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Fortnite Chapter 5 countdown, release date, and leaks

Are you ready for the next Chapter?

The end of Fortnite OG is rapidly approaching, but an entirely new experience is on the horizon. Although the Chapter 1 throwback has drawn record-breaking numbers, the game's upcoming major update promises to bring players into the next generation. Today, provides a Fortnite Chapter 5 countdown and a sneak peek of what you can expect after the highly-anticipated "The Big Bang" event.

Editor's Note: Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1 is now live. Click here for a complete list of patch notes.

Fortnite live event countdown: "The Big Bang"

Fortnite Chapter 5 Launch Time

Before covering the Chapter 5 launch date and countdown, let's briefly touch on The Big Bang event. Epic Games has publicly revealed that the Chapter 4 conclusion will occur on December 2 at 2 p.m. ET. For more on that and how you can attend, check out this complete write-up of the event and the crucial details. It promises to deliver an Eminem concert and much more.

What time is the Fortnite live event?

  • 2 p.m. ET (Eastern US)
  • 1 p.m. CT (Central US)
  • 7 p.m. London / GMT
  • 11 a.m. PT (Western US)
  • 3 a.m. Singapore
  • 4 p.m. Sao Paolo

Epic adds additional times due to the "Waiting in Queue" issue

Epic Games has released a statement and added two more showings of The Big Bang Fortnite event to address the queue issues. So, if you were one of the unlucky players not to make it into the 2 p.m. showing, be sure to stay close to your desk for additional showings. You won't want to miss the Eminem concert.

What date and time will Fortnite Chapter 5 begin?

Fortnite Chapter 5 *tentatively* begins in

Several Fortnite leakers have confirmed that Chapter 5 will launch on December 3. That means the game will enter a downtime period after The Big Bang event, and then the Fortnite Chapter 5 countdown begins. While it's all but confirmed that the new season begins on December 3, the timing is unclear.

Image Credit: Epic Games
Image Credit: Epic Games

However, if recent seasons are any indication, Fortnite may exit the downtime period at around 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, December 3. We expect to learn the precise launch time over the next few days, so check back for a more accurate report.

Fortnite Chapter 5 trailer has leaked

Ahead of The Big Bang Fortnite event, the Fortnite Chapter 5 trailer leaked, showcasing what the subsequent installment offers. The trailer confirmed that Peter Griffin and Solid Snake will appear as Chapter 5 Season 1 Battle Pass skins. Furthermore, the clip showcased gameplay elements, new collaborations, and more.

Here is what we gathered from the Fortnite Chapter 5 trailer:

  • New "Capture the Train" gameplay element
  • Weapon mods (customizable sights and more)
  • Tactical Riot Shield
  • Wall running and scaling
  • Lamborghini collaboration
  • New Grapple Blade utility item and weapon
  • Ninja Turtles collaboration

Fortnite Chapter 5: Season 1 Underground Battle Pass leaks reveal Peter Griffin and Solid Snake skins

Although the new season does not drop until December 3, Xbox leaked the Fortnite Chapter 5 Battle Pass early. The low-resolution screenshot confirmed that Peter Griffin of the Family Guy animated series and Solid Snake of the Metal Gear Solid series will join the Fortnite roster. These two characters accompany six original designs.

What can I expect in Fortnite Chapter 5?

It's challenging to understate the hype behind Fortnite Chapter 5. Epic Games has yet to confirm what players can expect, but the teased Fortnite x LEGO collaboration headlines the next significant season. Beyond this crossover, Epic Games plans to roll out a new map, similar to the recent Chapter launches.

According to Epic Games, the LEGO collaboration will launch on December 7. Here are some other things you can expect in Fortnite Chapter 5:

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