THE latest season of Fortnite has been delayed by creator Epic Games until June.
Chapter 2, Season 3 of the hugely popular video game was due to come out in in just two weeks, but the US company has said it will extend the current season instead.
“We’re extending Chapter 2 – Season 2 of Fortnite beyond the original April 30 date,” Epic Games said in a statement.
“Our plan is to launch Chapter 2 – Season 3 on June 4.”
The company added that it has multiple game updates on the way that will deliver fresh gameplay, new Challenges and bonus XP.
There will also be “more surprises” before the new launch date.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, with millions of players taking part in its last-man-standing “Battle Royale” shootouts.
The game is run in chapters that are split into seasons, with each season lasting roughly ten weeks.
Every time a new season begins, the game’s map changes slightly and new characters, cosmetic items and more are released to players.
It’s not clear whether the new season’s delay is the result of the current health crisis – which has forced developers to work from home – or something else.
Epic Games, which is based in North Carolina, has pushed back season launches before.
Multiple delays meant the first chapter of Season 2, launched in October 2019, lasted months longer than expected.
“A delay might impact [Fortnite’s] viewership in the same way other popular games tend to plateau between updates, but it will ultimately persevere,” Doron Nir, co-founder of live streaming services provider StreamElements, told BBC News.
Engineers are allowed to work from home, but there are multiple reasons this may cause delays.
Many do not have the same computing power on their home computers as their work PCs, making it difficult to process graphics, new landscapes and more.
Also, due to guidelines on keeping new games secret, some updates can’t take place outside of the company’s headquarters, according to the BBC.
HOAR has contacted Epic Games for comment.
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