by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 26th November, 2019
Fortnite Chapter 2 launched and with it, the game received a plethora of new stuff. We've got a new map, drivable boats, a bazooka that can heal, reworked Battle Pass leveling, in-game bots, and much more.
Season 10 of Fortnite ended in a spectacular fashion. The map, along with the whole game, got sucked into a black hole and what followed was one of the boldest and original moments in gaming.
The game, its servers, even its social media pages were enshrouded in darkness for a day and a half. If you entered the game there were no menus, no splash screen, nothing aside from the image of the now-famous black hole, just existing among the blackness of space.
And then the game got patched and soon after a new chapter in Fortnite history started. We've got a brand new map, all those exotic weapons disappeared, the game came back with lots of new gameplay elements, and there were also many changes under the hood.
If you want to learn about every single change and addition in Fortnite Chapter 2 look no further. We prepared an exhaustive list that contains everything new in Fortnite Chapter 2. Read on!
Fortnite Chapter 2 is meant to be a brand new experience and that means introducing a new map, among other things. The new map is noticeably larger than the previous one and it contains way more wilderness. In other words, the new map isn't as tightly packed with locations of interest as the old one was; this one features plenty of open space dotted with grass, forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, farmlands, and sunny beaches.
Rivers divide the new map into lots of subsections and they all originate from the lake in the center of it. From it, most of them run to the sea with one mending into the large lake located in the southern part of the map.
Fortnite Chapter 2 map features some old landmarks such as Salty Springs or Retail Row but most of the landmarks are brand new. Since Epic decided to keep a couple of classic landmarks, we suspect they will play a role in the story that will unroll during Chapter 2. Who knows, maybe we'll see more classic locations returning in the future.
The thing is, once you arrive at the new map you are greeted with a grey veil. The minimap is colored grey with question marks instead of location names. Luckily, the game encourages exploration since it contains a set of challenges that task you to visit all the locations marked with question marks.
You should discover the whole Fortnite Chapter 2 map over the course of a couple of matches. What you'll find is a beautifully designed map that will definitely see a plethora of changes throughout future seasons. We can't wait to see what Epic has prepared for the future!
Epic did announce the game will receive bots in some future update and with the start of Chapter 2 they were introduced to the game. If you're a newcomer to Fortnite expect your first few matches to be exclusively populated by bots.
After you gain some experience the number of bots will gradually decrease and each new game will feature less and less of them. Fortnite also received a new matchmaking system that should pair players with peers of similar skill along with some bots, making games easier and less frustrating.
As you get better in the game so do bots, with them being harder and harder to kill (but easier than real players) in each new game you play. They are present in each playlist sans competitive and will populate games even if you're an experienced Fortnite player, but in a lesser amount compared with games player by newbies.
We like this since being a new player in old Fortnite meant getting wrecked by everyone until you git gud or until you simply gave up from playing the game (which often was the case with new players). Now, new players can get some kills, feel the game and its gameplay without being killed a minute and a half after landing on the map.
Another new gameplay update is the introduction of upgrade benches. You can find them all around the map. They allow you to upgrade weapons you're carrying. Upgrades are simple and straightforward.
You can upgrade each weapon by one level at a time and subsequent upgrades cost more and more resources. For instance, upgrading a green (uncommon) weapon to a blue one (rare) costs 150 of each resource. These upgrades last you a whole match, there's no timer or something else that limits the upgrade.
This is another positive change since it decreases RNG and allows players to get better weapons on a constant basis. Even if you don't have luck and get only green weapons you can upgrade them for a relatively low price. Another nice addition to Chapter 2.
Here are prices for each upgrade in case you need them:
The new map is carved with rivers and each river runs from the middle of the map towards the sea. And rivers aren't here just for decoration. First of all, now you can swim.
And don't worry, you won't be a sitting duck while swimming because you can shoot while in the water! The sea surrounding the map is fenced with invisible walls meaning you cannot swim forever; eventually, you will hit a wall. And if swimming isn't your thing Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced drivable boats that are an awesome addition to the game.
You can find them on every shore and they are amazing vehicles. Fast, easy to handle, and pretty tough. Boats are a great way to travel across the map and since the map is filled with rivers, most of them connecting outer parts of the map with the center, you can go pretty much anywhere in a boat. This gives the game a new, dynamic way to traverse the map and we think that's great.
Battle Stars are no more, they are replaced with a classic XP system that is less grindy, at least according to Epic. Missions now reward experience points and you get experience points for doing almost anything.
Loot a chest and get some XP; survive for a bit a get some XP; get some ammo and also get some XP; chop down a tree or level down a house and get some XP. Oh, and Chapter 2 started with Season 1, not Season 11. That means a completely new story and a brand new selection of cosmetic items.
The new XP system feels like an improvement. Reaching new Battle Pass levels is noticeably faster and what's also great, the game now keeps a record of your progress with a neat bar placed at the bottom of the screen like in RPG games or titles like Destiny 2.
Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced medals. They come in packs of 10, part of a medal punchcard that refreshes each day. Medals are awarded for performing various actions such as landing headshots, surviving the storm cloud, looting chests, fishing, and much more.
Each medal has three levels - bronze, silver, and gold - and you upgrade levels by repeating actions assigned to each medal.
Each upgrade comes with bonus XP and as you unlock new medals, you'll get more and more experience points. For instance, unlocking the first few medals awards 500 XP while the last medal on the daily punchcard awards 4,000 bonus XP, which is a considerable sum that really helps to level up the Battle Pass.
Once you unlock every medal you stop receiving bonus XP (although you still receive XP for leveling up medals you already unlocked) and have to wait for the next day for the punchcard to reset.
Fortnite on PC finally has achievements! There are 43 of them in total and they are awarded for all kinds of actions. You can get one for harvesting 999 stone, or for landing on the island for the first time.
Use a medkit while at 1 health and you'll get another one. Get killed first and you get another. This gives the game another layer of exploration but this time you explore which actions will give you achievements and it's definitely fun. We will publish a full list of Fortnite achievements soon so you will be able to find out how to earn each one.
The game's aquatic theme also brought fishing. And fishes in Fortnite aren't just for laughs and for earning XP or achievements. They are great at healing, really great.
Consuming a fish immediately heals 25 or 50 health, depending on the fish. This makes fishes quite powerful healing items in the game at the moment. Some types of fish grant additional boosts, such as refiling your shield.
In order to fish you have to find and equip the fishing rod. They can be found in chests, barrels (look for barrels near water), or you can find them just lying around on the ground.
Next, cast the rod by hitting the primary fire key. You can spot fishing spots pretty easily, just look for patches of white water with fished swimming beneath. After you cast the rod just wait and hit the fire button after you see a splash and your rod goes underwater.
All you have to do after that is hit the fire button again and you will catch a fish or maybe a weapon. Maybe even both!
Another new way to heal is to fire the Bandage Bazooka at your teammates. You can even heal yourself by firing at your feet, making Bandage Bazooka an extremely useful weapon even when playing solo. Just remember that the weapon takes two inventory slots.
And finally, players can refill their shields by bathing in slurp juice-like waters of Slurpy Swamp. Slurpy Swamp can be found in the southeast part of the map. All you have to do is simply enter slurpy waters and wait until your shield is fully refilled.
This is an awesome addition, especially for players who mostly play in squads. You can now carry downed teammates, which is much better than risking by going to them or waiting for them to crawl at an extremely slow pace towards you in order to revive them. Now, just hit the action button and carry them to the first safe place and revive them without the constant danger of being killed yourself.
What's better, you can even carry downed enemies! This is a great way to deny the enemy team from reviving their teammate. And if you're feeling especially sadistic you can carry a downed enemy around before you kill them, or simply drop them from a cliff.
Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced other, smaller changes that still have an impact on the game. Now you don't have to return to the lobby after a match. Simply opt to queue from the spectating screen, noticeably reducing downtime between matches.
Dumpsters and haystack can now be used as hiding spots. Just jump into one to escape from an enemy, or lurk inside one waiting for unassuming players to jump onto.
The pickaxe doesn't have to be equipped in order to be used. Instead, it can be used by pressing F on the PC.
New blue chests are scattered across the map. Look for those because blue chests always contain powerful weapons. If you see one in the wild open it and you will always get an epic or legendary weapon.
There are now exploding tanks and barrels all across the map. They are quite destructive and shooting one near an enemy won't outright kill them but will take lots of their health with one hit. Just be careful when using your pickaxe because hitting one right next to you will kill you. You have been warned.
Last but not least, Fortnite Chapter 2 removed much of the weapons introduced during the last two years. The new chapter started with a clean slate of weapons without any exotic pieces such as batarangs or flint-knock pistols. Here's the complete list of Fortnite Chapter 2 weapons along with stats for each weapon.
Before we dive into weapon stats, here's the list of other items found in the game:
Stats are shown for each rarity level. Common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary, respectively. Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
Tactical Shotgun (only common, uncommon, and rare)