Fortnite Banana Skin (And The Rest Of Season 8's Update) Is Now Live
Finally, Pirates vs. Ninjas.
Epic Games has launched Season 8 of Fortnite, and there's a whole load of new content to enjoy. Importantly, the big new update kicks off a world that sets the stage for everything that happens in Fortnite over the coming months. (But we all know the important development is the addition of a banana skin.)
"A monstrous volcano has appeared," Epic explains on the Fortnite website. "Freed from the Ice King's castle, the now-powerful Prisoner has brought fire and flame to Fortnite and its islands. Pirates, Ninjas, and a ship load of new fighters will tussle over treasure, battle with Pirate Cannons and uncover legendary loot."
That's right, finally, Pirates vs. Ninjas in Fortnite. Of course, the arrival of these new factions along with the appearance of a giant volcano has had a significant impact on the island itself. As a result, there are new locations on the map: Lazy Lagoon and Sunny Steps. On top of that, Volcanic Vents have appeared around the island, and the gusts of air that they fire out can be used to launch yourself and your vehicles into the sky.
Of course, Season 8 also brings with it a new Battle Pass, and you can learn exactly what that means in our Battle Pass explainer. The short of it is that there are 100 new tiers to level up the Battle Pass through, which means a whole bunch of new cosmetics to unlock and challenges to complete alongside them. Plenty for both avid Fortnite fans and newcomers to sink their teeth into. You can see all the rewards in the Battle Pass, but as usual it's the new skins that are the highlight. Among those you can unlock by purchasing the Battle Pass is Peely, a banana person skin that could be seen hiding in one of the recent Season 8 teaser images. As you can see above, it was well worth the wait.
You can see everything that's new, tweaked, and changed in the full Fortnite update 8.0 patch notes. Along with the world event, Epic has introduced a new cannon weapon, which can be used to destroy structures from a distance. Alternatively, a player can hop inside the cannon and fire themselves across the island, which is a very handy way to cover ground and catch an enemy by surprise.
The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.