This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Chapter 3 of Fortnite, the first look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), and December's free games for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 brings a new map, new gameplay, and Spider-Man

Epic has confirmed details for Chapter 3 of Fortnite, along with releasing a trailer that shows what to expect in its first season, titled Flipped.

In the Chapter 2 finale, the island flipped over to reveal a new map that includes chaotic weather like rainstorms, lightning, and tornadoes that can suck you in and throw you out. Along with the new map, Spider-Man is making his way to Fortnite. The wall-crawler’s influence goes beyond just a character skin though, as the Daily Bugle stands prominently on the new map, and swinging mechanics have also been introduced through his web-shooters, which will be available starting on December 11th. Later on in the season, you’ll be able to unlock Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as The Foundation, the leader of The Seven.

Other changes for Chapter 3 include a new sliding mechanic to move and dodge faster, camps to help your squad heal and store items that persist between matches, the ability to earn XP beyond battle royale, and a Victory Crown to hold onto if you keep winning.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse drops first footage of 2-part sequel

Sony has revealed the first look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One). The film serves as the first installment of the now two-part sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Across the Spider-Verse will chronicle Miles Morales as he teams up with Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099, and Spider-Gwen to face off with a powerful super-villain.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller said of the sequel, “Miles’ story is an epic. We wrote what we thought the story needed to be, and to our surprise we realized it was two movies instead of one. We’re working on them both as we speak. Part Two will be out sometime in 2023. We will sleep again in 2024.”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is scheduled to release in theaters October 7th, 2022.

PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold free games for December

Here are the free games for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold members for December.

Available starting December 7th, PlayStation Plus members will get access to the looter-shooter Godfall: Challenger Edition for PS5 & PS4. On the PS4, they can join the Justice Syndicate in LEGO DC Super-Villains and step into the action-RPG Mortal Shell. Three bonus PS VR titles will also be in the mix, including The Persistence, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Until You Fall.

Xbox Gold members will be able to plot prison breaks in The Escapists 2, run an island nation in Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition, take out an orc army in Orcs Must Die!, and battle bizarre creatures in Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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