Everything you need to know about Fortnite’s next season.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has a firm release date following news of last year’s extension, making Season 1 the longest to date.
With the launch of Chapter 2 arguably the biggest in Fortnite’s history – which ushered in hundreds of tweaks and changes, an entirely new map and a spectacular black hole finale – expectations as what’s next are high.
In the meantime, developer Epic Games has said between now and the new season there will be additional Overtime challenges and a new two week-long event to keep us busy.
As well as explaining the Chapter 2 Season 2 release date and estimated start time, here’s what we know about what the new season might feature.
When is the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 release date and estimated start time?
In Chapter 1, the length of an average Fornite season was around 10 weeks. Chapter 2’s debut season however has been much longer – lasting for around four months.
After announcing an extension before Christmas, developer Epic Games has confirmed the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 release date is Thursday, February 20th.
Though Epic Games doesn’t explicitly announce a start time for new seasons, it typically takes place a couple of hours after the previous one ends at the following times, which sees several hours of downtime and a sizeable patch before things resume once more:
- UK: 9am (GMT)
- Europe: 10am (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1am (PDT)
That said, the most recent black hole finale was actually in the evening UK time – at 7pm to be precise – but since that took place on a Sunday and was followed by several days of downtime, we can assume that was a one off.
As always, all previous challenges will vanish when a new season begins, so make sure you’ve unlocked all the rewards you want to keep before the above date.
What can we expect from Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2?
As part of the Season 2 Chapter 2 release date announcement, Epic teased what is coming next as part of a redacted message – hinting it would “feature” something “with multiple” other things.
Here’s what it said:
Beyond that, what we know about the new season – such as a theme – is currently unknown.
Usually, Fortnite has a tradition of rolling out changes to the map throughout a season, followed by a live event sometimes teasing what’s next. But with the new map and a minimal set of changes in recent weeks, clues have been few and far between.
That’s not to say nothing has happened in Season 1, with the community piecing together a storyline running through loading screens and end of season skins.
The following video by Top5Gaming recaps this in good detail, with EGO – who landed on the map following Chapter 1’s Season X finale and constructed all those EGO Outposts – fighting an evil organisation named Alter.
Long story short – Alter has been creating an army of Sludges, alternate versions of EGO characters, and could be after Chapter 1’s Zero Point (or even Kevin the Cube!) to help defeat EGO. All this could then culminate at a mountain bunker where Alter is based:
However, with this story playing a fairly low-key role, it’s possible this won’t be the focus of the next season or an end-of-season live event – assuming Epic is even planning one.
It’s also worth remembering Fortnite Chapter 1’s story didn’t really kick in until the end of Season 3 (with the arrival of the comet) so it’s possible Epic will want to let things settle in before introducing larger narrative elements that shapes map locations or influences the theme.
Either way, there is at least one major update due before the current season ends – 11.50 in early February, which moves the game to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics engine – which could start to tease what’s next.
We’ll hopefully know more in a few weeks!