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Published: 28/Jun/2019 15:17 Updated: 31/Jul/2019 15:41by Matt Porter
We’re just hours away from the official start of Fortnite Season 10, but when will the new update launch, and what can you expect when it drops? Here’s everything we know so far.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, and were the pioneers of the season and Battle Pass structure that have become so prevalent in the gaming industry today.
With the free-to-play title fast approaching a new season, many fans will be expecting Epic Games to pull out all of the stops to mark the massive milestone, and the developers have been dropping hints about what we can expect to see when the tenth season finally kicks off.
Before we can get into the tenth season, fans of the game will need to wait for the end of the current season – Season 9.
Epic Games have yet to confirm an official end date for the season, as the usual 10-week cycle would take it up to July 18, which is just around a week before the $30 million dollar Fortnite World Cup.
Fortnite fans were treated to yet another fantastic in-game event, following on from the Marshmello concert and volcano eruption, as a giant battle took place between Cattus and Doggus on the Fortnite map, with the massive feline robot coming out on top. Their duel could hold the key to what Epic Games has in store for Season 10.
The developers have previously confirmed that the World Cup will take place during Season 9, which suggests that the current season may drag on longer than many anticipated, possibly lasting 12 weeks instead of 10. An event on the PlayStation Store suggests that instead, Fortnite Season 9 will run until August 1, although this has not been officially confirmed as of yet.
Fortnite Season 10 officially kicks off on Thursday, August 1, although the exact time of the update has yet to be released by developers Epic Games.
Fans can expect August 1 to start with a major new update for the game alongside a host of changes to the map, and likely some sort of new weapon or item. This has been the case in the past, although nobody is ruling out a surprise twist considering it’s a landmark season for the title.
There haven’t been any major announcements made about Fortnite Season 10’s main storyline, either, but an overarching series of developments have been building throughout the course of Season 9, building up to the fight between Cattus and Doggus.
The giant monster was eventually slain outside of Salty Springs, leaving a skeleton in it’s wake. However, a giant mysterious orb also appeared at Look Lake and it becoming more unstable with each passing day.
According to the leaked Season 10 trailer, it seems that we’ll be heading back in time to what the island looked like in previous seasons, with the orb’s final explosion transporting us back to Season 1 and the classic Dusty Depot buildings, and possibly bringing back a few vaulted weapons too.
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The orb at Loot Lake could hold the key to any potential map changes in the new Fortnite season. Fans have speculated that the power supply could be destroyed, meaning locations such as Neo Tilted and Mega Mall will fall into a black out.
The Season 10 teaser seemingly confirmed that Dusty Depot will be back for the new season, but whether we will see the return of other classic points-of-interest remains to be seen.
As always, Fortnite Season 10 will have a Battle Pass, which players can purchase for exactly 950 V-Bucks.
The Battle Pass includes a number of new cosmetic items and rewards for completing challenges and earning Battle Stars, giving those who purchase the pass a horde of new items to make their characters stand out inside the game.
If the Battle Pass contains items that you simply can’t wait to get your hands on, you can purchase the Battle Pass bundle for a more expensive 2,800 V-Bucks which includes 25 tiers meaning you will unlock some items early.
Unfortunately, there has been no leaks at the time of writing as to what they could include in the Season 10 Battle Pass, but we’ll be sure to keep this post updated as more information becomes available.
Epic Games officially started teasing Fortnite Season 10 during the Fortnite World Cup, releasing an image of Dusty Divot that appeared to hint at the legendary location’s return to the game at the start of the new season.
Since then, the developers have dropped teasers daily, with one seemingly confirming that The Visitor character will play a major role in the new season, with another teasing the time travel theme that many have discussed since the first image dropped.
The fourth and final teaser shows the orb at Loot Lake finally exploding, tossing an unsuspecting Jonesy flying through the air has the rush of energy blasts across the map.
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As is often the case with new seasons in Fortnite, fans can expect to see a whole host of new cosmetics being added to the game when the next major in-game update gets rolled out.
The theme could very well decide how these will look, though, as we’ve seen in the past with pirate skins for Season 8, and more futuristic outfits appear in Season 9.
It won’t be long before dataminers get their hands on some of the new details, though, as many of them have continually leaked new additions to the Item Shop since the game launched.
Epic recently added ‘Banner’ skins to the shop, allowing players to customize their skin by changing their banner emblem and color. The developer confirmed that this feature will be implemented more in the future so expect to see similar skins and items in Season 10.
Season 10 hasn’t officially been announced yet, but data miners scouring the game’s files have already found what appears to be the planned end date for the new season.
Found in a file related to the Season 10 Battle Pass in the v9.40 update, a piece of text reads “Season 10. Now through October 10,” which means the game will return to a 10 week season, finishing on Thursday, October 10.
Whether or not the new season will look anything like the images suggest above remains to be seen, there’s no doubt that things will be shaken up. As more leaks roll in, we’ll be sure to keep this article updated.
Last updated on July 31, 2019 at 10:32am (EST).