Fortnite chapter 1 season 7 release date

Here is everything we knew about the Fortnite chapter 1 season 7 release date before it began, as well as some historical context as to what the theme was.

Fortnite season 7 start date

When did Fortnite season 7 start? Epic’s battle royale game has seen players in their millions fighting for victory royales, Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, and in honor of their favorite anthropomorphized junk food item. Of course, the flood of new content never stops, and after a zombie-filled season 6, we were very excited for the Fortnite season 7 start date.

Fortnite seasons stick to a similar length, so even before the Fortnite season 7 release date was announced, we had an idea of when the start date would be. We also knew every new feature coming to the game, including Fortnite planes, the new weapon skins, and the then brand-new Fortnite Creative mode – be sure to check out all the changes for this new season with our Fortnite patch notes 7.0 breakdown. So, without further ado, here’s everything we knew about Fortnite season 7 before launch.

Fortnite season 7 release date

The Fortnite season 7 release date was Thursday, December 6, 2018.

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Fortnite season 7 skins

If you’ve never dropped any real cash on Fortnite, the Battle Pass is the game’s premium progression system. If you didn’t pick it up during this particular season, you were locked out of four of the three challenges, and you’d have to make do with fewer cosmetic unlocks as you progress. As always, though, you can still drop into the game and try your hand at a victory royale for free, as unlocks are cosmetic only, so the core gameplay is open to everybody. Check out the video above to see the kind of stuff you can unlock.

The Fortnite season 7 Battle Pass price is 950 Fortnite V-Bucks. If all you want is the new pass, you’ll have to buy the bundle of 1,000 V-Bucks, which is $9.99 (£7.99).

As ever, there were a number of different options you could take when it comes to acquiring the Battle Pass. If you’ve really got stuck into the challenges and refused to be swayed by some swish Fortnite skins, you may well have saved up enough Epic dollars to be properly primed for the new Fortnite season.

Equally, there were various V-Bucks bundles you could get. The newest starter bundle is the Summit Striker Pack (600 V-Bucks, the Summit Striker skin, and the Top Notch Back Bling) for $4.99 (£3.99), and the Deep Freeze Bundle nets you 1,000 V-Bucks plus the Frostbite Outfit, Freezing Point Back Bling, and Cold Front Glider for $29.99 (£24.99). Whichever method worked best for you, the Battle Pass didn’t change in price for season 7, and it was a great way of expanding the game’s appeal with extra challenges and cosmetic goodies.

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Fortnite season 7 map

The Fortnite season 7 map changes would, for many devoted players, be the most exciting feature of the upcoming phase of the game. Dropping, taking cover in, and exploring the same world over and over can get tiresome, so it’s always nice to visit some new spots. Kevin the mysterious purple cube dominated fan speculation about how the map would change for season 6 – which you can see in the video above. It left runes around the map and attached itself to an island above Leaky Lake. This time, things were getting chillier, which was just in time for the holiday season.

As expected, there were various Fortnite season 7 map changes, as detailed in the patch notes. We got a brand new iceberg biome with new areas called Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, and Happy Hamlet.

Fortnite Season 7 gameplay changes

Depending on how much you want to read into the pre-season Fortnite teasers, we got seismic new gameplay additions, such as Fortnite planes. In the first and second teasers, you could clearly make out a character using skis, while the third teaser featured a character model using a zip line while a plane could be spotted in the background.

Fortnite season 7 theme

Themes for each Fortnite season tend to be rather vague, which is the best way to ensure new skin releases can be as eclectic as possible. Season 6 took a darker turn with the theme of ‘Darkness Rises’, whereas the one before that was the trans-dimensional ‘Worlds Collide’ theme.

The Fortnite Season 7 theme was Christmas-themed, and the teasers did suggest that the map would get a wintry makeover. We also got a new lobby screen, which included a clickable link to a cozy grotto filled with free items.

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Fortnite Creative mode

One thing we knew for sure ahead of the release of Fortnite Season 7 is that it featured a brand-new mode for players to try out and test. The new mode was Fortnite Creative and launched on December 6 for players who purchase the new season’s Battle Pass – those without got to play it one week later on December 13.

So, what is Fortnite Creative? Effectively, it’s Playground Mode, but you get a private island, and you can save your creations between sessions. Epic Games added new features to the mode as time passed, but players could build structures and set up basic game modes like races and battle friends from the get-go. This mode was eventually replaced in early 2023.

Those were the updates we knew going into Fortnite Chapter 1 Season 7. If you want more recent updates, check out the latest Fortnite map or all Fortnite weapons currently available.