With Season 6 in full swing and the new changes to the map having been more or less uncovered, we’ve sat down and compiled a list of the six biggest changes that hit Fortnite with the advent of Season 6. As the mystery of Season 6 unravels in the coming weeks and months, these six features should put you in good stead whichever direction Epic Games decides to take things. From cube based shenanigans and corrupted areas, to shadow stones and pets, we’ve got you covered.
Loot Lake Cube Island
The culmination of the cube’s long journey across the map in Season 5 is a reasonably sized levitating island perched smack bang above loot lake. If you’ve played since Thursday, you’ll undoubtedly have caught sight of it and even visited it. Notice that it’s the same island with the house with a smattering of spruces that used to sit in the lake. In its place is a menacing looking crater with gushing waters spiraling downwards. The purple whirlpool is harmless though and you can use it to propel yourself up onto the island. If the storm happens to close in on that point and your on the island, you’ve acquired quite the vantage point to pick off struggling stragglers.
Season 6 brings with it quite a few cosmetic goodies, of which pets are the main feature. From dragons to dogs by way of iguanas, you can now acquire one of these customizable pets by purchasing the Battle Pass then lug them around in your backpack as you fight for that elusive Victory Royale. They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and have unique animations depending on what you put them through, but they are absolutely useless. The nature of cosmetics for you.
Haunted Hills Castle
Perched atop the undulating peaks of Haunted Hills is a gothic style castle seemingly in keeping with the whole spooky veneer of Season 6 and Halloween being just around the corner. As with most buildings in Fortnite, the castle is fully explorable with quite a good offering of various loot and chests. It also fits the bill as the perfect location for a haunting specter to roam around in and in a trailer for Season 6 the castle is the venue for what appears to be a rather thumping party with DJ, party goers, et al.
The corn has grown, and reminiscent of a classic trope from horror flicks, you can’t help feel absolutely terrified if you happen to run through it when escaping an assailant. The crop is now high enough to hide inside, but concealment comes at a price. Vision is severely reduced and there’s nothing quite as heart stopping as encountering an opponent amid the sun tanned kernels.
Wailing Woods Tunnels and Bunker
In keeping with the creepy vibe, the cabins of Wailing Woods have morphed into cartoon versions of structures pulled straight out of Twin Peaks. Beyond their classic horror appearance, the cabins also boast a few hidden rooms and tunnels beneath them. They don’t lead anywhere, but we imagine they’ll play a part in how the environmental storytelling of Season 6 progresses.
If you head over to the maze in Wailing Woods, the basic log cabin in the center appears more or less unchanged, however you’ll find a a conduit leading to an underground bunker. Head down and there’s a complex set of levels and rooms to explore, notably a vaulted room with a rift inside.
Replacing the imprinted runes littered about the map by the cube’s long journey are now corrupted areas with shadow stones. These consumable items allow you to effectively disappear and take on the shape of a specter for a short period of time. Invisibility isn’t the only perk, the stones increase your movement speed and jumping ability. Oh and you can traverse walls as any self respecting ghost can. There are of course caveats; you can’t fire your guns while in ghost mode and as soon as you move the invisibility ability switches off.