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When does Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 launch?

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Black Fortnite logo on a red background overlaid with lasers as part of a “heist” theme for Chapter 4 Season 4 Image: Epic Games

Fortnite sees a major update this week with the arrival of Chapter 4 Season 4 — also known as “Last Resort.”

The current season’s jungle focus is set to make way for a heist theme, if teasers for new characters and points of interest are anything to go by.

Here’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 so far — and, crucially, when you can begin playing.

When does Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 release?

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4’s release date is Friday, Aug, 25, with downtime starting at 3 a.m. ET.

Based on previous seasons — where downtime can take anywhere between two to five hours — we estimate the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4 release time will be around the following:

  • 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. PST for the west coast of North America
  • 4 a.m. - 7 a.m. EST for the east coast of North America
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. CET for western Europe/Paris
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. GMT for the U.K.
  • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. JST on Japan/Tokyo

Before Chapter 3 ends, be sure to complete as much of the Jujutsu Kaisen Break the Curse! event — alongside the current Battle Pass — as you can, before their related cosmetics are gone for good.

Additionally, it’s worth spending any remaining Gold Bars in your inventory ahead of Friday, as this currency expires before the season is out. If you weren’t aware, a promotion currently sees Exotic items and character services at a discount, so use it to give you the edge if scrambling for a last minute win to secure this season’s Victory Umbrella.

The latest Reboot Rally event also draws to a close this week, though you have until 9 a.m. ET on Saturday to get the latest round of rewards — meaning the start of the new season is the perfect excuse to invite some new or lapsed players.

What’s coming in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 4?

The day before the season’s launch, developer Epic confirmed the season name as “Last Resort” as part of its first trailer:

The video thumbnail also gives us a closer look at Chapter 4 Season 4’s Battle Pass characters, which includes Khaby Lame and Ahsoka, who could be the mid-season skin:

The Battle Pass cast for Fortnite Last Resort. Image: Epic Games

Beyond that, everything else we know about what’s to come is from teasers by Epic and various content creators, which have revealed a heist theme. Reveals include a briefcase turret and heist bag items, while new points of interest which go heavy on a crescent moon iconography.

Finally, the official Payday Twitter account has had a strong reaction to the news of the heist theme — though we assume this is more of an overlap in themes (Payday 3 is out on Sept. 21) rather than a collaboration. But who knows!

Either way, plenty to look forward to. Are you ready to crack some vaults as hench fishstick?

Update (Aug. 24): Amended the downtime start time, the official name for the season — Last Resort — as well as the first trailer and look at the Battle Pass cast.

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