Fortnite – I Will not Miss Fortnite’s Marvel Season
Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season involves an finish subsequent week, with tremendous villain Galactus lastly arriving on the island on Tuesday afternoon. Dataminers are discovering plenty of references to previous season occasions, Epic has put out some streaming guidelines suggesting there’ll be copyrighted music, and we actually don’t know what we’re going to get from the occasion or the upcoming Season 5. So now’s pretty much as good a time as any to say that I hope we don’t see one other crossover season.
I haven’t loved Fortnite’s Marvel season a lot. Regardless of working with video video games, I’m not into games-adjacent stuff like comedian books and sci-fi. When the Marvel teasers first began popping out forward of Season 4, I confirmed them to some associates, solely to be given a prolonged studying checklist and a few backstory that made my head spin. So I’ll admit that a few of my dislike of this season is private: One among my many obligations at Kotaku is to learn about Fortnite, and that obtained tougher to do when Fortnite turned about a complete different style that I don’t know. Different gamers on reddit and social media additionally expressed some dissatisfaction with the Marvel-themed season, which helped me really feel a bit much less like a killjoy. Nevertheless, even these of us who weren’t enthusiastic about this season may nonetheless see its enchantment, and I loved different gamers’ pleasure over the battle go skins and new landmarks, even when most of them despatched me racing to a wiki.
The Marvel season wasn’t fully out of left area — Fortnite has completed loads of different crossovers, together with with Marvel — however Season Four has been the toughest the sport has ever leaned into exterior lore. One among Fortnite’s strengths is its malleability — in my evaluate of the sport final 12 months, I praised its “fullness, this being stuffed to the gills with constantly changing stuff.” There’s loads of room on the Fortnite island for superheroes, in addition to musicians, film characters, and even total movies. On a Marvel podcast in late October, Epic Artistic Director Donald Mustard talked about initially pondering of Fortnite as a recreation about place, saying he needed to “create a world where the island is the main character.” Something can occur on the island, and each new theme, crossover, and in-game occasion simply provides to the island’s outlandish story. Retcon just a few of the sport’s plot points, and the Marvel universe suits convincingly into Fortnite’s lore. As a personality, Fortnite’s island is like that man you typically find yourself subsequent to on the bar, who tells you so many outrageous tales you can’t actually do something however nod and say “Sure, buddy.” You don’t all the time need to speak to him, however he normally provides some color to your night.
Fortnite’s Marvel season is likely to be plausible, however that alone didn’t make it work for me. In each masking and enjoying the sport, I’m most within the storylines and secrets and techniques gamers dig up, the lore and wild theories they concoct, and the which means they assign to sure locations. In a season constructed round a pre-existing franchise, a lot of that world-inventing work has already been completed by Marvel. Connecting the dots of this season’s world means tapping your Marvel information, fairly than taking what the oldsters at Epic made and constructing one thing with the neighborhood. I felt like there was much less work for gamers to do, much less avenues for them to be inventive and to assist form the sport’s world. This season’s arc didn’t seize me the best way previous seasons have, and Season Four made Fortnite really feel much less like a bizarre, distinctive world and extra like a product. Fortnite’s expansiveness nonetheless let Epic put its personal spin on present Marvel characters and tales, however Season Four felt prefer it didn’t have as a lot room for gamers to make their mark as effectively.
Epic has been clear about its purpose to show the sport right into a metaverse, with Donald Mustard saying on the 2019 Recreation Awards that the corporate hopes “to create a place where all IP can live together.” I suppose it’s inevitable that the way forward for Fortnite will embody extra product placements and tie-ins. This season felt like a preview of the place the sport goes, and it’s not a spot I’m tremendous excited to go. I’m positive loads of gamers (and firms) will likely be, and Epic can do no matter it desires with its recreation. However the Marvel season hasn’t felt just like the Fortnite I most take pleasure in enjoying. I don’t know if subsequent season will make me extra excited in regards to the recreation, or much less.
I’m hoping subsequent season’s plot will make Fortnite be about, effectively, Fortnite once more. There are hints in that path: Dataminers have been claiming to search out connections to previous lore within the information, tying collectively occasions just like the black gap and the large robotic battle. One thing’s all the time altering within the recreation; issues I don’t like get changed by issues I do, and vice versa. I’m excited to see what occurs subsequent and, on the very least, prepared for a change.