The new season of Fortnite is here with the 14.00 update. Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite: Battle Royale features a Marvel theme that goes beyond what we’ve seen in the past–Marvel is the foundation for the entire season, rather than a limited-time mode or one-off skin. Here’s everything new in Season 4, but don’t expect any patch notes–once again, Epic has opted to share the highlights of what’s new rather than sharing any in-depth notes regarding gameplay or balance changes.
Unlike previous seasons, there was no major, The Device-style event. Instead, with Thor having arrived on the island, he has summoned a number of other Marvel characters–Wolverine, Iron Man, Groot, She-Hulk, Storm, Mystique, and Doctor Doom–to help combat an incoming invasion by Galactus as part of the Nexus War. Skins for some of these characters are available via the battle pass, and you’ll be able to acquire and use superpowers and tools related to these characters and others during matches, including Doctor Doom’s arcane gauntlets, Groot’s bramble shield, and the Silver Surfer’s board. Epic teases that more of these will be available at some point later in the season. Leveling up the Season 4 battle pass will also earn you special hero-specific emotes.
In addition to the tools you’ll have at your disposal, there will be new Marvel-themed locations to visit. Fortnite’s island map may not have been dramatically overhauled, but over the course of the season, you’ll be able to head to places like Doom’s Domain (located in the northwest corner of the map) and Sentinel Graveyard, among others that have not yet been specified. A SHIELD helicarrier is also featured prominently in the trailer.
Various weapons have been vaulted or unvaulted, as documented by users on Reddit, but the most notable new weapon for Season 4 is the Stark Industries energy rifle. This can be found by making your way to the quinjets that have landed around the island (indicated both on your map when you’re close enough and by looking for blue smoke). By killing one of the robots around the jet, you can pick up the energy rifle, which deals heavy damage.
Not unlike Apex Legends, you’ll now see floating Stark supply drones flying around the map, near to those aforementioned quinjets. By shooting them down, you can acquire various weapons and superhero abilities.
And of course, there’s a new battle pass with weekly challenges to complete. Along with earning various skins, back blings, and V-Bucks, and other rewards as you level up, you’ll also be able to earn the Iron Man skin by making it all the way to level 100. As per usual, this comes with its own set of challenges. Additionally, there are special Wolverine-themed challenges you can also undertake over the course of the season to unlock the Wolverine skin, not unlike how Aquaman worked last season.
The Season 4 update is out now on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Android (provided you’ve obtained the game outside of the Google Play Store). However, as previously reported, Fortnite Season 4 is not playable on iOS–with Apple having booted the game from its store to its ongoing legal battle with Epic, there’s no means for obtaining the 14.00 update on an iPhone or iPad. As such, you’ll be locked to playing an existing version of the game, provided you already have it downloaded or have done so in the past.
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