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 map it out with some pretty significant changes.
Season 4 is called Paradise, which is an odd title for a season about a mysterious all-devouring substance called Chrome that takes place around Halloween. Here’s everything you need to know.
We begin with the story trailer introducing us to the strange new metallic liquid called Chrome that has begun devouring the map and the Seven, and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) as The Paradigm:
We’re also introduced to a mysterious red-haired villain known as The Herald at the end of the trailer:
Chrome will play a big role this season. You can transform yourself and structures in Chrome and walk through Chrome walls, which you can create in 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’ll turn into a Chrome blob. You can also air dash, which allows you to phase through walls (so you can phase through a Chrome wall if you’re not Chrome, and any other structure if you is Chrome.
New weapons + returning weapons
Two new weapons were introduced in season 4. Not surprisingly, both are Chrome-based.
EvoChrome Burst Rifle
Return and Uncurved Weapons:
- Sidearm pistol
- Prime Shotgun
- Lever Action Shotgun
- Rapid Fire SMG
- Suppressed machine gun
- Ranger Assault Rifle
- Hammer Assault Rifle
- Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
- Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper
- Firefly Jar
- 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 (Also technically not a weapon, but here it is)
Sniper Rifles also got a buff, making the long game much more viable this season:
- Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper – damage and headshot multiplier increased
- hunting rifle – 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-auto sniper rifle – damage increased
- Rail gun – damage increased
- Bolt Action Sniper Rifle – damage increased
- Heavy sniper rifle – header multiplier increased
- Storm Scout Sniper Rifle – header multiplier increased
- 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 it and how to unlock it right here The Battle Pass once again features 100 levels of content to unlock with Battle Stars, and includes gliders, sprays, emotes, Pickaxes and much more.
New map + map changes
Condo Canyon took flight, becoming Cloudy flats. You can use D-Launchers to launch yourself onto the floating platforms (or building).
The other major new point of interest is the Herald’s Sanctum:
Here’s what the new map looks like. You can see it’s become a bit autumnal, and we now have four fairly distinct biomes, with winter snow, green fields, a desert and the autumn biome.
New items like the Chrome Splash, which can turn you or walls into Chrome, have joined the game. There are now also safes that you can unlock with special keys found in chests around the map, etc. Low-security safes require one key; High Security Vaults require two and offer better loot. When you get a key, the Vault locations appear on the map. Gone are the days when Epic Games made this sort of thing a real challenge, alas.
Epic Games also added a new slide kick action, Season 4 challenges, and several other tweaks to gameplay and balance.
That’s it! Good luck getting your Victory Royales, young padawans! I’ll see you in Paradise!
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 has been running pretty much all summer. In fact, the season began on June 5, two weeks before the Summer Solstice. It ends just a few days before the official start of fall.
We’ve dropped a few clues about the new season, which is called Paradise – although it turns out to be a darkly ironic title. While Season 3’s Vibin moniker gave it fun summery vibes, Paradise is a strange framework for what appears to be a very haunted season.
Strange liquid chrome has been present in every one of the teaser images so far, and it seems that our heroes – and the map – might be sucked under the gooey, oily stuff.
We will know more soon. The end of season 3 is almost here, 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 a.m. ET. That’s 11pm on Saturday, September 17 if you’re on Pacific Time. It breaks down after 06:00 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’ll need to update your game after Epic Games does their server side magic.
Season 4 will kick off right after the servers come back online, so you should be up and running first thing Sunday morning when you’re up bright-eyed and bush-tailed and ready to grab some Victory Royales.
We cover the new Battle Pass, map changes, challenges and whatever comes up here at Forbes Games. I keep hoping Epic will bring back decent challenges and fun stuff like loading screens and hidden Battle Stars or coins, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.
Here’s what we know so far about Chapter 3, Season 4, based on leaks, rumors, teasers, and official announcements from Epic Games.
The Battle Pass Skins
We know for sure there will be a Gwen Stacy Spider-Man skin that appears to have the cool glitchy cel-shading animation that in the awesome Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse movie (one of my very favorite Spidey movies of all time).
We also know there’s a Goth Meowscles skin, perfect for Halloween, although the “muscles” in the cat’s name appears to be a misnomer at this point. Goth Meowscles are not ripped in any sense of the word.
A third skin with chrome hands could also be part of the Battle Pass, thanks to what we’ve seen in the teasers (though of course take that with a grain of salt).
Finally, popular streamer SypherPK is also getting his own Icon Series skin, though it won’t be part of the Battle Pass. Also featured in the new skin is 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 lots and lots of chrome on the map, including chrome tornadoes that may be more like monuments than moving weather events. We should also see a bunch of balloons floating across the map.
The new patch 22.00 will fall when the game goes down on Sunday, but as of this writing we do not know the exact size of the update on each platform. I’ll update this post as soon as we know.
Unfortunately, there won’t be a live event to wrap up season 3 and kick off 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 end Season 4 in a few months.
Fortnite Chapter 4, Season 4 is almost here!