Fortnite Chapter 3 is here, and in this new era for Epic’s burgeoning metaverse, you can expect the biggest changes to the game in years. Sporting improved physics on a new island with weather effects and more, here’s Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 at a glance. We’ll be bringing you continued coverage, quest guides, and everything else Fortnite-related as soon as the game is back online. Stay tuned! For now, here’s what to expect when you first step onto the new Fortnite island.

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 battle pass

The first battle pass in Fortnite’s new era features two long-awaited characters: Marvel’s Spider-Man and Epic’s original hero The Foundation, who is voiced by and modeled after The Rock. Spidey comes with three total styles including his black symbiote suit and his white Future Foundation get-up. Six more heroes we’ve yet to meet await us as well, and we’ll dive into their backstories as soon as we can.

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Now Playing: Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Character Trailer

You’ll be able to earn the eight heroes and all of their related cosmetics by completing another 100 tiers of the battle pass, which for the third season in a row will feature the Battle Stars system, allowing to you choose the order in which you unlock some items. There will also be specific quests for battle pass characters, and completing them will grant you additional cosmetics.

For the first time ever, you can also earn battle pass XP in other game modes, such as Creative, though Epic has gone to great lengths to prevent exploits in this regard. It should mean the game’s best Creative codes get more mileage in Chapter 3.

Milestone challenges return this season to bestow upon players additional XP for, well, basically anything and everything. You’ll earn 5 Battle Stars per level, as usual, on your way to unlocking the first seven heroes, while The Foundation will be this season’s “secret skin” and unlockable in a few weeks.

New Fortnite island – “Artemis”

Once there was Athena (Chapter 1), then there was Apollo (Chapter 2). Now, we’re dropping into Artemis, the third-ever Fortnite island. The island is split into distinct biomes such as a wintry tundra and a dry canyon, and now features weather effects such as tornados that can come through and tear up player builds–or even players themselves.

Spider-Man’s New York is represented on the island in the form of the new Daily Bugle place of interest (POI). Other POIs include The Sanctuary, the headquarters of The Seven. We’ll have a full overview of the new Fortnite map in short order. We know that locked vaults will be returning as well, which haven’t been seen since Chapter 2, Season 4. New and returning wildlife and present, including a large dinosaur-like creature that is apparently rideable.

According to iFireMonkey, Chapter 3, Season 1 includes 20 NPCs offering quests, items, and more, as well as 28 types of fish to catch. There are 13 named POIs this season, and they are as follows:

  • Chonkers Speedway
  • Scientist Lab
  • Condo Canyon
  • Sleepy Sound
  • Logjam
  • Shifty Shafts
  • Camp Cuddles
  • Rocky Reels
  • The Joneses
  • Greasy Grove
  • Sanctuary
  • Creamy Crossroads
  • Daily Bugle
The Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 map.
The Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 map.

New gameplay mechanics

Sliding was long-rumored to come to Fortnite, and as of today, it’s in there. Now when you’re sprinting, you can press the crouch button to move into a slide, and if you’re going down a slope, be prepared to slide quite far. This new movement ability will surely become a key part of the repertoires of your enemies, so you’d be wise to master it yourself.

Also in the game is new physics, such as cutting down trees and actually having them fall over rather than disappear like they used to. Timber! Use this to your advantage by toppling trees onto enemy builds, or set off a chain reaction of trees falling over to quickly gather wood for your own builds. You can even swing from structure to structure, likely using a specific inventory item, which is a feature that arrives just in time for the webslinger.

You can stash items in your portable campsite for retrieval in later rounds, saving the best loot for when you need it most. You can even unlock new Victory Crowns, a new kind of cosmetic that’s worn by your character when you emerge victorious in online game modes.

All of this and more can be seen in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1. As soon as the new season kicks off, we’ll be diving in and relentlessly bringing you coverage such as new secrets and overviews, tips, quest guides, and more. Welcome to Fortnite Chapter 3.

In case you missed it, here’s everything that happened in the Fortnite Chapter 2 finale, as well as seven lingering questions we have after the lore-heavy event.

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