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Fortnite Season 3: start date, event, map, and battle pass details

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Fortnite Season 3 is almost here, and unlike the lead up to Season 2, the teasers and leaks have been flowing like a river. Appropriate, since the season event may feature some sort of immense storm.

So we've gone ahead and broken down everything we know about the Fortnite Season 3 start date, the kinds of map changes I'm hoping for, plus the latest battle pass details, event clues, and more.

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When is the Fortnite Doomsday event?

Update: (May 28)

We've got one (hopefully) final delay in the season schedule. The Fortnite Doomsday event will now start on June 6 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST. This is about one week later than originally scheduled, and Epic is saying it's so they can get everything ready for the new season. Epic is also saying to show up 30 minutes early to ensure you get in.

May 26:

We also have an even better look at what Midas' doomsday device will look like, courtesy of data miner HypeX.

Here's a look at the device as seen from Midas' room.

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Other leaks and data mining point us towards a clearer indication of what the season event will look like, and most signs indicate what we'd believed for sometime:  that a large rainy weather event will alter the map in some way. According to data mining from FortTory, files named "GravRocks," "ground smoke," "instorm," "lightning strike," "stormout," and a couple files referencing rain can be found in the Fortnite gameplay cues.

FortTory also discovered that an update to the Agency location will add something beneath the building. It's unclear what, though, considering the file looks like a tragic Google Earth scan. According to FortTory, the hatches will also be opened during the event, finally giving us a look at whatever lies beneath.

It also appears that underwater swimming animations have been included in this batch of files, possibly confirming the long-held rumor that Fortnite Season 3 would include some sort of underwater mobility options.

Lastly, we've got a new loading screen of Midas gazing intensely at what's being referred to as a doomsday suit.

Take a close look at the image in that tweet above and you'll notice what appears to be the face of the woman from the photo on Midas' desk. It's unclear if this is a significant other or a family member, but far be it from a secret agent leader to plot out some sort of revenge plot? That begs the question of why and how she's in the same room as Midas.

Data miner VastBlast also managed to find audio that appears to be from the event, with sounds of people panicking, sirens going off, and some henchmen sounding particularly alarmed.

When is Fortnite season 3 coming out?

Fortnite season 3 has once again been delayed, but thankfully it's a far shorter window of time than usual. 

Fortnite season 3 is now starting on June 11.

And in case you missed it above, the doomsday event will now happen on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. ET.

This is only a week farther out than the original date, which itself was already the result of a delay. Understandable, since the state of the world has presented plenty of complications for teams working from home.

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Other Fortnite season event teasers we've found

Update for April 29:

We've got our first official teaser posters for season 3, as discovered by data miner FortTory.

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FortTory was also quick to point out that the umbrella logo on each of the posters is the same found on the No Sweat Insurance building in Lazy Lake. Could it be that more season 3 event details will develop there? I never did meet an insurance agent I could trust.

It was once theorized that season 2 would feature a flood affecting the world map, but it now looks like season 3 might be the one that features more water. We did also get a look at the underwater swimming animation as part of the Travis Scott concert, so Epic has clearly accounted for allowing players to go beneath the waves.

Update (April 15):

It appears the hatches beneath the Agency have started glowing. It's lead some players to speculate that these hatches will play a role with the supposed doomsday device on the way. Is something being built underneath the Agency?

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The island has also changed a couple of other locations, which may hold future secrets. The Shark has now been turned into a prison, and just outside the Shark is a separate, tiny island with a single jail cell inside. Speculation on that one is that the cell is for Midas, considering the Shark prison has a bunch of Ghost faction logos all over it.

Update (April 6):
According to Fortnite Intel, data miners have discovered that images of the Vault (yes, that Loot Lake Vault) have appeared on screens on the island, suggesting Chapter 1 might come back to haunt Chapter 2 in some way.

Reddit user Koooooomar found that on some of the screens at the Shark and the Yacht, a faint image of a circle can be seen. Could the circle be Loot Lake?

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How much will the Fortnite Season 3 battle pass cost?

As far as we know, the Fortnite season 3 battle pass should cost the standard 950 V-Bucks for the regular edition, and the Battle Bundle edition will cost you 2,500 V-Bucks. The Battle Bundle edition will automatically let you skip the first 25 tiers of the battle pass.

The smallest bundle of V-Bucks you can purchase is still 1,000 V-Bucks, which comes out to $9.99 USD. The next highest package is 2,800 V-Bucks, worth $24.99. You can always consult our guide on how to safely get free Fortnite V-Bucks if you don't feel like paying hard cash for it.