When does Fortnite Season 3 start? Here's everything we know so far (2024)

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Fortnite Season 3 of Chapter 5 is due to launch in May 2024

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When does Fortnite Season 3 start is something that more players are starting to think about, now that there's around a month remaining of the current season in progress, as well as considering what the next theme for the Season 3 Battle Pass will be – especially after potential leaks of the upcoming Roadmap have emerged online. There were a number of significant changes already introduced for Fortnite Season 2 of Chapter 5, including the arrival of the Olympic gods and their legendary powers as part of the Myths and Mortals theme, and updated locations across the battle royale island to match.

However, Epic aren't known for resting on their laurels and will already be planning the next stage of development in Fortnite, so there will certainly be more changes brought in during the course of this chapter. If you're looking to the future and wondering what Fortnite Season 3 in Chapter 5 may have in store, then here's everything we know about it so far.

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When does Fortnite Season 3 start in Chapter 5?

The Fortnite Season 3 release date hasn't been officially confirmed, but according to the Chapter 5 Season 2 Battle Pass, as seen on the Epic Games website and the in-game message on the Battle Pass screen, we can determine the current Season 2 Battle Pass will end on May 24, 2024 at 2am ET. This means that the Fortnite Season 3 start date will most likely also be Friday May 24, 2024 following the usual downtime for the transition, but it will be a while before we receive official confirmation of this. It's unlikely there will be another significant Fortnite live event to mark this changeover, as these tend to be reserved for the overall conclusion of chapters now.

What will be the biggest changes made for Fortnite Season 3?

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At the time of writing, we don't have official confirmation of what the biggest changes for Fortnite Season 3 will be as it's too early for that, and so far no solid information has been leaked about what's to come. We have seen some recent changes implemented that could have an effect on future seasons, such as removing Fortnite's cosmetic rarity system which has already proven unpopular with players. A potentially welcome feature to be added as part of that update, showing the planned date cosmetics are due to be rotated out in the Item Shop, won't be launching until late May so will likely coincide with the start of Season 3.

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A potentially huge leak of the 2024 Fortnite Roadmap has allegedly taken place, though at the time of writing the information contained in it has not been verified. If it proves to be correct, then it confirms that the theme for Fortnite Season 3 will be Apocalypse and feature crossover events with heavy metal band Metallica and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The next item due to be released on that Roadmap is a Billie Eilish collaboration in Fortnite Festival, so if that gets announced soon it will add credence to the leak as a whole.

Fortnite have randomly removed every mention of "Weapon Charms" with this update, which is strange because they didn't remove any other scrapped cosmetic type like Hats, Bus Themes, etc.. 🤔Maybe preparing for a release with First-Person later this year along with Chapter 6 ⁉️ pic.twitter.com/IeuR7FMWJmApril 10, 2024

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According to Fortnite leaker HYPEX, a recent update removed all mentions of "Weapon Charms" from the game, which is unusual as references to other abandoned cosmetic types are still there. This could mean they're actually being prepped for a future release further down the line, along with the long-awaited Fortnite first person mode which would actually make weapon charms much more visible.

Fortnite are working on a new "Picture-in-Picture" feature where you can link your Fortnite account to some platforms and watch (+ Like, Unlike & Report) videos while playing ‼️This also has an "Advert" widget (maybe ads?), and one of the platforms might be TikTok 👀 pic.twitter.com/ChyUDsDegRApril 10, 2024

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HYPEX also confirms that Epic are working on a new "Picture-in-Picture" mode, which should allow you to link your Fortnite account to other platforms so you can watch videos while playing the game. One of the suggested platforms is TikTok, and you can Like, Unlike, and Report the videos you view.

FORTNITE OG NEWS ‼️After Fortnite announced that "Fortnite OG" will return in 2024, today they revealed that they wanna bring it back with a different twist than last time.. "It's just a matter of how and when, and how do we make it so it's not just the same." [VIA @axios] pic.twitter.com/PIVcO8NonUDecember 9, 2023

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Finally, Epic have previously confirmed that Fortnite OG will be returning at some point during 2024. They've been quoted saying that "It's just a matter of how and when, and how do we make it so it's not just the same." This implies that it may come back in a format other than a short season, but for now we'll have to wait and see what gets announced in the future.

How much will the Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass cost?

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Fortnite is free to play, but buying the Battle Pass will get you lots of additional rewards. The Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass will likely be available for the usual 950 V-Bucks, which means it will be enough to purchase the smallest V-Bucks bundle in the Fortnite store, priced at $8.99 / £6.99 to get you 1,000 V-Bucks.

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It's possible to get a head start by buying the Battle Bundle upgrade. This will get you to Tier 25 on the Battle Pass instantly. Doing so will cost you 2,800 V-Bucks, which you can get for $22.99 / £17.49 (2,500 V-Bucks, plus 300 for free).

If you don't want to spend any money, you can always try to get free Fortnite V-Bucks for the Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass, but don't fall for online scams! If you choose to save up some V-Bucks, remember that you only need to collect 950 of them to unlock the next Fortnite Battle Pass starting in May 2024.

And that's all we know about Fortnite Season 3 in Chapter 5 for now, but keep checking back and we'll have all of the details as soon as they're revealed!

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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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