Fortnite Chapter 2 Has Launched And Is Now Playable
Fortnite as we knew it is gone. It was sucked into a black hole, never to be seen again. Now Fortnite Chapter 2 is here, releasing with a new map, new features and support for the same gaming platforms as the original. These platforms include PC (Windows and macOS), Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android. For two years now, Fortnite’s ever-changing battle royale island has been a place where millions of people gather to play. Over that time it’s grown and become increasingly dense, layered with its own kind of history. Now, that map is completely gone: developer Epic has rebooted Fortnite with an all-new Chapter 2, which introduces a brand-new location to explore.
Posted on Reddit and already taken down on Twitter, the trailer showcases several new additions and changes to everyone’s favorite multiplayer shooter, and it looks like Epic is bringing a whole new level of fun to the situation. Among the crazier things showcased in the trailer is a train of players on pogo sticks, jet boats with machine guns attached, and even players carrying each other across battlefields to get to safety.
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The new island looks wilder and more untamed than its predecessor, with plenty of forests, mountains, and lakes to explore, but much fewer city or urban locales. It’s different, but the abundance of green will likely remind long-time players of the early days of Fortnite. This will likely change as the battle royale island continues to evolve through updates and new seasons, however. And the familiar flying battle bus is still there to carry you into battle.
Chapter 2 notably introduces new gameplay features, including fishing, swimming, and new vehicles to utilize like boats and… pogo sticks. There are also new multiplayer emotes that let you co-ordinate dances with friends. New weapons include a common variant of the rocket launcher, and a brand-new semi-automatic pistol, and you’re also able to better hide now, ducking in haystacks or dumpsters.
Several new activities are showcased in the trailer too, including a plethora of new water activities like diving off a waterfall, fishing in a pond, driving boats, or just swimming to your heart’s content. Carrying those friends of yours that just can’t quite cut it in battle might be one of the more satisfying ways of keeping the crew together, from the look of things.
Several new skins are showcased in the trailer (above), as well as a bevy of new ways to level up. The aforementioned fishing is one of those new ways, and there are over 100 rewards to collect and unlock from the get-go.
It’s a sign that Epic is ready to seriously one-up itself in the race for the most popular multiplayer shooter this Holiday season. Fortnite might be free to play and available on nearly every gaming platform in existence, but its Battle Passes are a huge cash-cow for the seasoned developer.
Fortnite Chapter 2 has launched with the same PC system requirements as Fortnite, suggesting that no major graphical changes have come to the game’s PC version.
|OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit||OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit|
|CPU: Core i3 2.4 Ghz||CPU: Core i5 2.8 Ghz|
|Memory: 4GB RAM||Memory: 8GB RAM|
|GPU: Intel HD 4000||GPU: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon
HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU