Fortnite’s pristine Chapter 2 world has finally lost its layer of shrink-wrapping. Between a fresh dusting of snowy Christmas locations and the crash landing of Fortnite’s Star Wars event, the battle royale map now has Epic’s busy fingerprints all over it once more, some signs of wear and tear.
Amongst Fortnite’s festive decorations and newly snow-capped zones you’ll now find an ice hotel, a Christmas lodge, and a ski resort with a disco which pumps out obnoxious music. The aftermath of the game’s live Star Wars marketing bonanza, meanwhile, has left crashed TIE Fighters dotted around the map, shot down by a Geoff Keighley-introed Millennium Falcon. Their wreckage has been kept burning, designed to act like a signal flare for players to go investigate.
Don’t get me wrong – Fortnite’s old map had needed replacing. It ended up cluttered, especially over the game’s time-bending, location-warping Season X which deliberately drove the game to a breaking point. The coffee cup rings left over from two years of apocalyptic live events and smaller, daily changes had finally become too plentiful to ignore. It felt like time to strip everything back for a fresh coat of varnish. And with that, Chapter 2 gained room to fit in some of its best new additions – large expanses of water, a better sense of scale, and Lazy Lake.