In addition to releasing a new update, the city's speech in Fortnite over the last few days was evidently the appearance of a mysterious giant purple cube. This almighty being (all hailstones) is covered with hieroglyphic symbols, shoots purple flashes and moves slowly somewhere, so that the fascination with it is understandable. But a few hours before the cube appeared, there was a significant change in Fortnite's challenges that positively shook the weekly formula. [ Update: After the challenges of the 7th week introduced the new stage-based approach to the chest lenses, Week 8 has fallen back to the old style of breast quests. This is disappointing, but you can still read why it would be wise for Epic to permanently downgrade the newer style.]
New challenges are released about every Thursday, resulting in a flood of Battle Pass owners access a particular location because there is a new challenge there. It can be a bit confused at times, especially if you are trying to fulfill the challenge of just opening chests. That sounds easy, but when 30 or 40 people do the same thing somewhere on the way to Fatal Fields, it turns into an insane beat just to open a single chest before it dies unrecognized. It's repetitive, frustrating and makes you question whether it's worth it for another dance emote or a fancy skin (Spoiler: it's always like this).
However, Epic surprised us last week as the breast-centered challenges change. Now it's a multi-level "treasure hunt" that spreads the challenge across multiple locations. Instead of opening this hectic scamper to open a chest before anyone else can do it, the player base spreads out on the map, depending on which step of the challenge they are at. I managed to open all five chests in five different games with little problem. I did not die right away because someone else shot me in the back after finding a box first; I could actually have a real Fortnite game by opening a chest to put it off the list before heading off to face other challenges or die somewhere else. This is a significant improvement over previous weeks and is in stark contrast to the old formula of landing in the same place and dying time and again, as Tom Cruise Edge of Tomorrow opposed to the old formula, on same place to land and die again and again like Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
. I understand that this is not a groundbreaking change, but it removes much of the monotony of Fortnite's weekly challenges, and also affects the overall composition of games. With the distributed player base, the game flow is much smoother, with a higher chance of finding combat opportunities no matter where you are on the map. It's a hands-on change and gives me hope that Epic will make some changes to Fortnite's weekly challenges.
In Season 5, there were already some interesting activities, from the use of ATKs and trolleys, through fire rings, to the recent time trials that challenged people's build and traversal skills (complete with an old-school 8-bit remix -theme). These challenges offer a welcome change, and every Thursday there is tension in the air, as we wait to see if Epic has something equally offbeat in its sleeve. In essence, we pay for the privilege to participate in these challenges, right? It's good to make fun of her, too.
If you're still working to get the latest generation of Battle Stars, we have a Fortnite Season 5, Week 7 Challenge Guide to help you. For all the previous ones, read our full Season 5 Challenge Round. Epic Games has also introduced a number of changes to the game, having read a complete 5.30-point patch for a breakdown service