Fortnite update 19.0 is about to be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Android.
The new Fortnite update launches alongside a period of server downtime, which is rumoured to end at 3pm GMT on December 5.
The update ushers in the beginning of a new Chapter, as well as a brand new season.
Needless to say, the headline new feature is the introduction of a brand new map for Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1.
Epic Games is currently unveiling the map as part of its FortniteFlipped social media campaign.
“Flip your world and a new one will be revealed,” Epic tweets.
“Use #FortniteFlipped, flip your social profile and posts, and work together to reveal the new Island.”
You can see the current status of the map below. Express Online will continue to update this article as the story develops.
Judging by the image, the map will feature a large area covered in snow. This is ideal for the upcoming Winter Wonderland event.
It also looks like Epic will re-introduce a desert area, which can be seen in the south-east of the image.
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t look like the map will be flooded and split into smaller islands.
If the recent leaks are anything to go by, update 19.0 will add some interesting new gameplay features.
Based on clues discovered by hardcore Fortnite fans, Epic Games could add throwing axes to Battle Royale.
The twist, however, is that the throwing axes can be caught by opposing players, making it a somewhat risky weapon to use.
As previously reported, Epic Games appears to be working on a reworked version of the FlintKnock Pistol, complete with improved stats and new functions.
If a recent piece of Epic Games artwork is anything to go by, players will be able to use weapons while sliding. This new movement mechanic lets players slide on their knees while firing guns. You can see the sliding teaser artwork below.
Other new gameplay features include rideable animals, which can be tamed using the new Saddle item.
As for Chapter 3 skins, a video teaser by Donald Mustard features a new design for Agent Jones (above-left), who appears to be wearing prison gear. Could this be a Battle Pass skin?
Fans believe Spider-Man will be included as a Battle Pass reward, while Neo from The Matrix and Boba Fett from Star Wars are both tipped to appear in the Item Shop.
Needless to say, Chapter 3, Season 1 will launch with a new Battle Pass, complete with over 100 rewards. That’s on top of a redesigned HUD and menu screens, as well as a whole host of in-game challenges.
Express Online will post a full list of update 19.0 patch notes when the download is available.