There’s little doubt now that Fortnite is the biggest success story in gaming over the last few years. Starting off as a side-mode to a co-operative horde experience, Fortnite Battle Royale took the world by storm. Now, it’s big enough that its funded an entire store front, multiple publishing deals and more for creator Epic Games. As time has passed, Fortnite has extended its reach and grown into a multiverse of multimedia collaborations, and now in Chapter 2 Season 7, it’s being invaded.
There’s plenty of new additions to Fornite in Season 7, some of which are visible and obtainable in the world. The Imagined Order is back and at the forefront, with some new tech ready to take on the invaders. They’ve brought the Recon Scanner, which highlights enemies within a certain radius, the Railgun that shoots through structures and also the Pulse Rifle. Having jumped in and spent some time with the game so far, the Recon Scanner was one of my favourite additions to the game, with the ability to highlight my opponents through walls and terrain giving me a tactical advantage.
Why have the IO returned? Because the world of Fortnite has been invaded by aliens of course. While the aliens also bring some of their own weapons to the table (so far this is just the Kymera Ray Gun, with more coming as Season 7 progresses), the most interesting piece of tech they bring is their Flying Saucers. You’ll find Aliens flying around the map in their Saucers, ready to do their best to murder you. Hijack and take control of a Saucer and you’ll have the ability to lift enemies, vehicles and more with tractor beams, as well as annihilating structures with its weapons. I had a good bit of fun lifting up fleeing enemies and their vehicles, flinging them around the place and watching them fall and take damage.
Along with those mechanical changes, Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 also brings some visual improvements for PC players. If you’ve played the game on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S you’ll already be familiar with these updates. The previously console exclusive updates bring more dynamic visuals and physics, meaning things like grass will respond to explosions and effects will be more realistically simulated. They’re not necessarily major changes, but they definitely help enhance the visual experience of the game.
If you’re a Battle Pass subscriber, get ready for a whole bunch of new content to unlock through the course of the season. There’s new emotes, new gliders, new pickaxes and a whole slew of skins to get your hands on. As you progress you’ll unlock Sunny the Rockstar; Guggimon, the fashion horror artist; Joey a double agent who can be switched between Human and Alien using an Emote; Zyg, a ferocious battle droid; and Doctor Slone themself. Get right to the end of the Battle Pass and you’ll unlock the star of Season 7, Rick and Morty’s own Rick Sanchez. We’ve also got word that Superman will be arriving later in the Season for players to unlock.
The real highlight of the Season 7 Battle Pass actually comes in the form of an instantly unlocked character skin – Kymera. Kymera is your own customisable Alien. As you play matches in Season 7 you’ll earn new Alien Artifacts, a currency which can then be spent to buy new pieces for Kymera. This allows you to changes parts of their body and head, creating your own unique Alien character to play as. I had a good bit of fun shifting Kymera’s features around to create my own horrifying Alien to attack people as.
Overall there’s plenty of new additions in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 and even with only a short time jumping in, I’ve already gotten some good enjoyment out of it. If you’re a lapsed or current Fortnite player that was looking for something to spice the experience up, there’s some good new content here that should go a long way to doing that.
Fortnite is available now on mobile, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. For more information, check the official website.