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This day in Fortnite history: Season 4 releases

Two years ago, today, Fortnite Season 4 released on all platforms.

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It has now been two years since the meteor struck Dusty Depot and turned it into Dusty Divot, setting all of the subsequent plotlines into motion.

Season 4 was one of the most popular and significant seasons in Fortnite history. The original theme of the season was a superhero battle, but the loading screens soon revealed that the heroes were involved in a movie. The real plot revolved around the man in the meteor: The Visitor.

This was the first season that Epic released unlockable styles through the Battle Pass. It took them a few seasons to get the most out of this system, but Carbide and Omega were the first two skins to have progression-based styles.

The Battle Pass for Season 4 was a decent one, in retrospect. We had the aforementioned Carbide and Omega outfits, Valor, Squad Leader, Zoey, and Teknique. You don’t see too many players wearing these skins in 2020, however. Teknique is, probably, the most popular skin from this season.

As far as map changes for Season 4, we saw the introduction of Dusty Divot, the Villain Lair, the Hero Mansion, and some craters in places like The Prison, Tilted Towers, and Risky Reels. Moisty Mire also transitioned to a movie set, which was the iteration of Moisty that most players liked the best.

We also saw progressive map changes, this season. The Fortnite government began excavating the meteor and cleaning up Hop Rocks that appeared around the map.

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Season 4 was the season that introduced the Epic and Legendary Burst AR, Jetpack, Shopping Cart, Bouncer, Thermal AR, Stink Bomb, Dual Pistols, and the infamous Drum Gun.

Season 4 was the height of Fortnite’s popularity. It was one of the most exciting times to be a Fortnite player and it all culminated in the first-ever in-game event: the Rocket Launch.

Fortnite’s first in-game event set the stage for everything that followed: the Rifts, Kevin, the butterfly, the mech vs. monster fight, and the transition to the Chapter 2 map.

There are several contenders for the ‘best season of Fortnite,’ but Season 4 is a strong one. Fortnite was fun, wholesome, and just getting started.

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OP Silver Surfer strategy highlights problem for competitive Fortnite

Mythic hero abilities look to cause problems in the Fortnite Season 4 competitive meta.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the Marvel theme of the new season, it’s hard to deny that Fortnite Season 4 is fun. For many, it seems like a return to form for the game that we all love. Not only has Epic significantly nerfed the “spray meta,” but they added some fun, goofy items again. It’s hard to find players who aren’t fans of the Boogie Bomb and Shockwave Grenade.

Even pro players seem to be happy with the latest update. Sure, there was a rough patch in the beginning when it seemed like aim assist was nerfed. Yes, the reduction from the 100% chest spawn rate seems to be universally disliked. Of course, the Combat Shotgun was nerfed into an unusable state.

All things considered, these are small issues when compared to the last couple of seasons.

There is one glaring problem on the horizon, however; one that Epic has been dealing with for the past two seasons, as well: mythic items in competitive modes. These items are a blast in public matches. That’s where they belong and where they shine. As soon as an item starts having a massive impact on tournaments, however, the community begins to split.

If you watched the Season 3 FNCS, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. The Shockwave Launcher was featured in almost every end-game of the Grand Finals across all regions. When it was all said and done, the Launcher accounted for well over half of the wins – and there was only one of them in each match.

Apart from this issue, the FNCS seemed to run smoothly. You’d think that Epic would keep this in mind when balancing the next season of competitive Fortnite. Unfortunately, Season 4 Arena Mode released with the same issue: Mythic hero abilities dominating competitive play.

Right now, the only exclusive Mythic Items are held by Doctor Doom. The blaster isn’t too overpowered in the Solo format, but the FNCS is Trios. As you can see from the clip, above, one player can hold height with Doom’s abilities while the rest shoot at the players underneath.

The other two mythic items, Groot’s Baller and Silver Surfer’s board, have a chance to spawn more than once in each match. You could, realistically, have around four or five of these (combined) in a game. These items might be even more problematic, however. Silver Surfer’s board allows you to get out of almost any situation, provided that it isn’t on cool-down.

The “outplay” potential of all of these items is incredibly high. They’re also some of the rarest items in each match. Is this what we want in a fair, competitive playing field? Our answer is, no – and we don’t think that pros will like them either.

If we were only talking about three items, it might not be a huge deal. The problem is that Epic are planning on adding several more hero abilities over the course of the season. Will these be in competitive modes as well? How powerful will She-Hulk’s Ground Smash be in the hands of the best players in the world?

Hopefully, these items are only in Arena during the FNCS preseason and are removed before the official tournament. If not, we could be hearing a lot more complaints from the usual suspects; and it’s hard to disagree with them.

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6 Marvel heroes we want to see in the Fortnite Season 4 Battle Pass

Our wishlist for the Marvel-themed Fortnite Season 4 Battle Pass and Item Shop.

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Earlier today, August 21, Epic confirmed rumors of Fortnite Season 4 having a Marvel Comics theme. Since then, we’ve seen additional leaks that point to Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and even a Wolverine/banana meme skin for Peely.

What else will Fortnite Season 4 bring us? With a full theme revolving around Marvel, we have to assume that some heavy-hitters will be included in the Battle Pass. Ahead, we’ll give our top six picks for Season 4 Battle Pass skins. Sure, they won’t all come true, but there’s always the Item Shop.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man is, and always has been, the most popular Marvel hero in the lineup. There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know who Spider-Man is, and we think he’d make a perfect addition to the next Fortnite season.

There are very few popular male skins within the Fortnite community, since males have larger character models. The only exceptions to this trend are the skinny male skins like the Chaos Agent. Spider-Man is slender in stature, making a popular Fortnite skin more viable.

You may say, “Spider-Man won’t come to Fortnite. The rights are owned by Sony.” This is true, but Sony also has a $250 million stake in Epic Games. Never say never.

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Iron Man

Iron Man, like Spider-Man, is one of the most popular Marvel heroes in existence. This wasn’t always the case, however, as Tony Stark only exploded in popularity after he kicked-off the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Alongside Thor and Wolverine, we think Iron Man is the most likely hero to come to the Season 4 Battle Pass. He’s incredibly popular and offers some obvious upgrade potential through his suit.

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Black Panther

Unless Epic decide to go the route of a specific group of heroes like the X-Men, Black Panther seems like a no-brainer addition to Fortnite Season 4. He’s one of the most popular heroes on the MCU roster and still boasts the record for the highest-grossing solo Marvel movie to date.

In all of the replies we’ve read since Epic confirmed the Marvel theme, Black Panther has to be among the most-requested skin. Let’s see if he enters the Fortnite Battle Pass. If not, we expect an Item Shop addition.

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Mystique

We’re almost certainly going to have at least one female Marvel skin in the Battle Pass, but who will she be? We already heard rumors about Storm coming to the new season, but will she be the lone female? The most popular female hero is probably Black Widow, and she already has a skin. We think that Mystique would make for a perfect fit for the Battle Pass or Item Shop.

Not only is Mystique extremely popular, but she offers a ton of customization options. She’s a shapeshifter, after all, and could even be a reactive skin that changes throughout the match. A Mystique skin opens the door to a bunch of possibilities.

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Hulk

Epic have been touting their thicker skins in recent seasons, and Hulk would be the best extension of this. Sure, he might be bigger than Cable in the films and comics, but a Cable and Rippley-sized hulk would be perfect for Fortnite.

The best part of this skin is that Epic could add a Bruce Banner variant as well – even making it reactive in some way. Maybe, when Bruce Banner takes enough damage, he transforms into Hulk. How cool would that be?

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The Punisher

The Punisher might seem like a random selection, but Marvel fans know that he’d be a perfect fit in the world that Fortnite is building. He’s one of the most popular heroes in the lineup and loves his firepower. He’ll fit in perfectly with Fortnite.

What’s more, The Punisher had frequent run-ins with Deadpool in the Comics. When you combine this with the immense success of the Punisher show on Netflix – possibly, the most successful show in the Marvel/Netflix universe – it makes a lot of sense for Epic to add Frank Castle to the Battle Pass.

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Obviously, there are a ton of options in terms of Fortnite Marvel skins, which is what makes this seasonal theme so exciting for Marvel fans. As we were writing this article, data miner, Hypex, tweeted that Groot would be coming to the Battle Pass.

Which hero would you like to see in Fortnite Season 4 – Battle Pass or Item Shop? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Our top 6 wishes for Fortnite Season 4

Here’s what a perfect Fortnite Season 4 would look like.

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There’s only a week left in Fortnite Season 3 – barring any last-minute extensions – which means that it’s time to look forward to Season 4. We already have some key information about what the season will bring, but there’s much more that we don’t know.

Ahead, we’re going to give you our top five wishlist for Season 4. Hopefully, a few of these suggestions come with the new Fortnite season.

Get the Marauders OUT OF HERE

We don’t need to spend too long on this one. The Marauders are awful. They range from a minor inconvenience to a game-ruining menace. The NPC Henchmen are annoying enough. We don’t need their bot buddies falling from the sky, Stink Bombing us while they spam our walls with rockets.

We have a hunch that Epic added the Marauders to help address the mid-game lull that’s been a huge problem in Fortnite. The fact that they were included in the FNCS blows our mind, though – especially in the solo format. More than a few players lost thousands of dollars because these brain-dead NPCs third-partied their fight. GET ‘EM OUTTA HERE!

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Arena revamp

We say this every season, and every season brings us the same, boring Arena system. There’s no de-ranking, no meaningful progression, and no reason to grind to Champion League if you’re not participating in tournaments.

Don’t get us wrong – competitive Fortnite is fun. In fact, it can be a preferable way to play Fortnite for a lot of people – regardless of the lack of end-of-season rewards. Our point is only that Epic could do a lot to improve the game mode, and we hope that they do.

Fishing overhaul done right

We already have a lot of leaks to support this one, so this might fall into the “what to expect” category rather than a wishlist item. It’s worth mentioning, nonetheless.

By all accounts, we’ll be getting 30+ new fish types when Season 4 comes out, along with a new and improved Fishing Rod. We don’t know what these fish do, just yet, apart from the Midas Fish that Tabor Hill recently leaked.

Our hope is that Epic keep the same fishing system with new fish types. In other words, we hope that Floppers and Slurpfish still exist as they currently do – with new names and colors added to them. Too much clutter in the Flopper loot pool could cause players to skip fishing, altogether.

Reel in a big one!

QOL improvements to editing

There are two quality-of-life (QOL) improvements that we’d like to see in the editing system: confirm reset on release and the ability to disable pre-edits.

Let’s start with the latter. This is something that should have always been in the game. We’re stunned that Epic hasn’t added it, already. For those who don’t know, this setting would allow you to disable the ability to pre-edit your structures. Sure, there are some strategies that surround pre-edits, but 100 players do it by accident for every one who does it intentionally.

The next QOL improvement is, largely, for controller players. We already have “confirm edit on release,” so we’d like to see Epic add the “confirm reset on release” setting. It will, simply, make things easier and allow controller players and non-conforming KBM players to compete with the all-powerful “scroll wheel reset” strategy.

Weapon loadout presets

We’ve been asking for this one for a while, as well. Anyone who regularly plays Fortnite has a preferred loadout placement. I, for instance, use Shotgun, SMG, healing, misc, AR. Everyone has some variation of this.

This concept would, simply, allow us to choose where items would land in our inventories when we pick them up. That way, we’d never get messed up by a mismatched inventory in an early-game engagement. The “auto-sort consumables to the right” setting was a positive step, but it doesn’t work for a lot of people who don’t keep their healing items in their last slots. It’s a bit of a long-shot, but we’d still love to see it.

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Split the loot pools

The first two seasons of Fortnite Chapter 2 seemed to over-correct the issue that plagued the last few seasons of Chapter 1. Chapter 1 focused on fun first and competitive viability… well, never. They changed that for the better in Chapter 2. Any pro will tell you that the first season of Chapter 2 was the most competitive season in recent memory – possibly ever.

It’s tough to strike a balance between keeping the game fun and fresh and making it competitive for professional play. Recently, Epic added cars into core modes – one of the best additions they’ve made to the game in a long time.

These cars would likely be a menace in competitive modes, however. We won’t know until they add them – but we don’t think that should happen. Competitive and casual Fortnite modes are inherently different. It’s time that Epic stops pretending that’s not the case.

Anyone who watched the Season 3 FNCS knows how unbeatable the Shockwave Launcher was. Items like this one shouldn’t be a deciding element in a tournament worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Our solution to this: separate the Arena and tournament loot pools into the most competitive items of the season. Remove problematic items, mythic items and weapons, and cars from competitive modes. Make changes to the loot pool as needed to help level the playing field. This way, Epic can have fun in core modes while keeping pros happy at the same time. It’s a win-win, and it’s about time for Epic to quit the half measures and make the change.

A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.
A number of new vehicles are heading to Fortnite, including cars and trucks. Credit: Epic Games

Bonus pipe dream: Proximity chat

Proximity chat won’t happen. This is a kid’s game and proximity chat is insanely toxic. Imagine, though, build-battling or boxfighting someone and talking trash the whole time. What’s more, imagine the same scenario but the two of you get third-partied. Instead of continuing to fight, you call a time-out to deal with the intruder. It will never happen, but proximity chat would be so much fun.

What would you like to see in Fortnite Season 4? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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