'Fortnite' Season 8 Start Date, Themes, Map Changes, and Everything to Know

It's still early, but there's already enough evidence to look ahead.

Video game developer Epic Games structures seasonal gameplay for Fortnite: Battle Royale around the actual seasons of the year. Winter has already come, but before long Season 8 will cue spring.

Each season has around 10 official weeks of challenges with at least an extra week at the end. These many challenges offer players a chance to earn rewards throughout the season, and they carry over their rewards when the whole process restarts each season.

Fortnite Season 6 ran throughout fall 2018 and winter 2018’s Season 7, so we know for sure that Season 8 will bring something different for spring 2019. But what do we know in terms of start date, potential themes, and every other piece of pertinent information for the new season?

Big changes are bound to happen within Fortnite as the game transitions into Season 8. We’ll update this post with every new detail we get, including theories about storylines, new updates to the game, and any relevant info about the direction Fortnite Season 7 could take.

In the meantime, developer Epic Games constantly updates Fortnite to keep things fresh for players, adding new weapons and other items to the experience while also incorporating various limited-time game modes and in-game events teasing the future of the game. So there’s no reason to wait until Season 8 if you’re looking for something new. Changes to the map and fresh modes will continue to roll out before then.

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Here's a look at everything included in the 'Fortnite' Season 7 battle pass.

When Does Fortnite Season 7 End?

The Fortnite battle pass screen within the in-game menu always includes a countdown to the end of the current season. Based on that, Season 7 should end on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Historically, Epic Games often pushes a season’s end date back a few days to give players more time to complete challenges, but that didn’t happen in the transition from Season 6 to 7. By the last week of February, Epic will probably announce an official end date via Twitter or Reddit and eventually shift the season-ending countdown to hours instead of days.

'Fortnite' Season 6 clocktower
A flashback to simpler times in Season 6.

When Does Fortnite Season 8 Begin?

Each new season typically starts shortly after the previous season ends. The shortest time for this transition can be measured in hours or even minutes, but it could also be a bit longer. However, Epic Games has released a series of three teaser images for each of the last few seasons, so we can expect that to confirm the Season 8 start date as we get much closer.

These teasers serve as something of an informal countdown to the start of each new season, hinting at new themes, characters, and features.

If we had to guess when these would start appearing for Season 8, we’d wager that Monday, February 25 would be the first leading to a start date of Thursday, February 28.

Is There a Trailer for Fortnite Season 8?

Not yet. Epic Games doesn’t typically release trailers for each new season until that season actually starts. So the Season 8 trailer likely won’t arrive until late February, though there should be plenty of in-game clues before then…

'Fortnite' Dancing Santa
Expect lots of dancing in Season 8, no matter what the theme is.

What Is the Theme of Fortnite Season 8?

Season 6 focused almost exclusively on spooky apocalyptic themes related to Halloween with Fortnitemares and Season 7 turned a quarter of the map into a winter wonderland for the winter months, so it’s reasonable to assume that Season 8 will involve springtime in some fashion.

Also, in the gradually thawing ice castle, also several dragon eggs have been discovered in the dungeon. Many players think they’ll have something to do with Season 8. (Maybe something tied to the launch of Game of Thrones Season 8 in April?)

There’s also the odd-looking Fishstick outfit that’s unlike anything else in the game. Several clues hidden towards the end of the Season 7 battle pass also indicate a potential aquatic theme.

Last spring, Season 4 introduced superhero costumes following the massive meteor impact, so it’s also possible we’ll get some similar sci-fi premise.

Finally, Fortnite data-miners leaked a Marshmello music video supposedly located in the game’s files after a version 7.20 patch in January. This supports evidence of a major Marshmello collaboration with Fortnite confirmed to be happening sometime in February. Could it coincide with Season 8 and even influence the new season’s theme?

'Fortnite' V-Bucks
Everyone who wants a 'Fortnite' Premium Battle Pass needs some V-Bucks.

How Much will the Fortnite Season 7 Premium Battle Pass Cost?

Fortnite: Battle Royale might be free to play, but for players that want access to the premium Battle Pass and all its associated challenges, purchasing the pass costs 950 V-Bucks.


Here’s a video look at some of the forbidden dance locations in Season 7.

Dance is forbidden here!
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