Fortnite new map changes and additions for Season 8 explained

What's new on the Season 8 map?

Fortnite's map has, like always, been updated with a selection of new locations, landmarks and little changes with the release of Season 8 and the new Season 8 Battle Pass skins.

During Season 8, portals to an alternative dimension known as The Sideways have appeared throughout the Fortnite map. This includes new landmarks where you'll find a number of mysterious cubes and two anomalies which will change locations every match.

Just like in past Chapter 2 seasons, you need to visit all of these locations in person to reveal them on the map. Yet, if you want to know how the land now lies before you start a match, this map page will be quite useful.

On this page:

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 Story Trailer

Fortnite new map image and changes at a glance

Fortnite's Season 8 map has seen its first update, with the geography of the middle of the map changing and, in doing so, becoming a landmark called The Convergence.

Here is the current Fortnite Season 8 map:

Fortnite_Updated_Season_8_Map

When visiting The Convergence, you'll find a settlement constructed out of purple cubes with the yellow, queen, cube sitting in the middle; the Cube Queen floats above this landmark and you might even be able to hear her laugh.

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The cubes and their queen.

You'll also notice the orange marks across the map, which mark the path the yellow cube took when it awoke the other cubes in the Season 8's opening weeks.

Here's the how the Fortnite map looked at the beginning of Season 8:

Fortnite_Season_8_Map

There are, however, a number of new landmarks for you to discover; these new locations are linked to the alternative dimension, called The Sideways, which the island is slowly being connected to through the power of the cubes.

The new landmarks includes Smashed Stronghold, east of Pleasant Park, and Wasted Woods on the western outskirts of Weeping Woods. In these locations you can find tunnels of purple energy which, if entered, will allow to travel quickly through the area and small cubes you can use to transform into a ghostly form.

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Wasted Woods and Smashed Stronghold.

Season 8 also brings two new effects to the Fortnite map which will rotate every match. The first is the Sideways Anomaly, which, like the UFOs last season, will appear at a landmark location every match.

When entered the Sideways Anomaly will transport you to The Sideways where gravity is lower and you can't construct any buildings. These anomalies are also home to a number of fiends, which are hostile NPCs, so keep your guard upon!

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Wasted Woods and Smashed Stronghold.

The second are small pockets of The Sideways where you'll have to defeat waves of fiends for rewards. You can die inside these smaller anomalies, so make sure you're fully prepared before entering!

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As mentioned above, the locations for both of these anomalies will change every match, but, luckily, you can find them on the Fortnite map in-match.

Fortnite_Season_8_Map_1

Recent new quests include Touch a Cube, Spirit Vessel Caretaker's footprints, Command Signal, scroll locations, mini-pufts, seismographs, Ghostbusters signs and deploying a ghost trap for the Containment Specialist. Elsewhere in Season 8, you can start using Sideways weapons, partake in Sideways encounters, and find colour bottles for Tonna Fish.


Fortnite new map comparisons

Take a look at the maps below to see how the Fortnite island has developed throughout Chapter 2. Starting with the previous season's map:

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The map for Fortnite Chapter 7.

Here's how it looked at the start of Season 6:

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Season 6's map.

For some comparisons, here's how it looked at the start of Season 5:

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Season 5's map.

Here's how the map looks before and after you've uncovered the new locations at the beginning of the Season 4:

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Season 4's map.

And the start of Season 3, which saw the map flooded:

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Season 3's map.

The new Season 8 locations will no doubt all feature in Challenges as part of the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass over time - so best get used to them and their new inhabitants!

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