What a time to be a Fortnite player. The immensely popular battle royale game has made quite the storm this week, after plunging the Fortnite island on all of its servers into a massive black hole and leaving players without warning, assurance, or confirmation of what’s to come next. Apparently, it was the end.
It wasn’t the end, of course – Fortnite is a huge money spinner for Epic, and what enabled the developer to build its Epic Games Store. We expected a new Season at some point after the events of the current Season 10, after all – but Fortnite Chapter Two is a lot bigger than the usual update, with a visual overhaul and even a brand new map to explore.
Here’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter Two – pieced together from 48 hours of leaks, speculation, staring into the abyss, and our first time playing the updated game.
UPDATE: Fortnite Chapter Two is now live and available to play! You can also view the first cinematic trailer for Fortnite Chapter Two below.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is one of the biggest video games of all time – and that’s not hyperbole. Since its launch in 2017, millions of players have tuned in to the free-to-play battle royale game, which sees 100 players duke it out to be the last one standing.
All battle royale games take place on the same map – known as v buck generator ‘the island’ – though Epic Games tends to tweak its exact features and geography for each new Season, or for timed events and alternative game modes.
With a fun, cartoon style, blend of shooting and building mechanics, and accessible gameplay – with a fiercely competitive goal for each 1 v 100 game – it’s not hard to see why Fortnite has been so popular and permeated pop culture so broadly, with hordes of young’uns, teenagers, and adults all chipping in to give the game a try. Yes, even Drake plays it.
There’s a campaign mode called Save The World, though it’s not usually what people refer to when they talk about Fortnite.
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What is Fortnite Chapter Two?
Fortnite is has had a reboot of sorts. Players were given a rude awakening to this on Sunday 13 October, when a massive black hole destroyed the island map and shut down all of the battle royale servers. If it wasn’t clear, this was intentional.
It comes at the end of a long-winded sci-fi plot that will likely only make sense to players who have been with the game for a significant amount of time – but what’s important is that the game is gone, and will be coming back at some point. Fortnite Chapter Two has replaced the expected Season 11 update players had been waiting for, marking more of a refresh than an iterative update.
This marks Chapter 2 – Season 1 for the battle royale game, meaning there’ll still be regular updates and seasons diversifying the content of the map and the kind of skins and items available.
It’s a bit disappointing that Epic hasn’t communicated more with its players, though – from what we’ve seen on Twitter, many have been staying up all night for the past two days waiting for the black hole on the Fortnite website to change. It’s all well and good for the game’s hype, but couldn’t you let your gamers sleep, Epic?
The game is now available to download, though you’ll need to download the game afresh. In the meantime you can watch a group of streamers testing out the game’s new island map and Battle Pass on DrLupo’s Twitch channel.
When will Fortnite Chapter Two start?
You can download and play Fortnite Chapter Two now! The download file appears to be 5.27GB for mobile, 13GB for consoles, and 14.9GB for PC.
The update is now available to download on PC – 14.9GB. #FortniteChapter2October 15, 2019
Fortnite Chapter Two: new map, gameplay and BOATS
A whole new world – to swim in?
We expected a new map after the previous island was destroyed by that pesky black hole – and we were right. There’s a brand new island to play around in with 13 different areas, which seem to feature a lot more mountains and water features (rivers, lakes, beaches) along with brand new swim and dive mechanics. You can even eat fish to refill your HP, for some reason.
Boats boats boats
There’s also now motorboats for zooming and shooting around in, giving a number of new ways to navigate the island. Sections of the island also remind us a bit of the Savage map in PUBG – which also had boat-based warfare a while before Fortnite thought of it.
There’s a streamlined arsenal of weaponry this time around, no doubt to keep things simple at the outset of Season 1. Mainstays like the Pickaxe and Assault Rifle remain, however.
Fortnite Chapter 2 also comes with a visual upgrade, with cleaner and more vivid graphics throughout, with Fortnite streamer DrLupo saying that “The graphics genuinely makes it look like a brand new game”.
Level cap is gone
Other new additions include the removal of the level cap, meaning those of you at Level 100 can continue earning XP and transcending to the Fortnite master you always knew you could be. We’re not currently sure what the new cap is, but 200 seems the most obvious choice (?).