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When does Fortnite Chapter 3 start? Here's everything we know

Fortnite Chapter 3
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Fortnite Chapter 3 is on the way, and it's going to be arriving a lot sooner than we expected. If you've been keeping track of progress then you'll know that we're currently winding down to the end of Season 8, and were fully expecting Fortnite Season 9 to arrive shortly and carry us into 2022. However, Epic have subverted that thinking, possibly due to the increasing length of seasons meaning the chapter in progress has already lasted for over two years, by announcing an upcoming battle with the Fortnite Cube Queen will draw proceedings to a conclusion. If you're looking for information on when Fortnite Chapter 3 will start and what changes will be made, here's everything we know so far.

Fortnite Season 8 Chapter 2

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When does Fortnite Chapter 3 start?

The Fortnite Chapter 3 release date hasn't been officially confirmed, but according to the current Season 8 Battle Pass, as seen on the Epic Games website and the in-game message on the Battle Pass screen, we can determine that the Season 8 Battle Pass, and with it Chapter 2, will end on December 4 with the finale event. This means that the Fortnite Chapter 3 start date will be on or after Sunday December 5, but there will most likely be some downtime to initiate significant changes before the next chapter begins.

What will be the biggest changes made for Fortnite Chapter 3?

Fortnite Cube Queen

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At this point it's too early to say what will happen after the final confrontation with the Cube Queen has concluded, and what changes will be made for Fortnite Chapter 3. However, as we're moving on to a completely new chapter we can be confident that there will be significant adjustments, based on how much was amended in the transition to Chapter 2 back in October 2019. Not only was an entirely new map introduced, but fresh mechanics such as fishing and hiding were added, and the entire progress system was overhauled to focus on XP.

It's likely that details for Fortnite Chapter 3 will leak in the near future when the next update is published, so check back soon for a better idea of what upcoming changes could be imminent. In the mean time, make sure you've completed any Fortnite quests you have outstanding, and spend any remaining Fortnite Color Bottles on Toona Fish styles as they'll otherwise expire. Any unused Battle Stars will automatically be redeemed for the earliest available rewards, so if you have your eyes on adding anything specific to your locker then make sure you pick it up before the deadline.

How much will the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Battle Pass cost?

Fortnite Chapter 3

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Fortnite is free to play, but buying the Battle Pass will get you loads of additional rewards. The Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Battle Pass will likely be available for the usual 950 V-Bucks, which means that it will be enough to purchase the smallest V-Bucks bundle in the Fortnite store, priced at $7.99 / £6.49. This will get you 1,000 V-Bucks.

It's possible to get a head start by buying the Battle Bundle upgrade. This will get you to Tier 25 on the Battle Pass instantly. Doing so will cost you 2,800 V-Bucks, which you can get for $19.99 / £15.99 (2,500 V-Bucks, plus 300 for free). 

If you don't want to spend any money, you can always try to get free Fortnite V-Bucks for the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Battle Pass, but don't fall for online scams! If you choose to save up some V-Bucks, remember that you only need to collect 950 of them to unlock the next Fortnite Battle Pass starting in December.

And that's all we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 for now, but with the launch of the new chapter imminent we'll have all the details very soon!

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