Here is what transpired during the conclusion of the Fracture event.
Fortnite will be reborn on December 4th, when the game’s new Chapter 4 map is released.
The next era of Fortnite will include characters like Geralt from The Witcher, Doomslayer, and The Hulk, as well as new gameplay mechanics like the addition of motorcycles to Epic’s wildly popular battle royale.
Last night, Fortnite abruptly discarded its third map, as the game’s ever-changing Island was devoured by the invading Chrome in a brief cutscene. Then, a 30-minute-long event mode tasked players with reshaping the Island using a mixture of familiar and new locales that are expected to appear in Chapter 4.
Paradigm (voiced by Brie Larson) succeeds in her mission to fuse the new Island from the fragments players have rounded up, as the game’s Zero Point macguffin lassos landscape pieces together.
The second half of this trailer also features numerous cameos from items and characters that appear to be on their way to Chapter 4, including Geralt from The Witcher, Hulk from Marvel, Mr. Beast from YouTube, and a pickaxe that fans believe is themed after All Might from My Hero Academia.
A few additional characters are depicted in the artwork at the end of the trailer, one of whom will be of particular interest to longtime Fortnite lore enthusiasts. If you’ve read the Fortnite/Marvel Zero War comics, you may recognize the character with long dark hair as the long-awaited Geno, the leader of Fortnite’s now-defeated Imagined Order.
A number of Fortnite characters made their final stand against the Chrome from a fort constructed within the branches of the Reality Tree in the opening cutscene of tonight’s live event. As the Chrome, led by The Herald, closed in, the Fortnite heroes opened fire, but this only resulted in The Herald’s return, enlarged. With the Island overrun, it appeared that the Herald was also consumed by the Chrome, causing the entire island to become unstable and disintegrate. (It was disappointingly unclear why this occurred, to be honest.)
Long for a Fortnite event, the next 30 minutes comprised the event’s playable portion, which took place on a series of Mario Galaxy-esque chunks of Island that grew in number as players collected Zero Point energy orbs. There was plenty of fun to be had, as well as Easter eggs for Fortnite fans, such as throwback videos of iconic live events. In addition, Epic’s technical prowess was on display as the playable area expanded in real time as additional map chunks were roped over and attached.
However, this section also suffered from having too much to do and being organized predominantly as a list of items to locate. Having these mini-quests layered on top of platforming and collecting orbs felt like a more convoluted version of Fortnite’s brilliant UFO mothership gameplay loop, in which your objectives were much more straightforward and you raced against the clock. As much as I enjoyed watching the area grow over time, as well as the game’s emphasis on puzzles rather than gunplay, it’s fair to say this lacked the visual scope and tempo of other live events.
Overall, this was a different kind of Fortnite live event, and I’ve received far more reports of people disconnecting than usual. It wasn’t what I expected – a proper Chapter 3 send-off – and it wasn’t at all what the artwork for the event suggested, which implied that the game’s previous map would be slowly ripped apart.
Still, the sudden disappearance of Fortnite’s third map was a clever narrative twist, and I appreciate Epic’s intention to create an experience that was both longer than usual and appropriately themed around creation rather than combat. There was much to see, but it was too much for a single player. This experience almost makes me wish it had been a better-structured minigame mode that was available for replay.
As it stands, I’m curious to see how much of the terrain created by players will translate to the new map, and I’m eager for Fortnite to provide answers to its most pressing questions. What is Gene doing? Where are they currently? Is Polar Peak truly returning?
Currently, only one question remains: when will Fortnite Chapter 4 begin? We do not know, but the launch trailer is scheduled to go live at 8 a.m. in the United Kingdom. Here it is: