fortnite leak chapter 2
With Fortnite’s fortunes waning in recent months, Epic Games looks to turn the tide with a significant rebrand, according to new leak. | Source: Lutsenko_Oleksandr/

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.

Leak Suggests Fortnite Is Getting Facelift It Desperately Needs
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. Massive in-game changes and the first rebranding since launching in 2017 might be precisely the fresh lick of paint Fortnite desperately needs to counter its recent decline.

A 52% drop in year-on-year in-game sales compared to last year and backlash around the developer’s perceived kowtowing to the most common denominator to attract new players have left Fortnite far from the halcyon days of 2018 when the game pierced into the mainstream as a genuine cultural phenomenon.

As for firm answers, we won’t have to wait long. Season 10 culminates this Sunday with a live event dubbed “The End,” which will usher in Season 11 or, going by the leak, Fortnite: Chapter 2 and all that it entails, whatever that may be.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

You May Also Like

This Guy Beat Halo 3 on Legendary Difficulty Using a Guitar Hero Controller

It took a whole month and 252 deaths, but SuperLouis64 was able to beat Halo 3 on Legendary difficulty with a Guitar Hero controller.

3 Critical Flaws That are Killing Twitch

Three critical flaws could spell the end of Twitch’s streaming supremacy. Restrictive contracts, favoritism and toxic chat logs top the list.

Microsoft’s ‘Project Scarlett’ Killer Feature Puts Xbox Ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 5

Project Scarlett and the PlayStation 5 are the two biggest competitors for…

Star Citizen Has Crowd-Funded a Cool $250 Million, but Will It Be Any Good?

Star Citizen has managed to accrue record-breaking amounts via crowdfunding, but does that money lead to a good game in the end?

Broken WWE 2K20 Mess Sees Embarrassed Devs Jumping Ship

WWE 2K20 weathered a disastrous launch due to game-breaking bugs and glitches.…

Super Mario Maker 2 Update Proves We Never Need a 2D Mario Game Again

Super Mario Maker 2 is getting a free update later this week that will include loads of content, but will we ever get a new 2D Mario game?