Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 release date and Season 1 ending

Jonesy and other Fortnite characters battle it out on top of a moving train
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Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 is now here. It's called Fortnite Underground, and it adds secret underground bases, a moving train, as well as a bunch of new weapons and items.

With Fortnite's new season only having recently released, it'll be a while before we know more about the next season. Thankfully, the battle royale title always lists when the current season is going to end, so we do now know when to expect the new season, at least.

Here's everything you need to know about when Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 ends, when Chapter 5 Season 2 starts, and what to expect. As we draw closer to the new season's launch, we'll be sure to update this page with exact timings. For now, here's what Epic has said about Fortnite's next season so far.

When does the current season of Fortnite end?

Weapon Cases in Fortnite

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The Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 end date and time is March 8, 2024 at 2AM ET / 11PM PT (March 7, 2024) / 5AM GMT. This is listed on the Battle Pass page currently live in the game.

It's worth noting that last season's timings shifted by a couple of days just before the new one was supposed to arrive, so timings here are subject to change. The best place to keep up on specific updates closer to the launch of the new season is the Fortnite Status Twitter account. We'll be sure to keep this page up to date as well.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 release date

The Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 Battle Pass screen

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Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 will launch on or around March 8, 2024. The thing to remember about new Fortnite seasons and chapters is that there is always a period of downtime after one ends. This down time makes the next season's exact start time a little tricky to predict as it can range from a couple of hours - as was the case last season - to multiple days, which has happened between chapters before. 

Given that Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 is a simple seasonal update, things should go forward fairly predictably. No info has been given yet as to how long this new season will last, or what to expect in terms of downtime. What we do know is that on March 8, 2024, Fortnite servers will go down.

What to expect from the next Fortnite season

Epic has yet to reveal anything about Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2, though this will likely change about a week or so before March 8, 2024.

Regardless, expect to jump into an updated Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 map, complete with a new loot pool, as well as a whole new Battle Pass.

So there you have it, that's what you need to know about this season of Fortnite, and when the next one is launching. For more on Fortnite, see where it ranks in our list of best free games.

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