Fortnite Season 7 is here and a cold snap has hit Epic Games’ hit battle royale game! With all the confusion over Season 6’s giant cube finally put to bed, the Fortnite team is bringing a winter theme for Season 7 to coincide with the Christmas season.
Below we’ll be running through everything we know so far. Here you’ll find the Fortnite Season 7 start time, Battle Pass details, map changes, weekly challenges, new skins, and more! Check back frequently to stay up to date on the ever evolving world of Fortnite!
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Fortnite Season 6 and the Season 6 Battle Pass ended on Dec. 6 and Fortnite Season 7 started almost immediately after.
Epic confirmed the Season 7 release date on Twitter just three days before the mayhem was due to kick off.
The Fortnite Season 7 end date should fall ten weeks after the start on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
Like the previous seasons, the Fortnite Season 7 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.
Epic Games has confirmed that a new third game mode called Creative will debut during Season 7 on Dec. 13.
The Minecraft-esque mode lets players create and sculpt their own island with unlimited resources. This can then be shared with friends on private servers.
Epic also confirmed that Fortnite Season 7 Battle Pass owners get early access to the mode when Season 7 launches on Dec. 6.
The mode may have initially been meant for a grand unveiling at The Game Awards, which coincides with Fortnite Season 7’s start date. The show’s host, Geoff Keighley, confirmed that a big Fortnite announcement and “world premiere” would be announced during the event.
Thursday during #TheGameAwards don’t miss a @fortnitegame announcement and world premiere from Epic’s @DonaldMustard, streaming live at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT everywhere. And oh yeah, keep your game close. #WorldsWillChange pic.twitter.com/hh7VQNpLD1
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 3, 2018
Epic’s PR representatives has teased that the announcement is much more significant than the new Season launch — presumably referring to the now-confirmed Creative mode.
Unfortunately for Epic Games, that announcement was spoiled a few days early after it all leaked on YouTube. Regardless, Epic’s worldwide creative director of Fortnite will be in attendance, as well as mega-popular Fortnite streamer Ninja, who is both nominated for an award and presenting.
After an exploding giant cube transformed Loot Lake into Leaky Lake in the closing weeks of Season 6, things have gotten a little quieter around the Fortnite map — that’s all about to change.
Epic Games confirmed a winter theme with the first Season 7 trailer (embedded at the top of this post). The elaborate trailer shows our regular Fortnite entourage being invaded by a geared-up, muscular Santa-looking dude called Sergeant Winter and an army of snowmen who rock up on top of the iceberg and in biplanes — the latter a new vehicle being added for Season 7 called the X-4 Stormwing.
As you can see from the map below, the iceberg has collided with the island and covered the South Western region of the map in snow. There are also three new areas to explore during Season 7 — Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, and Happy Hamlet — and a whole new Iceberg biome.
Ziplines and icy surfaces have also been added throughout the map.
The first sign of a cold front came with the appearance of a blizzard in the middle of November, which was visible when peering out beyond the map from Flush Factory.
A week later, the snowstorm parted to reveal a massive iceberg. At the same time, players started noticing you could now see your avatar’s breath in the cold when standing on the starting island.
This is sooo subtle but brilliant – you can now see your breath on the starting island in Fortnite, conveniently the piece of land nearest to the incoming snowstorm. pic.twitter.com/TiSgkeYAFL
— Emma Kent (@GoneEFK) November 27, 2018
The map changes seem to suggest we’ll be treated to a range of skins and other items that fit a winter theme. There’s also the chance the iceberg could collide with an existing area of the map — data-mined files are suggesting Tilted Towers could (again!) be a target.
The winter theme was later all-but-confirmed by Epic Games thanks to a teaser image accompanying the Season 7 release date. The image shows an icy figure wearing a crown that also doubles up as a mountain with a tiny skier on the right side. The caption “a bitter ice spreads” is also a pretty big giveaway!
A bitter ice spreads… 3 days to Season 7. pic.twitter.com/yj70svBXti
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 3, 2018
A second teaser tweet with the caption “A frigid day dawns” was posted a day later with a close-up of the skier who appears to have a robot-like mask on.
However, this could all just be the tip of the iceberg (get it?).
Eagle-eyed players have noticed the top of a medieval-style castle poking out of the iceberg, indicating the rest of the building is encased in the ice.
This could also tie-in with the portal technology in the Wailing Woods laboratory, which shows a reflection of a castle at certain angles.
Where exactly this castle landed in the collision with the island is still a mystery.
For more on what’s been added and removed for Fortnite Season 7, be sure to check out the patch notes!
A new Season in Fortnite means new cosmetics and Season 7 does not disappoint!
As well as the usual batch of new skins, Season 7 also introduces Wraps to customize the look of your weapons and vehicles, as well as new pets you can cuddle to keep warm on those winter days.
Let’s start with the top of the pile at the Tier 100 Battle Pass skin. Dubbed The Ice King, this hooded figure is the cover star for Season 7 and is a progressive outfit that will take the most time and effort to fully upgrade.
The two other progressive outfits are the robotic cat-like Lynx skin and Zenith — both of which are unlocked when you buy Season 7’s Battle Bundle.
Sergeant Winter is unlocked at Tier 23, the cool-looking female snowboarder is at Tier 47, and Trog — a goofy-eyed yeti-like thing — is available at Tier 71.
Last but not least, we have the Onesie skin that was found in Fortnite’s files during Season 6 but later removed but can finally be grabbed in game at Tier 87.
Wraps are an all-new addition to Fortnite with Season 7. Every Wrap can be applied to weapons and vehicles in game to give them a whole new look.
There are six wraps in total that can be unlocked with the premium Season 7 Battle Pass, including one which matches the new Onesie outfit.
Season 6 introduced pets and for Season 7 we get some new animal pals to join us on the battlefield.
The first is Hamirez, a little hamster fella unlocked at Tier 19 of the premium Battle Pass. There’s also a sled-dog called Remus at Tier 67 which is wearing some menacing skull face paint.
To get all the new stuff in Season 7 you’ll need to complete Free Pass Weekly Challenges and Battle Pass Weekly Challenges!
Previous weekly challenges will be available even after a new week starts, we’ll list them below in reverse chronological order when a new one goes live (the most recent week first). We’ll also include some handy tips for the trickier challenges.
Released: Dec. 6, 2018
That’s all for this Fortnite Season 7 guide. What are you most looking forward to this season and what would you like to see in Season 8? Let us know in the comments!