With Fortnite casually taking over the world with its free-to-play take on the Battle Royale genre, and inspiring a tonne of other games to do their own takes on the idea – we’re looking at you Black Ops 4, and potentially Fallout 76 too – there’s no wonder that everyone just wants more of Epic’s particular brand of fun. We’re already deep into Fortnite season 4, and so far it’s brought us the Fortnite rubber duckies, the bright blue shining things that are the Fortnite letters, and even trolleys… But with all that happening in just a few weeks of this season, there’s a whisper on the wind as to when is Fortnite season 5 starting, and what it’ll bring.
When is Fortnite season 5 starting?
Well, there’s good news and bad news in that department. According to Epic’s own countdown, Fortnite season 4 will end on July 9, which is a Monday, and there’s usually around a week between seasons (although there were only like four days between season 3 and 4). That should mean that we’re looking at either a Fortnite season 5 start date of Thursday, July 12 or Tuesday, July 17, depending on which day Epic Games decides to put the reset day on next time around. We’ve had both Tuesday and Thursday for season 4, so it could feasibly be either day. Of course, it could well be that, like with season 2 and season 3, it could start the day afterwards, so that could see Fortnite season 5 starting on Tuesday, July 10.
What can we expect from Fortnite season 5?
It’s a little early to know exactly what kind of theme Fortnite season 5 will have when it arrives in early July. Before season 4 started, Epic teased the superhero theme and the big meteor strike, although everyone thought it was Tilted Towers that would kick the bucket rather than Dusty Depot – now known as Dusty Divot.
While Epic hasn’t yet revealed anything officially about the next season, there are plenty of Fornite season 5 theories floating around that could well be some kind of insight on what to expect from Epic next.
Here are the best Fortnite season 5 theories so far:
1. The big bang theory
After the meteor crash at Dusty Divot, fans have been scouring the map hoping that they’ll find more than just a big hole in the ground. And, as expected, they have. A tonne of players, including YouTuber ImMrBigWhite whose video is above, discovered a hidden lair that seems to contain a nuclear warhead. It’s believed that this could be the lair of the evil counterparts to Fortnite season 4’s superheroes, who could be plotting to destroy the Fortnite map entirely.
As you can see from the video, it’s quite the intricate complex, with the peak of the lair containing the massive missile actually overlooking Snobby Shores.
It could be that this missile is going to be used to flatten the map and pave way for a new one, or that Fortnite season 5 is going to take on a rather more post-apocalyptic theme.
2. The truck theory
Now this one might be a little too farfetched for some, but roll with us. A new Fortnite video posted to Reddit by user Vercyx goes deep into some seriously intricate knowledge of the Fortnite map, especially when it comes to the trucks you’ll see around the map. They all contain pieces of the metoer from the various craters all around the map, but according to this theory, the truck locations around moving with every week in Fortnite season 4.
The theory goes that the trucks are all en route to the villain base near Snobby Shores, and it definitely looks like the ones from the soccer stadium are on that track. However, looking at those allegedly en route from Risky Reels, they’re taking quite the detour.
However, logistics and potential GPS direction issues aside, it could well be that the trucks are delivering their cargo to the villains, which will then be loaded onto the missile and travel into space, or for something else entirely.
3. The space angle
Adding weight to that whole ‘the missile is actually a rocket’ idea is a video that was found by a fan in Epic Games’ file logs and subsequently shared on various forums including YouTube (as you can watch above). It seems to be a follow-on for the official Fortnite season 4 trailer, which includes a scene where the same UFO continues on its journey through space and eventually comes to land on Mars. Some are suggesting that the next Fortnite map, potentially arriving with season 5, will be set on Mars, with the hot rocks added to the game during season 4 a little teaser for the new space-based map.
4. The Godzilla / dinosaur theory
Anyone’s who has been to Dusty Divot in season 4 will know that the meteor that flattened it is now being housed in a white tent surrounded by scientific equipment, like straight out of some sci-fi movie. Some players on Reddit are speculating that the meteor may have brought some aliens with in that will run rampage in Fortnite season 5. Some go even further to suggest that it was carrying some rather different cargo, namely dinosaurs or, well, Godzilla. That’s not just some weird theory either, a giant footprint actually appeared on the map – as spotted by Reddit user Qpaniic – and in the season 4 trailer there’s a fossil logo at the start and it ends with two characters in dinosaur costumes…