A new chapter?!
Fortnite's next big update is an entirely new chapter - Chapter 3 to be exact and not Season 9 as some expected.
Sicne the 18.40 update a lot of evidence teased a new beginning, but it wasn't until recently it was confirmed by Epic themselves. So now what?
The map has been flipped on its head, literally, the entire island has been flipped over as the Foundation makes a Rock solid return.
With Epic being rather silent on the matter, we're going to run over all we currently know about Fortnite Update 3.39.
Chapter 3 Season 1 ill begin on the 5th December 2021.
The new season will begin on at 3pm GMT/2PM UTC.
This new season will end on the 19th March 2022.
Quite sometime ago, a sliding mechanic was leaked and discussed to be coming to Fortnite. It appears now that this is true as a recent image appeared (courtesy of @HYPEX) that shows a player doing a knee slide.
Knee slides have become a popular FPS mechanic and almost an answer to jump shots. The new picture also suggests there will be updated graphics as a new tree model has been spotted and bullets are creating damage in the environment. However, this could all just be for show.
The Battle Pass will once again feature in Season 9, costing users 950 V-Bucks. This will give players access to 100 tiers of rewards, including the opportunity for bonus skins and variants as the season progresses. Alternatively, users can buy the Battle Pass bundle for 2800 V-Bucks, granting 25 tier skips. You can also buy each additional tier for 150 V-Bucks.
Here is a list of ONLY the locations that have names showing on the actual map:— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) December 5, 2021
- Chonkers Speedway
- Scientist Lab
- Condo Canyon
- Sleepy Sound
- Shifty Shafts
- Camp Cuddles
- Rocky Reels
- The Joneses
- Greasy Grove
- Creamy Crossroads
- Daily Bugle
As far as we're aware, skins are still a mystery. However, Epic have revealed well in advance that they are collaborating with the new Disney+ show 'The Book of Boba Fett'. This means that a Boba Fett skin will be released and potentially more relating to the show.
While this won't be available on release of Season 9, they have informed us that it will arrive on the 24th December 2021 at 7pm ET.
Boba Fett is not the only crossover potentially hapenning next season, as ShiinaBR has noted that Spider-Man could be releasing next season, which will release in time with the new movie premiering on December 17th, 2021.
A new Jonesy skin appears to be on the way too!
A new Voidlander starter pack will enter the shop with Chapter 3.
Voidlander Starter Pack (Releases on December 14th's shop reset / 12 AM UTC)— HYPEX (@HYPEX) December 4, 2021
Leave only destruction as you pass through the void. In Absenz you will find the path of the Voidlander. Includes:
- Absenz Outfit w/ a style
- Inky Ire Back Bling
- Abyssal Blade Pickaxe pic.twitter.com/CA7SzM7EFe
Chapter 3 Default Pickaxe & Glider pic.twitter.com/2gIDBM8w9y— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) December 5, 2021
More things that can float:— iFireMonkey (@iFireMonkey) December 4, 2021
- Butter Barn
- Generic Debris (1 & 2)
- Picket Sign
While we wait on weapon specficis, it looks like Shotgun Pellets will work differently.
NOT A SPOILER: But it looks like that in Chapter 3, shotgun pellets that hit the head will have a yellow color, and the ones that hit the body will have the normal red color!— HYPEX (@HYPEX) December 5, 2021
By now, most of you have more than likely seen the leaks pertaining to the fact that next season is going to be the first in Chapter 3.
With this said, we've seen plently of leaks surrounding the event, from leakers such as FNLeaksAndAudio and iFireMonkey.
Once the event begins, players will see the Chapter 2 Finale Event Loading Screen in the playlist called 'The End'.
In the new playlist, players can grab two weapons: the Legendary Scar and Legendary Revolver according to @iFireMonkey.
A new POI is also expected to arrive named 'Guava'.
Can't wait to find out more? @FNBRintel has posted some event gamepaly tags that may reveal what's to come (only click the link if you're ok with spoilers).
In the leadup to the new Chapter, Epic may have accidently leaked their own trailer for the new Chapter. This new short video was found via Tik Tok as a random advertisment that users have seen, and it details what may happen during the event, along with our first look at the new map.
More Leaks and Rumors
Another leak that has surfaced comes from HYPEX who notes Seagulls could be one of the interactive animals within the new Chapter.
"Seagulls coming in Chapter 3 as the next flying animals. They are in one of Chapter 3's concept arts near a tropical/beach area but idk when exactly they'll release, most likely Season 1."
Keep in mind, in the leadup to Chapter 3, it appears Epic has asked leakers such as HYPEX and ShiinaBR to refrain from leaking information found during downtime.
Whether or not they comply to this is completely unknown to us as of now!
Epic requested me & other leakers to not post leaks during the 19.00 downtime and I'll most likely do what they said If they're willing to take this seriously instead of just stopping 2-3 leakers from leaking. I gave them some ideas on how to do it, just waiting for a response..— HYPEX (@HYPEX) December 1, 2021
There's also been news surrounding the fact that The Rock may be involved in some sort of way when it comes to Chapter 3, as a recent video centered around his energy drink has one of the Foundation helmets nicely placed in his fridge.
As well, Donald Mustard has retweeted this and the caption The Rock posts is very cryptic.
Late night grind, POWERED BY @zoaenergy💥⚡️— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 2, 2021
ZOA delivers healthy energy when you get to that ZERO POINT so you’re always taking the HIGHER GROUND.
Because drinking ZOA, will always give you the strongest FOUNDATION in the UNIVERSE!
Sip your ZO, now LFG!!!! #ifyouknowyouknow 🦾 pic.twitter.com/admN7U9QKt