Fortnite Chapter 2 update released as story trailer shows new map

Fortnite Chapter 2 update released as story trailer shows new map”

It looks like this is a transition to Fortnite Chapter 2, a major update to the game that includes a brand new map and fresh mechanics like boats. In addition to this Epic has overhauled the XP system, which it says here promises "more fun, less grind" and medals.

Epic Games has launched Fortnite Chapter 2, following their recent event in which the entire map was replaced with a black hole, leaving the game temporarily unplayable.

Almost 170 million tuned in to watch the new game being played live by gamer Turner "Tfue" Tenney on video game live-streaming platform Twitch, less than two hours after its launch.

Fortnite Chapter 2 has begun!

Fortnite Chapter 2 is out now.

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The changes, hashtagged #FirstDrop, were received well by gamers, with "Fortnite is back" trending on Twitter.

As previously rumoured, the launch trailer reveals the star of Fortnite Chapter 2 - a lush new island map, as well as four new characters, which you can view at the top of this page. There are 13 new locations for players to visit, but the map is grayed out until a player actually travels to that area.

Here's what Fortnite's new map looks like.

Epic has made billions from Fortnite, which is free to play but requires steady investments by players in "V-bucks", which can be used to pay for weapons, "skins" and other in-game goods. Earlier this year, the first-ever Fortnite World Cup kicked off in NY. There is also a support element-players can carry a fallen teammate to safety. Players can now hide in dumpsters and certain barrels in order to set up an ambush, but be careful if there's a player around who happens to be collecting materials. Things like base vehicle mechanics, weapons and team play were established in Chapter 1, but they've been augmented by water-based features, upgrade systems and the option to carry squads out of unsafe situations. Not only have there been changes to the weapon system, but there have also been changes to the Battle Pass - Epic's way of monetizing progression. Is the new map as cool as you'd hoped?

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