The Fortnite version 4.3 update isn’t even two weeks old and Epic Games already doled out big changes with a new 4.4 update.
On Monday morning at 4 a.m. Eastern, Fortnite went down for its typical maintenance, but Epic Games snuck in a whole update that celebrates the FIFA World Cup with a pretty significant map change.
According to the official patch notes, the update adds a new version of both the Sniper Shootout and 50v50 limited time modes and a new scoped rifle, but the most noteworthy part of the update is that a “new soccer stadium has been added to the northern area of the map.”
The soccer stadium is east and a little bit south of Junk Junction in the northwest quadrant of the map. The area includes a grand entranceway on the north side with a giant lion statue, and there are a few vendors for patrons like an ice cream truck. And there are plenty of interior corridors to find loot as well.
At first glance, the soccer stadium might seem like a weird, random addition, but when you realize that the FIFA World Cup runs from June 14 to July 15, it starts to make a little bit more sense. According to leaks presented on Twitter from @TwoEpicBuddies, there are also a bunch of soccer skins coming to the game, and players might have the ability to customize their skins based on country. There’ll also be some soccer-themed emotes like “Soccer Juggling” and “Red Card.”
There’s a camera in the new stadium as well that should be viable if you still need to complete the “dance in front of different cameras” Challenge, so keep that in mind if you do pay a visit to the area.
All in all, this seems like a welcome change considering how seldom players tend to go towards anything northwest of Tilted Towers. It’s about time Epic Games made this area of the map more attractive to players. Now all they need to do is add soccer balls.