Fortnite's Ice Storm event brings huge changes to the map

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A huge icy orb (opens in new tab) appeared in Fortnite (opens in new tab), at the beginning of last week, hovering above the Polar Peaks, and many guessed it was the part of the live events leading up to Season 8. They were right. 

On Friday afternoon, the ice orb transformed into a large clock and exploded shortly after, allowing the Ice King to cover the entire map with snow, transforming the predominantly green playground of Fortnite into a Winter Wonderland. Well, a Winter Wonderland with ice zombies.

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Not content with transforming the entire map, the Ice King has also been busy spawning a new type of zombie, aptly named 'Ice Fiends.' These icy imbeciles can be found gathered in various locations around the map and defeating them will count towards Ice Storm Challenges which, once completed will reward you with a Winter-themed glider as well as a cosmetic item.

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The ice orb shenanigans are reminiscent of Kevin (opens in new tab), the mysterious cube who spent weeks in the skies of Fortnite, before pulling players into a rift and transforming part of the map. 

A new item called the Sneaky Snowman was apparently teased with an in-game message over the weekend too—so expect that to hit the game soon. 

If you haven't had a chance to jump into Fortnite this weekend, it looks like it's worth checking out due to the map changes alone. While you're at it, why not check out everything we know so far about Season 8 (opens in new tab).

Sarah James
Guides Writer

Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.