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Fortnite season 9: Here's everything you need to know – CNET

Fortnite season 9 is expected to start May 9.

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Fortnite season 9 is almost here. As has been the case with many of the previous seasons, this likely means there'll be some major changes coming to the popular battle royale game. The big questions are when the new season will start and what will change on the game's map.

When does season 9 begin?

Fortnite seasons last 10 weeks. The final week of season 8 kicked off May 2, which means season 9 should start May 9. Epic began teasing the new season on Monday with a tweet saying, "The Future is Unknown. 5.9.2019" and an image of what's likely a new skin making its debut in season 9.

The company sent another tweet on Tuesday saying, "The Future is Bright. 5.9.2019" along with another image of a soon-to-be-released skin.

And then Wednesday brought another tweet from Epic about Fortnite season 9. As on the previous days, there's new skin shown along with another letter in the background. One point of interest in the image is the map viewable on the arm of the new character skin. It looks slightly different from the current Fortnite map. 

The three images have the letter "N," "E" and "O," which by themselves spell "neo." Considering Epic and how clever it's been in previous seasons, this could be the first letters of a word, maybe "neon." Or, "neo" could be the first word and on Thursday a second word will be revealed. 

Later on Wednesday, Epic tweeted a notice that Fortnite servers will go down on Thursday at 4 a.m. ET as it updates the servers to season 9.

Fan site Fortnite Intel spotted an image from the PlayStation Store listing that also confirms Fortnite season 9 will begin on Thursday, along with an Aug. 1 start of Fortnite season 10.

How will the map change?

This past Saturday was a special event in Fortnite, known simply as the volcano event. A volcano on the island became active and spewed out lava balls, destroying parts of the island. 

The two areas destroyed by the volcano were Tilted Towers and Retail Row. Currently, players can visit the destroyed buildings in those spots.

Come Thursday, both areas will likely receive a makeover, as in season 4 when the destroyed Dusty Depot became Dusty Divot.

There are potentially a lot more changes in store for Fortnite season 9. We'll cover them here when they're live.

Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch ($285 at Amazon), Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.

Originally published on May 7. 
Update, May 8, 7:22 a.m. PT: Adds new tweet from Epic. Update, May 8, 11:50 a.m. PT: Adds server downtime notice. 

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