Fortnite Chapter 4 start date, Battle Pass and everything we know so far


With less than a month left in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 4, it’s time to look to what’s next. We don’t know much about next season – for example, we don’t know if it will be Chapter 3 Season 5 or Chapter 4 Season 1. But there are a lot of rumors in the air, with some datamined information that may or may not mean anything. From battle pass rumors to start date inferences, there’s a lot to discuss. First, let’s start with what we know for sure about Fortnite’s next season.

Everything that has been officially announced about the next season of Fortnite

Technically, the answer to that is “nothing”, as Epic hasn’t revealed or even teased anything yet. But we know that the current season will end the first weekend of Decemberand so we also know that the next season will start about a day after the current season ends.

When is Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 – or is it Chapter 3 Season 5?

You should expect to play a new season of Fortnite on Sunday, December 4.

There is, however, a strange wrinkle to this. Currently, the Herald’s quest timer shows that her quests last two weeks after this date. This would be unusual, since The Herald is part of the current battle pass, and battle pass quests haven’t exceeded the duration of the actual battle pass before.

Could next season be delayed? Or was it just a typo? This is almost certainly just a mistake, as the Battle Pass end date recently changed from December 3 to December 2 (more on why they did that in a bit). If The Herald quest timer was correct, then Epic would have likely changed the Battle Pass end date to two weeks later to match. But they didn’t.

The change in the Battle Pass end date is likely a signal that we will have a live event to end the season on the afternoon of Saturday, December 3, after which the game will be offline for over 12 hours and return. probably Sunday morning. That would make Friday, December 2 last full Season 4 battle pass day, which is why they’ve updated the date in-game – so make sure you get your levels up in time.

Will the next season of Fortnite be Chapter 3 Season 5 or Chapter 4 Season 1?

Fortnite Chapter 1 lasted 10 seasons and Chapter 2 lasted eight. So why do people think Chapter 3 will end after only four seasons? Well, just before the start of the current season, dataminers noted a reference in the files to a new “launch option” called Asteria. Past “launch options” have included Athena, Apollo, and Artemis – but you know these three best as each chapter’s battle royale card. Athena was Chapter 1, Apollo was Chapter 2, and Artemis is the current island.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Battle Royale map, codenamed Artemis

It therefore follows that Asteria, another ancient Greek deity whose name begins with A, would usher in a new Fortnite map and chapter. And there’s certainly some logic to doing annual chapters, especially now that Fortnite has passed its fifth birthday. But it’s still datamined information that doesn’t necessarily mean what it means. Or it might mean nothing.

Is Fortnite Creative 2.0 finally coming next season?

Currently, signs point to yes, as dataminers report that Creative 2.0, or the Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN), is currently being tested by Epic for inclusion in Fortnite update 23.00–this is the patch that will launch the new season in December.

The timing isn’t terribly surprising, since Creative 2.0 has been rumored for December for a while now. But that’s going to be a big deal for Epic – with a much more robust toolset, creators might be able to build entire games inside Fortnite, à la Sony’s Dreams. And that could, in the long run, make Fortnite more of a platform than just a game.

And tying such a change to a whole new chapter so you could push the idea that a new era for Fortnite has arrived would be a pretty standard thing for the tech industry. But we will see.

What do we know about next season’s gameplay changes?

Several mechanics have been teased in the files for a long time now, like motorcycles and skateboards. Skateboarding, on the other hand, was perhaps meant for Fortnite’s big summer event – remember the skatepark they set up in the big bay at the eastern end of the island?

Likewise, flying animals to ride were also rumored for a minute. Without speaking about first person mode that people have been talking about for a while now. We don’t know if any of these are for battle royale or only for the Creative 2.0 toolset (or both/neither).

What will the new season of Fortnite be about?

The current season has been surprisingly light on the plot – this season hasn’t had any new story quests since the ones we had on launch day. It is therefore difficult to guess what awaits us for the last weeks of this season, let alone beyond.

But here’s where we are right now: a creepy plant called The Herald is causing chromium to spread across the island. The Herald works for some sort of being or entity called The Nothing, whose voice we heard in the Bytes quests. Both The Herald and The Nothing have some sort of connection to The Last Reality, which is where all the infamous cubes originated in earlier chapters.

As for the good guys: they’ve all apparently been chromed, save for Brie Larson’s new Paradigm, who traveled to a location called Reality-659 in the season trailer. And we haven’t heard from her since then.

Brie Larson's Paradigm has been out all season.
Brie Larson’s Paradigm has been out all season.

Assuming this season ends with a live event, it will likely involve The Herald’s latest push to completely chrome the island, and presumably Paradigm’s attempt to resist whatever it brings back from Reality-659. And if we are about to get a new chapter with a new map, so maybe The Herald will pull it off – the new island being chromium-blurred, like what happened with the black hole between chapter 1 and chapter 2.

With so little information, even about the immediate future, guessing what next season has in store for us is a wild ride, especially with so many unresolved plot threads, the main one being the fate of big bads like the Queen. of the cube. not seen since the end of Chapter 2 Season 8 – and Geno, the cosmic dude behind the IO, who we haven’t heard from since we took the island back from them in Chapter 3 Season 2.

And then we have the Zero War comic, which told the story of Chapter 3 Season 2 as if it were another Marvel season, with a version of the Collision live event that was full of superhero – a version that we certainly didn’t see in the game.

And while the climax of the event (The Foundation and Jonesey after Geno) was billed as a cliffhanger at the time, in the comic they reunite with Geno five seconds later. And then The Imagined grabs him and jumps into ground zero, disintegrating them both, but mostly not kill them.

Will we catch up with Geno soon? Is the queen of the cube still there? Is The Nothing a separate faction or part of The Last Reality? Is there an in-universe explanation for why Zero War is completely incompatible with Fortnite’s game story? Next season could deal with any of these topics.

What’s coming with Fortnite’s next battle pass?

So far, there have been no rumors or leaks regarding next season’s battle pass. Fans have identified a player skin from a past survey that almost everyone agrees is Geno based on his appearance in the Zero War comic, and if that is indeed the case, he’ll probably end up being in a battle pass. And that “eventually” could definitely be next season if he’s made history as well.

Other than that, we have no leads on next season’s battle pass. We’ll update this story as the weeks turn into days and eventually a few hours before the new season – or is it a chapter? Stay tuned for more information on the future of Fortnite.

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