Fortnite Battle Royale, Epic Games’ response to the massive success of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, got another update which expanded the map, fixed a bunch of bugs and brought a handful of balance changes. The update adds three new locations to the map – Tilted Towers, Junk Junction and Shifty Shafts. It also marks the end of the winter event, which means no more snowball grenades, sadly.
Tilted Towers is a tiny town with a couple of buildings several stories high and a clock tower. It’s snuggled between several mesas and hills, which will probably make it a haven for snipers. Shifty Shafts is a mining complex in the middle of the woods, with some wooden shacks and a proper mine shaft. If you have fun stalking enclosed spaces, this is the place for you. Finally, Junk Junction is a vast junkyard with an antropomorphic crane and a bunch of flattened cars, much like that one scene in the Brave Little Toaster. If you’re old enough, this one’ll probably bring back some long-forgotten childhood traumas. The new areas are nested in the western part of the map.
When it comes to gameplay changes, turning off friendly fire is probably the biggest one. The decision isn’t final, and if it turns out it’s more fun to be able to shoot your teammates in the bum (spoiler: it is), it will be reverted. Reviving your comrades will now be the highest priority action when there are several that could screw up the context – this means no more picking up items when you’re trying to bring back your buddy. The scoped AR won’t be appearing in any more suppy drops, and it has been updated with a more utilitarian scope reticule – no more of that confusing arrow. If you want to check out the full extent of the changes, check out the patch notes.