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Fortnite Season 8 is now available, and it includes pirates, cannons and volcano lava

Fortnite, the worlds most popular game right now with some 200 million players, has just announced that its much anticipated Season 8 is available.
For those of you who dont play Fortnite, the title takes on an episodic approach with new features, tools and maps released every few months. That keeps things fresh, gamers engaged and the money flowing since each new season offers a Battle Pass which costs around $10 and unlocks a load of goodies, including skins and emote dance moves.
Season 8 is pretty much what the leaks this week suggested. The theme is pirates with new skins that include a gigantic banana suit, pirates and snakes, and pirate cannon is a new weapon thats been added. Cannons can dish out 100 damage when theres a direct hit, or administer 50 damage of those in the impact area it can also be used to fire players to new locations.
The map is also a major Fortnite focus, and Season 8 has added lava to the existing volcano. Stepping on lava gives layers 1 damage point per touch while there are volcanic vents that can be used to send a player or vehicle into the air using a gust of hot air.
On the gaming playing side, the major addition is Party Assist mode which lets players bring their friends into Fortnites daily or weekly challenges. Those challenges are important to players since they unlock treasures, including skins, and, in fact, those who played Season 7 could earn a free Battle Pass for Season 8 by completing the right challenges. That might have saved a few million parents $10.

Those are the main additions, though game-maker Epic Games has chucked in a few little touches including extending the somewhat comical infinite dab feature from 11 hours to 12, meaning that your character will keep dancing a little longer when left in the lobby.
I cant help but think Season 7 was a greater leap since the addition of planes and ziplines really changed how players get around but well have to see how the gaming public reacts. This time around, a lot of the focus is on skins and emotes, rather than features.
A recent report suggested Fortnites revenue had dipped in January, but that was pretty unfair because its the month that followed a surge in spending around the December Battle Pass and also, more generally, a surge around the Christmas holidays.
Sources told us recently Epic Games banked $3 billion in profit across its entire business in 2018, thanks in particular to Fortnite, and it needs to keep its season releases compelling if that streak is to continue. Theres a lot riding on Season 8.
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