Fortnite Season 8 is reaching its conclusion, which means developer Epic Game will soon begin the transition to Season 9. If you’ve been here for previous seasonal shifts, you’ll know that it’s an exciting time. Not only does a new season usher in changes to the island where the action takes place, but there’s a fresh Battle Pass that comes replete with new cosmetic items to work toward unlocking.
Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide on what we know about Fortnite Season 9 thus far. When the new season becomes available, we’ll have plenty of new articles on what’s new, galleries where you’ll be able to see every new item Epic has added to the Battle Pass, and guides for the first batch of Season 9’s weekly challenges, so make sure to check back regularly for updates.
When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 6, 2019
Epic Games posted a teaser for Fortnite Season 9 on Twitter and confirmed that it will begin on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and mobile on Thursday, May 9. As of yet, an exact time for Season 9’s launch hasn’t been revealed.
The first teaser tweet reads, “The Future is Unknown,” indicating that the theme for Season 9 may be futuristic. The accompanying image of what looks like a demonic android ninja skin certainly lends weight to this idea.
Since the initial Twitter tease, Epic has released more teaser images. The second, showed that these teasers seem to be forming a word. The first teaser had the letter “N” in it, while the second had an “E.” This time around, however, the accompanying text reads, “The future is bright.” There’s also a little peek at another new skin. You can take a look at the second teaser tweet below.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 7, 2019
On May 8, the third teaser arrived. “The future is Tilted,” reads the message. Again, there’s an up-close shot of a new character skin. Thus far, the teasers seem to be spelling “NEO,” though it’s unclear if that’s the clue in its entirety or whether there’s more to come. Epic could be spelling out “NEON,” which would make sense given the vivid colours used in the teaser images. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 8, 2019
What’s Changing In Fortnite?
One of the major changes happening for Fortnite Season 9 has actually already happened. Recently an in-game event called “The Unvaulting.” During this, players gathered around Loot Lake and then jumped into the mysterious vault at its center. While in there, they freed the Tommy Gun and made it available in the game. However, when players were returned to the island, the volcano that appeared for Season 8 erupted, spewing lava and firing rocks across the island. As part of this, Tilted Towers was destroyed, and this is interesting because the third teaser tweet Epic posted says, “The future is Tilted.”
Sadly, The Unvaulting event had some issues and some players that were in-game hoping to see it were instead left out. In response, Epic Games has offered players the chance to rewatch it. Additionally, those that were affected by the bug are being gifted the Arcana Glider. Anyone that already purchased the Arcana Glider using V-Bucks will be refunded the 1200 V-Bucks they spent on it.