Fortnite Battle Royale

Season 2 of Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to an end and it's fair to say it's been nothing but a success. This week sees the arrival of Season 3 and the new Battle Pass, with more loot and more tiers than ever before.

The new Battle Pass will cost the same as the old one, at least initially, and will only be available as an in-game purchase using V-bucks. Ahead of its arrival, Epic Games has detailed what Season 3 entails and the sweet new "mission specialist" outfit that everyone who buys it will unlock immediately. There are also new categories of loot to unlock, including loading screens, skydiving fx trails and "back blings."

The new Battle Pass has more tiers, 30 more to be precise, so it'll now go up to 100. With more tiers comes more loot to collect, but Epic says you should still be able to max out at level 100 in the same game time as you could hit 70 in season 2. There's also a new bundle you can buy with V-bucks to get a kickstart of 25 levels when you get your Battle Pass.

Daily challenges have been replaced by weekly challenges, with seven new ones hitting every week. The great thing is that these now stack up, so you can complete any and all of them at any point during season 3.

Of course, more tiers means that if you were paying to unlock Battle Pass tiers rather than playing, you'll have to spend more. But it's more fun to do it the proper way, anyway. As ever, all of the items unlocked in the Battle Pass are entirely cosmetic and have no impact on your performance in the game. So folks can continue to enjoy Fortnite Battle Royale for free if they wish.

The Battle Pass news comes alongside the decision from the developers to nerf the pump shotgun and the "double-pump" glitch which allows players to circumnavigate the pumping required between shots by quickly switching to a second shotgun. This will be applied in the 3.0 update.

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