The fruit of an inadvertent leak, it appears Epic Games’ flagship battle royale, Fortnite, is due for a desperately-needed facelift.
Apple Leak Spills the Fortnite Beans
Never before seen art appeared as the listing image for the Fortnite app on the Italian iteration of Apple’s App Store earlier today. It seems to showcase a brand new look for the game, and possibly more revealingly, a titular rebranding as “Fortnite: Chapter 2,” instead of the regular numbered season nomenclature.
Epic appears ready to start a new Fortnite chapter. | Source: Reddit
The image depicts a trio of standard Fortnite models sporting new default clothing and looking out over an expanse of verdant hills and snaking waterways. Look closer, and you can spot boats navigating the snaking rivers and a lighthouse, suggesting Fortnite is on the cusp of an aquatic makeover where players can commandeer naval vessels.
The location doesn’t correlate with any of the existing locales on Fortnite’s ever-changing map. Epic has an excellent track record of environmental storytelling – a cornerstone of maintaining player interest. An overhaul of an existing portion of the map or possibly a new map entirely would work into that narrative.
The new map theory loses a bit of weight if we clock the city to the right of the image, which has an uncanny resemblance to Titled Towers. That said, a data-mined leak last month appeared to reveal no less than 13 new locations, a number far too big for the variety of map rejigs we’ve grown accustomed to.
A Fresh Lick of Paint for a Gaming Giant in Decline
With its Fortnite fortunes waning somewhat as of late, the upcoming “Chapter 2” re-invigoration appears a concerted new strategy from Epic Games.