When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Start: Downtime And Season 3 Start Time

Here's everything we've learned so far about Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3, including information on the special live event preceding it.


Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 just ended with the explosive Collision, a story-centric live gameplay event that seems to have dispatched the Imagined Order--perhaps once and for all. That means Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is right around the corner. For at least the next several hours, don't expect Fortnite to be playable. Instead, look for Epic to deploy a patch overnight or sometime soon after. From Darth Vader coming in the battle pass to other hints of what's to come, here's everything you need to know about the Fortnite Season 3 start time and more.

Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 start time

With Fortnite now in downtime, we can reasonably expect Fortnite Season 3 to kick off some time tomorrow morning, June 5. Epic has yet to confirm this, but such a schedule matches up with the company's usual cadence of a finale event followed by some downtime, then a new season launch the next morning. It's a safe bet to wake up tomorrow expecting a new Fortnite season, including new map changes, new weapons, and more.

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Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 3 battle pass: Darth Vader and Indiana Jones

The next battle pass should be a big one, according to some credible leaks. It's now been years since a Fortnite battle pass didn't include at least one licensed character, and that trend looks to continue in Season 3 with one of the most requested characters yet: Darth Vader.

The Star Wars Sith lord is alleged to be a part of Season 3 by the reliable Tabor Hill aka TaborTimeYT, who also revealed that Indiana Jones would be coming to the game as well. While Hill did not specifically say either or both of these characters would be included in the battle pass--a separate leak seems to confirm the Lucas-made characters will be there. The legitimacy of this leak seems to have been confirmed by the June Crew Pack pictured within it, which includes a reimagined Doggus, or Mecha Team Leader, to match its appearance in this weekend's event. If that part is accurate, it stands to reason the rest is too, though we won't know for sure until the new season arrives.

The Collision Fortnite event recap also includes details that seem to confirm once and for all that the leak was legitimate and Darth Vader is coming to the game, which likely means the rest of the leak is correct, too.

Along with those big names, the leaked battle pass screen looks to confirm six of the likely eight characters. This also includes a woman styled in a black dress with red and blue dual pistols (who fans once spotted in an Epic survey and took to mean she would be Switch-exclusive), as well as a new customizable hero, Snap, who appears to be an action figure that players will assemble as the season goes on. This image leaves only two heroes as complete mysteries until the new season begins this month. As the game is now in downtime, Epic is teasing the next battle pass skins with a high-fashion lookbook.

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