Fortnite has begun to tease its Chapter 3 finale event, Fracture, officially. Epic Games has shared the first visual artwork of the event today, which shows a series of chrome tornados tearing up the landscape, with the chrome infection being a central plot point at the end of this chapter.
As was the case in the past, the Fracture event will destroy the map as these chapter endings usually go. However, this was different last time, as the entire map was turned upside down to reveal another one underneath. Regardless, a new map is coming, which is a year earlier than the previous chapters.
Epic Games has also revealed the official date and time for the event is December 3rd at 4 pm ET. After that, the game is expected to go offline, and Chapter 4, Season 1 will begin early Sunday morning, and players will be able to see the new map, add-ons, and battle pass when they log in. The game now features a countdown to the event’s start, so players can track how much time is left. Right now, it’s just over 11 days since it doesn’t happen on the holiday weekend, but after.
These events usually last about 12-15 minutes and unfold almost like a live theater that each player experiences firsthand as a direct participant in the plot. However, Epic Games has stated that players who arrive late can join an ongoing event for up to 40 minutes. The news was revealed via a blog post about the event, which says that while you should log in 30 minutes early at 3:30 PM ET, you can also join while the event is in progress until 4:40 PM, something past events didn’t allow players to do. This would make the in-game event last 40 minutes, making it the longest event in the game’s history.
Finally, those looking to play with a party can load teams of up to four into the event. If you have less than an entire team, an event-specific emote will be enabled to let you have fun with other players running around in your instance but still not in your group.