When does Fortnite Season 8 start? Everything we know about the next season of the popular battle royale

Fortnite season 8 is almost upon us, but what do we know about the upcoming season and when does Fortnite season 8 start? Fortnite has been the world’s most popular game for over a year now, and we’re starting to get used to the crazy shenanigans Epic Games likes to throw at us. From the meteor appearing in the sky as the very first in-game event, to the recent iceberg crashing into the island at the start of Fortnite season 7, it’s been one hell of a ride. But what’s coming next?

When does Fortnite Season 8 start and finish?

Each Fortnite season typically lasts for 10 weeks, with a new set of challenges every single week. Epic has adjusted the tried and tested formula this season though, as it took a two week break over the Christmas period. This means that Fortnite season 7 is actually 12 weeks long, and Fortnite season 8 starts on Thursday, February 28. We’re expecting Fortnite season 8 to revert back to a 10 week duration, which would mean that it will end on Thursday, May 9.

What time does Fortnite season 8 start? Epic typically commences the downtime for the transition between seasons at around 4 AM ET/8 AM GMT, and it’s usually complete within around three hours. This isn’t a definite time period, but going by the last few seasons, there’s a strong chance it will go down like this.

How much will Fortnite Season 8 cost?

As always, the battle royale Fortnite mode will continue to be absolutely free for anyone who wants to jump in and play. If you want to pick up the Fortnite season 8 battle pass on the other hand, it will cost you 950 V-Bucks. 1,000 V-Bucks will cost you around £8/$10, and you’ll receive 100 tiers worth of cosmetics. From skins and wraps to emotes and gliders, everything you receive in the Fortnite season 8 battle pass will be strictly cosmetic.

What will be in the Fortnite Season 8 battle pass?

The Ice King is the Tier 100 skin for Fortnite Season 7. What will we see in Fortnite Season 8?

The Ice King is the Tier 100 skin for Fortnite Season 7. What will we see in Fortnite Season 8?

Epic keeps a tight lid on the contents of the battle pass until the start of each new season, but we are able to make a few educated guesses. Pets were introduced at the start of Fortnite season 6, and wraps are a new type of weapon and vehicle cosmetic that we saw when season 7 began. Expect to see more of them in Fortnite season 8.

Sprays and throwable emotes have been used as filler for the last few seasons when they hardly ever get used in-game, so while it may be wishful thinking, we’re hoping that Epic decides to do away with them, or at least introduce less of them throughout the battle pass. 

What will happen in Fortnite Season 8?

Fortnite season 7 has been a chilling experience, with the enormous iceberg crashing into the island and consuming the south-west corner of the map. Greasy Grove was covered in ice, Flush Factory was replaced by Happy Hamlet and we saw two more places of interest with Polar Peak and Frosty Flights. Planes and ziplines were added, Christmas lights have decorated almost everything on the map, and we’ve had a few new items like the Boombox and the Scoped Pistol.

A few days ago, during week six of Fortnite season 7, a large icy sphere appeared in the sky above Polar Peak. Approaching the sphere causes your screen to be shrouded in ice, and it can’t be destroyed. Shortly after, in the very south-east corner of the map, a huge ice boulder appeared that had a health of five billion. It was a shared object across all Fortnite instances, which meant that players had to work together to destroy the boulder and find out what was inside.

It turned out to be very anticlimactic, as a simple bunker entrance was inside, identical to the one found in Wailing Woods. It’s inaccessible, just like the one in the opposite corner of the map, so we have absolutely no idea what it could mean so far.

With the ice sphere however, one renowned Fortnite leaker managed to somehow get inside the sphere and discover that the Ice King is in there, just chilling. Literally - it must be freezing in there. In his hands, he appears to have a miniature version of Kevin the Cube, which could be confirmation that the famous purple block is making another appearance in Fortnite.

Now it makes sense that for Fortnite season 8, the snow will melt as the temperature gets warmer. What happens when snow melts? It turns to water of course, and we’ve recently seen a number of aquatic themed cosmetics in the Fortnite season 7 battle pass, such as the Porthole and Baited sprays, and the Octopus player icon. Of course, the Fishstick skin launched this season, so we may also see more aquatic skins before the season is out.

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The one thing we haven’t mentioned yet are the dragon eggs that have been unveiled in the depths of the Polar Peak castle. Well, we say dragon eggs - there’s no confirmation that they’re actually from a dragon or will hatch into dragons, but that’s the common theory going around. They also have heartbeats, so it at least confirms one thing: whatever is inside is definitely alive.

If you still need some kills at expedition outposts for the Fortnite season 7 challenge, here is where you can find all of the Fortnite expedition outposts.