15 October 2019 21:55
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. Any update released for Fortnite is typically accompanied by a set of patch notes from developer Epic Games. And yet, despite releasing what's arguably the biggest update ever for Fortnite: Battle Royale--hence the game now being dubbed Fortnite: Chapter 2--there have been no patch notes whatsoever. Instead, Epic has released a comically short "what's new" blog post on its website, which seems deliberately brief. It simply states, "Added: Chapter 2.
Take your #FirstDrop and discover everything new." What's new in Chapter 2 is a whole lot. The most significant addition is precisely what leaks and datamines have suggested for some time now: Fortnite finally has a new map. But with it come boats, the ability to go fishing and swim in rivers, a system for upgrading weapons, a new means for leveling up the Battle Pass, and a whole lot else that we're going to have to continue finding out for ourselves due to the lack of patch notes. The last few days have marked a notable shift from Epic, which usually communicates a great deal. The End event on Sunday, which saw a black hole effectively delete the game and render it unplayable for more than a day, was not detailed or explained by Epic. And now, it's seemingly made the choice not to release patch notes. Whether this is a short-term strategy or not remains to be seen. One Redditor suggested it's Epic treating this as a new game launch--you don't necessarily have patch notes when first releasing a game. Whatever the case, it's yet another way in which Fortnite: Chapter 2 feels different from what we've become accustomed to over the last two years.