Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 Start Date, Battle Pass And Optimus Prime


Fortnite’s Chapter 4 Season 2 has been a real doozy, adding the incredible Mega City to the Battle Royale island as part of an all-new Japan-inspired biome, along with the recently vaulted Kinetic Blade. But now spring is ending, and summer is upon us–and it’s almost time for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3. Here’s everything we know so far about Fortnite’s latest summer season.

When does Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 begin?

According to in-game messaging, the current season will end on June 9 at 11 PM PT / 2 AM ET, which indicates there’s once again no live event this season. If Season 3 starts the way Season 2 did, then the game will only be offline for a few hours–meaning that you should expect Season 3 to begin sometime in the early morning of June 9.

Beyond the ending time for this season, Epic hasn’t made any announcements about what’s in store for Season 3. And there haven’t been many leaks yet, either–just one, really. But it’s a big one. Not as big as the battle pass splash page leaking ahead of last year’s summer season, but it’s been enough to get a lot of folks all hot and bothered, in a good way.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 key art teases Tranformers crossover

There is a lot to discuss about this image, which was provided in full by Shiina after a portion of the image appeared on reddit, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: That’s Optimus Prime, the Transformer, right there on the left. We know this is key art rather than some random loading screen because of the “CONNECTING…” message at the bottom–this is an image of the game booting up, rather than loading into a match.

If Optimus Prime is on the key art, then it seems pretty likely he’ll be in the battle pass. But Shiina says he’s not the bonus skin, which was Attack on Titan’s Eren Yeager this season. Since we know very little about next season beyond what we can see in the key art, we’ve got no info on the particulars of the Optimus Prime skin, which we have to assume will have some kind of built-in transformation emote. Possibly even a traversal emote where he turns into a big rig, a la Kit’s motorcycle emote.

What’s the theme for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3?

It has been rumored for a while that next season would feature a jungle theme and would bring back raptors, and this key art would appear to confirm that. That means you should expect Season 3 to add a new jungle/rainforest-type of area to the Battle Royale island, probably over an area that’s currently largely empty.

When Season 2 added its Japan biome, we only lost one named location and gained four new ones. A similar change should be expected here, probably in either the southwest or north central parts of the map–Epic could probably expand the northern end of the island without losing any current named locations, even.

The return of raptors, which haven’t been around since Chapter 2, indicates that Season 3 could be a new primal-like season, a la Chapter 2 Season 6. If Fortnite is collaborating with Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and bringing back raptors, then a new primal season would track. But judging by the “18th century shipwreck victim” look of the guy in the center of the key art, not to mention the old-timey pistol he’s holding, we could instead be looking at a new pirate-themed season.

Or it could be a bit of both. This season’s Attack on Titan collaboration, for example, doesn’t mesh at all with the Mega theme since that show has a medieval Europe aesthetic–it fit with the parts of the map that were already there more than it did with the new stuff. So it clearly doesn’t have to be one or the other.

Will we actually be able to ride the raptors?

While we haven’t had any animals big enough to ride on the Chapter 4 island so far, Fortnite did add rideable animals (wolves and boars) to Battle Royale back in Chapter 3. So there’s no reason to think this image is misleading. You’ll probably be able to ride the raptors. If they work like the wolves and boars did, they’ll also follow you around and help fight your opponents when you’re on foot, too.

The raptors will probably be a lot more helpful in that regard than those other animals were, though, because the raptors were always pretty aggressive to begin with–random wild ones could easily murder you if you weren’t paying attention. So they may end up being on par with current hireable NPCs in terms of helpfulness in combat, though it’s doubtful they’ll be able to rez you in the heat of battle.

What skins will be in Fortnite’s Chapter 4 Season 3 battle pass?

If the image above is the key art for the season, then all four of the skins we see here should be in the battle pass. Two of these are folks who appear to be brand-new original characters–the guy in the center, and the woman on the raptor.

Other than that, we’ve got Optimus Prime, and a new, summer version of the Meowscles skin surfing that vine in the back. Shiina says the bonus slot on this pass will go to an original skin rather than a collab.

What new guns and other weapons are coming in Chapter 4 Season 3?

HypeX has mentioned a number of changes to the Battle Royale arsenal for this season. Such as a new bolt-action sniper with a thermal scope (with one-shot headshots still in play), a “Lever Pistol” which is the old-timey gun from the key art I mentioned before, and a new mythic drum shotgun. That shotgun being specified as mythic likely means the drum is not returning to the general loot pool, but will rather be a specific drop from a boss or a capture point. So don’t expect more of the complete drum shotgun mayhem that we had during Chapter 3 Season 2 when the gun was last in the game.

Meanwhile, helicopters have apparently been updated with a grenade or rocket launcher–which could indicate we’ll be seeing helicopters this season as well.

What should we expect from Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 outside of Battle Royale?

Word is that Season 3 will add a new limited-time mode (LTM) that will be a racing game in the vein of Mario Kart, and that it will have its own battle pass. Could this be a Rocket League thing? Will this other pass be a proper battle pass that’s included with Fortnite Crew, or will it be more like the Star Wars Find the Force event with its mini-pass that had a premium track that you had to pay for? The details are elusive–we don’t even know when it’s being added to the game. But if it actually has its own battle pass, I wouldn’t expect it to release at the beginning of the season.