Fortnite’s new season brings Greek gods to the battle royale

A screenshot from Fortnite Chapter 5: Season 2.
Image: Epic Games

Fortnite is going even more old school for its next season. Epic just launched Chapter 5: Season 2 of the battle royale game, dubbed “Myths & Mortals,” and it’s all about Greek mythology. That means playing as Greek gods, fighting across Mount Olympus, and wielding Zeus’ thunderbolt. The launch was preceded by a clever in-game event involving Pandora’s box.

First up, the new locations. A number of mythological locales have been added to the map, including Mount Olympus and the underworld, which, naturally, is guarded by Cerberus. To go along with this are a number of power-ups and items to collect, including the Wings of Icarus so you can fly, Zeus’ bolts which let you “rise into the air and hurl lightning bolts at your target,” and a weapon called the Chains of Hades that’s coming later on.

A new season also means a new battle pass, and those who purchase this season’s will be able to unlock a whole bunch of Greek gods, including Aphrodite, Medusa, and an adorable Slurp Juice version of Poseidon. Later in the season, Korra, from Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff The Legend of Korra, will be unlockable as well. Here’s the full lineup:

The new cast of characters in the Fortnite season Myths & Mortals.
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Myths & Mortals follows a major shift for Fortnite with the launch of Chapter 5. While the battle royale mode is still going strong, the new chapter also turned Fortnite into more of a platform for other games as well; it launched with Lego Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival.

Since then, Epic has been very busy. In February, Disney invested $1.5 billion in the Fortnite developer as part of a plan to build an “expansive and open games and entertainment universe.” More recently, Epic has continued its tussle with Apple over changes to the App Store.