Epic Games has announced that Fortnite’s next season is being delayed. The company says it’s pushing back the season by more than one month: from 30th April to 4th June 2020.
Epic Games said: “We’re extending Chapter 2 – Season 2 of Fortnite beyond the original April 30 date. Our plan is to launch Chapter 2 – Season 3 on June 4. Before then, there’s lots of content coming in the current Season. We have multiple game updates on the way that will deliver fresh gameplay, new Challenges, bonus XP, and a couple more surprises up our sleeve.”
Epic had previously delayed the start of Fortnite Chapter 2, however, this is the first time it is delaying season 3. The first season of Chapter 2, which was launched in October 2019, lasted months longer than originally predicted. This was because developers hit multiple delays.
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The developer says it has plenty of content to keep its player busy. In a blog post, Epic Games mentions multiple game updates. It says the updates include new challenges like bonus XP, “fresh gameplay,” and “surprises.”
It is quite possible that like in the past delayed seasons, Overtime Challenges will be launched which may give players next season’s battle pass for free if they complete the challenges.
Could COVID-19 be playing a role in the delay?
It is unclear why Epic Games is really delaying the season, however, experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame. Game developers can work remotely, but there can be limitations.
For example; developers sometimes don’t have the required processing and graphics power on their personal computers to work. Additionally, game companies also require that their developers adhere to strict guidelines to keep new games secret. This may prevent certain updates from being updated outside the company’s office.
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