09/18 update below. This post was originally published on September 16.
After five hours of downtime, Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 4 is live. Servers are back up and running and players are diving in from the Battle Bus to battle it out on a map with some pretty significant changes.
Season 4 is called Paradise, which is a strange title for a season about a mysterious all-consuming substance called Chrome that takes place during Halloween. Here’s everything you need to know.
We start with the story trailer that introduces us to the strange new metallic liquid called Chrome that begins to devour the map and the Seven, introducing Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) if the paradigm:
At the end of the trailer, we’re also introduced to a mysterious red-haired villain known as The Herald:
Chrome will play a big part this season. You can change yourself and structures in Chrome and walk through Chrome walls, which you can craft into enemy structures to make them penetrable.
Turning yourself into Chrome makes you immune to fire and fall damage for a short time, and when you sprint, you turn into a Chrome blob. You can also air dash, which lets you phase through walls (so you can phase through a Chrome wall if you’re not Chrome, and any other structure if you’re not). to be Chrome.
New Weapons + Returning Weapons
In Season 4, two new weapons have been introduced. Not surprisingly, both of these are based on Chrome.
EvoChrome Burst Rifle
Returning and Non-Vaulted Weapons:
- Sidearm Pistol
- First shotgun
- Lever action shotgun
- Rapid Fire SMG
- Suppressed Submachine Gun
- Ranger Assault Rifle
- Hammer Assault Rifle
- Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
- Hunter Bolt Action Sniper
- harpoon gun
- Shadow Tracker (Exotic Weapon)
- The Dub (exotic weapon)
- Boom Sniper Rifle (Exotic Weapon)
- Boogie Bomb (not technically a weapon, but sounds like one)
- Shockwave Grenade (not technically a weapon either, but here it is)
Sniper Rifles have also been buffed, making the long game a lot more viable this season:
- Hunter Bolt Action Sniper – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- shotgun – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Automatic Sniper Rifle – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Lever action rifle – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- Suppressed Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Semi-automatic sniper rifle – damage increased
- rail gun – damage increased
- Bolt Action Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Heavy Sniper Rifle – increased headshot multiplier
- Storm Scout Sniper Rifle – increased headshot multiplier
- Boom sniper rifle – explosive damage increased
Season 4 Battle Pass
Six new skins join the Season 4 Battle Pass and one “secret” skin. Read all about them and how to unlock them here. The Battle Pass again features 100 levels of content to unlock with Battle Stars, and includes gliders, sprays, emotes, pickaxes, and more.
New map + map changes
Condo Canyon has taken flight and is becoming Cloudy Apartments. You can use D-Launchers to shoot (or build) yourself to the floating platforms.
The other major new Point of Interest is the Herald’s Sanctum:
This is what the new map looks like. You can tell it’s gotten a little bit autumn, and we now have four quite different biomes, with winter snow, green fields, a desert, and the fall biome.
New items like the Chrome Splash, which can turn you or walls into Chrome, have been added to the game. There are now also safes that you can unlock with special keys found on the map in chests, and so on. Low-Security Vaults require one key; High-Security Vaults require two and offer better loot. When you find a key, the Vault locations appear on the map. Gone are the days when Epic Games made this sort of thing a real challenge, unfortunately.
Epic Games has also added a new slide-kick action, Season 4 challenges, and several other tweaks to gameplay and balance.
It actually is! Good luck achieving your Victory Royales, young padawans! I’ll see you in paradise!
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 has been going on for most of the summer. The season even started on June 5, two weeks before the summer solstice. It ends just a few days before the official start of fall.
We’ve gotten some clues about the new season, which is called Paradise, although that seems to be a darkly ironic title. While Season 3’s Vibin name gave it fun summer vibes, Paradise is an odd setting for what appears to be a very spooky season.
Strange liquid chrome is present in each of the teaser images so far, and it looks like our heroes – and the map – are getting sucked under the gooey, oily-looking stuff.
We’ll know more soon enough. Season 3 is almost over and Season 4 is just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.
Season 3 officially ends on Sunday, September 18 at approximately 2:00 a.m. ET. That’s 11pm on Saturday, September 17 if you’re on Pacific Time. That equates to 6 o’clock UTC on Sunday the 18th.
From here we can usually expect three or four hours of downtime depending on the update, and of course you should update your game after Epic Games does their server-side magic.
Season 4 kicks off right after the servers are back online, so you should be up and running first on Sunday morning when you’re up bright-eyed and fuzzy-tailed and ready to get your hands on some Victory Royales.
We’ll cover the new Battle Pass, map changes, challenges, and all that’s covered here at Forbes Games. I keep hoping that Epic will bring back decent challenges and fun stuff like loading screens and hidden Battle Stars or coins, but I’m not trying to hope.
Good luck out there, young padawans. follow me on Twitter or Facebook for more Fortnite Season 4 cover.
Here’s what we know so far about Chapter 3 Season 4 based on Epic Games leaks, rumors, teasers, and official announcements.
The Battle Pass Skins
We’re sure there will be a Gwen Stacy Spider-Man skin that appears to have the cool glitchy cel-shading animation used in the beautiful Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse movie (one of my all-time favorite Spidey movies).
We also know there’s Goth Meowscles skin, perfect for Halloween, although the “muscles” in the cat’s name seems to be a misnomer at this point. Goth Meowscles is not torn in any sense.
A third skin with chrome hands could also be part of the Battle Pass, thanks to what we’ve seen in the teasers (though take this with a grain of salt, of course).
Finally, the popular streamer SypherPK is also getting its own Icon Series skin, although it’s not part of the Battle Pass. In the image of the new skin there is also a new scoped AR or tactical rifle of some sort, so expect that as one of the new weapons in Chapter 4 Season 4.
Other changes we can expect are a lot of chrome on the map, including chrome tornadoes that may look more like monuments than moving weather conditions. We should also see a bunch of balloons floating across the map.
The new patch 22.00 will be released when the game goes down on Sunday, but at the time of writing we don’t know the exact size of the update on each platform. I will update this post as soon as we know.
Unfortunately there won’t be a live event to end season 3 and start season 4 which is definitely a huge shame. Fortnite’s live events are some of the best out there and a real highlight every season. Hopefully we’ll get a big live event to wrap up season 4 in a few months.
Fortnite Chapter 4, Season 4 is almost here!