Why Does Fortnite Keep Extending the Season
Due to a series of unexpected delays by developer Epic Games, Chapter 2 Season 2 of Fortnite has been running for what seems like forever.
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Chapter 2 Season 1 of Fortnite has long held the record for being the longest season of the game, but its followup is coming close to shattering it. Season 2 has been dragging on for months, and though it was slated to end soon, it has been delayed once again. Fortnite players may be wondering just what is taking Epic Games so long to push out the next season. While the developer has given clear reasons for some delays, it has been vague on others.
Season 2 began on February 20, 2020, and was originally scheduled to end on April 30, but Epic Games announced a delay of Season 3 into the summer. No explanation was given for the delay, but the growing pandemic was likely to blame. As the need to avoid spreading COVID-19 became paramount, many titles throughout the industry were put on hold, affecting their development. To tide players over, the developer released multiple updates, new Challenges, and plenty of things other things to stave off frustration with the delay. Though this hasn’t been enough to keep everyone happy. Even gaming icon Ninja thinks Fortnite is boring without a new season to freshen things up.
The new release date was set for June 4, but a few days before it was expected to launch, Epic Games announced yet another delay. This time, the company confirmed a reason, stating that is was done “in an effort to get everything ready” for the major changes coming with Season 3. The release date was then pushed to June 11. The doomsday event titled The Device, which counts down to the launch of the next season and is rumored to flood the Fortnite map, was also part of the delay. Unfortunately, this new release date did not work out as planned.
Due to the current turmoil throughout the world, Epic Games has moved the Season 3 launch slightly forward once more. The company this time released a full statement on the situation, saying “Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color. We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.”
Epic Games notes that the team is eager to move on, but is currently attempting to balance the launch with the time required to deal with the issues facing the world. The live event, The Device, will now begin on Monday, June 15, counting down to the launch of Season 3 on Wednesday, June 17. While players are likely hopeful there will be no more delays, it is understandable why the developer chose this course of action. As a part of this move, the Loserfruit Fortnite skin is also delayed, which was announced by the streamer herself, who agreed with the decision.
Fortnite is currently available on Mobile, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Source: Epic Games