In “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” the changing of seasons is a big deal, and Thursday’s transition to Season 5 may be the biggest one yet.
Each season brings a new theme to the game’s Battle Pass, and often many cosmetic changes to the map. For example, in the days leading up to the beginning of Season 4, the game hinted that a meteor shower would change the island forever. When the meteor did hit, it caused a large crater in the enter of the map, turning Dusty Depot into the craterous Dusty Divot.
However, in lieu of ever simply announcing what the newest additions and changes to the game will be, the developers at Epic Games will often leave cryptic hints and Easter eggs scattered across the island (or in the game’s code) for the most dedicated fans to decode.
This time around the clues are weirder and more mysterious than ever, and even now, just one day away from the beginning of Season 5, we still know very little about what to expect.
Here’s what we do know ahead of the big reveal tomorrow:
Two weekends ago, a one-time in-game event featured a rocket launch and rifts in the space-time continuum, and nothing has been the same on the island since.
You can watch a full cinematic-style recording of the launch, recorded and edited by YouTube filmmaker Enzait Films here:
The rifts — which look like bright blue cracks in the sky — have been steadily growing and multiplying since the launch, and have been seen making landmarks disappear mysteriously, as well as spitting out a few objects that don’t seem like they belong on the island, like this stage coach, spotted near Moisty Mire…
A Horse Carriage came out of the rift near Moisty Mire. Looks like it’s straight from the WILD WEST #Fortnite #FortniteSeason5 pic.twitter.com/3TF0Z1RLSq
… or this anchor, seemingly plopped on a hillside by another rift.
An Anchor came out of the newest rift near Greasy. I wonder what’s gonna come out of the massive rift in the sky? 🤔#Fortnite pic.twitter.com/2ZOYArtEk1
The rifts are almost certainly key to Season 5’s overall theme, especially because they are the only reasonable way to explain the fact that hints have started popping up in real life.
For starters, the disappeared Durr Burger statue was seen in the California desert:
What…. is this… I’m in the middle of the desert why is this here??? pic.twitter.com/oTMiGc0Wno