Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is live: Everything you need to know

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is officially here. Now known by its proper name of Top Secret, that means we have a brand new battle pass to grind through, new cosmetics to covet, and myriad map updates to explore, and inevitably get killed near.

The previous season, the first of Fortnite Chapter 2 changed everything. We got a new map, new systems, new items to play with, and nary a Baller vehicle in sight. The game even got switched off for 48 whole hours.

After what was far and way the longest season in the game’s storied history, battle royale players have been desperate for a delicious sprinkling of updates to spice up their pursuit for further Victory Royales. So, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2.

Oh, and while we didn’t get them all right, there’s still time for our Fortnite 2020 predictions to come true, too.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has started

Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2 releases on February 20. That’s today, in other words. So what are you waiting for? The battle bus is ready to set off and unleash you into the refreshed battle royale map.

There aren’t loads of Fortnite Season 2 map changes

So what refreshed map can we expect to dive into? While we could never expect the scale of revamp we enjoyed with the first phase of Chapter 1, the map doesn’t look drastically different. There are a smattering of new landmarks and points of interest, however.

One of them is Apres Ski, which is a banging party barn south-west of Misty Meadows. It’s also tied to your first major challenge, so be sure to check it out. Then there’s Oil Rig—which some leakers already predicted—off the coast Slurpy Swamp. That’s the spot where we’ll be dealing with some ‘Henchmen’ as part of future challenges. On top of that there’s a yacht and an underground, shark-infested cave,

Check out the official Fortnite Season 2 trailer

This season’s trailer sets up the secret agent theme. James Bond-esque tunes ring out as the Epic’s nightmarish characters do various secret agent-y things. Could there be a No Time To Die crossover when the latest Bond flick arrives in April? I wouldn’t rule it out.

Welcome to the Fortnite Season 2 battle pass

The gameplay trailer above shows off some of the unlockable Fortnite Season 2 skins in action. Among them is the much-rumoured King Midas, along with unnervingly buff cat, Meowscles.

While the structure of the battle pass remains similar—you’ll still be grinding through the levels with the help of challenges and Victory Royales to earn you to the loot you want—the in-game menu has enjoyed an upgrade. Now you can access your challenges in the central table surrounded by the new characters, kit your new heroes out, and access a secret vent that may eventually see us unlocking the Merc with the Mouth himself: Deadpool.

The battle price price remains unchanged: it’s 950 V-Bucks, and you can get a bundle of 1000 for around $10/£8.

Everything else you need to know about Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2

Battle royale players are still scouring the world of Fortnite for all the new features in the game—it was almost a 10GB update, after all—but here are some other points worth highlighting:

  • Despite the leaks suggesting that helicopters were flying in, they haven’t appeared in-game at time of writing.
  • Players choose between two agencies—Ghost and Shadow—with whom they will tackle time-limited missions and challenges that’ll eventually lock in certain cosmetics.
  • Keycards are cropping up that seem to unlock loot-filled secret areas across the map.
  • Damage trap, bolt-action sniper rifle, SMG, and some rocket launchers have been unvaulted.
  • You can disguise yourself in phone booths.

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