Fortnite Chapter 2 is ending. Epic has finally revealed that poorly-kept secret after about six weeks of rumors that grew and grew to the point where much of the fandom accepted it as fact long before the developer was ready to announce it. That means Fortnite Season 8 will be the final season of Chapter 2, and likely the final season on the island of Apollo before the assumed Chapter 3 ushers in a whole new world.
Some players have wondered about the reasoning behind that decision: Why is this chapter two seasons shorter than its predecessor? Though Epic has not publicly expressed why this chapter won’t make it the full 10 seasons, I think the answer is staring right at us. We need only to check our calendars.
We didn’t know Fortnite was even being plotted in chapters until the first one ended in its tenth season (styled as Season X in-game) with all players and even the island itself being swallowed up into a black hole. After about a day and a half of purposeful downtime in October 2019, Fortnite was back and Epic revealed its new terminology–“chapters.” With a totally new island and tons of new mechanics like fishing and NPCs offering quests, weapons, and bounties, Fortnite’s second chapter rolled on season after season. But it won’t get to see Seasons 9 and 10 like Chapter 1 did, and you can blame COVID for that.
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Author: Mark Delaney