Fortnite Chapter 2 is live on all platforms. Take a look at some of the best changes Epic made to the game.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is here! The long Fortnite Blackout is finally over, and we can all enjoy our favorite game once more.

Epic has yet to release the Fortnite Chapter 2 patch notes of this writing, and there’s likely a reason for it. They want players to jump in and form their own opinions instead of reading the patch notes and determining whether or not they like new mechanics before ever trying them.

Right now, Fortnite is essentially a new game. Epic wants us to treat it that way. We wouldn’t go running to the patch notes on a new title, so we shouldn’t do that with Fortnite Chapter 2? The full list of patch notes will probably be available later today.

Let’s take a look at some of the changes that we do know about after playing a handful of games on the new map.

Upgrade weapon rarity

The ability to upgrade your item rarity using materials might be the best change Epic made to Fortnite with Chapter 2. You can now use your materials to upgrade weapons at specific crafting locations.

This new mechanic significantly reduced the RNG in the game. Now, you can make that gray weapon a gold one if you have enough materials. You don’t have to solely rely on drops and enemies to get your ideal loadout.

Fishing helps to reduce RNG a bit as well. This is an inherently-RNG activity, but the more opportunities you have to get a powerful weapon, the better.

Picking up downed teammates – and enemies

The ability to pick up downed teammates is going to be invaluable in all Fortnite modes – especially in competitive. You don’t have to hold a wall as your teammate tries to crawl to safety anymore – you can just carry them there.

This mechanic is an example of Epic giving us something we never knew we wanted. The same goes for picking up enemies, which is an awesome new way to troll and have a laugh in Fortnite.

Shotguns and Traps from chests

One of the biggest complaints of the Fortnite community was that shotguns didn’t drop from chests. Shotguns are the most essential items in Fortnite. You can do almost anything with a shotgun and an AR, but had to rely on floor loot to find a shotgun.

Now, though, you can find a shotgun while opening a chest. There also appear to be chests with improved loot that give you a trap when you open it. I haven’t encountered one of these yet, but the trailer confirms we will be able to get traps from certain chests as well.

No OP vehicles

Fortnite Chapter 2 went back to the basics. There are fewer healing items and far less mobility in the game – just as things were back in the day.

The best change, though, was that the new boat isn’t nearly as overpowered as some of the recent mobility additions to Fortnite. Epic has added the BRUTE, the Baller, and the X-4 Stormwing in the seasons leading up to Chapter 2. The boat isn’t even in the same league as these additions.

Yes, the boat has a rocket launcher, but it seems like a way for the driver to protect the boat rather than a new meta.

Confirm Edit on release

The ability to confirm edit on release is another positive element of Fortnite Chapter 2. This has been something that the controller community has been asking for, and it’s finally here.

The system – as it is right now – is a tad slow. Anyone who has a Scuf or Elite controller is going to be able to edit faster when they change their controller binds. Still, this is a step in the right direction – especially if it’s optimized – and shows that Epic is listening to the community. 

What’s your favorite part of Fortnite Chapter 2? Let us know in the comments.

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Jimmy is a passionate gamer and lover/hater of all things Fortnite. Good comms on Twitter @JimmyDangus.