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Fortnite’s v8.20 patch is bringing some major changes to the game, just in time for World Cup qualifying.
A new Poison Dart Trap is coming to the game, and it harms both enemies and allies alike. There are also new items to forage, including tropical bananas — which, like apples, replenish a bit of health — coconuts, which act like a mini-Slurp Juice, and peppers, which give you a brief boost of speed along with some extra health.
Epic Games has also added a new game mode in the patch called Floor is Lava. One of the most requested game modes in Fortnite history, the mode will have the map slowly fill with molten rock until it covers the everything. Near the end of a round, player builds will be the only thing left to stand on.
This patch also adds Arena mode, the first game mode that players will need to compete in to reach the World Cup qualifiers. Arena mode is a ranked mode, with skill based matchmaking, where players will have to score points in their games to advance from division to division. Once players have reached the highest division, Champion League, they’ll unlock the ability to play in the World Cup qualifier tournaments when they go live in April.
With the addition of this new mode, which is only available for solo and duo players, Fortnite’s standard mode is also changing a bit. Regular battle royale is moving away from the competitive settings that Epic recently introduced, which gave effective health and materials for eliminations. Those rules will still be around for Arena and Pop-up Cups, but they won’t be in regular matches anymore.
For a full look at all the changes coming to Fortnite in this patch you can check out the change list below.