When does Fortnite Season 8 end? Season 9 start date, teasers, downtime and battle pass details - Dexerto

When does Fortnite Season 8 end? Season 9 start date, teasers, downtime and battle pass details

Published: 6/May/2019 13:27 Updated: 8/May/2019 19:05

by David Purcell


Season 8 of Fortnite Battle Royale has given fans twists, turns, pirates and superheroes, but the next major event on the horizon for the game is Season 9 and they’ll be expecting even more when it comes around. 

Fortnite Season 8 kicked off on February 28 and introduced a brand new pirate theme to the game, which sparked a whole restructuring of the northeast corner of the map. A brand new volcano, along with the arrival of Sunny Steps and Lazy Lagoon, gave fans a lot more than they bargained for with a new thematic setting. 

However, on May 4, players witnessed the volcano finally erupt during the Unvaulting event, with projectiles completely destroying both the Tilted Towers and Retail Row locations. 

Now, with so much free space on the map to take up, let’s take a look at when Season 9 is set to start and what to expect.

EPIC GAMESThe volcano in Fortnite Battle Royale erupted on May 4, but how much of an impact will it have on Fortnite Season 9?

When is Fortnite Season 8 ending? 

The typical season of Fortnite Battle Royale usually lasts around 10 weeks and Epic Games have now confirmed that, as expected, Fortnite Battle Royale’s Season 8 will come to an end on May 8.

There has been an exception to the 10 week ‘rule’ since the game first launched its Battle Passes, though, and that was Season 7, which was extended for a further two weeks because it landed near the holiday season. Now, we now that there won’t be any extension this time around. 

Fortnite Season 9 start date 

Not only have Epic Games made the Season 8 end date official, following a number of teasers which feature later, but it’s now set in stone that Season 9 will commence on May 9.

As is the case for many Fortnite Battle Royale patches, this means that there will be some downtime as the new season content is added to the game. Downtime will commence, as the tweet above states, at 4am (EST) – or 9am (BST) and 1am (PT)

Three Fortnite Season 9 teasers revealed

While Fortnite Season 9 hasn’t yet been released, we already have three teasers to work with. However, what they signify is actually quite unclear at this stage. 

The first image, as seen below, which was tweeted out by the official Fortnite Twitter account on May 6, showing what looks to be a futuristic character next to the new Fortnite Season 9 logo. 

The next teaser, which was revealed by Epic Games on May 7, doesn’t seem to give too much away. You may notice that the first image included the letter ‘N’ and this one features the latter “E’, though. 

After Epic’s Donald Mustard leaned towards the possibility of the teasers eventually spelling out a word, hinting that something will soon rise “from the ashes,” the third teaser from May 8 seemed to include the letter ‘O’. 

The word seems to spell out ‘NEO’, which isn’t what hopeful fans were hoping for, as many suggested the next letter may be a ‘W’, to hint towards a new map. However, that wasn’t to be the case. 

What to expect from Fortnite Season 9

It remains unclear as to what the next season could hold, but a number of rumors and leaks have surfaced which suggest some of the changes that could come in the next in-game reboot. 

One of those is a gifting feature, which many fans will have used for a limited time in the past. Leaked information, which surfaced on April 22, claimed players will soon have access to Battle Pass gifting in Fortnite. This would mean that friends could exchange Battle Pass content with others, but it is still yet to be confirmed. 

Another change, which would be hugely more significant in the grand scheme of things, is a rumored map change for Fortnite. Since the game was released in September 2017, the map has been extended, tweaked, and the locations have changed a lot – but the map itself has more or less stayed the same.

One of the theories that just doesn’t seem to go away puts forward the idea of Fortnite’s map being completely submerged underwater, as an underwater vehicle was leaked on March 1, but that is somewhat an ageing idea now. Others have angled for a future season possibly taking the game to space, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. 

Could Fortnite Season 9 be going underwater?

Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass cost

There hasn’t been much variation in terms of the cost of Fortnite Battle Passes, therefore there’s a good chance that Fortnite’s Season 9 will set players back a total of 950 V-Bucks. In real money, that’s $10 or £8. 

As well as the Battle Pass, expect to see another Battle Bundle in the Fortnite Item Shop for the new season, which may be a little more expensive to purchase, but will give players a head start on the first 25 tiers of the Battle Pass and will allow them to unlock a whole host of new skins along the way

Article last updated on May 8, 2019 at 10:38 AM (EST). 


Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

Fortnite x Predator Crossover
Epic Games / Disney
Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.