What Changes We Want to See in Fortnite Season 3
Epic Games has done a great job thus far for Fortnite Season 2 of Chapter 2. In general, the second chapter of the battle royale title is off to a great start but now that we are more than halfway done with this current season, it is time to start thinking about Fortnite Season 3.
It’s Time to Start Thinking About Fortnite Season 3
With Season 2 nearing the halfway point of its battle royale extravaganza, we are already ready for the start of Fortnite Season 3. This is right around the time that I start predicting what will happen in the next season, what the theme of it will be, and all that jazz.
In a couple of weeks, data miners will likely start to see some of the leaked info regarding the upcoming season and what it will offer. That is, of course, unless Epic Games is able to pull a Season 2 again and somehow keep most of the spoilery game files hidden for the time being.
Regardless, with the new season coming in the next few weeks, it is time to take a look at what is releasing with the start of the third season of Chapter 2 in the near future. I’m going to look at the changes I’d like to see happen rather than predictions as that would have some somewhat different answers.
Season 2 Was Great But It Was Missing Some Changes
But before we jump into what I want to see for the third season, it is important to note that I do think that this current season is really good and, in fact, great. Though it certainly took a really, really long time to get here, it didn’t disappoint in addressing many of the problems the community had.
However, it was still missing a few key things and then some of the changes that were made were only half of the story. As such, there are some changes that I would like to see happen in Fortnite Season 3. Ranging in everything from the usual map changes to what’s next for vehicles, I have a lot to say about this upcoming third season.
Part of what made Fortnite Season 2 so great was the fact that it was a breath of fresh air after the very long first season of Chapter 2. In addition, the recent release of the Fortnite Choppa helicopter vehicle was grand and changed up much of the metagame. Here’s hoping that the third season keeps up the trend.
What We Want in Season 3: Map Changes, But No New Locations
Kicking off the list is, of course, the main battle royale map. There is where all of the magic happens and every season is almost always met with some major changes to what players will find on the island for the next 10 weeks or so of that particular season.
When it comes to the map changes for Fortnite Season 3, I’m honestly not super picky about them. In fact, I would say that Season 2 went above and beyond what I expected from it, adding a whopping five new named locations to the island in general.
This isn’t something that Season 3 needs to do nor should it. The Chapter 2 battle royale island is in a really good place right now with mostly evenly spaced named locations all throughout the areas. There are some spots where a new named location would help but that can wait for Season 4 or 5.
Instead, I want to see Epic Games focus on changing up the existing locations that we already know about. The relatively new five locations from Season 2 should be ignored for now and the focus should be on places from the beginning of Chapter 2.
Places like Pleasant Park, Salty Springs, and Retail Row are from the original 10 seasons of the game and they could really use some newness to them. If this means adding or changing stuff, or completing changing the name of them, that works. Either way, these smaller but more intimate changes are welcome.
More Esports Events
This is a bit of a major issue that isn’t just affecting Season 2 but the entire year as a whole. We haven’t seen a whole of esports events for Fortnite in 2020 and this is for a lot of really good reasons. The state of the world right now is in a strange place with the COVID-19 global pandemic and all.
That said, there are ways around this as esports can still thrive by moving into the digital space more than ever before. The world in 2020 is capable of online-only events and we have seen some of these already. Here’s hoping that Season 3 features the announcement of some esports events.
While we don’t expect anything super huge for this season, it would be nice to have one or two official events happen from Epic Games. After all, many players and fans are stuck at home during this time, so having something to watch in the meantime, like a tournament, would be much appreciated.
A New Land Vehicle
Moving back to the overall metagame for Fortnite battle royale right now, there is the topic of vehicles. Prior to a few weeks into Season 2, players were concerned with the overall state of traveling around the island. It wasn’t the easiest unless you had a motorboat and that was only on water.
But a few weeks into the season, Epic Games finally released, after leaks and rumors, the Choppa helicopter vehicle. It has changed up the metagame considerably and allowed players more ways of getting around. But there are some still problems even with this.
The Choppa is only for the air mainly and it is rather limited in nature. As such, I would like to see a land vehicle release in Season 3. Something like a car or another ATV would be welcome as a way for players to get around the map on land, complementing the land and water vehicles that already exist.
In addition, it would be great if Season 3 saw the Choppa make its way to the competitive modes like Arena and any tournaments. It is honestly rather lame that the pro players still don’t have too many options when it comes to traveling around the map.
Evolution of the NPC Enemies
One of the greatest features introduced in Season 2 was the notion of permanent NPC enemies, at least for that season. Players could visit any of the five new named locations – The Yacht, The Shark, The Agency, The Grotto, and The Rig – and find some enemies to take on.
These enemies are not real players and, therefore, are much easier to take on than other players. That said, they still pose a massive challenge with a lot of them to take on plus the challenging minibosses at each of those five new areas.
This has been a welcome change in the game thus far and I would like to see the evolution of that in Season 3. While it is possible that these bosses will stick around, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because the season will likely not be about spies like this one.
Instead, it would be great to have some other NPCs fill the gap and perhaps be located elsewhere around the island. It would be nice to see some of them appear in places like Steamy Stacks and Dirty Docks, places that feel like villainous locations.
Another Major Crossover Event
One thing that has been missing from Season 2 and this year in general for Fortnite is the start of a new major crossover event. Sure, there was the Birds of Prey event a while back but that only went so far and was mainly focused on getting players a new Harley Quinn skin.
What I’m talking about in this case is a major new crossover event that takes advantage of whatever property it is and gives us an actually new game mode to do. April and May are good months for this as this is right around when we got Avengers crossovers in the past.
It would be really nice to see something that has a major game mode like those past ones. I’m not expecting anything huge like Avengers so don’t worry about that. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a crossover so long as it is a significant event that is much more interesting than the Spy Games one.
More Excellent Customizable Skins
One of the best parts of Season 2 is something that I absolutely want to see more of in Fortnite Season 3 and that is the customizable skins. Season 2, in my opinion, has the best selection of cosmetic skins for the battle pass out of any season overall period.
Sure, there are better skins in some seasons, but the overall quality of Season 2 is unparalleled and unmatched completely. A lot of this is due to the actual base skins themselves but also because of the level of customization that is available for each and every one of them.
There are the five miniboss skins that you can get from Meowscles to Midas that are already great on their own. But then you can elevate them further by pledging their allegiance to the Ghost or Shadow organizations and gaining a new, permanent skin variant for them in the process.
Then there is the amazing Maya skin you get from the start of the season. This skin is so customizable that Epic claims that there are over a million possible combinations. You can change her hair, accessories, and so on to make your own.
This is a trend that I would like to see continue in Season 3 in some way. It doesn’t even have to fit into the theme of the upcoming season at all as Season 2 did either. You could just have the customization for customization’s sake and I would be alright with that.
But, for sure, it would be great to see another tier-one premium battle pass skin like Maya that players could customize throughout the course of the season.
Fortnite’s Full Release Out of Beta
This final one is a big one and one that I’m honestly not holding out too much hope for at this time. After all, it is the least likely to happen out of all of these desires I have but I will continue to mention it basically every time that a new season is coming around until it finally happens.
I want to see Fortnite come out of open beta and finally be a fully released video game on all of its platforms. This is something that Epic Games promised all those years ago when it first came out and it seemed like it wouldn’t be that far off but then, here we are with nothing now.
The game is still in open beta, it has expanded quite a bit, and even started a new chapter. That would have been the perfect time to come out of open beta and really make headlines but it still didn’t happen. This is unfortunate as many players have been waiting for it.
After all, it isn’t just the statement of being a fully released game but it also means the promise of having the Save the World PvE portion finally go free-to-play. If you want to play that right now, you have to purchase it and it is only available on certain platforms.
Coming out of open beta would give the chance for it to be finally free for everyone and release on other platforms like Switch and mobile. In addition, the full release could mean so much more than that including things we don’t know about and that would raise the hype even more for Fortnite. Unfortunately, this is one that might not happen in Season 3, but it is worth mentioning nonetheless.