Fortnite: Season 6 Starts March 16, And It's Very Different
Fortnite's Chapter 2, Season 6 is shaping up to have some huge changes because of the Zero Point, but when does it start?
We officially know when Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6 begins. We are in for a very different season this time, and that includes how we'll get to experience its start. Epic games has outlined details on how Season 5 will transition into Season 6. We're under a week away from a transformative event, and you'll be able to play it all by yourself.
When Does Fortnite Season 6 Start?
As expected, Epic Games has officially confirmed that Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6 starts on March 16. That's just a few days away, and Epic will mark this with an event, but it'll work differently than season-ending events of the past--the Zero Crisis Finale is a single-player experience you can play whenever you first log in during Season 6. It will, as we expected, including the culmination of Agent Jones' Zero Point storyline, with the game calling it "Zero Crisis Finale."
The Zero Point grows more unstable! With Chapter 2 Season 6 starting on Tuesday, March 16 2021, here's some important things to know ahead of launch. [THREAD]— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 9, 2021
That means you don't have to be in-game at a specific time (and hope for a lack of technical issues and full servers) in order to go through it. However, there will be a way to watch the "global premiere" online first, which will begin with what Epic describes at its "most ambitious story cinematic yet."
You'll want to spend any gold bars and complete any quests you have outstanding before Season 5 ends, and there are discounted prices to incentivize this. Once the new season starts, it's back to square one.
Challenges for the season will likely become available a few days later, as we've been getting them on Thursdays. It's unclear what form those will take, but they'll likely include whatever wacky new elements Epic Games adds for Season 6. With so much changing because of the anomalies happening in the world, the only thing we can really expect is the unexpected.
What Will Season 6 Include?
Fortnite Season 5 has involved a mysterious "Zero Point," with a teleporting portal floating above the map and characters from a huge variety of franchises joining as guests. Though it's been around for a fairly long time, it has become much more active over the last few months. The Zero Point can be seen in the lone Season 6 teaser image that Epic has released, which seems to show it ready to burst:
According to dataminers, the Zero Point itself will begin sending out destabilizing waves as we approach the end of Season 5. There will likely be four distinct waves, according to leaker Mang0e, with voice chat being disabled and NPCs getting teleported by the Zero Point.
With these as hints, it appears there will be massive changes, possibly resulting in the map being destroyed or heavily changed. Should the Zero Point be destroyed, we probably won't be getting quite as many crossover characters. Of course, it could also get bigger and result in even more guest stars.
The sound effects the leakers discovered don't seem to indicate any sort of explosion, but rather crackling waves of energy coming from the Zero Point. We'll find out for ourselves soon enough.
Season 6 Battle Pass
We fully expect there to be a Fortnite Season 6 battle pass available at the beginning of the season, just as Epic Games has done with the last several seasons. We don't know the theme yet, so it could go in pretty much any direction in terms of the goodies you'll get for completing missions.
We do know that your cache of Bars will reset with the ends of this season, which Epic says is happening to "make room for exciting improvements." No specifics were shared on what those will include, but you can make better use of your current stock of Bars thanks to an influx of Exotics and lower prices at the characters around the island.
The previous battle pass included characters like the Mandalorian, Mancake, Lexa, and Reese, along with the potential for up to 1,500 V-Bucks, which is substantially more than the pass actually costs. It also saw the introduction of Fortnite Crew, which included the battle pass. This subscription service will presumably include Season 6's battle pass, as well.
While Season 5's battle pass was scattershot, Fortnite Season 4 put Marvel front and center. Characters like Thor and Iron Man were offered as part of a superhero-themed extravangza.
You can read more about potential Season 6 revelations in our piece detailing everything the dataminers found. It sounds like things are going to get very strange.
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