A new update to Fortnite is on the way, and this one primarily deals with the game’s sole Battle Royale map. Developer Epic Games has previewed some changes launching for Battle Royale next week, and it looks to be a good one for those interested in having new places to explore.
As outlined in the video below by lead systems designer Eric Williamson, the map update introduces a "bunch of new points of interest." The primary highlight is the added city section, but there are also a number of new named areas located around the western part of the map. As Williamson explained, "We felt that [the west] was a little light on points of interest, so we wanted to even out the map and make it feel like there were more locations to drop into."
Williamson said that the different "biomes" have been divided up more clearly, so as to help distinguish them from each other. "The swamp feels swampier, the mountains feel more mountain-y. Really, the different areas of the map feel more unique," he explained. This is in addition to unspecified quality-of-life improvements that are described as a "work-in-progress."
Christmas trees and their associated chests are on their way out with the holiday event coming to an end. The chests are removed in part because, with the newly expanded map, there are a lot of new places to find loot. As a result, Epic wants loot to be "distributed evenly so that there isn’t too much additional rare loot in [a] match."