After “Fortnite” mysteriously collapsed into a black hole and shut down for the day, the game is back online and offering a brand-new map. “Fortnite: Chapter 2” went live on Tuesday morning, and the game remains as a free download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Epic Games released an official launch trailer for the new content on the company’s social media channels, telling players, “Drop in to a New World. Fortnite Chapter 2 is here.”
The new map isn’t just a simple cosmetic change, the all-new island features 13 locations and a lot of new experiences. You can hit the water and enjoy swimming, fishing, motorboats, and other aqueous activities as you hunt down opposing players in the new terrain. While playing with others, you can heal your squad with the Bandage Bazooka, carry your fallen teammates to safety, and celebrate with new group emotes like high fives. Hiding is a big part of the new update as well, and players can sneak into Haystacks and Dumpsters to get the drop on their opponents. Keep an eye out for gas tanks and explosive barrels throughout the map, and just give them a few shots to watch the fireworks. The new weapon arsenal can be upgraded using resources at the Upgrade Bench, and there is a brand-new XP and Medal system implemented into the game to help shave some time off the grind.
October and November is a big time for updates, events, and surprises in the gaming community. The free-to-play games like “Fortnite” and “PUBG” have to keep things fresh to stop other games from stealing their player base. “Fortnite: Chapter 2” launched after “Destiny 2” went free-to-start on STEAM, and Epic Games is hoping to lure players back to its Battle Royale mode now that players have had time to grind out some exotics. “Overwatch” is kicking off the company’s Halloween event this month, and other games will offer new events and specialties to keep players excited.
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