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Operation: Sky Fire is the end of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7

Dr. Slone standing at a computer for Fortnite’s Operation: Sky Fire event Image: Epic Games

Fortnite’s latest season is coming to an explosive end on Sunday in a massive plot to stop the ongoing alien invasion. To finally destroy the alien threat, developer Epic Games is releasing a new season-ending event that will have players infiltrate The Last Reality and save the world. The event will begin at 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 12.

The final event of Fortnite Chapter 2 season 7 will be called Operation: Sky Fire and will be a one-time event that all players can participate in, similar to previous events. Unlike some events, however, there will be no replays available for Operation: Sky Fire. The event will take place in its own separate playlist which will go live 30 minutes before the event is set to begin — which is probably when you’ll want to be online, based on the server queues that have happened in the past.

This new event also comes with a few unique warnings from Epic. According to the developer’s post on the Fortnite website, players should make sure that all of their challenges are completed before the event begins, and that all of their Battle Stars have been redeemed — otherwise they’ll automatically be redeemed, starting with the earliest available unlocks. Players will also need to complete all of their Superman quests before the event if they want to unlock all of his cosmetic goodies.

Fortnite Chapter 2 season 8 is set to begin sometime after Operation: Sky Fire, but just how soon after, and what happens next, are things we’ll have to find out after the event.

Update (Sept. 12): Fortnite’s Operation: Sky Fire event is complete, and the massive spaceship invading the island has been destroyed ... but it’s cargo survived.

During the event, player infiltrated the ship as part of Dr. Slone’s plan, and inside they found the giant purple cube from Fortnite Chapter 1 (which the community has named Kevin). Dr. Slone attempted to kill Kevin, but thanks to players’ help, the Cube survived and turned blue. However, as players went deeper into the ship, it was revealed that there were thousands of smaller Cubes which have all been unleashed on the island now that the alien spaceship has been destroyed.

After seeing all of the Cubes plummeting toward the island, players were met with a message that the story will continue in season 8. Then Fortnite’s servers went offline and a countdown clock for season 8’s start appeared. The clock is counting toward right around 5 a.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 13, which is when the new season is likely to start.