"Season 8 has arrived and a monstrous volcano has appeared! 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," Epic Games explains.
As always, there are some fun and unique twists that come with the new content. Using the pirate cannon, for example, gamers can push it into position and fire it at enemies and structures, or climb into the barrel and be the cannonball. The Ringling Bros. would be proud. Whether using actual cannonballs or player projectiles, either one will "plow through a number of objects before stopping with a bang."
Lava is new to this season, and will deal 1 damage per touch. It will also cause players to bounce off the surface. Related to that, volcano vents will boost players and vehicles into the sky.
The latest update also introduces a couple of limited time modes. One is 50v50, in which teams of fifty players fight to the finish, and the other is Close Encounters, which as it sounds consists of close quarters combat (with shotguns and jetpacks).