Here’s the exact time the Fortnite Cosmic Summer event started and what to expect

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Summer is in full swing Fortnite now that the summer solstice has passed. Three summer months stretch out before us, and for the next two weeks we can celebrate in Fortnite if it’s too hot to go outside (or if you’re unlucky enough to have smoke from a nearby forest fire polluting your air).

The two-week cosmic summer celebration kicks off in Fortnite: battle royale Tuesday June 22 and while we don’t know everything about the event, we have some clues as to what lies ahead. Here’s all you need to know.

Start time

The Cosmic Summer event kicks off at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m.ET on Tuesday, June 22. New challenges and all LTMs should go live at this time. Much of the festivities will take place at Believer Beach (formerly Sweaty Sands).

Live event

There will be no live event during the Cosmic Summer Celebration, information found on reddit:

This means that the Welcome Party is an ongoing event rather than a live cinematic event. What this will entail remains to be seen, but clues point to aliens of some sort could land at Coral Castle, resulting in some much-needed map changes.

Challenges and rewards

I feel like, along with these potential map changes and new free challenges and rewards for all players, the majority of this event will take place in the Item Shop. Maybe a new mode or two, definitely cosmetic rewards, then a whole bunch of skins to buy that are all summer and beach themed. I say this because we didn’t have a live event for the start of the season, we don’t have one for the summer celebration, and Epic Games have frankly made a bit of an effort to pretty much everything lately, including his licensed crossbreed stuff. We don’t have any challenges disclosed yet, but I’ll update this post once they’re leaked or posted.

It’s unclear if the Week 3 challenges will also release tomorrow or Thursday. We will see in the AM.

What else? Maybe a big change of map …

That’s about all we know so far. The event lasts for 2 weeks and hopefully will add some fun LTMs, map changes and challenges to the game. I wouldn’t count on the one, really big change this game needs right now: the end of the UFOs! If anything, we might be wise to expect even more flying saucers given Epic’s latest cryptic tweet:

Indeed, it looks like the new POI could be the Mothership itself. Does that mean we’ll be traveling through the air for a second UFO-based map above? Will the mothership land on the Coral Castle and completely change the northwest corner of the map? The Coral Castle is a completely worthless place so that makes sense and would be a very welcome change. It is all speculation at the moment.

Here is my latest Fortnite video explaining why Season 7 is yet another disappointment and the Chapter 2 map continues to fall short of the far superior map in Chapter 1:

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