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Fortnite Chapter 3 release date and The End event times

Everything you need to know about when Fortnite Chapter 3 starts, what leaks have emerged about the new island, and details about potential collaborations

Fortnite players in brightly coloured suits and a Bananaman outfit look upon a figure crackling with orange energy spilling from the top of a crystal suspended within a pink pyramid frame

When did Fortnite Chapter 3 start? After bidding a fond farewell to Fortnite Chapter 2; eight seasons of reality-hopping drama that brought with it more exciting collaborations than ever before, and an alien infestation to investigate. The last season has seen the return of monsters via rifts from The Sideways and mysterious Cubes rolling around the island.

The finale to Chapter 2, ‘The End’ had players fight against the Cube Queen as she emerged from the pyramid she built using her purple Cube brethren. However, like previous end-of-season events, this ended wqith a countdown timer showing when the next season began.

What came after ‘The End’? Was there any dramatic changes to the island design, and did we see the continuation of the lucrative collaborations with other games, films, and brands? The details that had leaked indicated that this is the case, so join us as we give you the lowdown on when Fortnite Chapter 2 ended, information on when Fortnite Chapter 3 began, and what was added to the game.

Fortnite Chapter 3 release date

Fortnite Chapter 3 started on December 5, 2021. The season finale of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8, known as ‘The End’, began on December 4 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT / 9pm GMT. 

Like other season finale events, we recommended that you log into the game at least 30 minutes before the event starts to guarantee your place. There were no repeats of this event once it concluded. Any player who logged into Fortnite and completed the event unlocked a unique loading screen and a wrap.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 collaborations

Fortnite is no stranger to collaborations to help promote new films with recent examples, including Free Guy, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Hypex reported that there would be a Matrix Resurrections collaboration, which wasn’t be the first time a character portrayed by Keanu Reeves appeared in Fortnite.

Check out our guide to all of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 punchcard quests if you’re looking to finish up before the next phase of the game.