Fortnite Season 8 Map Changes: Sunny Steps, Lazy Lagoon, Volcanic Vents, And More


The transition from one season to the next is rarely a smooth one in the world of Fortnite, as developer Epic Games likes to make significant changes that turns everything that veteran players know on its head. Epic does this through large-scale world events that both develop Fortnite’s lore and also rework the island that players spend all their time on.

As Season 7 was coming to a close, players reported earthquakes and, eventually, cracks began forming on the island. Now, it has been revealed that an incredibly powerful figure being held captive by the Ice King has escaped. Alongside this enigmatic figure finding his freedom, a volcano has emerged on the island and ninjas have appeared. If the Ice King’s Ice Fiends and strange fire ninjas wasn’t enough, pirates have also arrived on the island. Each of these factions have their eyes on a treasure, and as the weeks progress, the struggle to acquire said treasure will no doubt get messy.

All of this has changed the Fortnite island in significant ways. When looking at the map, it’s most noticeable in the upper right corner, where the new volcano can be seen, with a pool of lava surround it. That lava isn’t just for show, as touching it will do one point of damage and also bounce the player away. That might not sound like a lot, but when a skirmish gets heated, backing into some lava when your health is low could be the difference between a Victory Royale and coming in second place.

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Around the volcano, two new areas have also appeared. Sunny Steps is to the east and has a distinct Mayan aesthetic, with pyramid structure that look like temples. It’s also nestled in the jungle and surrounded by greenery. With the sun beaming down over it, the area looks quite idyllic, though we anticipate it won’t be long before its home to chaotic skirmishes.

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To the west of the volcano is Lazy Lagoon, which is an area themed after the new pirates that have arrived on the island. A huge pirate ship can be found docked there, and we expect the challenges coming over the next few weeks will have us boarding the ship regularly.

But the changes aren’t just constrained to the island, as the spawn island, where players gather before boarding the Battle Bus has also changed. It now has a little more of jungle theme, while also having some touches to remind players that there’s pirates out there now. You can take a look at the map, as well as the new locations in the images above.

The volcano has also caused volcanic vents to appear around the map. These have an impact on gameplay, as they shoot out air that can be used to aid traversal. If you, or a vehicle you’re in, gets caught up in an air stream coming out of a vent, you’ll be launched into the sky. They work very similar to how the jump pads used to, so function as a replacement.

Epic Games has released the Fortnite update 8.0 patch notes, so you can see everything that’s changed and added for the new season. The new Battle Pass is also available, and we have a comprehensive Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass cosmetics guide, which has images of every unlock available, so you can check it out before purchasing a pass or figure out what you want to focus on getting.

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