Season 4 brings comets, aliens, and Marvel’s big-chinned purple baddie to Fortnite
Fortnite’s Season 4 arrived with quite literally a bang this month, as Epic Games’ superpopular shooter had its map radically altered by a giant space rock crashing into it, and a ton of alien and superhero related costumes, events, and items followed in its wake.
On top of this, Fornite’s Battle Royale fans got to play as Marvel super-A-hole Thanos in a special event called The Infinity War Limited Time Mash Up, which ran for just one week, May 8-15. The Mash-up Battle Royale mode was similarly a 100-player PVP, with the main difference being a grab for Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, which the Mad Titan must have carelessly dropped onto the battleground, possibly after clicking his fingers and wiping out 50 players in one go.
The first to grab the big glove got to be Thanos—with no guns or building ability, but with a massive health boost and the power to jump mightily and blast everyone into oblivion with a super-charged beam from the Gauntlet. Killing Thanos gave you the chance to pick up the Gauntlet and run with it as everyone’s favorite purple genocidal maniac.
It turns out the Marvel- Fornite collaboration was a result of Avengers:
InfinityWar directors Joe and Anthony Russo being huge fans of the game. The Russos admitted to frequently breaking from editing this year’s biggest film to jump on for a session of Battle Royale. Joe Russo revealed to EntertainmentWeekly: “We started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers, Fornite mashup? So we stalked Donald [Mustard, Epic Games’ worldwide creative director].” “Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are huge fans of Fortnite”
Since its launch in July 2017, and subsequent Battle Royale bolt-on in September ’17, such headlinegrabbing events and regularly updated new features and costumes are one of the many reasons Fornite feels as unstoppable a force as Thanos himself. The game boasted 3.4 million concurrent Battle Royale players at last count. A tie-in with Marvel could be just the beginning for A-list collaborations, and we can’t wait to see what might be next for the game.
Meanwhile, Fornite’s Season 4 has revealed a number of new locations including a huge crater at the comet’s crash-site—complete with government-led science porta-labs— plus a brand new drive-in movie area called Risky Reels and a scattering of blue space crystals that allow players limited super-jumps. The game’s Battle Pass tier system, which unlocks new stuff as you progress through each season, this time includes cool-looking superhero-style costumes, new dance moves, and other cosmetic touches, plus XP and V-Bucks rewards. Fornite’s co-op Save The World PVE mode, meanwhile, has benefitted from a new in-game event story that has players chasing spacerock samples and riding newly-added hoverboards—which means blasting Husks, Lobbers, Sploders, Beehiveheads, and other ‘weirdies’ is now even more fun. ■
Above Thanos for the memories: The purple bad guy starred in May’s week-long Fortnite event. right Craters, space rocks and cool new stuff turned up in Fortnite’s Battle Royale Season 4.