Fortnite Season 9 is upon us and if you want to hit the ground running you're probably gonna wanna know where all of the sky platforms are (a new feature for Season 9). It also won't hurt to know what the week 1 challenges are either so you can get a head start on completing those bad boys. As always, they're divided up into Free and Battle Pass (paid) challenges, which are broken down below.
The Sky Platforms of Fortnite Season 9
Seven floating platforms are scattered across the island that players can access after being dropped from the Airbus. Expect a ton of other players to head towards these platforms (as they'll be looking to complete the challenge). A few things to know about these Sky Platforms: the only weapons players will have access to are their pickaxes, but there are chests on the floating platforms, so keep that in mind.
Epic Games provided a handy-dandy map to all of the Sky Platform locations. They're circled in red and you can find them in Pleasant Park, Shifty Shafts, Lazy Lagoon, Dusty Divot, between Fatal Fields and Salty Springs, on the outskirts of Paradise Palms, and right near the Pressure Plant.
Week 1 Battle Pass challenges
Battle Pass Individual Skin Challenges
There are also several new challenges accessible to Battle Pass players that give them individual challenges for each skin. So if you're the completionist type, there's more than enough to keep you occupied.
And completing these challenges unlocks new features for each skin.
Of course there are free challenges for players to take advantage of as well.
Fortnite Season 9 Week 1 Battle Star
Just like Season 8's Discovery Challenges, Fortnite Season 9 will give Battle Pass players specific Utopia Challenges that can only be unlocked once all the previous Battle Pass Challenges for the week are completed.
This Battle Star won't appear until all of the Week's challenges are completed. It's only when users unlock the special loading screen that they get a slight hint as to the location of the Battle Star.
Once you find and pick it up, simply follow the map below to pick up your Battle Star, which will boost your Battle Pass up a tier. Learn more about unlocking this particular Battle Star by hitting up Gamespot.com.
Fortnite Season 9 Fortbyte locations
New to Season 9 are "Fortbytes," of which there are 100. Players can unlock these after completing certain challenges, which make these little chips appear on specific parts of the map. As of now, there are only 18 Fortbytes available, and Forbes has a pretty good guide on where to access them all that you can see here.
By adding more and more Fortbytes every few days or so, Epic's ensuring die-hard players constantly log back into their accounts to get their hands on the precious chips.
A "mystery" will be unlocked for all players who collect the 100 Fortbytes, but no one knows what that mystery is yet. I'm sure it won't take long for an industrious gamer for find out exactly what it is.
John Wick's House
It's no secret that the folks at Epic are huge fans of Keanu Reeves' unstoppable hitman John Wick. Back when Season 3 was released, fans noticed a striking resemblance to the Reaper skin and Wick's now-iconic assassin.
Players and fans of the John Wick series will notice that a new addition to Paradise Palms, a very luxurious looking home, is a dead-ringer for the home belonging to Keanu's character in the movie. For comparison, here's the new house in the game, followed by the house that's used in the movies, on Google Maps.
There's also a purported John Wick mode in the game, called "Wick's Bounty." Epic has added different modes in the game before. Players will remember the Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mode and the Fornite Endgame mode that was released in accordance with Avengers: Endgame.
There hasn't been any word as to when Wick's Bounty will become available to players, but I'd reckon it'll happen about a week before John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum hits theaters on May 17th. Nothing like a little cross-promotion to get gamers and movie-goers juices flowing.