Fortnite Season 11's Chapter 2 And New Map Leak, The End Event Start Time
Here's what to know about the new season of Epic's popular battle royale game.
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Update: The official Fortnite Twitter account has repeatedly posted a teaser for when The End event in Fortnite begins, which lines up with what countdown timers across the island have also been teasing: Sunday, October 13 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET.
The image depicts the Battle Bus departing the island, which could further tie into rumors that Season 11 will introduce a brand new map. Meanwhile, a leak regarding Fortnite: Chapter 2 has appeared online, suggesting that the new season could be a larger-than-average revamp of the game that will add boats, a new map, and more.
Season 10 of Fortnite is almost over, which means Season 11 is just around the corner. The current season of Epic's popular battle royale shooter is scheduled to end this Sunday, October 13, after the developer extended it by an extra week, and it appears the new end date will coincide with some kind of big, world-changing in-game event.
Just what that event will entail remains to be seen, but these events have traditionally had major ramifications for the following season. That's sure to again be the case with Season 11. While Epic has not yet announced an exact start date or time for the new season, it is expected to begin shortly after Season 10 ends.
The developer has also been fairly tight-lipped about what we can expect to change in the upcoming season, but there are some things we know about it or can infer based on what has been happening in Fortnite the past couple of weeks. To help get you up to speed, we've rounded up everything we know about Fortnite Season 11 below.
When Does "The End" Event Start?
Just as it does before every seasonal changeover, Epic is holding a major in-game event in Fortnite ahead of Season 11. This season's event is ominously known as "The End," and it's all scheduled to unfold in only a couple of days. According to the countdown timers that have begun appearing all across the Fortnite island, the event will occur at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET on October 13.
What Will Happen During The Event?
At this moment, it's unclear just what will occur during the event, but it will almost undoubtedly lead to some big changes in Season 11. It will also presumably involve The Visitor, the time-traveling antagonist whose rocket in Season 4 created the giant rift in the sky, precipitating the events that would eventually lead up to this moment.
The end is near.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 14, 2019
The Scientist has arrived, his mission is unclear. Complete the Meteoric Rise Mission to unlock the Secret Battle Pass Outfit! pic.twitter.com/MPY6lIEwap
Like many other elements from Fortnite's past, The Visitor returned to the game during Season 10. Now known as "The Scientist," the antagonist is once again building a rocket at Dusty Depot, which will presumably launch once the countdown timers expire. That's not all; the character seems to have infected Fortnite's controversial BRUTE mechs with some kind of virus, causing them to explode immediately upon appearing.
When Does Fortnite Season 11 Start?
We know Season 10 of Fortnite is scheduled to end on October 13, but Epic has not yet confirmed when Season 11 will officially begin. A new season of the game typically kicks off immediately after the previous one; however, there have been instances in the past when the new season would follow a couple of days later, so it's currently unclear exactly when Season 11 will start. It's safe to say Season 11 will kick off sometime next week, but we're still waiting on the official timing from Epic.
What Is Changing In Season 11?
One change Epic has already confirmed for Season 11 is the addition of bots. As part of its recent spate of matchmaking changes, the developer is introducing AI-controlled opponents to the game next season. According to Epic, these are intended to help players hone their skills and develop their strategies; the better players get, the fewer bots will appear in their matches, the developer says.
It also appears there are some big changes in store for the island. Dataminers have recently discovered a list of new location names within the game's code, leading many to speculate that Season 11 may introduce an entirely new map--or at least make some significant changes to the current one. That, however, has not yet been confirmed.
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