Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 confirmed release date in every region

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Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 is ready to come out! Epic Games has seemingly prepared everything for the new season, which will come out in just a few days. The Fortnite developer has already confirmed the release date of the new season. However, if you’re not sure when it will begin in your region, our guide has everything you need to know.

Before the new season starts, though, make sure to unlock all free Fortnite skins. If you need to level up quickly and finish the current Battle Pass, check out our list of the best XP maps in Fortnite. Finally, if you have some challenges you haven’t completed yet, you can use Fortnite bot lobbies to finish them easily.

When does Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 start?

When the current Fortnite season was released, Epic Games revealed its ending date in the game. The Battle Pass page shows Friday, March 8, as the season-ending date of the current season, meaning that the next one will start on the same day.

If you’re looking for a specific release date and time for Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 in your region, keep reading this article.

UPDATE (March 7): Epic Games originally intended for Season 2 to release at 2 AM Eastern Time. However, one day before its release, the development team announced new release time. This has been confirmed by Epic.

Fortnite Season 2 release date for the US

The United States has several time zones, but four of them have the majority of the population. Considering that this country has many Fortnite players and that Epic Games’ headquarters is located there, the development team always aims to release new seasons early in the morning. This is done to avoid updating at peak hours.

The current season will end at 3 AM Eastern Time, meaning that the release date and time of Chapter 5 Season 2 is the following:

  • Pacific Time: March 8, midnight
  • Mountain Time: March 8, 1 AM
  • Central Time: March 8, 2 AM
  • Eastern Time: March 8, 3 AM
A screenshot of a character in Fortnite Battle Royale season 2.
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Longer downtime

Since this is a big update, we expect server downtime to last for at least two or three hours. Due to this, you should put your gaming system in a standby mode and have it automatically download the update.

It’s important to note that these times may change. However, considering that the current Fortnite season will not have a live event, this is unlikely. Furthermore, we have to clarify that the Chapter 5 Season 2 update will come out around this time. Since this will be one of the biggest updates of all time, there will be Fortnite server downtime that will last for a few hours.

Release date of the new Fortnite season in the UK

Fortnite players from the United Kingdom will get Chapter 5 Season 2 in the early morning. According to the current schedule, the next Fortnite season will come out on March 8 at 8 AM in the United Kingdom.

Release date and time in other regions

If you’re not in the US or UK, you’re likely wondering what time the next Fortnite season will begin for you. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. You can use this link to check when the season will start in your region. The link will automatically check your time zone and show you the exact release date and time of the new Fortnite season.

Alternatively, these are some popular time zones and their release times:

  • Central European Time: 9 AM
  • Indian Standard Time: 1:30 PM
  • Japan Standard Time: 5 PM
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time: 7 PM
  • New Zealand Daylight Time: 9 PM

In all of these time zones, Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 will begin on Friday.

Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2 countdown

If your time zone is not listed above and you can’t open the link, we have a countdown for the next Fortnite season. Once it hits zero, Epic Games should release a new update.

Next Fortnite season – FAQ

Will the next Fortnite season bring back the OG map?

Epic Games plans to bring the OG map back to the game in 2024. However, we don’t have a confirmation if this will happen in Chapter 5 Season 2 or at a later date.

How big will be the next Fortnite update?

Considering that the next Fortnite update will bring a new season, we expect it to weigh at least 10 gigabytes. However, the total size will depend on several factors, including your gaming system, high-resolution textures, and more.

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