All good things must come to an end and so to then must Season 7 of Fortnite. But from the ashes of season 7 rises the proverbial supply llama of Season 8.
Season 7 was the biggest ever update bringing some pretty huge changes to the map and Fortnite Creative, building the player base to in excess of 200 million players. Not to mention the amazing Marshmello concert held in-game brought online 10.7 million players in just one day.
What can we expect?
The new season of everyone’s favourite battle royale, Fortnite, will start on the 28th of February and it looks to be trying to build on the success of Season 7. It’s introducing some sea-faring themes as suggested by the teaser image released by Epic via Twitter depicting a Pirates Hook.
“Treasure Abound” fills me with the hope that I’ll be running around the map as all of the snow thaws, grabbing timber to build a boat, steel to forge my canon, traversing the outer oceans to battle against other players, firing my canon into enemy territory to see their hull blister and opponents fly around the map. Unfortunately, players will no longer be flying around the map in quite the same way as they have through Season 7, as (brings out the worlds smallest violin) Planes are being removed. It’s okay, relax, take a deep breath, okay? Let’s continue.
The build-up to Season 8
Epic has been building up to this for some time. There have been earthquakes across the island, cracks forming in the ground and a bridge collapse. There’ll be something big coming in Fortnite that will split the island into a few separate pieces and the battle will happen across them, there’ll be a definite need for boats which will almost definitely be replacing planes. Maybe the battle bus will even become a seafaring vehicle.
The teaser image also says “Loot that has been lost, can always be found”. Could Epic be hinting at some new game mechanics around looting enemy players or just teasing a new set of Loot crates that we can always expect when a new season starts? We will see in just a few days.
What we do know is that, like always, there will be a slew of new skins, items and weaponry. If we’re following on the maritime theme we can expect to see swords, daggers, Flintlocks and other goodies.
I can almost guarantee there’ll be some pretty obvious pop culture references like Captain Jack Sparrow style skins and Davy Jones popping up, a new mead-swigging dance, maybe poison will be replaced by scurvy (Unlikely, but hey we can always hope for the fun stuff). We could even expect to see the Kraken crashing forth from the ocean, at the very least from the teaser we know snakes are coming so they could be hatching from those ominous eggs that have been hanging around for a while. We know Epic like to be a bit extra when it comes to stuff like that.
Fortnite needs to focus on making this the biggest update yet
There’s going to have to be some pretty drastic changes and improvements to stop players from crossing over to the widely popular Apex Legends. Some of these have recently been suggested by developers such as a respawn feature to bring back your fallen comrades from the dead and a way to improve team communication with new features being added to Squad chat. Both of which have been hugely popular features in Apex Legends that led to that ridiculous opening player count.