When does Fortnite season 5 end?

Fortnite season 5
Season climax: five will finish in late September

Updated: Fortnite season 5 ends on Thursday 27th September 2018.

If you came here for that single piece of information, I expect you’ve sodded off before even getting to this sentence. But if you want to know more about why season dates are important, stick around.

Why are Fortnite season dates important?

Fortnite seasons are a bit like television seasons or series. At the start of each new season, the Fortnite Battle Royale map is refreshed, new content is added, new plotlines are revealed.

That’s not to say none of this stuff happens during the season. Fortnite is constantly changing. Midway through season 4, for example, we saw a football stadium suddenly appear on the map to mark the World Cup Finals. It had disappeared by the start of season 5.

Perhaps the most important reason to pay attention to season dates is if you’re thinking about buying a Battle Pass. Stumping up for the Battle Pass gives you access to extra trinkets such as outfits, emotes, loading screens and other goodies. None of these have any real impact on gameplay, but players like to look different or have the latest gear.

Battle Passes only last until the end of the season, no matter when you purchase them. It’s obviously ideal to buy the Battle Pass at the start of a season as it gives you the maximum time possible to collect all the good stuff. That said, if you buy late in the season, all of the rewards you would have gained are awarded retroactively, so you don’t really miss out.

So, if you’re thinking about buying Battle Pass, think again. You’d be much better off saving your money and waiting for the new season to start.

And if you’re wondering how long Fortnite seasons last, it’s roughly ten weeks.

Now read this: is Fortnite Battle Royale suitable for kids?

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Barry Collins

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  • Seasons are such a great idea as they refresh player interest and keep us wanting more. Epic are really the first studio I can think of to implement this idea well. Occasionally bringing back limited time collectables should ensure players play the game for longer.