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Fortnite season 6 brings crafting, Lara Croft and a bit of Russo Brothers magic

Time to get primal.

The new season started Tuesday.
Epic Games

Fortnite season 6 launched Tuesday and made big changes to the popular battle royale game. This season's theme is Primal, and it adds new interesting elements such as crafting and wildlife. It also stars one of the most recognizable video game characters, Tomb Raider's Lara Croft. 

Reality on the island has changed once again in season 6. Fitting with the Primal theme, players can train wildlife on the island such as boars and wolves to help them win a match, or players can hunt animals to use their bones to upgrade weapons and meat for health. There will also be more special skins for those who purchase a Battle Pass this season, including Tomb Raider's Lara Croft, Raven from the Teen Titans and Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar. 

Here's everything to know about Fortnite season 6.

When does season 6 start?

The new season started March 16. Players who jump on the game after the update will automatically start the Zero Crisis Finale. This short event shows Agent John Jones, a member of the Imagined Order organization, try to stop the Zero Point from destroying reality. He does so by calling on The Foundation, a being who's the leader of a group called The Seven, who have made appearances in previous seasons of the game. 

Players help Agent Jones in staving off the destruction of reality by sealing off the Zero Point. The island changed once again, however, and players will learn more about how reality changes in the season. 

The Russo Brothers, directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, worked with Epic on the Zero Crisis Finale, Variety reported Wednesday. 

"The Zero Crisis Finale is a defining moment for what's coming next in the evolving experience of the island and Chapter 2 in the game," Donald Mustard, Epic's chief creative officer, told Variety. "When we were laying out the story for Season 5 and Season 6 we wanted to tell it in a really authentic and character-driven way, and we knew there was no one better to help us do that then the Russos."

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What's the theme for season 6? 

Primal is the new theme on the island, bringing wild animals into the mix. Players can choose to tame boars and wolves to help them gather materials or hunt them for supplies. Expect some new wildlife as the season goes along. 

Crafting is also new this season. Weapons can now be upgraded with the right materials and improve certain stats on the weapons. 

There are also the standard changes that come with a new season of Fortnite, including changes to the map along with more weapons and items. 

What happened in season 5? 

Last season was one of the longest, running 15 weeks. Over the course of those weeks, Agent Jones traveled to different realities to recruit hunters with the goal of stopping anyone from escaping the Loop through the Zero Point. Each week a new hunter was revealed from pop culture universes such as Halo, Star Wars, Street Fighter, Aliens, G.I. Joe, DC Comics and Marvel. 

Fortnite is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Switch and Android. It's still unavailable for iOS and Mac devices because of a legal battle between Apple and Epic Games.

Correction, March 18: An earlier version of this story misstated the Russo Brothers' involvement with the cinematic. They helped in its creation.