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2019-10-15 15:13:51

Brett Molina USA TODAY

Published 8:44 AM EDT Oct 15, 2019

After a virtual black hole left the popular online game unplayable on Sunday, Fortnite is finally back.

Epic Games confirmed the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2 on Tuesday, introducing fans of the game to a fresh map as well as several new features aimed at encouraging teamwork.

The video game studio unveiled a trailer Tuesday morning highlighting some of the key changes coming to Fortnite, which has become a pop culture phenomenon since launching more than two years ago.

Along with a new island boasting 13 new locations, Chapter 2 introduces squad support options such as the ability to carry a fallen teammate to safety, and a bandage bazooka to heal friends.

The game is making better use of water in Chapter 2, allowing players to swim, fish, or zoom around in motorboats. 

Players will also see a more focused selection of weapons with the ability to upgrade them at in-game workbenches.

Epic Games caused a stir among fans Sunday following an event wrapping up Season 10, called The End, during which the full game was sucked into a virtual black hole and left unplayable.

Video of the event showed projectiles falling from the sky, followed by the black hole vacuuming up everything within the game before going dark. The Fortnite Twitter account showed only a single tweet with a live stream of the black hole while the game was down.

More: 'Fortnite' disappeared into a black hole, and fans are freaking out

As expected, fans are very excited to have their game back.

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