Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 Extended to 2020 Just After Leaks
Epic Games has never failed to surprise us, even throughout several years and seasons of Fortnite battle royale. But the latest shocker is a fascinating one because it really opens the doorway for anything to happen in the near future. We are, of course, talking about the Fortnite chapter 2 season 1 end date.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 Extended to Next Year
Epic Games announced today, alongside the release of the update 11.20 patch notes finally, that there Fortnite chapter 2 season 1 will be extended. What this means is that the current season will basically be reach into 2020 rather than ending in the next few weeks.
The new season will be lasting much longer than the community thought and will actually be available a good bit into the new year. The season is now expected to end in early February 2020, about two months later than it was going to end originally.
This is a surprising move from Epic Games for a number of reasons. For one, this will make this current season the longest one ever in the history of battle royale. Previous seasons, including the original season that started it all, all lasted for around 10 weeks or so.
Players had roughly two and a half months to enjoy each season of battle royale before it was time for something new. This has settled in to be just around the right amount of time necessary for players to enjoy what is new that season, collect the new cosmetics, and feel ready for what’s next.
However, there have been a few notable exceptions throughout the years. There have been a few seasons, especially this past year, that were given overtime challenges and limited time events that extended the season beyond what it was supposed to be.
But even at best, those seasons were extended a couple of weeks with interesting challenges and rewards available to players as compensation. As for Fortnite chapter 2 season 1 being extended like this, though, there really is nothing like this in the slightest.
This is unprecedented as the season isn’t being extended for a couple of weeks until the end of December or something like that. Instead, it is being extended a whole two months at the very least. That is basically like the duration of the second season that was going to be in its place.
As such, it raises a lot of questions about how Epic Games is going to be handling the Fortnite chapter 2 season 1 extension. In the announcement post, all the developer notes is that a new year means new beginnings for battle royale.
It noted that there was the beloved 14 Days of Fortnite limited time event last December that celebrated the wintry holiday season with awesome rewards and challenges. And this year, there will be even more content for players to enjoy including new game features, free rewards, and a live experience they won’t want to miss.
To prepare for this, the current season is being extended into early February 2020. This means that the first season of chapter two will be lasting pretty much throughout the entirety of both the fall and winter seasons. It is a strange move that we still don’t know too much about.
Epic Games Needs to Do Something Amazing for the Remainder of Season 1
Presumably, there has to be some reason for players to keep coming back to the game now that the current season is being nearly doubled. New game features are mentioned but these will need to be on the level of what is typically offered at the start of a new season.
We are hoping that the extension will allow the developer to do at least something new for the island like covering it in snow or something akin to that. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean new named locations or other major changes but a new holiday theme for the map would be great.
But even still, there is the issue with the battle pass. There are many players who have already overcome the season one battle pass and have no other cosmetics to unlock from it. An extension of season one should also mean that there will be an extension of the current battle pass.
There should be new weekly challenges, unlockable tiers, and skins for players to collect throughout the next few months. At the same time, though, it would, hopefully, be done in a way that wouldn’t discourage casual players who only get to play every once in a while.
Many players aren’t able to dedicate the time necessary to reach tier 100 each season and just try to get what they can from the first 20, 30, or even 50 tiers of the battle pass. If an extension is given to the battle pass, it is possible that a large portion of the fan base wouldn’t be able to enjoy it.
They would only be able to finally reach tier 100 possibly but the new rewards offered in the extension would likely be out of their reach. It is a complicated situation that is usually solved by just a new battle pass entirely so it will be interesting to see how Epic Games tackles this strange issue.
Part of the problem comes from the fact that players are already getting tired of dealing with the current season. It was a fantastic season, filled to the brim with new experiences, items, and an all new metagame. The soft reboot for battle royale was exactly what it needed.
Players have already settled into the metagame currently that is one of the strongest that the game has ever been. At the same time, though, this also means that players are beginning to get bored of this season. It is starting to feel stale, which was fine if the season was drawing to a close soon.
However, the announcement of the Fortnite chapter 2 season 1 extension means that players have to deal with this current season for two more months. Epic Games notes that there will be some sort of live experience offered but we hope that it is substantial enough to tie players over.
A Star Wars Event Could Tide Us Over
For instance, there were teases recently that some sort of Star Wars event is going to happen in the near future for battle royale. With a new movie on the way in December, it would be the perfect time for a collaboration of galactic proportions.
It would need to be something that not only gives us a satisfying mode that could be like the Endgame event earlier this year but it needs to last for a significant period of time. We’re not talking about a week or two but this is something that needs to last for at least a month, if not the remaining duration of season one.
That would be one way to shake things up considerably and have players possibly forget that they are still in the same season as before. Especially since leaks recently suggested that the end date for this season was going to be in just a few weeks on Thursday, December 12.
It is likely that Epic Games was planning for that date to be the end of this season and the start of the new one but, perhaps, development on the new holiday events were too much to also happen alongside the development on the new features in season two.
Regardless of the reason, the extension is indeed happening and, hopefully, this means that we will get to see battle royale in a new light that we haven’t before rather than getting bored of what is being offered. For now, we will just have to wait and see as the season is here to stay until early February 2020.