Date
19 November 2019
Attendees walk past signage for Epic Games’ Fortnite video game during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 12. Photo: Bloomberg
Attendees walk past signage for Epic Games’ Fortnite video game during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 12. Photo: Bloomberg

Fortnite returns with Chapter 2, creating huge buzz

Epic Games launched a “Chapter 2” reboot of its battle royale smash hit “Fortnite” on Tuesday, drawing the eyeballs of millions of gamers globally, Reuters reports.

Fortnite, which as of earlier this year had 250 million registered players here has been down since Sunday, giving users no option other than staring at a black screen after a season-ending in-game event where its original island was sucked into a black hole.

The new version of the game features 13 new locations, water gameplay where characters can swim, fish and ride motorboats as well as new places to hide and a host of new avatars and guns.

The changes, hashtagged #FirstDrop, were received well by gamers, with ‘Fortnite is back’ trending on US Twitter with 13 thousand tweets, Reuters noted.

Nearly 80,000 tuned in to watch the new game being played live by gamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney on video game live-streaming platform Twitch, less than two hours after its launch.

Fortnite and its early rival, Tencent-backed “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG), popularized an arena-style battle royale survival concept where 100 gamers are dropped onto an island to fight each other to the death.

The games are free to download and play but users pay for upgrades, like the “skins” displayed on characters.

Fortnite raked in US$2.4 billion in revenue in 2018, more than any other single title, according to Nielsen data.

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