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What’s New in Fortnite Battle Royale’s Map Update? Everything You Need to Know

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What’s New in Fortnite Battle Royale’s Map Update? Everything You Need to Know

Big changes on the way for Epic Games’ hugely successful game.

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What’s New in Fortnite Battle Royale’s Map Update? Everything You Need to Know

Without a doubt, the most significant change to Fortnite Battle Royale in the upcoming Patch 2.2.0 (New Map Update) are the changes to its map. While it’s technically a revamp of the old map rather than an all-new one, so much has been changed that you’re going to have to get completely reacquainted with the island. According to Fortnite Battle Royale level designer, Sidney Rauchberger, the map’s overhaul is designed “to add density to the west side of the map, bringing it in line with the east.” The headline features of this overhaul are the additions of a new urban environment, as well as an underground mine.

The city, known as Tilted Towers, brings verticality to Fortnite Battle Royale that really didn’t exist in any other urban area. The skyscrapers are going to make for formidable defensive areas, and we’d suggest that the whole town is likely to be generously stocked with loot. In terms of size, it looks roughly equivalent to Greasy Grove but features much taller buildings and a more structured city-like layout with its roads and streets.

The Shifty Shafts is another notable new underground area that the developers hope will add a more close-quarters dynamic to combat in the game. Described as “dark and more frantic,” expect plenty of hiding spots for good silenced pistol action, too.

You can see all the locations we’ve found with multiple chests in these areas here.

From the comparison map above, you can see a big difference in aesthetic between the two maps. What’s especially vivid is that the new map is sectioned into four separate areas now, each with their own different biome. There’s the forested eastern half of the island, drier farming lands of the north, grassy western plains, and the boggy area of Misty Mire. These new visuals should make points of interest more recognizable, and easier to call out to teammates. 

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Alex has a BA in Political Science and English Writing, but he's also a self-proclaimed history and meteorological expert. He loves cyberpunk and fantasy, and RPGs are kind of his thing too.

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