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When is the Fortnite Doomsday event? And what do the in-game countdowns mean?

If you've been following recent events in the game then you'll know that sinister rumblings are afoot, and are no doubt wondering when is the Fortnite Doomsday event going to start? Thankfully, or worryingly depending on your viewpoint, it looks like it's not far away, and effects that are potentially linked to the Fortnite Doomsday event are already becoming apparent. The hatches that appeared in the waters around The Agency as part of the Fortnite Storm The Agency challenges (opens in new tab) have started to bubble, and the storm circle now appears later and closes faster as if under the control of strange forces.

It's very likely that the Fortnite Doomsday event is going to pave the way for the start of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 (opens in new tab), so on the evidence of previous season finales there could well be a big show in store for Fortnite (opens in new tab) players and even significant changes to the island itself. Read on, and we'll tell you everything you need to know to answer the question of when is the Fortnite Doomsday event.

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When is the Fortnite Doomsday event?

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Recently a number of countdown timers have appeared in the game, in the background of the Play screen and on the desk in Midas' room under the Agents menu from the Battle Pass screen. In Midas' room you'll also spot something pulsing away through the windows now the curtains have been opened, which many believe is the Doomsday Device that will play a big part in this event.

Those countdown timers should confirm when is the Fortnite Doomsday event starting, as they are due to reach zero at around 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm BST on Saturday June 6. If you want to get involved, make sure you're logged in by that time then keep an eye on The Agency and get ready for fireworks.

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Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 450 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.