Fortnite has launched Nexus War, its Marvel-themed Chapter 2 Season 4, which includes a battle pass full of comic book characters and accessories to unlock.
I had thought maybe there’d be more of a mix between Fortnite’s own fare and Marvel heroes – instead, this season looks like to be completely devoted to the Avengers and their pals. (Although Fortnite boss Donald Mustard has assured fans this is all still in service of the game’s wider plot.)
Fortnite’s Marvel battle pass includes Thor, She-Hulk, Groot, Storm, Dr. Doom, Mystique, Iron Man and Wolverine, with Sapling Groot and Rocket Racoon both available as pets. Galactus, this season’s big bad, is not included (yet).
Various battle pass items (such as Thor’s beloved Mjölnir) are locked to be used by specific skins (in a nice nod to the MCU, both Thor and the previously-released Captain American can wield the god’s hammer). Mystique has a special ability to change her appearance into the last character she defeated. Both She-Hulk and Iron Man can transform between their human and superpowered appearances.
Overall, it now feels far more like a Marvel game now than a Fortnite one – from its menus set within the Avengers helicarrier, to its match lobby where you can fly around said helicarrier while it hovers over the battle royale island.
At the beginning of each match, a set of quinjets fly past the Fortnite battle bus to land on the map. These contain Stark Industries robots you can fight and then hack to fight for you.
The map itself has seen surprisingly little change. Previous season highlights such as the Rig, Yacht and Fortilla have been removed or partially dismantled. Damage from the tidal wave at the beginning of last season has been repaired.
New locations are few and far between. Pleasant Park is now renamed Doom’s Domain, and contains a…