While no one would have ever thought that Epic Games would literally take down Fortnite, nobody really expected just how big the game’s next update was going to be -- and it is HUGE.
After spending the past two days as a literal black hole, Fortnite: Battle Royale has finally returned.
Mind you, it’s no longer the same game as before. In fact, the title has already changed. Instead of just “Fortnite”, it’s now being referred to as “Fortnite Chapter 2.”
Read on to know more about what has changed:
- A brand new island to play in was introduced for Fortnite Chapter 2. The new map features significantly more water compared to the previous map.
- Players can now swim and fish for items. Motor boats were also introduced as a new vehicle.
- There are also more ways to interact with the environment now. For example, players can now hide in haystacks and barrels. Other new interactions include the ability to carry downed teammates to bring them back to lane.
- While a lot of things were added to Fortnite Chapter 2, a lot of weapons were removed as well. Roughly two dozen weapons were removed from the game to help simplify combat. The more basic selection is said to encourage a more streamlined fighting experience. However, there are upgrade benches scattered all over the map that you can pick up to upgrade your guns for more damage.
- It is much easier to earn rewards via the battle pass system in Fortnite Chapter 2.
Fortnite is a lucrative title for Epic Games. Even though it’s free-to-play, the game earns billions of dollars via in-game micro-transactions. The seasonal battle passes alone are a huge financial draw. They essentially encourage players to purchase a checklist of goals where completing them can earn them exclusive in-game rewards.
At 950 V-bucks, or roughly around USD 9.50, the seasonal battle pass isn’t really that expensive.
The best part is that for avid players, it’s possible to buy only the battle pass once. If you play all of the time, you can earn up to 1,500 V-bucks per season, which is more than enough to buy next season’s battle pass and then some.
With the success of Fortnite: Battle Royale, Epic Games has been forced to not pay as much attention to Fortnite’s “Save the World” game mode which costs USD 40 to buy. However, they recently announced that they were planning to make changes to encourage players to buy the paid game mode.
Either way, the introduction of Fortnite Chapter 2 is the best way to get yourself acquainted (or reacquainted) with what’s arguably the most popular video game today.