The global hit battle royale title Fortnite is building towards the climax of what may be their most ambitious season yet with Chapter 2 Season 4: Nexus War - a fully Marvel-themed season and battle pass. On day one, players were given access to the first fully Marvel comics-themed battle pass with skins based on the comic publisher's biggest players, including Iron Man, Thor, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Storm, Groot, Mystique, and Dr. Doom. Throughout the season, developer Epic Games has also been adding some of the most recognizable Marvel-themed locations to the map, including Ant-Man's Ant-Manor, Doom's Domain, the Sentinel Graveyard, and many more.
This isn't the first time Fortnite has teamed up with Marvel, as previous events around the release of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame allowed players to become the Mad Titan himself with his whole host of powers and take on other players in a special limited-time mode. Special cosmetics were also released around the timing of Endgame, with Starlord and Black Widow becoming playable.
Upon the release of the season, Marvel even released a one-off comic book prelude - "Fortnite X Marvel - Nexus War: Thor #1" - to the story of Nexus War, in which Thor is unwillingly recruited to serve as a herald of Galactus for the greater good of destroying a greater threat.
Every Fortnite season has built to a climax of a huge, epic live event that happens simultaneously for all players across the world, and Season 4 is no exception. From the start, Epic have been teasing the arrival of one of Marvel's biggest threats: Galactus.
After months of waiting, Marvel's iconic Devourer of World's himself, Galactus, is on his way to devour the world of Fortnite on December 1 at 4 pm ET. In a post released on the Fortnite blog, the developer teased the event:
Uhhh… is that the Devourer of Worlds on the horizon? That’s not good!
It was only a matter of time. Galactus is closing in on the Island and the fate of all Reality lies in the balance. Join the ultimate fight against Galactus in the one-time only Nexus War finale event on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 PM ET.
With everything in the balance, this is an event you don’t want to miss.
Video game journalist Geoff Keighley, who has been known to hold key connections to the industry, followed up on this with a tweet saying that players will actually be fighting Galactus together.
Epic offered a series of tips for making sure to get the best possible experience from the event, including updating the game to the latest 14.60 version, joining the game 60 minutes early to ensure you get into the game successfully due to the expectance of high demand, and linking a series of guidelines for content creators to help protect their platform from risk during the event.
Replays of the event will not be available, meaning you won't be able to relive the event in-game after the fact, but players can still record the event locally or stream to a platform of their choice.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Players have been waiting for this event for a long time now, as the season has been going on for three months, and it's finally coming to it's climax event before the game's only fully Marvel-themed season draws to a close. Typically, Fortnite releases original skins for their battle passes, but recent seasons have seen much more reliance on brand collaborations, giving battle pass-owning players the ability to unlock Deadpool and Aquaman - a move that has proved controversial for many.
But now, though, this is the first time a Fortnite live event has also served as a large scale boss fight, and with Epic taking measures to ensure as many players as possible can access the event, it's clear they're expecting plenty of players to be dropping in for this. This is also the first Fortnite event that will also be taking place on the next-gen platforms of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, finally giving console players the ability to experience these visual spectacles in 4k resolution with more stable performance.
Epic has confirmed next season will be making a move back to normality - likely hinting towards a more traditional season centered instead around fully original content.
Fortnite is available free to download right now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC via the Epic Games store.