The battle between the Imagined Order (IO) and The Seven is underway.
Teasers ahead of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 came at a premium. Epic Games kept their cards close to their chest in the days leading into this new season. While fans generally knew what to expect, precise details and leaks remained the bare minimum.
Following a 3 AM ET downtime, information regarding Chapter 3 Season 2 arrived in droves via social media. Dubbed The Resistance, Fortnite’s latest seasonal storyline revolves around an in-game battle between Zero Point protectors “The Seven” and antagonist group “Imagined Order.”
Today, ESTNN brings you everything you need to know about the newest season of Fortnite Battle Royale. There’s a lot to digest, so let’s get right into the details.
No Building to Start the Season
Recent rumors in the scene pointed towards Epic’s development of a “No Build” mode. This game type would eliminate Fortnite’s fundamental building mechanic from the equation. The developers have taken this concept and bumped it to another level. We learned following the downtime that players will not be able to build for the first seven days of Chapter 3 Season 2, in core game modes (Solo, Duo, Trio and Squad).
While concern might befall some players, it appears this is an opportunity for Epic Games to promote an entirely new game mode. No Build could remain in Fortnite as a separate playlist for seasons to come. We’ll have to wait for more information regarding these plans.
New Mechanic: Sprinting
The long-rumored “tactical sprint” is now officially a Fortnite mechanic. Sprinting aligns with the no-building concept, where movement will be much more critical than before. Players can initiate a sprint and reference a separate meter to determine when they’ll run out.
New Mechanic: Mantling
Parkour is now in Fortnite. Removing Fortnite’s building mechanic forced Epic to create new innovative movement options. Now, players can sprint and utilize the “Mantle” mechanic. The video above showcases mantling—jumping from one building to another and hoisting yourself up the ledge.
New Mechanic: Overshield
Epic has introduced a new Overshield into Fortnite in coordination with the no building. Described as a player’s first line of defense, opponents can deal damage to your Overshield before affecting your Shield and Health. It’s unclear whether this will remain once the no-building period concludes.
New Weapon/Item Changes
- Combat SMG
- Striker Burst Rifle (includes a scope)
- Cow Catcher Vehicle Mod (new battering ram vehicle mode, combinable with Chonkers)
- IO Titan Tanks (usable by two players, includes cannon and gun turret, treads can be destroyed, can be repaired using Repair Torch)
- IO Blimps (accessible from the ground via Ziplines, includes loot)
- Siege Cannons (launches players and grants glider redeploy, fires projectiles)
- Repair Torch (repairs broken vehicles)
- Re-Skinned Supply Drop
- Shockwave Grenade
- Remote Explosives (Adjusted - increased damage against vehicles)
- Drum Shotgun (Adjusted - fires slower, slightly increased damage, tighter spread, better falloff)
- Revolver (Adjusted - fires faster, reduced damage, higher accuracy)
- Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Adjusted - semi-auto, fires faster, reduced damage, increased recoil)
- Thermal Scoped Revolver (Exotic)
- Storm Scout Sniper (Exotic)
- Thermal Fish
- Spider-Man’s Web Shooter
- Heavy Shotgun
- Machine Pistol
- Flare Gun
- Sticky Grenade
The Return of Funding Stations
Chapter 3 Season 2 marks the return of Funding Stations. Those who played Chapter 2 Season 8, should remember this concept, where players can vote for an item to return by using gold bars. Leaks during the downtime indicate that we will see several more this season.
It begins with the Armored Battle Bus—a vehicle that includes turrets, Chonkers and the Cow Catcher mod.
Here is a list of rumored funding efforts per ralisdumb on Twitter:
- Combat AR vs Red-Dot AR
- Bubble Shield vs. Balloons
- Boogie Bomb vs. Rift-To-Go
- Armored Battle Bus (now available to fund in-game)
- Seven's Turrets vs. Seven's Anti-Vehicle Turrets
Other Notable Items:
- Epic has improved first-shot accuracy
- Crowned Victory Royales are back, and progress has been reset.
- Remote Explosives and Shockwave Grenades are not included in competitive playlists.
- Item unvault voting will not take place in competitive playlists.
- Storm Surge damage intervals have been increased from five seconds to ten seconds.
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 will run for 75 days until June 3.
That covers all of the major updates regarding Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. Be sure to check back here throughout the day in case anything changes! Until then, jump into the season and give it a try!