Fortnite Season 8 guide: Start date, Battle Pass, skins, map changes, and more!

Fortnite Season 8 guide The Prisoner

Fortnite Season 8 is almost here and it looks like pirates and a world of fire are about to invade the shores of Epic Games’ hit battle royale game! Season 7’s cold snap is melting away and the Fortnite team is expected to make major changes to the map and gameplay for the Spring season.

Below we’ll be running through everything we know so far about Fortnite Season 8. Here you’ll find the Fortnite Season 8 start date, Battle Pass details, map changes, new skins, and more! Check back frequently to stay up to date on the ever evolving world of Fortnite!

When does Fortnite Season 8 start?

Fortnite Season 8 will start on Thursday, Feb. 28 a day after Season 7 ends on Feb. 27.

Fortnite Season 7 and the Season 7 Battle Pass had been expected to end on Feb. 14, but Epic extended the event by two weeks to give the team a holiday break. To tide players over until the start of Season 8 we got the Valentine’s Day “Share the Love” event complete with overtime challenges.

When will Fortnite Season 8 end?

The Fortnite Season 8 end date should fall ten weeks after the start on Thursday, May 9.

How much does the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass cost?

In a bit of a change from previous season, the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass is free. Sort of.

If you can complete all of the Overtime Challenges before Season 7 ends on Feb. 27, you won’t have to pay a cent for the premium Battle Pass.

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For those that don’t manage to complete the Overtime Challenges, the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks. You can buy 1,000 V-Bucks for $10.

While there’s a free Battle Pass for players who don’t want to spend their hard-earned cash, you’ll only unlock the most sought-after exclusive skins, emotes, and other cosmetics by completing challenges to progress through the premium Battle Pass’ 100 levels.

Fortnite Season 8 Theme and Map Changes

Fortnite Prisoner Skin

Things got a little chilly during Fortnite Season 7 with snow and ice invading the map and whole bunch of winter- and holiday-based skins.

While Season 7 had clues stretching back for months, Fortnite Season 8 has been a little harder to predict until very recently.

The first clues began with the melting ice around Polar Peak which revealed a large castle. This was all sparked by a sudden appearance from the Ice King and Season 7’s secret character, The Prisoner, who was apparently being held deep within the castle’s walls. It seems likely that The Prisoner will be responsible for the melting snow and ice as he’s basically a fire version of the Ice King.

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You can see this progression as you unlock stages of The Prisoner skin (above) as he melts the cold ice off his skin and appears to have fire and magma coursing through his body.

Fans have speculated that the Ice King trapped The Prisoner within the castle, something backed up by the shackles on The Prisoner at the start. Season 8 could be sparked by The Prisoner getting his revenge — a plan that may already be in motion.

In the past few weeks, Fortnite players have started experiencing tremors that are causing fissures in the ground.

If the Ice King can control ice and snow from the sky, perhaps his opposite number can control the molten rock below the surface to cause earthquakes?

So far the cracks are just cosmetic, but if the earthquakes continue and increase in scale there’s a good chance we’ll see the Fortnite map change dramatically.

Major earthquakes could even split the map into separate islands and give away to water. It would certainly explain the aquatic-themed skins we’ve started to see added to the game.

It could also explain the pirate theme the official Fortnite Twitter account has started teasing with pictures of hooked hands, skulls, bones, and cryptic hints about treasure and loot.

That doesn’t quite explain another teaser hinting at snakes slithering their way to the Fortnite island, however.

The image and an accompanying poem references hissing creatures that “shimmer” within a cave, which is most likely a reference to the mysterious eggs in Polar Peak. Epic’s creative director Donald Mustard further hinted that the two are connected with a quote tweet containing an egg emoji.

More puzzling, however, is the latter part of the poem which warns of “those who arrive on waves.” Could this be the pirates? How do they fit in with snakes? Is The Prisoner secretly a pirate king? We’ll know for sure when Fortnite Season 8 starts!

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass – Skins, Wraps, Pets

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A new Season in Fortnite means new cosmetics!

As well as the usual batch of new skins, Season 8 should also feature new Wraps and Pets.

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass Skins

We’ve yet to see any of the new skins for Season 8. As soon as we do we’ll post them here!

That’s all for this Fortnite Season 8 guide. What are you most looking forward to this season and what would you like to see in Season 9? Let us know in the comments!

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