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). 


What’s included in February’s Fortnite Crew? Battle Pass, skins, prices

Published: 25/Jan/2021 15:48 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 15:49

by David Purcell


Fortnite Crew membership allows players to get the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins, and other monthly benefits for a set price. The list of rewards will update each month, but it’s proving successful with fans of Fortnite’s skins. 

The new system came into action alongside the game’s first major update of Season 5. Instead of having to purchase individual skins from the Fortnite Item Shop like usual, the developers are offering guaranteed rewards to Crew members that cannot be obtained any other way.

Monthly subscriptions have been all the rage since Netflix rose to prominence, but now many major players in the gaming world have followed suit. Xbox has its Ultimate Game Pass, for example, and now Fortnite’s creators have come up with their own.

Let’s run through what’s included in February’s Fortnite Crew Pack.

Fortnite Crew February price and start date

One of the most important factors in a player making up their mind about buying Fortnite Crew will be the price. The full price list can be seen below, for various currencies:

  • $11.99
  • €11.99
  • £9.99

This looks to be pretty reasonable, if you consider the Battle Pass is usually $9.50, anyway.

February’s Fortnite Crew membership pack will launch on February 1 at 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET | 12 AM GMT (February 2, 2021). The next one will most likely be released a month later on February 28, 2021.

What’s included? (February 2021)

According to an official blog post from Epic Games, the February edition of the Fortnite Crew membership will include the following:

  • Access to the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass
  • 1,000 V-Bucks
  • Vi of The Fox Clan skin
  • Foxbow Quiver Back Bling
  • Crooked Claw Pickaxe
  • Drift Shift Wrap
  • Loading screen art

These rewards will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included in the skin pack, though based on how obsessive the community has become over skins and cosmetics, it will likely be a popular event to open it each time.

Epic said in an official statement: “Monthly Crew Packs always contain a new Outfit along with at least one accessory. All items are exclusive to Fortnite Crew members.”

How to sign up for Fortnite Crew

  1. Launch Fortnite on your console or PC.
  2. Enter the Battle Pass menu screen.
  3. Click the Fortnite Crew signup icon.
  4. Enter your details and complete the sign-up!

How to get Fortnite Crew rewards

Fortnite Crew
Epic Games
The Fortnite Crew rewards will differ slightly month on month, in terms of what’s included in the Outfit Pack.

Epic Games have confirmed all you have to do, once you’re all signed up, is log into your Primary Platform each monthly subscription period to access your subscription content. This will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included, though generally the V-Bucks and Battle Pass will be guaranteed.

Is it cross platform?

In a series of frequently answered questions, Epic Games have confirmed a player’s Crew account will only work for their primary platform. For example, if you sign up for the Crew on Xbox One or Series X|S, it won’t carry over to PlayStation 4/5.

On the subject, they have said: “Your Subscription is associated with the platform on which you purchased it (your “Primary Platform”) until it is canceled and is not transferable. Be sure to choose the platform (e.g., Xbox, PlayStation, Switch) you purchase your Subscription on carefully. You’ll be able to access the items you receive from the Subscription across different platforms, but the V-Bucks you receive may not be redeemable on other platforms.”

We will update this every month and add new details about Fortnite Crew rewards, as and when that information is made available.