We’re only a few weeks from Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 launch, but much of the Fortnite community already has their eyes on something potentially much bigger. Fortnite Chapter 4, which was once thought to arrive around December 2023, could actually be on the way this December. Why do people think that? Well, there’s a multitude of reasons, so we’ll look at all the evidence in this week’s Fortnite column on Friday. Is Fortnite Yes, really Ready to start a new chapter after just one year? Yes, it really seems so.
Fortnite Asteria leak
Rumors first started swirling around a new Fortnite chapter when Something called Asteria was discovered by the game’s hyperactive data mining community. According to those we’ve spoken to firsthand, some dataminers briefly got wind of “Asteria” in the game’s files, and it appears to be referring to a new Fortnite map. Some dataminers have even stated this clearly, while others have not been too confident or willing to make such a public statement.
But even the name Asteria indicates that this is a new Fortnite map. This is due to the internal naming convention Epic Games uses when it comes to Fortnite maps – they are all named after Greek gods. The first card was Athena, Chapter 2’s was Apollo, and the current card is nicknamed Artemis. Asteria, like those other names, is also the name of a Greek god – it even starts similarly with “A”, which seems important to Epic, so it’s pretty certain by now that Artemis is a new Fortnite map, although it doesn’t explain why players think it will be released this year. There is more to read about this below
Season 5 release date leaked
While Epic rarely mentions the start and end dates of a Fortnite season unless it serves the company’s marketing plans – e.g. when it needs to tell players to show up for a live finals event – we can always reliably infer a specific season’s end date by looking in-game in the Battle Pass menu. See the fine print below for when a Battle Pass expires, which is also historically the end of the season. Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 is scheduled to end on December 3rd.
Why is this important? There according to industry leaker Tom Henderson, who is proven to receive and share accurate Fortnite leaks, the next season of Fortnite begins on December 5th. That means there’s a full day between the end of this season and the start of the next. Typically, downtime between seasons is around 6-12 hours. It’s always just longer than a day when a new chapter comes along and not just a new season like when Chapter 2 debuted after 36 hours of Fortnite downtime. The extended downtime certainly seems to be indicative of wide-ranging Fortnite changes on the horizon.
The Herald’s lore and cosmetic hints
This season’s big villain is The Herald, a plant-covered humanoid with unclear motivations. What we can surmise is that she’s a harbinger of doom, given her name and the details found in her in-game cosmetic set, a common spot for Epic to stash some lore for fans to dig up . The Herald must be the first wave some to come as she is, well, announcing it. But what is it? Nothing. In the story it is literally called The Nothing.
Something called The Nothing has been mentioned numerous times over the past few years, both in-game and by the likes of Epic’s constantly teasing CCO Donald Mustard. What is it? We still don’t know for sure, but we’re confident it’s bad. Here are the descriptions for various items in the Herald’s cosmetic set:
The Herald Skin: “The Nothing is coming.” Fading Ember Cloak Backbling: “The last light you will see.” Epitaph Edge Pickaxe: “The final cut awaits.”
Below is a nice red string on a bulletin board style summary of these and other clues from Fortnite content creator Ako.
CHAPTER 4 THEORY
Okay, that’s a HUGE track, but there are too many similarities to Chapter 2 Season 8 that can’t be ignored
Read it through and let me know what you think! #Fourteen days pic.twitter.com/mS3Scppeyt
—Ako | Fortnite News (@FNChiefAko) September 19, 2022
As you can see, The Herald’s foreboding clues, while still a bit unclear, are very similar to in-game clues seen in last year’s Big Bad: The Cube Queen. The Dice Queen arrived on the island just as her physical influence spread across the map, corrupting it with dark energy that almost resulted in its destruction. It was only saved when The Foundation and Joensy issued an apparent emergency protocol to toss the island like a coin and presumably drown the queen – Fortnite is getting 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 out of emergency protocols.
The last major piece of evidence to consider is the existence of Creative 2.0. Creative 2.0, known internally as the Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN), is intended to be a dramatic overhaul of Fortnite’s creative mode tool suite. Provide creators with a better, more dynamic, and simpler offering more Tools that allow them to create their own unique games and experiences could bring Creative 2.0 Fortnite out of the battle royales universe and into something more like a Creative suite that just so happens to feature a popular battle royale.
Creative 2.0 could bring Fortnite into something like Roblox but cleaner and more impressive, or Dreams but with commercial success to boast about. According to insiders, it could be revolutionary and therefore deserves its own chapter start. Rumored to launch this December, it makes sense if this reveal is part of Chapter 4 rather than Season 5.
If all of this happens, it will be the fastest Fortnite has ever completely removed from a map. Each season brings its own map changes, but replacing a map entirely comes only with new chapters. For now, all indications seem to be that The Nothing is disastrous for the story’s heroes and that a new world, codenamed Asteria, is ushering in a once-devious, since-leaky Fortnite Chapter 4.
Web Source: GameSpot – Game News