Season 8 is finally live and available on all platforms. It features new locations, pirates and cannons!
This season will be available for 10 weeks, from February 20th to May 9th, with pirates and adventure as the new theme. The island will see major changes in the form of two new locations, volcanoes, and the launch of many new items.
Season 8: Battle Pass
As in any other season, the Battle Royale mode will be free of any cost for the players. However, the battle pass for this season will cost 950 V-Bucks, which translates to around $10. With this new pass, you will have access to the usual 100 levels, skins and new exclusive rewards that this season brings. Once the purchase is made you will get two progressive skins that will level up as you gather experience: “Blackheart” and “Hybrid”. In a move to keep the Fortnite train going, even in the presence of Apex, Epic had previously announced that for those who completed all the overtime challenges before the end of Season 7, the premium battle pass will be free.
Season 8: Items
Season 8 brings with it a pirate cannon, which you can find around the location and on the pirate ship. You can damage an enemy, structures, yourself or other players by launching cannonballs. You will be able to inflict 100 damage to nearby enemies and 50 to enemies at a greater distance.
some elements like the planes, ATKs, shopping carts, Sneaky Snowman, and the Chiller Grenades will not be available for this season, but they may return in regular modes or an LMT in the future.
Season 8: Location
The northwest area has a new design that includes a volcano, and what used to be Walling Woods and lazy links are replaced by the Temple of Sunny Steps and lazy Lagoon. Lastly, in the top left side, the Motel has been replaced by the Block.
You will be able to use the Volcanic Vents around the map as launching pads, and the lava coming from the new volcano can inflict one damage per touch.
Season 8: Gameplay
A new feature is available, Party Assist, which allows you to complete challenges with the help of members of your party. It grants the ability to send a non-audible ping to other players on your team to highlight items, a location or an enemy, very similar to the pointing system used in Apex Legends.
This feature doesn’t work with random players or in large team-based mode. Also if any challenge is ready to be collected, it will be auto-completed, and all the rewards will get automatically claimed.
Since the big release of Apex Legends on February 4, the Party Assists or Ping Mode has been an acclaimed feature. The Ping Mode Allows players to point out items, locations, and enemies in the mad with a simple click.
This is a great solution to communication problems between strangers in Battle Royale games, so instead of speaking through your mic to organize your strategy, you can ping what you want, and the game will let your party know.
It’s great that Epic Game saw the advantages of this system and decided to incorporate the feature for this season. We don’t know if it was in the works before Apex introduced it, but it’s certainly a welcomed addition. Epic has been sending a clear message lately: Fortnite is here to stay.