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When does Fortnite Season 8 end and Fortnite Season 9 start?

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Fortnite Season 8 has just begun but players are already looking to when it ends.

Fortnite gets a new season roughly every three months so players usually have a rough estimate as to when a season ends.

With each season comes a new Battle Pass with new cosmetics along with various map changes.

For example, Season 8 gave players a new volcano POI, something Fortnite has never explored before.

The start of a season is always an exciting time which is why players are always looking for clues about what’s coming.

A pirate ship sits at Fortnite’s Lazy Lagoon

When does Fortnite Season 8 end?

Season 8 of Fortnite ends May 8 which means there’s a little more than two months left in the current season.

This end date is assuming Epic Games does not extend the season, which is something that has been done in the past.

When does Fortnite Season 9 begin?

New seasons usually begin the day after the previous one ends, leaving little to no downtime for players before another Battle Pass is there to grind through.

Based on this information we can expect Fortnite Season 9 to begin on May 9.

We still have a long way to go with Season 8 and we will likely be receiving some hints and clues about Season 9 along the way.

Fortnite has always given teasers in its seasons so there’s no reason to expect that to change with Season 8.

Season 8 has a pirate and ninja theme so it’s hard to predict where the next season will go.

It was pretty difficult to predict Season 8’s theme before Epic Games began releasing teasers on Twitter so sometimes the cards are kept close to the chest.

What are your predictions for Season 9 of Fortnite? Feel free to share any predictions in the comments below.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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Fortnite ‘Storm the Agency’ challenge guide

Here’s how to complete the Fortnite Storm the Agency challenges.

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Following the Fortnite v12.61 update, Epic released a new list of challenges called, “Storm the Agency.” as the name suggests, you’ll be required to complete tasks in and around the Agency and similar POIs.

These challenges appear to be replacing the Overtime Challenges that typically cap-off each season. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

  • Land at The Agency (0/1)
  • Survive Storm Circles (0/10)
  • Open a faction locked chest at different Spy Bases (0/3)
  • Swim over hatches at The Agency (0/5)
  • Eliminate a Henchman at different Safe Houses (0/3)
Via: @iFireMonkey

“Spy Bases” refer to the POIs that were added in Season 2: The Rig, The Shark, The Yacht, and The Grotto. Simply, put on a disguise and open one at each location.

The Safe Houses are the unnamed locations surrounding the map. You’ll find them to the East of Craggy Cliffs, the east of Frenzy Farm, in Pleasant Park, north of Misty Meadows, and northeast of Holly Hedges.

The rest of these challenges are straightforward. Most of you have already seen the hatches surrounding The Agency, which will, reportedly, open up when the event begins on Saturday.

The rewards for these challenges are decent but will offer the best chance to grab the golden Agent Peely skin before the Season ends. If you’re not already close, however, it might be a long shot.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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