Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 will start on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Although there's no timeline for when it will occur, it should be early morning for players in the Eastern Time zone.
According to leakers, the downtime will last for a maximum of 12 hours. If the timeline remains unchanged, the new chapter should begin by 5:00 am Eastern Time. However, things may take longer if the developers need to fix any last-minute anomalies.
That being said, it was originally scheduled to start on December 5, 2022. However, considering that this date falls on a Monday, which is a working day, it wouldn't be good for traffic. Just like Chapter 3 began on a Sunday (December 5, 2021), the same will be done this time around.
On that note, the live event for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4, "Fracture," will start on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. Once the event ends, the downtime will likely commence immediately, and the Black Hole/To Be Continued Screen will come into play.
The trailer for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 will be showcased after the live event ends at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The video, which is scheduled to premiere on YouTube, is titled "A New Beginning." Although this is rather vague at the moment, this may signify the end of Reality Zero.
With leaked audio logs confirming that Chapter 3 Season 4 POIs are being shifted to another reality or dimension at best, it truly may be a new beginning. However, players will have to wait until the live event kicks off to get the whole picture.
Note: Potential spoilers beyond this point.
Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 will kick off with a bang (literally)
Although there's not much information (yet) about what will happen during the live event, there is one leak that gives some idea as to what may happen toward the end.
A few hours ago, an image showing a supernova was posted to Twitter. Prior to this image being widely circulated, veteran leakers warned the community of potential live event leaks.
While the image's authenticity is still up for debate, it shows a glimpse of what will occur in the live event. It seems that sometime during the event, The Zero Point will explode.
However, given that it can't truly be destroyed, it's likely that Reality Zero, where The Zero Point is currently located, will be destroyed instead. With audio leaks confirming that POIs will be shifted to a new reality, this adds credibility to the image.
Nevertheless, with fake live event teasers still doing the rounds on social media, it's best to take things with a pinch of salt. Given how detailed fake leaks tend to look, this could also be fabricated.
It's best to remain cautious and avoid leaks by staying off social media until the live event officially begins. With a few more hours to go, it won't be long until Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 is live and kicking.