The new ‘rifts’ in Fortnite Battle Royale are one of the headline additions to the game as part of Season 5, and provide an absolutely insane new way to get an advantage on opponents.
Little was told about the rifts in the official patch notes, other than they would take ‘courage’ and would result in a ‘wild ride’ – and Epic Games were not lying.
Similar to jump pads, the rifts are placed in numerous locations around the updated Season 5 map, and are activated by simply getting close enough with your character.
Once in radius, the rift sucks your character in and magically transports you high into the sky, giving you another opportunity to skydive back down and get the scope on the area.
From early uses, it looks like the rifts will only launch you in the sky above the area it is located, and the elevation isn’t as high as if you were jumping out the bus again.
This means you are limited to a section of the map in which you can land and ambush, but it could prove very useful if you are in a tough spot and need to make a quick escape and reposition.
Courtesy of FaZe Clan player “cloak”, here is one of the very first attempts at using the new rifts, and cloak is suitably shocked by what happened.
It is not yet known if the rifts appear in the same locations each game, a rotation of spots, or if they are completely random.
They should prove to be very useful, allowing players to reset their position if in a tough spot, but could also be frustrating when used against you, so make sure to be on the lookout.
It also turns out that using the rift in combination with the new ATK vehicle actually works – and results in some ridiculous air-time.
— Justin Chandler (@KOSDFF) July 12, 2018