Friday ‘Nite is a weekly Fortnite column that takes a deeper look at current events in the vast world of Fortnite, with a particular emphasis on the game’s plot, characters, and lore.
Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 2 is out this weekend. Probably. Probably. We shall see. While in-game signs point to this being the case, there’s nothing typical about this upcoming new season, so much so that we can’t confirm it’s even actually happening.
It’s never been like this before for one of the biggest games in the world. Sure, the two Fortnite seasons in 2020 each extend by a few weeks due to COVID, but those delays have been communicated to players and forewarned. Much of the world shut down during the early spring and summer months of the pandemic, and video games resonated more than many other industries as studios struggled to adjust to game development. at home. But today, another struggle affects a small but concrete game: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
While the most devastating effects of war include human rights abuses that are too numerous to count, we are also seeing how conflict disrupts the lives of those who do not participate in war – or, in some cases, people who are not even geographically close to the conflict.
Some studios in Ukraine have had to relocate their developers and warn players about delays while their developers are quite literally right fighting for their lives. Nintendo’s Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp was delayed for seemingly obvious reasons – the game depicts military combat – although the game’s tone is quite cheerful, even when Nintendo has no qualms about saying that’s actually the reason the game was pushed back.
One can safely assume Activision, which is reported to be Eagerly reveal the next Call of Duty earlier than its usual marketing cycle suggests, it is now carefully monitoring the news in hopes of not becoming insensitive to those affected directly or indirectly by the war in Ukraine. When things like games, movies, and TV depict war in the context of real-life war, things get messy.
The best of intentions can go deaf and unadvised, and for Epic this issue needs an immediate answer, but not much of a roadmap.
Here’s some of the stuff that’s being worked on this season but isn’t finished yet, most likely for S2:
– Cattus Cave
– Sprint Tactics
– Double deafness
– Jetpacks Chests
– Clamber mechanic
– Tactical Overshield
– Zeppelin (probably IO NPC)
– Vehicle mode: Armor & Turret
– HYPEX (@HYPEX) March 5, 2022
A season centered around the all-out war between Fortnite’s main factions has been going on for months, if not years, but now could come as players, or at least viewers, see the whole plot is confused. Should Epic delay the season? I guess that’s exactly the question its developers are asking themselves and each other right now, even just a day before the current season ends.
Talking to people in popular Fortnite content, the vibe they get is the same as you might expect if you’re following this lead to Season 2. Epic isn’t just quiet in its public-facing way. them, but even the game is buzzing Discord servers have recently lacked regular engagement from Epic developers, who are often seen popping in to chat with players and fans. Are they paying attention to changing game content, their own messaging, both?
In my opinion, one of a few things is about to happen and I really don’t know which one we’ll see this weekend:
First result: Epic quietly delayed the season and game with no updates this weekend. Season 1’s ending date has never been actually announced, which would technically be an “internal” delay, even if fans know that the season is set to end on March 19. thanks to the battle end date displayed in the game, the former has always told players the season end date several months before Epic said so.
Second result: Epic kicked off the season exactly as planned, except for the hype cycle that often surrounds the final days of a now-missing season. Without any teases about an event or the end of a season, Epic could simply kick off the new season and barely tell anyone it’s coming.
This result shows Epic thinks its in-game content doesn’t matter in the news cycle, but marketing the fun-filled, colorful Fortnite-like in-game war it’s known for isn’t going well. Many times one of the biggest video games in the world can launch in the background, this would be Epic.
Third result: Epic launches Season 2 heavily revised, but without delay, with some intriguing last-minute changes that we may never have known about. This would be the most intensive outcome, but probably also the most likely to happen. If it’s too late to change the majority of the section’s content – and assume so – then you must delete the message (result two) or modify it altogether.
I can see Epic trying to completely re-imagine the themes, titles, trailers, and maybe even some dialogue for Season 2, in the hopes of painting it all in light. the more. That will be very difficult to do as reliable leaks suggest that things like tanks and homemade armored vehicles will arrive on the island for the first time, but it is possible if those military additions are the latter. season and aren’t there at launch, Epic’s hope is that they won’t seem out of time when it’s time to add them to the game.
Imagine committing to rendering and rewriting its launch trailers in the dozens of languages they release each season. Above all, the studio needed to find the right ingenuity in doing so. How do you engage your fans with a war-themed trailer without inviting criticism from those who think it’s completely gross? It’s a balancing act that couldn’t be better, and coming this weekend we’ll find out if Epic walked that tight, fell to the ground, or cut the rope completely.