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Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 7 Patch Notes Explained

Fortnite players have quite a few things to look forward to with the points listed in Chapter 2: Season 7's patch notes.
Fortnite players have quite a few things to look forward to with the points listed in Chapter 2: Season 7's patch notes. / Epic Games

Fortnite players have quite a few things to look forward to with the points listed in Chapter 2: Season 7's patch notes.

A "mysterious alien army" has arrived and launched an invasion of Fortnite Island. It's up to the players and members of the Imagined Order (IO)—under the leadership of Doctor Slone—to defend the place they call home. The fate of the island rests in the actions of its inhabitants, whether they're ready to fight, flee, or "just want to keep fishing."

Here's are the most important takeaways from the Season 7 patch notes.

Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 7 Patch Notes

Of course, the most notable change is the alien invasion that has spread throughout Fortnite Island. Players can encounter roaming flying saucers and starships abducting all manner of items on the overland—including their allies and themselves.

Additionally, new characters have come to the island's aid, including the invincible hero, Superman, and well-known scientist Rick Sanchez. Whether they've come as friends or foes, however, has yet to be seen.

New Map

A new island layout has arrived as part of this season. Players can explore Boney Burbs and the surrounding terrain of Weeping Woods and Holly Hedges without crossing over into "Primal" orange grasslands.

Sweaty Sands is now known as Believer Beach in the northwestern part of the island while Colossal Crops has become Corny Complex. An unusual pool of water has appeared in the center of the map where the Spire and Zero Point once stood.

Brand New Weapons

There are four new powerful weapons players will be able to get their hands on to use against the alien invaders: Rail Gun Rifle, Pulse Rifle, Recon Scanner Launcher, and Kymera Ray Gun.

The Rail Gun Rifle is a sniper rifle that was created by the IO. It's powerful enough to shoot through several surfaces, however, its targets will have ample time to avoid its sights thanks to the highly visible targeting laser. It does work particularly well against UFOs—in traditional IO fashion.

The new Pulse Rifle was also made by IO and is allegedly known for its "reliability." It is the same make of weapon carried by Doctor Slone, herself—though hers has had a few individual modifications. Players might be able to "borrow" it from her if they can best her in the field.

Another IO creation, the Recon Scanner Launcher, is a scouting weapon meant to launch a "Recon Bolt" that marks all hostiles within a certain radius. The weapon has a limited number of shots that recharge over time.

Last, but not least, the Kymera Ray Gun—the only one of the four to be alien-made as opposed to IO-made. It fires a continuous beam of energy to damage opponents, but is completely ineffective against structures.

These will replace Season 6's Makeshift Weapons going forward.

Upgraded Visuals

Epic Games released an upgrade to its PC visuals in Fortnite, including better special effects such as storm clouds, water, and flickering flames. Players may find it necessary to upgrade their rig in order to take full advantage of the new graphics. Fortunately, the publisher has listed a full set of requirements on its website.

More information about Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 7 can be found on Epic Games' official game website.