Fortnite Chapter 3 is, by all accounts, just around the corner. Even though Epic hasn’t officially confirmed Chapter 3 by name, we do know Chapter 2 ends on December 4, and it’s safe to assume a new chapter with a new island awaits us on the other side. Epic’s latest tweet seems to wink at players holding out for more clues as to what lies ahead, and the potential for a brand-new island looks strong. In fact, we may already be looking at it.
Epic’s tweeted tease includes an image of Chapter 2’s map, but its accompanied caption is the first sign since the announcement of the Chapter 2 finale that what’s coming on the other side of that battle with the Cube Queen may be a whole new world, much like we saw when Fortnite moved into Chapter 2 in 2019. Back then, Epic sent off the original island, named Athena, in favor of the current island, Apollo, adding things like fishing, vehicles, and NPCs as the chapter went on for the two years since.
According to rumors, the next island is to be named Artemis, and while we’re actively investigating the mythological significance behind these naming conventions, it’s also worth noting that some players think the Chapter 3 map has already leaked.
A fan-made sketch of an island “concept” is being passed around online and rumored to actually be a leak. Sometimes it’s the case, with Fortnite and probably other games too, where legitimate leaks are sent out as “concepts” or “theories” so as not to burn insider contacts. That’s possibly what’s happening with this elaborate drawing of an island that would seem to fit the Fortnite mold, though that certainly doesn’t mean it’s a confirmed leak either.
RUMOR: This *MIGHT* be our first glimpse at the Chapter 3 map!
According to u/Edmire2k on Reddit, Epic have been working on the Chapter 3 map for a while now. They have made a concept based on what they have heard & seen. pic.twitter.com/8tfMo8zKVX
— Fortnite News (@SentinelCentral) October 25, 2021
The map features mostly brand-new named places of interest, though in traditional Fortnite fashion, also reimagines past locations such as Pleasant Park, which has been featured in nearly all 18 seasons of Fortnite so far, and Tilted Towers, which Epic has never stopped teasing in the two years since it disappeared. Different biomes and long PUBG-like bridges make sense too, but bear in mind these ideas could just be coming from a fan who has a good understanding of the way Epic designs its maps.
It’s worth noting, however, that the same user who designed the concept based on an early Epic rendition now says the Chapter 3 map looks different, though added that some POIs and all biomes are expected to appear in the final version.
While Fortnite leaks come nearly as often as sunrises, we won’t need to wait long until Chapter 3 begins and we can see the new island for ourselves. The Chapter 2 finale begins on December 4 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. You can queue into the playlist for The End with up to 15 others as early as 30 minutes beforehand to reserve your virtual seat for the show. It’s expected to be one of the biggest spectacles we’ve ever seen in Fortnite, so don’t miss it.
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