Friday ‘Nite: Fortnite Chapter 4 Rumors Seem Legit

Friday ‘Nite is a weekly Fortnite column in which GameSpot Editor Mark Delaney takes a closer look at current events in the vast world of Fortnite, with a particular focus on the game’s plot, characters and lore. .

We’re only weeks away from the start of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4, but already much of the Fortnite community has their eyes set on something potentially much bigger. Fortnite Chapter 4, once thought to arrive around December 2023, may actually be on the way in December. Why do people think that? Well, there are a whole host of reasons, so in this week’s Friday ‘Nite Fortnite column, we take a look at all the evidence. Is Fortnite really are you preparing to start a new chapter after only one year? Yes, it really looks like it.

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Leaked Fortnite Asteria

Rumors started swirling around a new Fortnite chapter when something called Asteria has been spotted by the game’s hyperactive datamining community. According to those with first-hand knowledge we spoke to, some dataminers briefly caught wind of “Asteria” in the game’s files, and it appears to be tied to a new Fortnite map. Some dataminers have even said so outright, while others have not been too confident or willing to make such a public statement.

However, even its name, Asteria, indicates that it is a new Fortnite map. This is due to the internal naming convention Epic Games uses when referring to Fortnite maps – they are all named after Greek gods. The first card was Athena, the one in Chapter 2 was Apollo, and the current card is dubbed Artemis. Asteria, like those other names, is also the name of a Greek god – it even similarly starts with ‘A’ which seems to be important to Epic, so it’s fairly certain now that Artemis is a new Fortnite map, although it doesn’t explain why players think it will launch this year. For that, there is more to read below

‘Season 5’ release date leaked

Although Epic rarely mentions the start and end dates of a Fortnite season until it serves the company’s marketing plans, such as when it needs to tell players to show up for a final event. live, we can always reliably infer the end date of a given season. by looking in-game for the Battle Pass menu. In the fine print at the bottom, you’ll see when a battle pass expires, which is historically also the end of the season. Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 is set to end on December 3.

Why is this important? Because according to industry funder Tom Henderson, which has a reputation for receiving and sharing accurate Fortnite leaks, the next season of Fortnite begins on December 5. This means that there is a full day between the end of this season and the start of the next. Typically, downtime between seasons is approximately 6-12 hours. It’s never more than a day that a new chapter arrives rather than just a new season, like when Chapter 2 debuted after Fortnite’s 36 hour hiatus. The extended downtime certainly seems like a hint of drastic changes to Fortnite on the horizon.

The tradition and cosmetic clues of the Herald

This season’s Big Bad is The Herald, a flora-covered humanoid with unclear motives. What we can assume is that she’s a harbinger of doom, given her name and details found in her in-game cosmetic set, a commonplace for Epic to hide acquaintances that fans can dig up. The Herald must be the first wave of Something to come, as it is, well, announcing it. But what is it? Nothing. Literally, in the story, it’s called Le Rien.

Several times over the past few years, both in-game and by the likes of the perpetually teasing epic CCO Donald Mustard, mention of something called The Nothing has come up. What is that? We still don’t know for sure, but we’re convinced it’s bad. Here are the descriptions of various items in the Herald cosmetic set:

  • The Herald skin: “The Nothing Happens.”
  • Fading Ember Cloak back bling: “The last light you’ll see.”
  • Epitaph Edge Pickaxe: “The final edit awaits you.”

Below, you can see a nice red chain-on-corkboard style summary of these and other clues by Fortnite content creator Ako.

As you can see, the ominous clues in The Herald, while still somewhat hazy, closely resemble similar in-game clues to those in last year’s Big Bad: The Cube Queen. The Cube Queen arrived on the island as her physical influence spread across the map, corrupting it with dark energy that nearly resulted in its destruction. He was only saved when the Foundation and Joensy enacted an apparent emergency protocol to flip the island like a coin and presumably drown the queen – Fortnite gets weird.

All signs seem to point to a new Cataclysm coming soon to a Fortnite island near you. And this time, the loopers may be all out of emergency protocols.

Creative 2.0

The last big piece of evidence to consider is the existence of Creative 2.0. Known internally as the Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN), Creative 2.0 is expected to be a dramatic overhaul of Fortnite’s Creative Mode suite of tools. To offer creators better, more dynamic and simply After tools with which they can create their own unique games and experiences, Creative 2.0 can launch Fortnite out of the battle royale universe and into something more like a Creative suite that contains a popular battle royale.

Creative 2.0 could launch Fortnite into something like Roblox but cleaner and more impressive, or Dreams but with commercial success to brag about. It could be revolutionary according to insiders, and therefore, it could deserve its own chapter launch. It’s rumored to launch in December, so it makes sense that this reveal would be part of Chapter 4 rather than Season 5.

If all of this happens, it will be the fastest Fortnite has ever left a map in its entirety. Each season brings its own map changes, but wholesale map replacement only happens with new chapters. Right now, it seems like all signs point to The Nothing spelling disaster for the story’s heroes and a new world, named Asteria, to be introduced as part of a once-devious Fortnite Chapter 4 and since fleeing.

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