Epic Announce and Fortnite Chapter 2 Extension for 2020 and Return of Patch Notes

Epic’s grand experiment with radio silence in Fortnite Chapter 2 has finally come to a close, players, fans, and streams alike are happy to see the return of proper patch notes to the game. Along with this gesture towards the community, there has also been the news that a Fortnite Chapter 2 extension is coming. Meaning you’ll have to wait a little past Christmas to see what the new season holds.

All of this news has been welcomed quite warmly by the community. The extension gives more time to play around with the already impressive amount of new mechanics in Chapter 1. Players and streamers have largely been happy about the more stable state of the game since the release of Chapter 2, a further extension of this current well-balanced metagame is good news. Although, the motivation appears to be a little more complicated with the promise of ‘live events coming’.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 Extension

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Chapter 2 is Sticking Around for the Holidays

Epic’s approach to live experiences in Fortnite has always grabbed the attention of both players and media. The Black Hole outage was one of the most talked-about things to ever happen in gaming, and most end of Season events have made big news by themselves. These events resulted in big surges for Fortnite’s player numbers and plenty of good press for the game. Essentially, they’re a win-win for Epic and players. It isn’t surprising that they’re doubling down on these events because of this, bringing them in outside of the end of seasons.

The Fortnite Chapter 2 extension keeps the season going through the beginning of February 2020. Given the mid-December end date previously used, this is a pretty big expansion and kind of unprecedented. The implication here is that something big is coming. In previous years Fortnite celebrated the holidays with 14 Days of Fortnite. This year’s ‘live experiences’ seem to be something more than that event. While we’re short on details at the moment, the Fortnite Chapter 2 extension seems to be a net positive.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Extension

The Fortnite Chapter 2 Extension might put off some of the players more interested in the novelty of the game, but it’s a welcome to move to the competitive community. Despite some concerns from content creators about the impact of a static game on their viewership, players have found the stability a good thing. Chapter 2 features a completely pared down and streamlined approach to weapons and items. Along with a well-polished map, it is a recipe for a metagame that can actually develop on its own rather than adapting to Epic’s changes and whims.

While you might be missing out on the eye-catching additions like missile strikes, the Fortnite Chapter 2 extension is good news for those who like to watch skilled and exact competitive events.

The Return of Patch Notes!

The last part of Epic’s big news dump was the return of patch notes. There is much to say here other than that’s great… but why did it take so long?

Fortnite Patch Notes 11.20

Chapter 2 ‘s lack of notes hasn’t deterred committed fans who produce their own patch notes. However, the lack of communication has been frustrating. As with everything Fortnite-related, Epic gave the community what they wanted with Chapter 2. Although they simultaneously took away a simple quality of life feature in detailed patch notes. Irrelevant or whether the ‘discover it for yourself’ approach had much relevance beyond the initial hype, patch notes are once again being released.

The Fortnite Chapter 2 extension and patch notes are a rare move from Epic that seems to please everyone. Those who like the flow of new content get another live event, the biggest in-game happenings in Fortnite. Competitive fans and players get the extension of the most balanced metagame with the Fortnite Chapter 2 extension. All in all, it seems you would have to search pretty hard for someone saying Humbug about this Christmas extension.

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