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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is so close, and quite frankly, Epic is as quiet as a tomb when it comes to teasing developments for the future of Fortnite.

When does Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 start? When does Season 1 end?

When does Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 start? After months of speculation, Epic Games finally announced an honest-to-god release date. Fortnite Chapter 2 season 1 neds on February 20. We have some smart data miners to thank for that info. That’s a Thursday, if it matters to you.

If Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2 follows the trend of previous seasons (except for season 10, which ended with the 48-hour blackout), then hopefully season 2 should begin the same day. Epic hasn’t confirmed as such yet, though. Epic originally chose to extend season 1 through the holiday season and beyond, making it one of the longest Fortnite seasons ever.

On February 17, the official Fortnite posted two (so far) teasers for Chapter 2 season 2. Both feature a gold motif and say something about an intercepted transmission.

Other Fortnite Teasers

As of this writing, a number of new Fortnite posters have appeared out in the real world, including Japan, Brazil, and other locations. The poster, which featured the Fortnite logo with a golden hand mark on top, also contained a phone number. As you can imagine, plenty of people called that number, and appeared to get a recorded message. Twitter user @FNLeaksAndInfo went ahead and compiled these numbers and what message people got out of them.

What and when is the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 event?

As of right now, we don’t have any major clues as to what the Chapter 2 Season 2 event might be. Some previous reporting indicated we’d be treated to a two-week long event, but nothing has really transpired. We’ve now got less than 10 days to go before the new season, and honestly folks, Epic has been incredibly tight-lipped. Nobody has been able to find any truly definitive leak that isn’t proven false a few hours later. 4chan thought it had something with supposed footage of Steamy Stacks blowing up, but its creator confirmed it was a fake.

Other clues that possibly point us in the right direction: Fortnite data miners have found skin models of the season 9 ice monster hidden among the latest update. On top of that, some players have experienced a glitch that turns Pleasant Park into a much more muddy, drab version of itself, but only for a split second, like the game is rendering something accidentally. It’s possible that Epic might destroy Pleasant Park, since that’s one of the few locations fans will remember from the original Fortnite map. Will the ice monster return? We’re not sure quite yet, and Epic certainly isn’t talking.

One decent clue that Reddit user jtlambert stumbled upon, it appears that a section of Holly Hills spells out “NOAH.” If that’s the biblical Noah, then it could be that Epic is planning on flooding Fortnite’s map. That would make sense, since boats are only available to use on the map’s fairly linear river routes. Maybe Fortnite is taking a note out of PUBG’s book and making water a bigger factor, which would also pair well with Chapter 2’s swimming mechanics. Got a better idea? Let us know in the comments.

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. A few days back, a supposedly leaked image of Fortnite Chapter 2 season 2’s map dropped online. Before you get your knickers in a twist, it was proven to be a fake, as confirmed by the forum poster who made it.

What gameplay changes are coming to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2?

As of update 11.50, Fortnite now uses the Unreal Engine’s “Chaos Physics” engine, but ultimately that caused very little to change in how Fortnite plays and feels. We know that Epic has some pretty big plans for Fortnite’s creative tools — namely, expanding their abilities and encouraging more fan creations on a larger scale.

In a blog post, Epic teased some details.

“Season 2 will feature [redacted] with multiple [redacted]. We can’t brief you on all of next Season’s secrets just yet…” Tim Sweeney’s now-infamous tweet has led to plenty of speculation. When asked if he viewed Fortnite as a game or a platform, Sweeney responded: “Fortnite is a game. But please ask that question again in 12 months.” He later added: “Just more powerful Fortnite Creative tools so that creators outside of Epic can do the kinds of things with the game that only we can do right now.” That was just last December.

So what does it mean? Our professional guess is that all the creative mode tools we’ve become real familiar with will receive some significant expansions. Creative mode has already resulted in some really massive and ridiculous fan creations. It’s possible that Epic is interested in how players can alter the battle royale map on a scale larger than your average Block zone.

In other possible gameplay changes… First spotted by Dexerto, it looks like vending machines could be on their way back. Reddit user whodatnola1025 posted a video showing his match flickering in architecture. Lo and behold, a vending machine appeared outside a small building, but only for a half-second.

A new kind of building material could also possible enter Fortnite. Since the beginning of the battle royale mode, players have been able to collect wood, metal, and brick. It looks like gold might be added to the mix, according to longtime Fortnite data miner Lucas7Yoshi.

Fortnite does have a gold LTM that makes all weapons their most powerful form, but a couch is not a weapon. At least not that I know of. Perhaps Epic is considering adding a new building material to shake up the meta of building gameplay.

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).

Bored with battle royale? Check out our favorite Fortnite creative codes. Bored with Fortnite in general? Here’s every battle royale game that isn’t Fortnite still running in 2020.

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