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Fortnite devs confirm new Season 2 start date & 11.50 update details

Published: 28/Jan/2020 12:52 Updated: 28/Jan/2020 13:06

by David Purcell

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Epic Games have finally announced a release date for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2, confirming that patch 11.50 will be the start of a new journey for the game. 

The game’s developers had previously stated that the debut season of the current chapter was set to end in February and have kept good on that promise by revealing a news announcement on January 24 confirming as much.

Following a period of uncertainty for the game’s community, after the usually accurate leaked HYPEX revealed that the length of Season 1 had been extended by a further two weeks, Epic Games have moved to ensure players that no more extensions will be taking place.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 start?

In a news announcement posted to the official Fortnite website on January 25, the game’s development team confirmed that February 20 will indeed be the date that Season 2 starts in-game – meaning leaked information from HYPEX was correct.

Many expected that it would come to a close in early February, with dates as early as February 4 suggested by players, but thanks to the developers we now know that is officially not the case, and Fortnite fans will have to wait another few weeks for the new season update to drop.

It was announced back in November that the debut season would be the longest to-date and finally, the wait for information regarding the game’s next major update is over.

Fortnite moving to new engine

However, there was more than just a start date for the community to digest – as there was also a new game engine revealed and some words missing from the post.

An official statement said: “Beginning with the release of the 11.50 update in early February, Fortnite will be moving to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics engine. At launch, the goal is to ensure that Fortnite still feels like Fortnite. Along the way there will be some bumps, so we’re starting tests with a small group of players.”

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Fortnite’s 11.50 will officially be the start of Chapter 2, Season 2. Here’s the full statement.

What else can we expect in Fortnite’s v11.50 Update

While Epic Games have yet to announce what else will officially be coming in the next update, their community Trello is regularly updated with information, and we already know some of the fixes that are coming in the update.

Ziplines will return after being temporarily disabled when players discovered a number of exploits involving the transport method, including ways that players could teleport hundreds of feet into the air thanks to them. Elsewhere, fixes to building glitches are also coming, while the developers will also address a problem with the Rippley vs Sludge Overtime Mission that has been recording statistics properly, meaning players couldn’t earn rewards.

Fans can now look forward to seeing the 11.50 update released and will be hoping, unlike many patches of late, that there will be some patch notes to come with it.

Should there be any teasers about potential storylines or map changes for Season 2 revealed in the coming weeks, as we approach the next update, we’ll be the first to let you know.

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5 Star Wars skins Fortnite Season 5 should add next

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:03

by Daniel Megarry

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With the introduction of The Mandalorian to Fortnite Season 5, there’s a very real chance more Star Wars characters could be on the way. 

The Star Wars universe first crossed over with Fortnite back in 2019. To promote the release of The Rise of Skywalker, character skins including Finn and Rey were added, as well as a number of items and cosmetics based on the franchise.

Now, Chapter 2 Season 5 of the game has arrived and brought with it another Star Wars crossover based on The Mandalorian, the hit Disney+ spin-off series that’s taken the world by storm.

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The Mandalorian is the latest Star Wars character to join Fortnite

Epic have teased “even more hunters from the realities beyond” will join Season 5, which has got fans speculating on who exactly they could be. With Mando and Baby Yoda already appearing, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to expect more Star Wars favorites to join the fight.

This seems even more feasible given Fortnite’s ongoing partnerships with Disney, who now own Star Wars. After a whole season dedicated to Marvel superheroes and villains, players can also get two months free Disney+ for making a purchase in the Item Store.

Given the uncertain future of Star Wars movies, it’s likely any new additions would also be taken from The Mandalorian – or one of the other upcoming Disney+ series that are in the works. As fans will know, there’s plenty of exciting characters to choose from.

Ahsoka Tano

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Ahsoka Tano recently made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian.

There was an incredible amount of buzz surrounding The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano’s live-action debut in The Mandalorian, and the show more than lived up to the hype. Fans were unanimous in their praise for Rosario Dawson’s portrayal, and they’re looking forward to seeing more of her.

With so much excitement surrounding the character, it seems obvious that if any current Star Wars character will be added to Fortnite in the near future, it’s Ahsoka.

Boba Fett

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Bounty hunter Boba Fett became a fan favorite in the original trilogy

Another character who’s caused waves in the Star Wars universe of late is Boba Fett. After months of teasing and speculation, he briefly appeared in the first episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, and it got fans from all corners of the galaxy talking.

It shows that fans are still craving more from the bounty hunter. Even better, he’s visually very similar to The Mandalorian himself, Din Djarin, so it shouldn’t be that hard to create. Make it happen, Epic.

Bo-Katan Kryze

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Bo-Katan was one of the main Mandalorian heroes in The Clone Wars series

Just like Ahsoka Tano, Bo-Katan Kryze is another animated Star Wars character who made the jump to live-action in The Mandalorian Season 2. There might not have been quite as much hype surrounding her appearance, but she’s still a beloved character among longtime fans.

We sadly only got to see her for one episode of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian – here’s hoping we get to see her again in the Fortnite universe. Maybe as part of a Clone Wars celebration?

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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With Obi-Wan getting his own spin-off series, a skin seems inevitable

With a highly-anticipated new Disney+ spin-off series in the works, it would make a lot of sense for Obi-Wan Kenobi to get his own skin in Fortnite. There’ll be renewed interest in the character, and he’s already one of the franchise’s most iconic Jedi warriors.

This one could be a while off, depending on when Obi-Wan’s spin-off series debuts (it’s currently expected to start filming in January 2021), but Fortnite could surprise us by releasing it early to build up some hype for the series.

Darth Vader

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Darth Vader could be one of the most popular Fortnite skins if it happens

If there’s one Star Wars character that would cause a meltdown for Fortnite fans, it’s probably Darth Vader. He’s also arguably one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history, so a Fortnite skin would appeal to more than just fans of the franchise.

While the idea of Vader in Fortnite would’ve sounded like fanfiction when the game first launched, it now seems like a very real possibility, thanks to Disney and Fortnite’s huge collaborations.

One fan has even created a pretty epic concept design for what Vader could look like in the game.

Excitement for Season 5 of Fortnite is currently at fever pitch, and we’re keeping you in the loop with the latest news, guides, and updates over on our dedicated Fortnite page.