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Fortnite Chapter 2: Here are the biggest changes

With no patch notes, we’re keeping a running list of changes for the new season

A Fortnite player with an SMG eliminates another player in Chapter 2 season 1 Epic Games via Polygon

Fortnite Chapter 2 season 1 is here and and to help keep things exciting, it seems that Epic has decided to release the patch with no patch notes. But there are a few changes that will be noticeable right off the bat.

The biggest and most obvious change in Chapter 2 is the game’s new map. The new map still has the same style of hills and forests that players are used to, but there are now other natural features like rivers that split up the map. To make navigating these rivers a little easier, Epic has also added a new boat vehicle. There are also several new named locations, and a few returning favorites like Pleasant Park and Salty Springs.

Fortnite’s weapons also got a slight revamp as part of the Chapter 2 changes. Old standbys like the Pump and Tactical Shotguns, Assault Rifles, and Bolt-Action Sniper are still around, but some of the game’s more ridiculous weapons seem to have been vaulted. This takes the game back to basics and makes it feel more like the early seasons of Chapter 1.

To keep track of all the changes in Chapter 2 season 1 we’ve put together a list of all the changes we’ve been able to find so far.

Fortnite Chapter 2 change list (updating throughout the day)

Gameplay Changes

  • The new map has water that you can swim in and drive boats on (but you can’t dive under the water)
  • Several new named locations
  • Some returning spots from the old map
  • You can hide in small spaces like barrels now
  • There’s a new UI it looks very nice
  • You can carry downed players to help them move faster


  • Pump and Tactical Shotguns are still in the game
  • Standard Assault Rifles
  • Burst Rifles, including the new AUG
  • SMGs including P90
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifles
  • Rocket Launchers
  • There’s a new support bazooka that shoots bandages

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