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FORTNITE’S latest season is almost upon us, meaning we’re about to wave goodbye to the primal sections of the island.
We’ve got all the details straight from Fortnite-maker Epic Games, so buckle up for another wild ride in the smash hit game.
The new Fortnite season is almost upon usCredit: Fortnite
Fortnite Season 7 – what is it?
Epic regularly switches things up with the release of a new season every few months.
The latest update is Chapter 2, Season 7 – which follows on from Season 6 launched in March.
Season 7 will likely bring about big changes to the map layout, as well as new weapons.
Players can also expect new character crossovers with popular TV and film franchises.
Players will wave goodbye to the Primal sections of the island introduced in Season 6
Fortnite Season 7 release date and time
Epic has taken the unusual step of announcing the Season 7 release date well in advance this time around.
The North Carolina-based company has set a launch date of Tuesday, June 8 for the update.
We still don’t know what time it’ll be out, however.
For the last update, Season 6, Battle Pass unlocked at 8am UK time (3am ET) on launch day following a few hours of server downtime.
Epic may well follow a similar pattern for the rollout of Season 7.
What is Fortnite, anyway?
FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people across the world.
In it, 100 players compete on their own or with a small group of pals to grab weapons, gather resources and build defences, before fighting it out to be the last man (or team) standing.
Matches take about 20 minutes, and you can drop into a new game within seconds of your previous one finishing.
It’s bright, it’s cartoony and it’s fiendishly compelling.
Skill is rewarded but luck also plays a huge role, meaning no two games are ever the same and everyone feels like they have a chance of winning.
Fortnite has also made its developer billions.
In Europe it’s rated 12+, meaning it’s suitable for those aged 12 and up.
The battle royale mode is free to play, but there is also a story-driven single player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.
Pop culture crossover events are very common because of the game’s huge audience.
These involve players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand, as well as getting some themed activities in-game to do too.
These might be new places to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes that are loosely related to the theme of whatever is being crossed over with.
Fortnite Season 7 news and rumours
It looks like Fortnite’s next season will be themed around aliens, with Epic dropping several hints to that effect in the run up to June 8.
The main image on the official Fortnite webpage features the ominous tagline “they’re coming”.
In the background is a blurry image featuring strange alien-like writing and what appears to be a spaceship tractor beam.
The beam has already been spotted in game, with fans reporting seeing other players getting beamed up into the heavens in the middle of games.
Epic releases a new Fortnite season every few monthsCredit: Epic Games
Billboards advertising the new season in cities around the world also feature the tagline “they’re coming”.
Further evidence that we’re getting an ET-style theme comes in the form of promotional packages sent to influencers in recent weeks.
Fortnite YouTuber InTheLittleWood was sent a mysterious package – presumably by Epic – containing a portable DVD player and a disc.
When played, the disc showed video of a field and crop circles. Crop circles have also begun appearing on the in-game map.
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