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The final stretch of Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 7 is setting in, with the start date for Season 8 just over the horizon. While the last half of August will still be important for fans of Fortnite Season 7, fans are looking forward to whatever Epic Games has cooked up for its next installment. The only thing is, not much is known about Season 8, with the exception of some leaks and a relatively firm start date of Sept. 13.
At this time during a season, Epic Games won’t tease much about the upcoming season. The community has to rely on data-miners and leaks to get any kind of information on what to expect in Fortnite. Luckily, the data-miners of the game have given fans a release date and some intriguing story leaks.
The start date for Fortnite Season 8
As of the time of writing, the apparent start date for Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 8 is Sept. 13. This information comes from famed Fortnite data-miner @HYPEX, as they stated the end date for Season 7 when it originally launched in June.
Season 7 ends on September 12th!
— HYPEX (@HYPEX) June 8, 2021
The current season of Fortnite ending on a Sunday is a bit peculiar but perhaps Epic Games has a plan for this specific date. It’s likely that Season 7 will come to a close during the evening of September 12 and downtime for Season 8 will commence. If previous seasons are any indication, then Season 8 will begin sometime during the wee hours of the morning on that day.
Of course, this information is subject to change depending on Epic Games’ plans and timeline.
Fortnite Season 8 leaks
While the start date for Season 8 seems concrete, the story and content for it are not. There’s almost nothing officially known about the new Fortnite season with the exception of a teaser from Epic Games Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard. The CCO teased the return of Kevin the Cube recently, leading fans to believe the beloved purple object will make a return in Season 8.
They see me rollin’ pt 2.
— Donald Mustard (@DonaldMustard) August 8, 2021
Aside from this, there aren’t too many leaks or teasers surrounding the season. There are some reports that the anime character Naruto will make an appearance on the Battle Pass, but those haven’t been confirmed. If true, though, Epic could theme Season 8 around anime or something of the like.
It also seems unlikely any kind of holiday theme will make a huge appearance in Season 8. Halloween is set to take place during Season 8 but as it’s somewhat far away from the Sept. 13 start date, it doesn’t seem likely Epic would theme the season around it. If Epic does choose to celebrate Halloween, it would presumably be with some kind of limited time mode or exclusive cosmetics.
Over the next few weeks, Epic should begin teasers for Fortnite Season 8. This will also let the data-miners discover more information from the files, so leaks could start rolling in by the end of August.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.