'Fortnite' Season 8 Trailer Release Date: What to Expect When It Drops
We know for sure that Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8 begins on Thursday, but outside of a few cryptic images teasing pirates, snakes, tigers, bananas, and a volcano, we don’t really know anything concrete about what to expect.
Official trailers for each Fortnite season don’t usually get released until the moment the season launches, so for Season 8, that means Epic Games probably won’t release any trailers until the season begins early on the morning of Thursday, February 28. It’ll probably be a launch trailer cinematic that appears to all players who log into Fortnite after Season 8 begins before also showing up on YouTube.
Update: Epic Games has confirmed that downtime begins at 4 a.m. Eastern, the same as most previous seasons.
What might the Season 8 launch trailer entail?
When Season 7 launched, Epic Games released a wintry, holiday-themed cinematic that depicted the iceberg crashing into the island. For Season 6, the cinematic showed the purple cube rising out of Loot Lake to create the floating island. Season 5’s was all about rifts, and Season 4 showed the meteor crashing.
Epic Games labels each of these as an “Announce Trailer,” and they’re often followed immediately by different videos exploring what’s in that season’s battle pass.
The trend here is obviously that some kind of supernatural or cosmic event drastically changes the map, and the event itself is the focus of each season’s trailer.
Between the ongoing earthquakes and Season 8 teasers showing a volcano, it seems like one big final earthquake will cause a volcano to erupt into existence somewhere in the northeastern quadrant of the map.
That, in turn, will probably melt all of the ice and snow in the southwestern quadrant. All of this is, of course, pure speculation at this point. But we’ll all know for sure in a matter of hours.
Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 8 should start sometime around 4 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, February 28.