KEY POINTS

  • The long-awaited arrival of cars in "Fortnite" is happening this week with the "Joy Ride" update
  • As the floodwaters began to recede in Season 3 in June, the anticipation for cars arriving has been high
  • The Coral Castle, complete with chests for players to plunder, has also been revealed recently to coincide with the arrival of the cars

The long wait is over at last for “Fortnite” fans. The cars are all set to roll out this week which will most assuredly change the dynamic of the battle royale shooter.

Developer Epic Games announced on Twitter that the “Joy Ride” update will roll out for “Fortnite” on August 5, with most expecting this patch to introduce the long-absent vehicles.

Hardly any details have been released regarding the Joy Ride update outside of its release date, GameSpot notes. The announcement, however, came with an image of a blue and red car and the word "Whiplash" beside it. "It's not just a name. It's a warning," the tweet reads, effectively confirming that cars will be the focal point of the update.

Since Season 3 kicked off in June, it’s been an open secret that cars were coming to “Fortnite.” Back when the epic flood sent most of the map underwater in Chapter 2 of Season 3 the game forced its players to change and adapt. With the water gradually receding to the point that cars can finally be introduced, it would seem another adaptation is looming.

Epic Games had previously said that more areas and features would begin appearing as the waters began to give way to land although they stayed vague regarding when the cars would finally appear. As recently as July 23, Epic had noted that the vehicles still wouldn’t be ready for a few weeks.

To be fair, cars aren’t the only new addition to “Fortnite” this week. In the area located north of Sweaty Sands, the game’s version of Atlantis has been revealed. Dubbed “Coral Castle,” the recession of the floodwaters revealed the ornate castle that is replete with chests for players to plunder, said GameSpot.

It’s been three years since “Fortnite Battle Royale” was released and became a cultural phenomenon worldwide. Within two weeks of release, over 10 million players had played the mode, and by June 2018, just after the Nintendo Switch release, had reached 125 million players.

With still a few weeks left in “Fortnite” Season 3, Epic Games will undoubtedly still have plenty of challenges lined up for players as the season draws to a close. Still, anticipation for how Epic Games can possibly top this in Season 4 is building and the addition of the cars is only building that anticipation even more.

In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018, people crowd the display area for the survival game Fortnite at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018, people crowd the display area for the survival game Fortnite at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN