Epic Games announced the Fall Skirmish series for competitive Fortnite Thursday, featuring revamped formats and a $4 million prize pool. Group 1 play will begin Friday at 12 p.m. ET, followed at 4 p.m. ET by Group 2 play.

The first major departure for the upcoming ​Fortnite series comes with the addition of five Clubs, groups of 500 community creators and competitors competing both individually and as parts of the larger Club for all six weeks of the Fall Skirmish.

There will be five Clubs in total: the Fort Knights, the Lucky Llamas, the Dusty Dogs, the Rift Raiders and the Bush Bandits. Each will sport its own distinct color palette and banner.

Clubs will be awarded points for each weekly trial and high skill event based on its members' performances. Those members will be able to earn individual awards for event, and clubs will be awarded the $4 million in prizes at the conclusion of the Fall Skirmish based on their point totals.

To earn a place in a Club, hopefuls can submit a video showing their dedication to the Club of their choice on their social channel. Epic Games will select members from among those submissions. The full breakdown of Clubs and their members will be available on the Fall Skirmish website.

The Fall Skirmish will also feature new formatting. Week 1's Skirmish will be Hold the Throne Duos. Teams of two will earn points by claiming Victory Royales and eliminations. The duo team with the most points at the end of six matches will win the week, while the top 10 teams at the end of the week will be awarded prizes.

The Week 1 Trial will be Squad Goals, in which players from the same Club will form a squad of four players to play matches on the default squad playlist. The squad with the most eliminations in a single match from each squad will earn prizes and Club points.

In the following weeks, the Skirmishes will run solos in Week 2, duos in Week 3, squads in Week 4, solos in Week 5 and a special TwitchCon event in Week 6. The Trials events after Week 1 have yet to be determined.

Epic wrapped up its Summer Skirmish at the end of August, ​awarding a total of $8 million.

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