The world of Fortnite has gone off-the-rails wild as its moved through the seasons of Chapter 2. Season 4 closed out yesterday with a massive in-game event involving flying the Battle Bus in an arcade shooter to fight Galactus, which reportedly saw some big numbers: 15.3 million concurrent players and 3.4 million watching on YouTube and Twitch.
After that, the game went down and a countdown timer to Season 5 went up, followed by a series of “Reality Log” transmissions talking about bounty hunters. And as of right now, that bounty hunting theme for Season 5 is now live in all it’s glory. And it’s brought the Mandalorian along for the ride.
As is often the case with a new season, the game’s island has introduced some new locales such as an arena, a jungle, and some shifting crystalline sands. Bounty hunting isn’t just a cosmetics theme but is also something that players can do themselves, with the opportunity to take up character quests and bounties or simply duel them for rewards. Speaking of rewards, there’s new weapons like the Mandalorian’s Amban Rifle, a fire-breathing shotgun, and upgrades, intel, and services. And while the new season has a variety of bounty hunters in-game already, there is promise of more that will be joining in “from the realities beyond” as the season progresses.
Since we’re on the subject of in-game events, remember that big Travis Scott concert that happened in April? It made the rap artist some big bank — $20 million to be exact. For the sake of comparison, Scott’s Astroworld tour maxed out at $1.7 million in a single night, while the entire nine-month tour made $53.5 million. Lucrative.