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Fortnite is back with Chapter 2 and a brand new map

Following two days offline, Fortnite has returned with a brand new map and a host of other changes.

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Following two days offline, Fortnite has returned with a brand new map and a host of other changes.

Fortnite sprung to life again today following a two-day absence. The new update heralds the start of Chapter 2 and brings some big changes to the game, including a new map.

The map – details of which leaked over the weekend – is a brand new island with 13 distinct locations. Water plays an important part, with fishing, motorboats and swimming among the thrills on offer.

Epic says the game’s combat is going ‘back to basics’ with a streamlined weapon arsenal. One new addition, however, is the Bandage Bazooka, which can heal teammates. Weapons can also be upgraded using resources at the Upgrade Bench.

Among a swathe of other changes are new group emotes, hiding places in haystacks and dumpsters, and explosive barrels and gas tanks. There are no patch notes this time, so it’s up to players to discover all the new map has to offer.

Take a look in the new Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer.

The Chapter 2 Season 1 Battle Pass promises ‘more fun and less grind’ and features a new XP system, plus medals that can be earned in-game. The battle pass is priced at 950 V-Bucks, with up to 1500 V-Bucks available as in-game rewards.

All in all, it’s a top-to-bottom revamp. It will be fascinating to see how players will respond to the changes in the coming days.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is available as a free download on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.


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