Fortnite Season 8 release date and expected theme

Fortnite Season 8 is on the horizon – offering a new theme, which we have some teases of already.

There will also a new Fortnite Battle Pass, giving you access to new Season 8 skins and Season 8 emotes – provided you then put in the time and effort to then unlock them, of course (we are here to help).

If you’re just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.

What is the Fortnite Season 8 release date?

Every few months, Fortnite enters a new season. Seasons give you a new opportunity to unlock a variety of rewards – including new character and weapon skins, loading screens, emotes and emoticons, and even V-Bucks – by leveling up over the course of the season.

Right now, Fortnite is reaching the end of its current season – Season 7. The Fortnite Season 8 release date is Wednesday, February 27th, according to the in-game counter.

This feels rather late, and you would be right to think that, especially as all 10 weeks of Challenges have been released, and yet there are still a few weeks left.

Season 7 introduced the Ice King, Polar Peak and covered the map in snow.

Developer Epic Games has announced the Valentine’s Day event will plug the gap, as well as a series of Overtime Challenges with some new skin styles to unlock. Useful if you still need more time to level up the Battle Pass!

When the new season does roll around, based on previous seasons, the Fortnite Season 8 release time should be early morning in the UK at the game’s usual patch time:

  • UK: 9am (BST)
  • Europe: 10am (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 1am (PDT)

Expect the game – and with it, Fortnite Season 8 – to go live 2-3 hours later.

It’s worth noting that as with previous seasons, all previous challenges will be wiped when Season 8 begins, so make sure you use the final few weeks to get everything you want unlocked.

Fortnite Season 8 expected theme

Fortnite sees strange occurrences in the lead up to a new season, and though Season 8 has been quieter than previous seasons – compared to say Season 4’s comet, Season 5’s rift and Season 6’s giant purple cube – we have some ideas of what to expect.

The theme might have something to do with fire – which will be fitting considering Season 7’s theme was ice, which saw snow covering the map.

The first clue was a number of giant eggs that appeared in the basement of Polar Peak, which on a close inspection, look to be (we assume fire-breathing) dragons or wyverns.

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Credit: RunDavid on reddit

Additionally, the Snowfall reward skin is The Prisoner, who has unlockable styles which see his skin enveloped in heat – a suitable opposite number to this season’s Ice King?

Meanwhile, we’ve also seen earthquakes shake the map. Datamined files suggest there are plans for 50 in total, and as the new season draws near, will see the map react in kind – from falling trees to a possible sinkhole.

Interestingly, one of those eggs in Polar Peaks went missing. Could the two things be related – quakes building up to the emergence of a dragon that sparks the start of Season 8?

We’ll have to wait and see – there’s surely more to come!

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