Like other video games companies with big events planned, Epic Games has decided to postpone the launch of Fortnite Season 3. A new statement confirms the reason behind the Season 3 delay, telling gamers that they are also delaying the Doomsday event scheduled for this weekend. Several other large in-game events have been pushed back this month due to current events in the United States, connected to the George Floyd protests.
WHEN IS THE FORTNITE DOOMSDAY EVENT?
The Fortnite Doomsday event is still going ahead but has been given an updated release date, set for Monday, June 15, 2020.
The timing is expected to stay the same, with The Device expected to go off at around 2pm ET, or 7pm GMT, if you live in the UK.
Epic Games had previously warned that gamers should join servers 30 minutes before the live event kicks off, to avoid disappointment.
Meanwhile, the Fortnite Season 3 release date has been pushed until Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
No set release time has been announced for the Fortnite Season 3 update on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Mobile.
The statement from Epic Games adds: “Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of colour.
“We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.
“We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics.
“The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities.
“The live event The Device will be delayed to Monday, June 15, and the Season 3 launch delayed to Wednesday, June 17.
“We know this delay comes on the heels of another one, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.”
The launch of Season 3 has already been pushed back several times by Epic Games, due to world events.
But while this may come as a disappointment, it seems unlikely that more delays will be announced.
NEW FORTNITE SEASON 3 LEAKS
A new Fortnite Season 3 leak found this week suggests that water is going to play a much bigger role in-game.
Reports are coming in that some official artwork from Fortnite Season 3 has been found via the PlayStation Store.
It features the Battle Bus flying over a large ocean, with only a small island in the background.
This would fit in with the ongoing theory that the new Doomsday Device will help flood the map.
It’s unclear if these map changes will happen during the next Fortnite live event – scheduled for later in June – or during the release of Season 3.
Several locations could be destroyed by the Doomsday Device, followed by the flooding of the map on June 11.
This could include the launch of new map locations, which will be found underwater, rather than above on land.
It’s hard to say whether such a thing could be pulled off but Fortnite fans are certainly ready to see some big changes rollout to shake up Chapter 2.
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