Fortnite’s “The End” event is over and Chapter 2 is here!
By Rafay Faheem 16 Oct, 19
Fortnite was down for a massive 36 hours while players were greeted with the blackhole screen whenever they logged into the game but now that the downtime is over, the game has returned as Fortnite Chapter 2. The brand new revamp brings with it an all-new map and significant changes to how the game is going to be played in the future. The end of the first chapter of Fortnite (with the blackhole signifying it) was after the 10th season ended, and the two-year storyline that Epic Games had so glamorously executed in the game also came to an end.
The remarkable "End" was watched live by over 5.5 million people across the world, on Youtube and Twitch. It had gained so much traction that, at one point, it broke Twitch! Many Twitch streams were crashing after viewers flooded to watch the event with their favorite streamers live. People who weren't joining in on the live stream were actually logging into the game themselves to witness the event themselves (and this number was quite possibly in the millions as well). After the event was over and the black hole was there for everyone to see, the game's Twitter page deleted all of their tweets and even changed their display picture to the black hole!
This isn't the first time Fortnite has taken over the internet with its crazy mega-insane in-game events. Marshmello had a live, virtual concert in Fortnite for everybody across the world to experience. Boasting over 250 million registered users, Fortnite takes the cake for being one of the biggest and the most popular video games of its time. Considering that they're gearing for a whole 10 more seasons (according to rumors) to come, it is a safe bet that Fortnite's popularity is not going to fade away anytime soon.
What it brings to the table
Fortnite Chapter 2 now has a brand new map with new point-of-interests to be explored by players. Their direction for the game being "remastered" was the inspiration behind this change. The visual fidelity of the game has also been improved, although at the cost of optimization as there have reportedly been a number of complaints regarding framerate drops by players. The loot pool has changed and now the base weapons are available in all rarities (as was seen in the first-ever season of Fortnite) and Epic Games said that they will adjust and rotate in the future to keep things fresh and balanced. With the inclusion of brand new items such as fishing rods and bandaid bazookas, the game sure does feel like brand new all over again! The Battle Pass is also back with 100 new tiers which include cosmetics and the like, and it is retailing for its regular price of 950 v-bucks (approximately 9.50$).
It is unclear as of yet where the devs are going to take the game (content-wise and regarding their esports plans for the game) in terms of direction, but as of now, the new changes are here to stay until we get word on any weekly updates that might shuffle anything out. Be sure to check back here for more news about Fortnite!