Fortnite: Chapter 2 Leak Teases Season 11's Big Changes

The End is near.


Update 2: Sure enough, Epic Games has released a major update for its free-to-play battle royale game, and Fortnite: Chapter 2, Season 1 is now available. The headlining feature is the introduction of an entirely new map, and it's home to more water-themed activities like fishing (which you can do to obtain items and ammo) and the ability to drive a boat. There's a new Battle Pass and challenges to take on, new skins to obtain, and a whole lot more.

Update: Fortnite's big in-game event transpired this weekend, and as Epic had ominously teased, it seemingly led to the "end" of the game. Once the in-game countdown timers struck zero, the rocket the Visitor had built at Dusty Depot launched into the sky, precipitating a chain of events that ultimately lead to everything being destroyed up by a black hole. Epic has not yet commented on the state of the game, but this all seems to tie into the recent rumors that the developer will be revamping the shooter as Fortnite: Chapter 2 for the next season. The original story follows.

Epic continues to hint that some big changes are in store for Fortnite in Season 11. The current season of the hit battle royale game is scheduled to end this Sunday, following an in-game event ominously known as "The End." It appears that event could lead to an entirely new start for the game, if a supposed leak turns out to be accurate.

Numerous Fortnite players on Reddit and other forums have discovered an image for "Fortnite: Chapter 2" on the Italian App Store that suggests the game will be rebranded and revamped following the end of this season. While not confirmed, rumors have been swirling that the next season of Fortnite would bring an entirely new map, after dataminers discovered a list of new location names within the game's code.

The name of this weekend's big event also seems to suggest that Fortnite as players know it will be changing significantly. Further, a recent tweet by the Fortnite Twitter account teases that "The End is near" and shows the Battle Bus leaving the familiar island, playing into the rumors that a new map is coming. You can see the teaser below.

According to the in-game countdown timers, the End event is scheduled to take place at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET on Sunday, October 13. Just what the event will entail is anyone's guess, but it presumably has something to do with the Visitor. The mysterious character first appeared in Season 4 of the game and built a rocket, which caused a rift to form in the sky. The Visitor returned in Season 10 and is building another rocket at Dusty Depot, so the countdown timers may signal when it will launch.

Ahead of the event, Epic has rolled out one final set of Season 10 challenges for players to complete. A number of these involve tracking down recordings left behind by the Visitor, further suggesting he'll play an important role in this weekend's event. You can find maps and guides for the Visitor recordings, as well as this season's other challenges, in our complete Fortnite Season 10 challenges roundup.

Epic hasn't yet confirmed when Season 11 will officially begin, but new seasons typically kick off shortly after the previous one begins, so it will presumably start sometime next week. Similarly, the developer hasn't shared many concrete details on what players can expect from the new season, but we do know one change that'll happen. As part of its recent matchmaking tweaks, Epic will be adding bots to Fortnite. You can catch up on everything else we know about Fortnite Season 11 so far here.

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