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Fortnite Season 4: everything we know so far

Battle Royale will see new a new battle pass, a new theme, new skins, map changes, and plenty more in the coming months.

The constant failure that comes with playing Fortnite wouldn’t be nearly as appetizing without some incentive for playing aside from winning. Epic’s seasonal structure remedies this a bit, introducing challenges with cool cosmetic rewards for playing the game in all sorts of ways, and Fortnite Season 4 will surely evolve the formula. Changes to the map, weapons, and theme are on the way too, but the extent of those changes is still a mystery. Epic has been dropping in-game clues for while though, so here’s what we know (and think we know) about Fortnite Season 4 so far.

When does Fortnite Season 4 start?

While we don’t know for sure, Season 3 is set to end on April 30. Epic has also been releasing cryptic promotional material (which we’ll cover below) nearly every day now, so it’s a safe bet that we’ll at least know when Season 4 starts on April 30, or that it will begin the moment Season 3 closes, likely May 1.

Update: A recent tweet from the official Fortnite account confirms our suspicions that Season 4 will begin directly after Season 3 ends. “Brace for impact” because Season 4 starts May 1.

How much will the Battle Pass cost?

With each season comes a new Battle Pass, a paid-for package that gives players access to weekly challenges and dozens of cosmetic rewards for completing them. While Epic hasn’t announced a price yet, we’d bet on 950 V-Bucks (approximately $10) like Season 3, but given how new Battle Royale is, anything is subject to change between seasons.

What will Fortnite Season 4’s theme be?

After Season 3’s space theme gave us one astronaut skin after another, including the fish-headed Leviathan skin, Season 4 is coming back to earth with what appear to be superheroes (and villains, we’re guessing) in tow. Recent tweets from the official Fortnite Twitter account show a cartoon comet broken into a few sections, with a new character filled in each day. Two characters have appeared so far, both wearing what appears to be superhero head garb, accompanied by some flavor text that would sound pretty natural coming out of a superhero’s mouth.

Update: Over the weekend the comet picture filled out with yet another hero, and just this morning Epic tweeted an eerie silhouette of what appear to be the same four characters crawling out of a crater. They’re all decked out in sci-fi gear from the looks of it, but since they’re not beating the crap out of one another it’s safe to assume they’re all on the same side. Good or evil though? Not sure.

A possible leaker with an unnamed source posted alleged Season 4 details to the Fortnite Battle Royale subreddit a few days before the tweets, accurately predicting the superhero theme. We’ll supposedly see some superhero and supervillain skins available in the store and/or Battle Pass that won’t be based on any existing superhero properties but will instead be of Epic’s creation, which feels pretty obvious now. This is pure speculation based on an unverified source with a 1-for-1 track record, so if it’s off don’t be surprised.

What kind of map updates will we see?

Season 3 saw the western half of the map heavily revamped, so if Season 4 left the eastern half untouched, we’d be very disappointed. There are some lingering issues caused as a side effect from the lopsided map update to address, too. Some areas like Titled Towers pull in significant portions of the player population right off the bat almost every match, leaving the rest of the map a bit too wanting for action.

Teases leading up to Fortnite Season 4 have some players thinking Titled Towers is going to be eradicated by an incoming comet that appeared in the sky a few weeks back, but I’d wager it’s either going to be moved, or a different area will get obliterated and made over. Destroying Titled won’t make the less popular places that much more appealing, so expect a bigger, ongoing map makeover this season.

The Reddit leaker also alleges that a meteor will obliterate Dusty Depot instead of Titled Towers, and that the map will be constantly evolving throughout the season, ending with the eventual removal of Moisty Mire. I desperately want to believe it’s true, and it makes sense based on what needs the most attention, but again, take these ‘leaks’ with a grain of salt for now.

What kind of weapon updates will we see?

Hard to say. Epic adds new weapons all the time and building out the arsenal seemed like a major focus in Season 3. But more weapons isn’t what Fortnite needs right now. The map needs some major love, and the existing weapons need some fine-tuning. Expect to see a couple more over the course of Season 4, maybe tied to the theme, but don’t expect the same cadence we saw in Season 3.

How long will Fortnite Season 4 last?

Season 3 is scheduled for 10 weeks, so expect a similar length for Season 4. Again, Epic is continually tweaking every appendage of Fortnite, so nothing is set in stone. Season 4 could be only two months long, or it could last for a decade. We’ll know soon enough.

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