Fortnite’s long-overdue Chapter 2: Season 2 arrives with a brand new physics engine subsequent month

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You might’ve simply referred to as it Season 12. Instead, I’ve to report that – after being pushed again one other two weeks – Fortnite Battle Royale: Chapter 2: Season 2 will lastly launch on February 20th. As they are saying, although, good issues come to those that wait. Those further two weeks of Season 1 will include new Overtime Challenges, an unannounced two-week lengthy restricted occasion, and permit Epic a bit of extra time to convey the game over to their model new physics engine, Chaos. Should be a banger.

It’s usually simple to miss that, apart from operating a behemoth of a battle royale, Epic are actually a tech firm at coronary heart. The crew unveiled Unreal’s new real-time physics and destruction system, Chaos, at GDC final 12 months with a flashy tech demo.

Now, Epic have announced they’re getting ready to maneuver their big-hitter over to the flowery destruction system. It feels like Chaos received’t convey any earthshattering modifications in the meanwhile. Epic say as a lot themselves, stating that “at launch, the goal is to ensure that Fortnite still feels like Fortnite.” If they’re profitable, you shouldn’t even know something’s modified.

Destruction being a key to the game’s constructing/capturing loop, Fortnite kinda depends on a suspension of disbelief that permits for gravity-defying constructions, sky-high ramps, and the information {that a} home received’t topple on you when all 4 partitions are shattered.

Further down the road, although? I’d like to see Epic get braver with breaking issues down. Imagine barricades shattering underneath bullet fireplace, or tactically collapsing intricate participant forts on prime of one another. Yes, they have been torn into oblivion together with the remainder of the previous map, however think about if Tilted Towers actually might topple with a well-placed rocket.

Red Faction: Guerrilla royale. That’s what I’m saying, actually.

Chaos will likely be phased into Fortnite beginning with replace 11.50, due in early February. It must be in place by the point of Season 2’s launch later that month which, in accordance with Epic’s announcement, will function [redacted] and [redacted]. Should be thrilling.

To make up for the delay, Fortnite’s present season – already its longest-running thus far – will likely be prolonged with extra Overtime Challenges and “a new two-week event”. A fortnight Fortnite occasion, if you’ll.

Sorry, not sorry.