Aschapter 2 season 1 continues, developer Epic Games on Wednesday added another update to the game to change how the new upgrade stations work.
Update v11.40 includes the option called sidegrading. Upgrade stations found on the island will now offer a better weapon in exchange for a certain number of materials. For example, players with an assault rifle can visit a station to get the more powerful heavy assault rifle, which makes its return in the update. Sidegrading is only available in non-competitive playlists.
Fortnite pro Tyler “Ninja” Blevins also had his own news for the game Wednesday. In a livestream on Mixer, he revealed his own skin in the game. The surprise, however, was spoiled a few minutes earlier by multiple Fortnite data miners.
Ninja is the first Fortnite player to receive a skin based on his appearance in the game. The new outfit, Ninja’s Edge Back Bling, Ninja Style Emote and Dual Katanas Pickaxe will be available for purchase in the Fortnite Item shop Jan. 16-19 as part of Epic’s Icon Series, which will have more collaborations with creators.
Chapter 2 season 1 rundown
For starters, there’s a new map in the game, and it’s bigger than in the previous chapter. There are 13 new locations for players to visit, but the map is grayed out until a player actually travels to that area.
Boats are now found around the island. To reach them, players can now swim in the water. The previous island didn’t have very deep water so players would simply run through lakes and rivers slowly. Swimming lets players make their way through bodies of water at a fairly quick pace, and players can float in the water while shooting certain weapons.
Players can also fish. Not only will this offer a bit of peace of mind, but the fish caught can also provide health and shield bonuses.
Upgrade machines are found in parts of the map, letting players trade in a certain amount of materials to improve their weapons. For example, a player can make a green weapon into a more powerful blue weapon and so on.
There are also new team dynamics in Fortnite chapter 2. Players can now carry teammates who’ve been downed, meaning they’ve had their health reduced to zero and crawl on the ground until they’re revived or eliminated. However, a dying player can also be picked up by another team — some are having fun grabbing up downed opponents and running away with them.
There is also a new Bandage Bazooka letting players heal each other from a distance. Teams can also celebrate together with new team emotes.
Haystacks and dumpsters are now something to keep an eye on. These hideouts are spots for players to get the jump on others, giving a bit of stealth to the game. Those who want a loud approach can find explosive barrels and gas tanks to make some noise and do damage.
The default characters also had an outfit and graphical upgrade.
Fortnite Chapter 2 also has a new Battle Pass and things are made a little easier this time around. During a match, players will earn badges for surviving longer than other players, gathering materials and eliminating other players. A Battle Pass costs 950 V-bucks, or approximately $9.50, but subscribers can earn 1,500 V-bucks throughout the season that could pay for the next season pass.
Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.
Originally published Oct. 15 and updated as new information is revealed.