With Season 8 of Fortnite: Battle Royale start date coming up later this week, Epic is following its usual routine of dropping daily teaser images in the lead-up. Each of these images is accompanied by a poem, and all of this seems clearly designed to suggest that Season 8 will have some kind of pirate theme, with references to buried treasure and seafaring threats with spooky pirate imagery.
The first teaser references "X marks the spot" and treasure, with an image of a hook. The second has an image of a snake, and warns you to beware "those who arrive on the waves." The third and final one will show a tiger-like face, promising you can "awaken beasts of fire and ash." Teaser 3 might even reveal our first look at one of Season 8's first new skins. The teasers are counting down days until Season 8 starts on Thursday, February 28.
Given the poems, it seems likely that the players will be able to hunt for loot in buried treasure form, and there may be some form of AI opponent or creatures arriving on ships. New teasers are dropping every day so we can see more specific hints as time goes on. As pointed out on Twitter by James Jarvis, the images are forming a pattern that looks conspicuously like a stylized skull.
to earn your rewards. When the new season rolls over, it will bring all the new Battle Pass (which you can earn for free) with its own challenges and skins and new game mechanics. Season 7 ends this week, just before the start of Season 8.
Fortnite has become known for its big seasonal changeover events, each of which changes its gameplay in some significant ways. So far, this is one big distinguishing factor it has against a new challenger in the battle royal genre, Apex Legends. That game has taken off quickly, but Epic Games says Fortnite is still doing fine for itself. It is a new record and announced a massive prize pool for its esports tournament.