Fornite has begun its first steps towards season six with its latest round of skybox changes.

The battle royale mode's magical sky rift - which brought desert and Viking areas to the map this season - is slowly starting to shrink away as of the game's latest update.

The rift closing up is a subtle effect, with small changes every day until it shrivels up completely.

Expect to see no rift at all from 21st August onwards, according to Fortnite leaker FNBRLeaks, who peered into the game's files to find out how the sky will look with the rift nearly closed:

Looking like a Doctor Who-style magical crack in spacetime, the rift appeared as a result of season four's rocket launch and after season three's meteor strike. The rift disappearing now paves the way for the game's next map-changing event.

We're still a month away from season five's conclusion, but it's around about now Epic begins setting up the next season's theme in-game somehow. The rift being neatly healed paves the way for just that. Fan theories for season six currently centre around something squeezing out of the rift just before it closes - or a return of that rocket somehow.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (2)

About the author

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

News Editor

Tom is Eurogamer's news editor. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and all the stealth Destiny articles.

More articles by Tom Phillips

Comments (2)

Hide low-scoring comments


Fortnite Season 6 release date, theme, Battle Pass cost and rewards explained

Everything you need to know about Fortnite Season 6, including emotes and skins.

Fortnite - Risky Reels treasure map location

Where to locate the treasure map in Risky Reels and find its bounty in Fortnite.

Fortnite - Oasis, Rock Archway and Dinosaurs location explained

Confused by the Oasis, Rock Archway and Dinosaurs instruction? Here's how it works.

Fortnite Lightning Bolt locations - Where to find all floating Lightning Bolts in Fortnite

Where to find all Lightning Bolt locations dotted across Fortnite.

Fortnite - Flush Factory treasure map location

Where to locate the treasure map in Flush Factory and find its bounty in Fortnite.