Fortnite’s new Chapter 3 season officially began on December 5th. Initial gameplay shows that there have been some significant map changes along with a large variety of new weapons.
The map for this season features many biomes including desert, snow, and grass areas. The Points of Interest have a unique feel with some old stalwarts making their way back. For mobility and rotation around the map, Epic has added a cool sliding mechanic and re-introduced the quad crashers.
In terms of weapons, the new SMG looks to be extremely strong in its current form. This will undoubtedly benefit controller players in close encounters. The shotguns are not as impressive with less headshot damage and long pullout times. Keyboard and mouse players will be hoping for shotgun buffs in upcoming patches. Due to these factors, many players are currently running a double SMG meta. Another notable mention is the MK7 Assault rifle. This AR is amazing for distance shots and favors Keyboard and mouse players due to the heavy recoil.
We’ll be covering the first season of Chapter 3 in more detail as events unfold. In the meantime, Epic has provided a preliminary guide regarding the map and the weapons as follows:
Due to a particularly cold winter, the first thing you’ll notice about the Island is that the western half’s a wintry biome. Perhaps stop by the suburban Greasy Grove, the industrial Logjam Lumberyard, and other locales.
Like warmer weather? To the east are the tropics, with coastal keys, palm trees, and weathered sights to see. Although The Seven have outposts all throughout the Island, the tropics are home to their home, the “Sanctuary.” This compound is right next to the coast, where you can get a clear view of the colossal rock statue of The Foundation. And speaking of colossal, the towering, web-covered Daily Bugle building is also in the area.
Like even warmer weather? In the south you can find the desert (some of it decorated in snow), but this desert isn’t barren on interesting places. Go off-road racing at Chonker’s Speedway, revel in cozy living at Condo Canyon, and something that will wet even the driest eyes, “come on down” to the returning Butter Barn.
The bolded locations above are just a few of the Island’s many locales. Also, as the snow melts and reveals the grassland underneath, a previously snowed-in secret will be revealed!
A fresh slate of weapons awaits you on the Island. Here’s a rundown of what’s new!
Fortnite Ranger Assault Rifle
Made for distance! The Ranger Assault Rifle is forceful at medium range and quite capable at long range.
Fortnite MK-Seven Assault Rifle
Built from The Seven’s technology, the MK-Seven Assault Rifle is a medium- to long-range weapon with a high rate of fire. This Assault Rifle has a sight you can use while aiming. Align your target with the sight’s red dot!
If you want something even better, confront The Foundation for a special version of the MK-Seven Assault Rifle, sporting a slightly faster fire rate.
Fortnite Striker Pump Shotgun
The Striker Pump Shotgun shoots a whole lot of pellets and boasts high burst damage. Aim… then strike!
Fortnite Auto Shotgun
An automatic ally that lays down some serious firepower. The Auto Shotgun may not deal as much damage as the Striker Pump per shot, but it has a faster fire rate and reloads two shells at a time.
Fortnite Sidearm Pistol
A trusty weapon to have by your side, the Sidearm Pistol is an accurate weapon that deals high damage at medium range and high headshot damage at close range. Don’t underestimate it!
Fortnite Stinger SMG
Appropriately named, the Stinger SMG deals high damage to both opponents and structures. It stings at medium range more than one may expect!
Fortnite Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper
The Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper deals high damage and can shoot three shots per clip. Get a second chance if you don’t land your shot the first time! (And a third… just in case.)