The new map areas previously teased for Fortnite Battle Royale are finally dropping next week, but with them comes the end of the game’s winter event.
In a new developer update video, lead systems designer Eric Williamson discusses the changes to the Battle Royale map that are coming in next week’s update. A new city is being added to the arena, containing some of the tallest developer-made structures in the game, in addition to several new named areas showing up on the west side of the map. Different biomes around the map will also feel more defined after the update. “The swamps will feel swampier, the mountains will feel more mountain-y,” as Williamson explains it.
Williamson also discusses the conclusion of the game’s winter event. Since the winter event started, large Christmas trees could be found around the map, with several loot chests to be discovered underneath them. The trees and chests are being removed when the event ends next week. This is partly due to the simple fact that the event is over, but it is also to keep loot distribution balanced, as many new chests are being added to the map in the upcoming named areas.
The next Fortnite Battle Royale update can be expected to drop for all platforms between January 16th and 17th, although exact timing has not yet been announced. The previous Battle Royale update introduced the game’s new Cozy Campfire placeable item, along with a significant nerf to the Boogie Bomb.