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Fortnite Wilds promises Transformers, velociraptor mounts and a returning superstar

UPDATE: Gameplay and map now detailed.

UPDATE 9/6/23: Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3: Wilds kicks off today, and Epic Games has now fully detailed the many new mechanics on offer in this jungle-themed update to its ever-popular battle royale.

You can run around on treetop canopies, you can slide into mud for speed and sneaky camouflage - and yes, as shown last night, the dinosaurs are now ridable.

New weapons include the Thermal DMR and Flapjack Rifle, as well as a Kinetic Boomerang to hit enemies twice. There's also a new Transformers-themed bazooka cannon.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3: Wilds gameplay in action!Watch on YouTube

New flora and fauna for you to utilise include Wildwasps (think BioShock's homing insects), Bomb Flowers (hello Zelda!), Stink Flowers and Slurp Plants.

A look at the map shows the Island's central portion has indeed crumbled away, meaning the end of Anvil Square. (Is the Herald Tree gone too? And that cool cave with Tilted's clocktower inside? It seems so.)

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 Wilds map.
Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3: Wilds' full Island map.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/6/23: Summer Games Fest 2023 just dropped the cinematic trailer for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3: Wilds, which kicks off tomorrow.

The trailer is typically charming. The centre of the island has collapsed revealing a jungle. A bunch of heroes investigate an ancient temple, Fishstick does the Lara Croft emote roll, there are vines that are also grind rails and rideable velociraptor mounts. It's basically everything you could want.

Fortnite Wilds cinematic trailer.Watch on YouTube

Then Optimus Prime turns up, things go wrong, and at the very end the big reveal is... Slone is back! SLONE IS BACK!

The Battle Pass will be Transformers rich by the looks of it, but for those of us following Fortnite's story this was all about the good doctor. Cannot wait.

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