A new season of Fortnite is on the doorstep, and this one is a little… odd. Developer Epic Games is rolling out Chapter 3: Season 2 of the long-running Battle Royale, and it’s called Resistance; a story trailer (embedded above) features some opposing forces battling it out on the Fortnite island, along with a certain wizard from the Marvel universe.
Ahead of the season’s official announcement, Epic said it’s two weeks off its Fortnite proceeds to support Ukraine-related humanitarian efforts. This lasts from March 20 to April 3.
The season makes some big changes to the game. The most extreme is that, at least for now, the building has been “swept away”, leaving one of the most distinctive aspects of Fortnite play. To balance this, players now have an extra shield – called an “overshield” – for defense. Other changes include a combination of faster sprinting and climbing that allows for parkour-style moves, the addition of zeppelins to explore and tanks to pilot, as well as a handful of new weapons. And if players donate enough gold over the course of the season, they’ll unlock a controllable version of the iconic battle bus, which now looks like something from the Mad Max†
In addition to the game and island changes, the new season’s Battle Pass also adds a handful of unlockable characters for those who purchase it. The most notable is Doctor Strange – returning to theaters in May – and he’s joined by new faces with names like The Imagined and The Origin. For those who follow Fortnite‘s ever-growing knowledge, it looks like this season will be full of important details.
Season 2 follows an eventful start to the latest chapter of the game, which kicked off last December. The previous season introduced devastating weather, faster moves and giant monsters, along with collaborations with everyone from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak to Naomi Osaka. There was even a virtual art gallery for players to explore.