As we slide additional into the brand new yr, Fortnite’s Season Eight is crusing ever nearer, set to reach within the subsequent few weeks. So it’s about time we take a correct take a look at the deluge of theories and information on what to anticipate on this new season. Hint: assume water. Lots of water.
Our Fortnite Season Eight information is solely saturated with all the things we all know concerning the upcoming Season Eight launch, detailing its begin date in addition to the most definitely theories concerning map adjustments, skins, themes, and way more. So with out additional ado, let’s dive in!
Aside: RPS might not be held accountable for any misery or bodily hurt caused on account of our blatant overuse of water- and ice-related puns within the above paragraphs.
Fortnite Season Eight launch date
Thursday 28 February is when Season 7 of Fortnite is about to finish, and Season Eight to start. According to Epic Games, the top of Season 7 was delayed by two weeks past the customary ten weeks, in order that the crew might take a two-week break over Christmas.
Epic’s standard method is to carry their servers offline at round Eight AM GMT to begin off the brand new season, and the downtime often lasts three-to-four hours. But after that, we’ll all be free to discover the brand new map and Battle Pass collectively for (presumably) the following ten weeks – that means Season Eight will possible be with us till Thursday 9 May, whereupon Season 9 will start.
Fortnite Season Eight theme, skins, Battle Pass
One current discovery hidden in Fortnite’s map, which can point out the theme of Season 8’s skins and Battle Pass, was a cluster of what seem like large dragon eggs beneath the fort atop Polar Peak. What’s extra, you possibly can clearly hear heartbeats emanating from the eggs if you’re close to sufficient to them – so no matter is inside is unquestionably alive, and ready for the appropriate second to hatch.
This prompted reddit person LethalSnowmeme to submit a lengthy theory explaining how we’d quickly see a resurgence of medieval and Arthurian-themed skins and phenomena for Season 8, very similar to we noticed in Season 2, which introduced with it quite a few knight skins and accompanying beauty objects. Backing up this declare is a current replace to Fortnite’s Save The World mode, which introduces a brand new medieval weapons set; and the earlier launch of the (hilariously game-breaking) Infinity Blade, which additionally resided atop Polar Peak, and alluded to Epic Games’s cell game of the identical identify, which options a substantial amount of knightly and medieval imagery and themes.
Oh, and guess what? The Infinity Blade game additionally options dragons.
Whether we’ll see dragons taking the type of cosmetics similar to dragon-bone pickaxes, or simply as a part of the spectacle which brings concerning the change in seasons stays unclear… But now that Epic have dipped their toes within the waters of aerial fight with the Stormwings, many gamers are asking whether or not it’s too far out of the realms of risk that we’d get rideable dragons. Or would possibly we someway be capable to harness the facility of the dragons with the intention to create new elemental weapons? Only time will inform; thankfully we received’t have too lengthy to attend.
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Fortnite Season Eight map adjustments
Rumours of what the overarching theme of Season Eight is perhaps have been additionally kickstarted by the looks of a mysterious large sphere of ice, poised within the sky simply above Polar Peak, inside which the Ice King resided for a short while. Just this previous weekend, an in-game event witnessed by many hundreds of gamers concurrently noticed the Ice King emerge from his icy bubble and forged an ice storm which blanketed all the map in snow, and unleashed icy variations of the zombies we final noticed round Halloween of 2018 throughout the island. If you missed it, check out these cinematic pictures caught by Reddit person “savage_star_gaming” under.
All this factors to at least one factor: fireplace and ice each have main roles to play within the coming weeks. The Ice Storm was predicted by an ideal many individuals after the sphere first appeared, and we consider this solely consolidates our principle that Season Eight will carry a substantial amount of water to the map because the ice and snow thaws away within the transition from Winter to Spring. It might even be that the eggs hatch within the subsequent in-game occasion, and fire-breathing dragons trigger the island to thaw into its Season Eight kind in a matter of seconds.
But, I hear you ask, if we’re to see a large number of springs and lakes crop up throughout the map in Season 8, received’t this be treading on Loot Lake’s toes a bit? And water isn’t precisely essentially the most enjoyable terrain to navigate by means of, anyway, proper?
That’s why some gamers are theorising that we’ll see some adjustments made to how gamers work together with water for Season 8. Perhaps as a substitute of treading water we’ll be capable to submerge ourselves fully? And with the current enlargement of Fortnite’s arsenal of autos, would possibly we anticipate boat and submarines to make their first appearances? If that is certainly the case, it’s enjoyable simply imagining how the launched verticality of underwater play would possibly have an effect on construct battles and last circle fights.
Season Eight places
The different query to ask is how present places would possibly change, and whether or not new ones will likely be added and outdated favourites taken away. The creation of Season 7 disposed of Risky Reels, Greasy Grove, and Flush Factory. The first few weeks of Season 6 was dominated by a floating island that moved throughout the map from match to match. Travel again even additional, and outdated favourites similar to Moisty Mire have been discarded in favour of recent hotspots similar to Paradise Palms and Westworld.
So how can we anticipate our favorite spots to fare in opposition to the onset of Season 8? A sudden thaw would possibly properly flip Polar Peak into an unlimited 360-degree waterfall surrounded by lakes, or some comparable hanging landmark. We’ll presumably additionally see a brand new Loot Lake rival within the type of the frozen lake simply north of Polar Peak. But many are beginning to ask whether or not we’ll see the return of outdated favourites Greasy Grove and Flush Factory as soon as the ice melts – although maybe not precisely as they have been earlier than.
But now that the snow has coated all the map, we might properly see main adjustments not simply within the south-west nook however to different areas of the map which have remained untouched for a very long time, similar to Junk Junction, Pleasant Park, Lucky Landing, or Salty Springs. It feels just like the north-east part of the island is overdue some main adjustments. They added The Block, admittedly; however in comparison with the most important cities within the different areas of the map, there’s nonetheless comparatively little to lure gamers to the top-left nook.
Whatever the adjustments could also be, it’s secure to anticipate they are going to be elemental in nature, the results of both fireplace or ice – or maybe each forces collectively.
That’s nearly all the things we all know to date on the upcoming arrival of Season Eight of Fortnite Battle Royale; however do verify again right here for all the newest data, as we observe the actions of the map, the sphere, and all the things else we deem to be of curiosity. In the meantime, do take a look at our Fortnite guide sequence, which incorporates all types of helpful explanations, suggestions and techniques on methods to turn out to be a seasoned Fortnite killer, together with detailed explanations of all of the Fortnite weapons, guides on the varied Fortnite weekly challenges, a full rundown of all the perfect Fortnite locations for loot and security, and way more.