Remember when the most popular video game in the world blew up and collapsed into a single black hole? Don’t fret — it’s coming back. After their internationally-viewed publicity stunt a few weeks ago, Fortnite is hinting at their comeback, and it’s likely to be bigger and better than ever.
Epic Games, the company that owns Fortnite, didn’t plan to announce its return so soon, but the internet had other plans. The official trailer for Fortnite: Chapter 2 leaked on October 14, first appearing on Twitter via user Skintracker, who has since taken down the video.
With their secrets revealed, it seems like Epic Games gave in to the power of the ‘net, officially announcing Fortnite Chapter 2 on the 15th. Here’s what you need to know about the revamped version of the video game with more than 250 million registered accounts.
First, it’s still free. Phew. Parents can rest easy knowing all the new features are available at no extra cost — although a physical gaming system is still pretty pricey.
But the most anticipated change? The brand-new map. After the old map exploded into a black hole, it was pretty clear that the game’s setting was due for a change. The new map includes plenty of space and a lot more greenery, with forests, lakes and mountains expanding into the distance.
Chapter 2 will also bring back a fan favorite feature: a flying school bus that carries players into the battleground. The new gameplay also introduces a few new activities, namely fishing and swimming.
And if you prefer to wait out the conflict in a safe hiding place? Now you can conceal your character in a dumpster or a haystack. If you’re into the game’s assortment of vehicles, you can now add a boat or a pogo stick to your collection. As for new weapons, there’s not much exciting — just a slightly different version of the game’s rocket launcher and semi-automatic pistol.
What does all this mean for parents? Your little Fortnite aficionado is going to be spending a lot more time with a headset and a controller. Get ready.
Fortnite Chapter 2 — Sources