Fortnite gamers have had an exciting week, with the Battle Royale map update arriving on PS4, Xbox One and PCs as part of the big V.2.2.0 patch.
The Fortnite map update added eight new locations to Battle Royale and updated existing ones, adding more detail and variety to current areas.
Patch V.2.2.0 brought with it the ‘Tilted Towers’ area, a highly anticipated city location that fans had been calling for.
One other feature that Fortnite Battle Royale fans have had high on their wishlists is vehicles.
Vehicles play a huge part in matches played in Fortnite Battle Royale’s big rival PUBG, with motorcycles, vans and pickups helping players travel the map quickly.
When Epic Games first launched the Fortnite Battle Royale free download last September, they said they were looking into adding vehicles.
The Fortnite team even said they had created prototypes for some ideas.
But since then it’s all gone quiet on the vehicles front, with no indication of whether it will get added to Fortnite Battle Royale.
But speaking to Express.co.uk, the Fortnite team have given an update – and explained how vehicles would be used in Battle Royale.
Eric Williamson, Fortnite’s Lead Systems Designer, told us: “We’ve heard a few people ask about vehicles, yeah.
“There have been plenty of conversations about how they can fit into the game.
“Right now we don’t see them as a necessity, but rather as an opportunity.”
Going into more detail, Eric added: “What I mean by that is, our travel distances aren’t so long that vehicles are required.
“So if we do add them, it will be for fun and unique situational strategies.”
The comments will come as a big boost to fans hoping Fortnite will get its own PUBG-style vehicles in a new update.
But when Williamson said vehicles in Fortnite would be used for “fun and unique situational strategies”, what does he mean?
Could Fortnite toy with fan expectations and introduce something a bit silly like a push bike or tricycle, instead of PUBG-style vehicles?
Or maybe a low-powered scooter would fit in with Eric’s comments that “our travel distances aren’t so long that vehicles are required”?
Only time will tell, but with the most recent update Fortnite fans have plenty of things to get their teeth stuck into to take their minds off how vehicles would work in Battle Royale.
The Fortnite map update arrived with patch V.2.20, which was released on Thursday on PS4, Xbox One and PCs.
The patch also turned off friendly fire – so be careful where you aim!
Epic Games said this will be an “exploratory” change and will be wanting player feedback, with it subject to change.
Here are the patch notes for how Fortnite V.2.2.0 will change the game’s world:
• The map has been updated with many new points of interest, biomes, and more!
• Players now interact with grass and foliage as they walk through it.
• Added water effects when entering and exiting water.
• Added a new post-process effect for when your camera goes below the water surface.
• It will now look like you are actually underwater, and you can no longer see for an infinite distance.
• Added Ammo Boxes to Dusty Depot.
• Increased the amount of metal harvested from shipping containers.