FORTNITE'S hotly anticipated new season is finally here, bringing new characters, changes to the map and more.
We've got all the details on Fortnite Season 2, Chapter 2 as it launches today.
What are Fortnite Seasons and when does Chapter 2 Season 2 start?
Fortnite is run in chapters that are split into seasons, with each season lasting roughly ten weeks.
Every time a new season begins, the game's map changes slightly and new characters, cosmetic items and more are released to players.
You don't have to pay to upgrade to a new season.
Fortnite Season 2, Chapter 2 officially began on February 20, 2020.
How much will the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Battle Pass cost?
Players can purchase a Battle Pass to unlock unique challenges and awards for their characters.
The full set of additional rewards for Chapter 2, Season 2 costs 950 V-Bucks – Fortnite's in-game currency.
You can cover that with the smallest available bundle of V-Bucks, which bags you 1,000 for £7.99 / $9.99.
If you want 25 Tiers of the Battle Pass included, you can always splash out a little more for the Battle Bundle.
That costs 2,800 V-Bucks, which you can buy for £19.99 / $24.99 with the conveniently packaged 2,500 (+300 free) V-Buck bundle.
What is Fortnite, anyway?
FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.
In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.
Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.
It's bright, it's cartoony and it's fiendishly compelling.
Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.
Fortnite has also made its developer billions.
In Europe it's rated 12+, meaning it's suitable for those aged 12 and up.
The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.
Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game's huge audience.
These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.
These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 – what's changed?
Players are still figuring out precisely what Epic has changed about the game.
Here are some of the highlights we've spotted so far:
- Players choose between two agencies, Ghost and Shadow
- Each agency can tackle time-limited missions and challenges that unlock certain cosmetics
- Finish the Challenge Table missions and other in-game requirements to get 1,500 VBucks back
- Keycards are appearing on the map that can be used to access secret, loot-filled areas
- Damage trap, bolt-action sniper rifle, SMG, and some rocket launchers have been unvaulted
- You can disguise yourself in phone booths
And here are some new points of interest on the map:
- A giant luxury yacht
- An oil rig
- A fortified volcano hideout
- An island mansion
- An agency headquarters
In other news, Fortnite fans were left shocked last month after Epic Games suddenly banned communicating with opponents.
Fortnite is giving away 25,000 free V-bucks for the best original dance move posted to TikTok.
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Are you excited for the Fortnite update? Let us know in the comments!
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