome is an unnamed place of interest so we’ve given it an appropriate name: Cowboy Corner. It’s in the south-eastern corner of the map, down the road from Paradise Falls and west of Lucky Landing. It’s essentially the polar opposite of Paradise Falls - one is a modern, fancy suburb while this is an old-timey western collection of small houses and shelters. As it’s unnamed, it gets much less attention than its big sister up the road, but it holds a decent amount of loot. It’s a solid drop for any solo or duos game as you can find a chest in almost every house and there’s around 10 overall. Right next door you also have the “Truck ‘N’ Oasis” gas station too, with even more loot if you don’t find enough in Cowboy Corner.

Viking Village

Viking Village

Another unnamed point of interest is the Viking themed village sat atop the mountain between Greasy Grove and Snobby Shores. It’s got a few huts and shelters but the main spectacle is the enormous Viking ship moored over the edge of a waterfall. There’s not much loot to be found here at all, perhaps enough for one solo player, but it’s one of the most interesting locations to have been added to the Fortnite map. The best part about the Viking Village is the location. From all the way up on the mountain, you can easily scout out Greasy Grove, Snobby Shores and the sports centre/football stadium and, compared to the single house that was up there before, it has a lot more to offer. It’s also snowing which is a very nice touch and the first weather effect we’ve seen in-game.

Lazy Links

Lazy Links

Anarchy Acres is no longer. In its place is now Lazy Links, a nine-hole golf course complete with a country club, swimming pool and tennis courts. Either Anarchy or Fatal Fields was always rumoured to be replaced since they’re both essentially the same location and Lazy Links has come at a perfect time. Here, players can also play golf in-game once the battle pass is progressed far enough. Just like Anarchy Acres before it, it’s a large, open space with not as much loot as you’d expect. If you only find a shotgun and you’re not in the country club, you’re going to struggle against any other players in the initial stages of a game because of the long-range sight lines. On the plus side, it’s a good spot to grab one of the new all-terrain karts and quickly flee to Risky Reels, Tomato Town or the motel.

Dusty Divot

Dusty Divot (Forested)

While Dusty Divot isn’t new, its appearance is. Last season saw the meteor create an enormous crater but as time has passed, nature has taken control of the area and Dusty Divot is now more like Fallen Forest.The compound in the middle is largely the same but hop rocks are no longer. Instead the area has become a fantastic source of wood and is great for cover. As long as you don’t take down all the trees, running through the open in Dusty is no longer a problem because nobody will be able to see you for all the treetops anyway. Like always, it’s situated slap bang in the middle of the map too and has great connections to Salty Springs, Retail Row, Tomato Town and Tilted Towers. It'll be interesting to see how these new areas are used in Fortnite's Summer Skirmish series in the coming weeks.