Fortnite closes Chapter 2 Season 4 with a Galactus fight and launches Season 5 with the Mandalorian

    
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Fortnite closes Chapter 2 Season 4 with a Galactus fight and launches Season 5 with the Mandalorian

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.


sources: The Verge, Twitter (1, 2), official site, VG247

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

every season of this is just pop culture mash up cash grab? as a kid nothing would have been more repugnant to me. idk, i’ve never played it so i wont judge i guess.

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Rndomuser

every season of this is just pop culture mash up cash grab?

Yea, pretty much, and this is still an effective strategy ;-) I don’t personally like Fortnite, but plenty of kids and young adults still do, same kind of demographics that shows like “Mandalorian” cater towards, so it’s a smart move from Epic to add outfits and items from that show to this kind of game.

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Sorenthaz

Guess Epic’s really milking the Disney partnership while they can.

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Leo

So apparently during this event, a song by the band AC/DC was played, and so Epic & Twitch have sent out warnings that if they steamed with the song playing that could get them flagged for copyright violation

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Sorenthaz

If we’re lucky we might finally see copyright reform in 20 years.

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EmberStar

Given the rate such things progress, yes. In 20 years, copyright law will have caught up… with where it needs to be two years ago. Of course by then there’ll be all NEW problems (corporations trying to claim IP rights on your DNA data, maybe?) that won’t get sorted out until two decades after that. :(

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Greaterdivinity

I love that we have the metaverse, I hate that it’s Fortnite.

I might have to give it another spin for these “totally unrelated to BR nonsense” events and whatnot.

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Rndomuser

I love that we have the metaverse

Unfortunately we don’t, at least not similar to words described in Snow Crash or Ready Player One. The closest thing we have is VRChat and even that is far, far from something like metaverses from those books. Hopefully we’ll get more close to it with more rapid VR hardware improvements and VR hardware acceptance ;-)