While it's true that Fortnite is an evergreen and ephemeral game - ever changing, with seasons frequently ending - we don't often see an overarching chapter coming to an end.
This changing of the guard has only happened twice before since the game's release back in 2017. The upcoming end of Chapter 3, then, is kind of a historical event.
Even though it's only been here for a year, Chapter 3 is surprising us by bowing out early. To be double-clear about what's actually happening: Fortnite chapter 3 season 4 is due to end soon, bringing to a close the current chapter, and this means Fortnite chapter 4 season 1 isn't far away at all.
If you're wondering what this new chapter will look like, or what it will entail, keep reading because we're going to share everything we know about events, leaks, and rumours.
When does Fortnite season 4 end? Chapter 3 comes to a close
Fortnite season 4 is set to end on Saturday 3rd December 2022. This is confirmed on the official Fortnite website.
However, this isn't just the end of season 4. It's also the end of chapter 3 as a whole. To celebrate, players who log in between 2pm on Friday 2nd December and 7:45am on Sunday 4th December will receive a free Toasty Roast Emote!
Now that we know an end date for Fortnite season 4, it’s time to head into the game and unlock everything in its current battle pass and complete all the remaining quests before time runs out. You don’t want to miss out on Spider-Gwen, do you?
When does Fortnite chapter 4 start? Season 1 is coming
While there is no official confirmation from Epic Games, Fortnite chapter 4 season 1 should start on or around Sunday 4th December 2022.
New Fortnite seasons tend to begin the day after the previous season ends, usually after 10-12 hours of downtime.
However, outlets like Sportskeeda are predicting that this particular downtime could last for an unprecedentedly long 48 hours. If that turns out to be true, you'll have to wait until Monday 5th December to resume playing Fortnite.
Will there be a live event for Fortnite Chapter 4?
Yes! After weeks of rumours and speculation, Epic Games has finally confirmed that there will be a Chapter 3 finale event.
The live event will be called Fracture and will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 9pm UK Time.
While little has been revealed about the Fracture event, Epic Games has promised "an otherworldly and unexpected social event", which certainly sounds like something worth logging on for.
The poster above appears to show tornadoes ripping apart the Fortnite island, likely wrapping up the chrome storyline from season 4 and rearranging the map for the next chapter - or maybe sending the battle royale to a different map entirely...
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Fortnite Chapter 4 leaks, rumours and predictions
With no official confirmation of anything in chapter 4, it’s currently unknown what will actually happen after the Fracture event. Various rumours are pointing towards a couple of new things, however, that could possibly happen in the game’s next season.
Shiina on Twitter, for example, has stated that the next season will see the introduction of Unreal Engine 5 in Fortnite and Creative 2.0. The new engine would surely alter the graphics/gameplay, while a revamped Creative mode could inspire loads of new player-made experiences.
New chapters traditionally see the return of past POIs, as well as the introduction of a new mechanic (following swimming in chapter 2 and sliding in chapter 3), so these are likely changes to arrive with the new chapter also.
Other than that, very little is even rumoured to be happening in Fortnite chapter 4 season 1. As we get closer to the new season’s start date, however, expect new details to emerge via game files leaking.
We’ll update this page with new information as and when it is required. We're sure there will be plenty of new changes and additions made to the game.
What about the Fortnite chapter 4 map?
Dataminers, tech-savvy fans that are always trying to pick apart the secrets of Fortnite's future (and leak those spoilers on Twitter before Epic can make an official announcement), claim to have uncovered the new map.
Rather, they've at least uncovered the codename being used for the map: apparently, it's going by the name 'Asteria'. Doesn't that sound like a totally different location, rather than just a lick of paint? Asteria, if you were wondering, is an ancient Greek word that apparently translates as "of the stars" or "starry one".
While we wait for 3rd December, it's up to you to think about what this codename could possibly mean... we certainly look forward to finding out. As ever, though, it's best to take all so-called leaks with a pinch of salt. We'll update this page when we have proper information.
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