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06 Jan 2021

Fortnite Season 6: Release Date, Patch Notes, Battle Pass, Skins, Rewards, Map Changes and everything you need to know

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 kicked off in December 2020 after the Marvel heroes saved the Fortnite map from the evil Galactus.

During Season 5 we have seen the Zero Point do some crazy things, such as bringing old POIs back from Chapter 1, as well as bringing many crossover characters to the game, from franchises such as God Of War, Halo, and The Walking Dead.

But now it is time to look towards Season 6.

Release Date

Chapter 2 Season 5 is due to end on Friday, March 16th.

It seems a bit odd that a new season would land on a Friday, so it is possible this could be pushed back to a more regular update day, which is usually between Tuesday and Thursday.

But as of right now it is March 16th.

Patch Notes

For some reason Epic Games no longer provides patch notes for its updates.

Instead they give brief patch notes to its creators that have a Support-A-Creator code.

Using these, the Fortnite Trello Board, as well as information that players discover, we can put together an accurate patch notes list.

Unfortunately we won't know what changes will be happening until the new season drops in March.

Battle Pass

With every new season comes a whole new Battle Pass for players to discover and unlock.

Battle Pass Price

Each season the Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks, V-Bucks are Fortnite's own currency that need to be purchased with real money, 1,000 V-Bucks costs $7.99/£6.49.

There is also a Battle Bundle that costs 2,800 V-Bucks and grants players the first 25 levels.

Battle Pass Rewards

The Battle Pass comes with over 100 cosmetic items to unlock.

These range from skins, emotes, weapon wraps, music packs, gliders, harvesting tools and other items.

None of the items give a competitive advantage to players and are purely cosmetic.

Skins

New skins are a key part of a new season, with the Battle Pass usually containing 6-8 new skins, as well as many new additions to the Item Shop throughout the season.

In recent months we have seen a bigger emphasis on collaboration skins, these have ranged from TV shows, to music artists, to movies and other video games.

Chapter 2 Season 4 saw the Battle Pass be entirely Marvel themed, with superheroes such as Iron-Man, Wolverine, Thor, and Storm making an appearance.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 Marvel heroes key art
MARVEL: Season 4 was entirely Marvel themed.

In the Item Shop in Season 4 we also saw the likes of Blade, Daredevil, and Black Widow be released.

Season 5 saw a return to a regular Battle Pass, with new unique Fortnite characters be released, with the exception of Star Wars' The Mandalorian, who was the level 1 skin for the Season 5 Battle Pass.

Also in Season 5 we have seen many new "Hunters" come to the game from other franchises.

So far we have seen Kratos from God of War, Master Chief from Halo, as well as Daryl and Michonne from The Walking Dead.

No doubt over the course of Season 5 we will see more collaborations take place.

Map Changes

Every new season sees changes to the Fortnite map.

While it will likely be a while before a we see a change as big as Chapter 2 Season 1, which saw a whole new Fortnite map, there are still plenty of big changes that happen each season.

These can range from new POIs and landmarks, to entirely new mechanics that add depth to the game, such as the addition of vehicles and Mythic bosses.

In Season 5 we saw many old POIs from Chapter 1 make a return, with some blending into current POIs.

This is because the Chapter 2 map is actually created from the Chapter 1 map, and the returning POIs were positioned in the exact same place that they were in during Chapter 1.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 Salty Towers Tilted Clocktower
RETURNED: Tilted Towers made a return in Season 5, kind of.

When a POI or landmark was already there, such as Logjams being where Greasy Grove used to be, they ended up fusing together.

This is also why we have Salty Towers, which is a hybrid of Salty Springs and Tilted Towers.

No doubt throughout the rest of Season 5 we will see some more familiar places return as we head closer to Season 6.

Platforms

Fortnite is currently playable on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Android.

The game used to be playable on iOS but was removed after the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit began in 2020.