Understanding the Fortnite OG season schedule will let you know when your favorite Chapter 1 map will return to Fortnite.
Starting with Season 5, the map will be updated each Thursday to the next season (or two) in order, before concluding with Season X in early Dec. Though it’s a shorter, month-long season, there’s still a Battle Pass to purchase, with mashups of Chapter 1 skins to unlock.
Each update will also introduce many of those season’s items, weapons, and vehicles to complete the trip down memory lane. Here’s when you can expect each week in Fortnite OG, and when Fortnite OG ends.
Fortnite OG season schedule dates
Before we go week-by-week and season-by-season, here’s the complete Fortnite OG season schedule at a glance:
- Nov. 3 to Nov. 9: Season 5
- Nov. 9 to Nov. 16: Season 6
- Nov. 16 to Nov. 23: Seasons 7 and 8
- Nov. 23 to Dec. 2: Seasons 9 and X
- Dec. 2: Fortnite OG ends
What follows is what has been confirmed to be added to Fortnite OG so far, with developer Epic saying items could be remain for the entire season, or only stay for that given week. We’ll find out exactly what is available when each week’s hotfix arrives.
It is also teased there is more to come than what’s announced so far — suggesting a few surprises along the way. (Fingers crossed for the Bow and Balloons!)
What time does the season update go live in Fortnite OG?
Each Thursday, the current Fortnite OG season will change at the following time:
- 6 a.m. PST for the West Coast of North America
- 9 a.m. EST for the East Coast of North America
- 2 p.m. GMT for the U.K.
- 3 p.m. CEST for west mainland Europe
- 11 p.m. JST in Japan
Despite Epic phrasing this as a “hotfix,” in our experience, the map will change without any additional downtime or download — meaning you should be able to play right away.
Fortnite OG Week 1 (Season 5)
Season 5 is the launch season of Fortnite OG, running between Friday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, Nov. 9, and is perhaps the closest to a “classic” Chapter 1 season as we’re going to get.
Featured vehicles are the Shopping Kart and All Terrain Kart (also known as the golf kart), as well as the Damage Trap, Grappler and Boogie Bomb items. Weapons Pump Shotgun, Hunting Rifle, Assault Rifle also make an appearance.
Fortnite OG Week 2 (Season 6)
Season 6 is coming to Fortnite OG between Thursday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 16. This was perhaps best known as the “Halloween season,” and was when the Cube decided to set up residence at Loot Lake.
New this week is the Quadcrasher, Mounted Turret, and Driftboard, the latter of which was first introduced in Season 7, but is showing up here early. Meanwhile, new items and weapons include the Double Barrel Shotgun, Clinger, Six Shooter, Chiller Trap, Port-a-Fortress “and more,” according to Epic.
Our Fortnite OG Season 6 breakdown goes into more detail of what’s changed.
Fortnite OG Week 3 (Season 7 and Season 8)
Season 7 and Season 8 are coming to Fortnite OG between Thursday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov 23, and is set to introduce some of the more significant map changes, such as the snow biome and pirate-themed points of interest.
In terms of things to play with, the Pirate Cannon and X-4 Stormwing (Fortnite’s plane) can help propel you across the map quickly in their own respective ways. Meanwhile, expect items Buried Treasure, Poison Dart Trap and Itemized Glider Redeploy to be joined by the Minigun, Quad Launcher, and Flint-Knock Pistol.
Our Fortnite OG Season 7 breakdown goes into more detail of what’s changed.
Fortnite OG Week 4 (Season 9 and Season X)
The final week of Fortnite OG highlights Season 9 and Season X (also known as Season 10, and the last season of Chapter 1), and runs between Thursday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 2.
On the weapon front, expect the Proximity Grenade Launcher, Air Strike and Heavy Sniper Rifle to make a comeback, as well as items Storm Flip and Junk Rift. Best of all? Jetpacks and The Baller make their return also show up, which are as divisive as they are a blast to use.
When does Fortnite OG end?
Fortnite OG will end on Saturday, Dec. 2. The season finale will be marked by a live event called “The Big Bang” taking place at 2 p.m. ET, with developer Epic saying experiences they have made — which will almost certainly include the core battle royale modes — will be disabled two hours prior.
This means Fortnite OG will end at the following times:
- 9 a.m. PST for the West Coast of North America
- 12 p.m. EST for the East Coast of North America
- 5 p.m. GMT for the U.K.
- 6 p.m. CEST for west mainland Europe
- 2 a.m. JST in Japan (Dec. 3)
From there, only player-made experiences will be playable until Fortnite as a whole goes offline later that day at the following times:
- 8:30 p.m. PST for the West Coast of North America
- 11:30 p.m. EST for the East Coast of North America
- 4:30 a.m. GMT for the U.K. (Dec. 3)
- 5:30 a.m. CEST for west mainland Europe (Dec. 3)
- 1:30 p.m. JST in Japan (Dec. 3)
This not the first time a Fortnite season has ended on a Saturday, and based on those other weekend finales, Sunday, Dec. 3, is likely when the new season will go live.
That said, “The Big Bang” alludes to the “black hole” event that ended the original Chapter 1 back in 2019, which saw the game go offline for two days. It’s possible we might be faced with a similarly long downtime — especially with some of the rumored new modes and features on the way — meaning we might not be playing again until the Monday, but we’ll wait and see.
Is Fortnite OG staying?
We know when Fortnite OG will end as a season. Another question is: Is this the last we will see of Fortnite OG as a map?
If we were to speculate — and we should stress this pure guesswork on our part — based on the popularity of Fortnite OG alone, it would not be a surprise if these original maps return to the game at some point, or event become a permanent mode, similar to how Zero Build seemed to be a one-off that has since stuck around.
Of course, Epic has historically been happy to wipe the Fortnite slate clean with seasonal updates, and the return of a previous map is a new concept for the game — so who knows what will happen here. To be safe, make sure you get as much time with Fortnite OG as you can. We certainly will!