We're fast-approaching the winter event in Fortnite Chapter 2, and while things have been relatively peaceful, don't get comfortable just yet. Well you can once the Fortnite Star Wars event time has hit, at least. There's plenty of details to scour through to take a stab at what's coming next. We've got your guide to the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 release date, battle pass details, possible events and map changes, and more below.
When does Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 start? When does Season 1 end?
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When does Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 start? As history has proven, there's no easy way to tell exactly when Epic Games is going to end a season of Fortnite until they start teasing literal countdowns.
Thanks to a delay, Fortnite Chapter 2 season 1 has been extended until at least February. To put it simply, that's a heck of a lot longer than we initially anticipated. In fact, it's the longest season delay yet.
But it's not unprecedented. The people making this thing need some downtime too. Last year, Epic Games made a similar extension to Season 7 in order to give the Fortnite team a well-earned break over the holiday, so this follows in those footsteps.
"With a new year comes new beginnings," Epic's update reads. "Last year we celebrated 14 Days of Fortnite over the holidays. This year we’ve got even more content for you to unwrap, including new game features, free rewards and a live experience that you won’t want to miss. To prepare for all the new holiday-themed updates, we will be extending Chapter 2’s first season into early February. Get ready for winter!"
Odds are that "live experience" Epic is teasing is the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip they'll assumedly debut at Risky Reels, like they've been teasing for a little while now.
So expect this holiday and January to feel a little like a mini-season. There will inevitably be plenty of missions and rewards still coming.
This does beg the question: What is Epic planning for the two whole months after the holidays? We can imagine that Epic will be modifying the map in some way to reflect the snowy season, perhaps changing one of the named places of interest (or POIs) into a snowy/icy version of itself. Slurpy Swamp and the water dam come to mind as appropriate areas, but really it could be anywhere.
It seems like Epic is hedging its bets on giving players some of those "free rewards" as incentive to keep playing for a considerably lengthier season. "New game features" could honestly be anything, but with Chapter 2's first season being light on vehicles and whacky items, we're hoping for something that helps us cross the island a little more efficiently.
What is the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 event?
Various data miners and eagle-eyed players have noticed that snow has started to fall in Fortnite Chapter 2. Of course, this is most likely for Fortnite's upcoming winter event, but who's to say it won't also tie into whatever event leads us into Chapter 2 Season 2? In any case, it looks like Epic might be focused on that before really beginning to tease us about the season change.
It started to snow in any area on the map a little.Hopefully we dont get snow for 3 Seasons this time pic.twitter.com/JQUHVYthAvNovember 20, 2019
To be fair, Epic did just, you know, destroy the known universe and build a new one, so maybe we shouldn't expect quite as much of a show. Given that Chapter 2 has kicked off by scaling things back (fewer weapons, one vehicle, a more unified map design), it's very likely that the Season 2 event will be comparatively smaller in scale, too.
See any strange paranormal phenomena? Any rocket launch pads getting built in a mountain somewhere? Let us know.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 battle pass
We haven't gotten a glimpse of Chapter 2 Season 2's battle pass yet, but odds are it will cost just the same as all battle passes before it. Expect the basic battle pass to cost 950 V-Bucks (about $10), and there will likely be a premium battle pass for 2,800 V-Bucks (about $28).
If that changes, you can bet we'll update our info here.
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