'Fortnite' Season 10 Start Date and Time, Themes, Map Changes, and More

Everything to know about the next season of 'Fortnite'.

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Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale has gameplay seasons roughly structured around the actual seasons, and this summer, the biggest battle royale game out there will finally reach the monumental Season 10. With Season 9 nearly complete, it’s time to focus on the future.

Every Fortnite season involves 10 full weeks of challenges, an ongoing weekly series involving special loading screens, and several special events along the way. Early in Season 9, for instance, there was a crossover event with John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. Netflix also had a Stranger Things crossover for the Netflix show’s third season. Season 9 also introduced a new challenge format with Fortbytes.

What else do we know in terms of start date, potential themes, and every other piece of pertinent information for Season 10?

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 new season.

The 'Fortnite' Season 9 launch video propels into the future.

What Happened in Fortnite Season 9?

Fortnite Season 9’s official theme is “The future is yours.”

In the Season 9 launch trailer, Jonesy and Peely hide in a bunker when the volcano erupts. Jonesy had to blend Peely up into a smoothie for sustenance, and he emerged from the bunker years later to find new technology — like the Slipstream system and the Sky Platforms — and new destinations like Mega Mall, Neo Tilted, and Pressure Plant.

The most important ongoing story element of Season 9 involves the giant monster frozen under Polar Peak that has since escaped. It occasionally stomps around the map, destroying different areas. A huge robot has also been constructed throughout Season 9 at Pressure Plant, and most leaks indicate a massive confrontation will happen on July 20.

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Peely and Jonesy in the 'Fortnite' Season 9 launch cinematic.

When Is the Fortnite Season 9 End Date?

As of this writing, the in-game Season 9 battle pass countdown indicates that Season 9 should end on July 31, 2019. In the past few seasons, these countdowns were accurate, but they’re known to shift without any announcement. At one point, that same countdown made it seem like the end date was July 23, but at some point in early July, it was pushed back a week.

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The 'Fortnite' Season 9 teaser teased the futuristic theme ahead of time.

When Is the Fortnite Season 10 Start Date?

Thursday, August 1 will probably be the Season 10 start date based on the updated Season 9 end date. Season 8 and 9 both began on a Thursday within a day or two of the previous season’s end, so this seems likely.

We’ll know for sure when Season 10 should begin either on Sunday, July 28 or the following day. Epic Games always confirms the official start date of each new season in a series of cryptic tweets that begin on either the Sunday or the Monday before. For instance, Epic released the first official Season 9 teaser on Monday, May 6, confirming that Season 9 would begin on Thursday, May 9.

What Is the Fortnite Season 10 Start Time

We don’t know for sure, but on the day each new season starts, Fortnite typically goes offline for a few hours starting at around 4 a.m. Eastern before returning with major changes somewhere between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Eastern. Expect something similar for the Season 10 start.

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This huge eye belongs to some kind of massive creature that exists in the world of 'Fortnite'.

What Is the Fortnite Season 10 Theme?

We hinted at this previously, but Season 10 is probably tied to the mysterious creature that was imprisoned under Polar Peak until it broke free. Many Fortnite fans think this Godzilla-sized kaiju might present a kind of huge boss battle for players around the world. Data-mined information revealed the creature is called “Cattus.” The giant robot in Pressure Plant is also supposedly called “Doggus,” so the July 20 event should be a battle between the two.

In the back half of each season, certain events usually begin to happen that influence how the following season will shape up. Late in Season 6, players noticed an ice berg heading right for the island, and then when Season 7 began, that ice berg crashed into the island and brought winter with it. Similarly, earthquakes in late Season 7 led to a volcano erupting into existence for the start of Season 8.

These often culminate with an in-game event that affects the map in smaller ways that preview what’s to come with the transition between seasons.

How Will the Fortnite Map Change for Season 10?

Assuming Season 9 does end with an epic battle with a giant monster, then huge portions of the map could take some collateral damage.

On June 18, the monster destroyed a section of Loot Lake just by walking on it. Maybe it’ll destroy Neo Tiled, Godzilla-style, in the Season 10 launch cinematic?

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

How Much will the Fortnite Season 10 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. That converts to about $9.50, but most players will have to buy a V-Bucks bundle that costs $9.99 for 1,000 or one of the bigger bundles that offer better deals.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 10 should begin on or around August 1.

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