Planes are back in Fortnite: Battle Royale for the first time in season eight, according to the v8.40 patch notes. Don’t worry about people endlessly complaining about their return, though, because Epic brought them back only for a new Limited Time Mode called Air Royale.
This mode is more than the standard Duos battle royale experience with planes. Instead of having the option to pilot an X-4 Storming, players are forced to be on one at all times since touching the ground will eliminate them.
Respawning is enabled in a different way. Each plane has three lives, so when someone destroys the one you’re on, you and your Duo partner respawn on it again as long as you still have lives remaining. The only way players can recover lives is by hijacking another Duo’s plane, which Epic said “will add that plane to your existing number of plane lives and cost the team who lost the plane a life.”
Air Royale will be the first Fortnite mode to feature a storm with a ceiling that gradually lowers during the match, so planes will be forced to fly lower every time the storm starts closing. As with any storm in Fortnite, it’ll cause damage to players who fly in it.
Epic also had to adapt chest and loot spawning in this mode since players can’t touch the ground. Chests fall from the sky instead of being on the ground, and players must fly through them to receive their content (and a short boost for their plane). If the items are poorer quality than the ones players already have, they’ll give players additional ammo, while higher-quality items will automatically replace the lower-quality ones.
Players will be able to check out the Air Royale game mode starting today when the server downtime for the v8.40 is over.