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When does Fortnite Season 6 start? Chapter 2 Season 5 end date

Published: 7/Jan/2021 9:32

by Daniel Megarry

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As fans look ahead to Fortnite Season 6, we’ve got everything you need to know about the next update including a release date and the biggest rumors.

Fortnite Season 5 dropped on December 2, 2021, and introduced a ton of changes to The Island including an exposed Zero Point, crossovers with The Mandalorian and The Walking Dead, a new type of currency called Gold Bars, and a series of Exotic weapons.

While the update has been well-received by existing fans and has brought many former players back to the game, attention is now slowly turning to the upcoming Season 6 update, which will no doubt bring a whole host of exciting features to the game.

We’ve scoured the internet for every rumor, leak, and theory about what Fortnite Season 6 has in store for us, including potential themes and when fans can expect it to arrive on their consoles.

When does Fortnite Season 5 end?

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Fortnite Season 5 introduced loads of new skins including The Mandalorian.

According to the official Fortnite website, players will need to complete the current season’s Battle Pass by March 15, 2021, meaning Season 5 should also come to an end on that day – or at least in the same week.

It’s hard to predict an exact date for when Season 5 will come to an end, though, as some recent seasons have been extended weeks past their original end date to allow Epic more time to perfect their next update.

Following in the footsteps of previous seasons, we’re also expecting a huge event to take place to mark the end of the season. It could have something to do with those hunters Agent Jonesy has been gathering.

When does Fortnite Season 6 start?

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Could another Black Hole appear before Season 6 of Fortnite?

The most obvious answer is that Season 6 will begin as soon as Season 5 ends. If we’re following that train of thought, Season 6 should start on March 15, 2021. If not that exact day, then at some point later in the week.

It’s not completely guaranteed that this will happen, though. Epic Games threw fans for a loop when they presented a Black Hole loading screen at the end of Chapter 1. It meant a few days of downtime where fans couldn’t play the game.

It’s unlikely that this will happen again – though it did happen overnight between Season 4 and Season 5 – but if it does, the expected release date could be pushed back by a few days. We’ll keep you updated.

What will the Fortnite Season 6 theme be?

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Some fans believe Kevin the Cube will make a comeback in Season 6.

We won’t truly know the theme of Chapter 2 Season 6 until it launches, but fans already have many predictions and theories about what could happen in the new season of Fortnite.

One of the biggest rumors is that Chapter 2 Season 6 will reimagine the Darkness theme from Chapter 1 Season 6. This would likely mean a comeback for Kevin the Cube, the mysterious purple object that once caused mayhem on The Island.

It’s a theory that’s backed up by popular YouTuber Ali-A, who pointed out that each season in Chapter 2 is mimicking its corresponding season in Chapter 1. For example, Chapter 1 Season 4 was superhero themed, while Chapter 2 Season 4 focused on Marvel superheroes and villains.

It’s also likely that we’ll finally get an explanation about the Imagined Order, the mysterious group of antagonistic soldiers who keep rising from the ground and attacking players in Season 5.

What new weapons and skins will be in Fortnite Season 6?

As with every other season of Fortnite, Chapter 2 Season 6 will bring with it a new Battle Pass that will offer a number of skins, back blings, gliders, and wraps for players to unlock as they progress.

We don’t know what they’ll be yet, but given the high-profile nature of recent skins, with the likes of The Mandalorian and Marvel/DC superheroes showing up, we’d expect at least one major crossover to launch the season.

A new Gaming Legends series of skins was introduced in Season 5, with Halo’s Master Chief and God of War’s Kratos joining the battle. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for more in Season 6, like the rumored Samus Aran.

As for weapons, we’ll have to wait and see whether Exotic-class additions like the Shadow Tracker Pistol and The Dub, which were newly introduced in Season 5, will carry across to Season 6 or if there will be a whole new selection to choose from.

Is there a trailer for Fortnite Season 6?

There’s no trailer for Fortnite Season 6 yet, as Epic Games still haven’t released any details about the new update.

Based on previous season release patterns, though, it’s likely we’ll start to get teasers closer to the launch date, with a full trailer made available to watch on the day of release.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.