After an announcement and subsequent delay (opens in new tab) last December, Fortnite (opens in new tab)'s long-awaited Driftboards have finally arrived as part of update v7.40. As Epic announced in a new blog post (opens in new tab), Driftboards are now available in Save the World, normal Battle Royale games, and the new limited-time "Driftin'" Battle Royale mode.
In standard modes, Driftboards can be found scattered around Fortnite's map and zones. You can't build while riding one - so no infinite floating ramps, sadly - but you can shoot, use items, and use your boost to pull off tricks and earn style points. You can see that in action in this brief trailer from Epic:
Mobility. Style. Flare. Put your own spin on the game with the new limited time Driftboard! pic.twitter.com/07QJxIHX0uFebruary 19, 2019
The new Driftin' mode, meanwhile, pits two teams of 32 players against one another in a map overflowing with Driftboards. You'll also slowly regenerate health and shields while riding a Driftboard in this mode. As a reminder, both the Driftin' game mode and the Driftboards themselves will only be available for a limited time. Here's hoping they stick around for at least a few weeks, because if that whole Fortnite earthquake (opens in new tab) situation doesn't calm down, we're going to need a quick way to get out of dodge.
Driftin' isn't the only new limited-time mode, either. A new grenade-only mode called Catch was also added in update v7.40, in which all guns have been replaced with throwables ranging from Clingers to Port-a-Forts. The item spawn rates in Catch have also been cranked to 11, so you should never run low on grenades. I suspect most players will dogpile the awesome-looking hoverboards, but I have to admit, Catch does sound fun.
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