Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 Adds The Hulk, Geralt, Doom Slayer and Next-Gen Unreal Engine 5 Features

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 has officially arrived and promises to add The Hulk, The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia, Doom’s Doom Slayer and next-gen graphics and features powered by Unreal Engine 5.1.

Fortnite’s latest chapter takes players to a whole new realm and, alongside the previously mentioned additions, will also bring dirt bikes, the ability to roll in a snowball, a way to launch yourself into the sky and attack enemies with a Shockwave Hammer, a new obstacle mechanic, Reality Augments and much more.

As for the new outfits that will be available in the Item Shop and Battle Pass, players will have a lot to look forward to. While The Hulk will join the Item Shop at a later date, the other characters will be part of the Battle Pass to unlock as the season progresses.

While Doom Slayer and Geralt of Rivia may be the highlights of the Battle Pass, players will also be able to unlock “Star of the Show” Selene, Massai, Dusty, Nezumi, Helsie and The Ageless. The launch trailer for Chapter 4 Season 1 also teases that My Hero Academia’s Deku will be joining the fray soon as well.

The new next-generation Unreal Engine 5.1 features will usher in a “generational leap in visual fidelity, bringing an unprecedented level of detail to game worlds like Battle Royale Island.” This will be done using Nanite, Lumen, Virtual Shadow Maps and Temporal Super Resolution on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and cloud gaming.

Nanite provides “highly detailed architectural geometry”, Lumen provides “high-quality ray-traced reflections on glossy materials and water,” Virtual Shadow Maps allows for “highly detailed shading,” and Temporal Super Resolution (TSR) provides “high-quality visuals with high frame rate.”

Reality Augments are another way gameplay changes, and at certain intervals in each game, players will be given a random choice of two of these perks. The longer you stay alive, the more Reality Augments you will earn and they will stay with you until the end.

Chapter 4 Season 1 will launch with 22 Reality Augments, and more will be added in the future. The already revealed extensions are as follows;

  • Light fingers: Make your weapons load faster using light ammo.
  • Mechanical Archer: Gives you a Mechanical Explosive Blow and a Mechanical Shockwave Arc.
  • Aerialist: Gives you Glider repositioning for the rest of the match.
  • Supercharged: Your vehicles will not consume fuel and they will have increased health.
  • Soaring sprints: As you sprint, you’ll be able to jump much higher – and jump with less gravity.

There’s so much more to learn about Chapter 4 Season 1, and players can check out the full Fortnite blog for all the changes, including some of the new weapons like the Ex-Caliber Rifle – a powerful, semi-automatic rifle that “fires a ballistic blade at your enemies… detonating only moments later.”

For more on Fortnite, check out the full Chapter 3 Finals event and our look at how Fortnite is the antidote to Metaverse skepticism.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Jerk.

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