Fortnite signals a shocking premature end to its third map

Fortnite signals a shocking premature end to its third map

Fortnite has stunned fans by signaling an early end to its third map at the end of the current season via a live event called Fracture, set to take place on December 3rd at 9pm UK time.

Fracture was teased tonight by developer Epic Games at the conclusion of the Fortnite Champion Series, the first major in-person Fortnite competition in several years. A title card for Fracture appeared after the tournament’s trophy presentation, simply listing the date, time, and description of the upcoming live event as “Chapter 3 Finale Event.”

Every “chapter” of Fortnite in-game has ended with a complete reboot of the battle royale’s beloved island. After two years and ten seasons, the game’s original island was sucked into a black hole in October 2019. After another two years, this time divided into eight seasons, the game’s second island has been flipped over to reveal the current December 2021 map below.

Fortnite said goodbye to Chapter 2 and its second map in its island-flipping The End event.

Each new chapter has also typically been a stage for Epic to introduce important new gameplay mechanics, such as: B. the addition of swimming, boats, and other vehicles in Chapter 2. Chapter 3, meanwhile, added the game’s sprint, mantle, and no-build mechanics.

Tonight, Fortnite fans have a lot of questions – as is undoubtedly the intention of Epic Games. Why is Fortnite seemingly moving so quickly from its third map – after just four seasons spanning just one year? What does “break” mean – and is there more to this supposed change than meets the eye? And what new additions will Chapter 4 bring?

On this last question we have at least some idea. Fortnite leakers are confident that this December will bring the game’s long-awaited Unreal Editor – which Epic boss Tim Sweeney previously promised would arrive sometime in 2022. [UPDATE: Sweeney has now said this has slipped slightly, to late January.]

Dubbed “Creative 2.0” by fans, the tool aims to provide content creators with the tools to create Fortnite experiences that are far more advanced than the current creative mode allows. Sweeney has also previously discussed the idea of ​​content creators being able to monetize their work – something that isn’t currently possible in Fortnite itself. Adding all of that to Fortnite would probably land nicely alongside a brand new island map to grab attention.

Perhaps the title of this event, Fracture, is a nod to all of this – to Epic handing more of the reins of Fortnite to content creators and further diminishing the importance of its own core battle royale modes. Earlier this year, Sweeney stated that 50 percent of Fortnite playtime was taken up by creator-made experiences.

But that’s not to say Fortnite’s own history is over – far from it. Chapter 3 saw the end of the game’s rogue Imagined Order organization, but their leader Geno is still at large, seemingly raring to go for a full and proper introduction. There’s also the matter of the current season’s all-consuming Chrome Goo and the apocalyptic civilization behind it; currently ruled on the island by a character known as The Herald, it is ominously referred to as “The Nothing”.

The timing of all of this is also interesting, as Fortnite’s Fracture event is set to take place just over two weeks after the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. It doesn’t feel like a fluke – especially announcing this news now, just a few days before the launch of Activision’s revamped battle royale. It reminds me of when Epic offered fans a free Fortnite Battle Pass around the time Apex Legends first dropped.

speculation time! Perhaps Fracture also hints at another big change? I’ve come to love the current Chapter 3 map and all the development that has taken place on it over the last 12 months and four seasons. To me, it’s now a best-of for all of Fortnite, with fan-favorite areas, remixed classics, and tons of Easter Eggs. I wish it had stayed longer… and maybe it will? Perhaps Chapter 3 is ending so soon because this map will remain as one of two to choose from – an idea Fortnite has yet to try, but one its competitors have long toyed with. Fortnite’s island now has two sides – could the current Chapter 3 map remain, with a revamped Chapter 2 map as a new Chapter 4 option?

One thing is certain: Less than three weeks of Fortnite Chapter 3 remain. And as the days count down – and the newness of Warzone 2.0 wears off – Epic Games will undoubtedly tease even more.

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