'Fortnite' Season 8 Teasers Showcase Pirates and Fire Snakes

Pirates vs. Snakes seems like a weird theme.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8 is nearly upon us, and true to Epic Games’ typical lead-up, the daily teasers have already begun. As always, they offer an incoherent mashup of ideas that we’ll eventually see in the new season. For now, we’re left wondering what could possibly connect pirates with fire snakes.

Is the theme Pirates vs. Snakes?

On Sunday, the first Season 8 teaser clearly hinted at pirates being included as part of the new season’s theme. Not only does an accompanying riddle mention “treasure,” “loot,” and the phrase “‘X’ Marks The Spot,” but the image shown with a red background is that of a pirate’s hook hand. This teaser confirmed a Season 8 start date of Thursday, February 28.

Epic Games also released a second, very similar teaser on Monday morning. The same red background instead shows a serpent of some kind, maybe a cobra. “Sssomething shimmers / Within the cave…” it reads, also hinting at some kind of treasure. “But beware of those / Who arrive on waves” also sounds like it could be related to pirates.

In response to this teaser, Fortnite creative director Donald Mustard replied with a tweet that just had an egg emoji, implying that these snakes could be what hatches out of those eggs players found in the Ice Castle. Or maybe he just wants us to think that?

It’s starting to look like the Prisoner, his fire powers, and all these earthquakes could have less to do with Season 8 than we previously thought.

At this point in Season 6, Epic Games revealed several similar Season 7 teasers with white backgrounds that featured the Ice King and a cat character snowboarding (later revealed as Lynx). Fortnite’s story has always been barely coherent as is, but Season 7 has done a solid job of following through on those teasers.

How these new teasers might actually factor into Season 8 is anybody’s guess. Season 6 teasers offered a prelude to the Purple Cube causing Fortnitemares. Season 5 teasers focused on the rifts and Drift’s weird cat mask.

It does, however, seem like all of the snow will melt before long, especially because Season 8 will eventually include spring.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8 begins February 28, 2019.