Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 is set to come to a close on December 5, which is now just a few weeks away. The question on every fan’s mind, however, has been whether Season 9 or Chapter 3 would be coming next. Early leaks and datamines have suggested that Chapter 3 is coming up soon, and a fresh round of discoveries have landed alongside the v18.40 update.
Most telling among those discoveries is a new loading screen, uncovered by Fortnite Intel and YLSDev on Twitter. The image is labeled: ‘The Chapter 2 finale. Locked, loaded, and ready for the final showdown!’ It features a group walking toward a sort of hollow pyramid shape in the middle of a desert.
That, in turn, matches up with a separate leaked image (courtesy of ImPeQu and Zatheo) of the final stage of this season’s map, which has a similar structure in its center. And if all that wasn’t enough, dataminer InTheShade has also discovered an event playlist called ‘The End’ – just like the event that concluded Chapter 1.