Fortnite: Chapter 2 drops - New world, boats, upgraded combat, and more

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 12:37 PM
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And Fortnite: Chapter 2 is a go. It’s been of the most sensational service events we’ve yet seen. On Sunday evening, Fortnite’s world imploded, leaving fans with nothing but a black hole to stare out for days on end. It called to mind the end of the world of Final Fantasy XIV, before Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, only this time you had half a million people on Twitch at all times, staring at a black hole and trying to decipher some sort of meaning.

This morning though, Fortnite Chapter 2 burst into life. It’s about as close as you can get to a Fortnite sequel without actually calling it then, dropping players into an all-new water-focused world with 13 new locations to explore. 

I had a quick drop just to see what it’s all about and it’s definitely Fortnite alright. Epic know a thing or two about hype-inducing intros these days, and cutting from the Fortnite Chapter 2 intro cinematic straight to a solos drop is a nice move. Down on the ground, I’d actually say the visuals may have been downgraded slightly. Everything looks a little flatter but it’s still vibrant and pops in that Fortnite way. Perhaps the new water physics may have caused Epic to make some downgrades elsewhere in order to keep performance high, as Fortnite is a game which it wants playable on as wide a range of systems as humanly possible.

In terms of new bits, there was some sort of new bazooka gun but I couldn’t figure out how to make the explosives… explode, so that was a bit useless to me. There are fishing rods everywhere though, and I used to fish out some guns and ammo from a random river. I also found a speedboat with a rocket launcher on top, although it’s ludicrously hard to land any hits during a watery shoot-out. 

Elsewhere, Epic has promised a streamline weapons arsenal which takes combat back to basics, a less grind-y Season 1 Battle Pass, and Hideouts and Explosives. Hideouts are like haystacks and dumpsters and you can creep in, Ezio style, while gas tanks and explosive barrels can be blown up for blast damage. There are also these strange news vans or something dotted about but I needed to keycard to use them so no idea what’s going on there. 

And, I somehow won my first drop which seems remarkably unlikely when I’d forgotten how to even build but I’ll take it. The shadow drop at the start is really quite fantastic though, and there’s a certain buzz that comes from exploring an entirely new map for once. Anyway, be right back, I'm going to sit on my throne made of 100% pure hubris. I was probably playing against bots but no one can take this moment away from me.

Fortnite: Chapter 2 is free out and it’s out now on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, iOS, and Android.

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14:00 Oct-15-2019

They killed the UT for this sh..t. They earned hundreds and hundreds of millions and did not spend a couple of millions for UT. They left aside their first born and first great franchise like it's nothing. Argggggh! I'm to old for this sh..t and I hate Epic Games.

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15:29 Oct-15-2019

Unfortunately, the fact they earn 300 million a month from it, is the reason why the dropped probably one of the most iconic FPS games. It is a shame that someone couldnt of Injected the ideas and thoughts from Fortnite into the UT franchise ? Imagine a UT Battle Royal .. :)

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16:38 Oct-15-2019

They've ended up with the most iconic third-person shooter in history so I'd imagine UT is going to be dead for a good long while. The UT reboot was pretty dull though tbh, Fortnite's a lot more interesting so. you're right, they should inject some of that creativity into UT

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13:23 Oct-15-2019

Well if we disregard the fact that this game is made by Epic, and the crunch reports, Fortnite is probably the best GAAS today, and it's free on top of that. Apart from Warframe I can't think of any other game that kinds does GAAS right.

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13:44 Oct-15-2019

The best sure, but more to be desired.
And the game is not bad like everybody says. I have 0 interest in battle royale, but if they made something open world with objectives and other things to do(that is not zombies), then sure. Gameplay is basic but ok, and building is cool.

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14:32 Oct-15-2019

I have no issues with Fortnite. I've played it, couldn't find myself trapped in it but I understand how some others did. I find Apex Legends currently the best out of all for me. While lacking in updates it's really fun with a good team.

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13:10 Oct-15-2019

no wonder servers were down for around 24 hours and epic games not saying a word, what a surprise

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20:40 Oct-15-2019

Ya kidding me, right?

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