Fortnite season 2 COUNTDOWN: Start time, servers status, leaks, map changes

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Fortnite season 2 countdown – Release date, start time, servers status, leaks, map, teasers (Image: EPIC GAMES)

FORTNITE SEASON 2 – UPDATE TWO: Epic Games has confirmed when servers will be going down ahead of the start of Fortnite season 2.

Fortnite servers will be going down at 4am eastern time, which is 9am GMT for those in the UK, ahead of the rollout of Fortnite season 2.

The news was revealed by the Fortnite Status Twitter which posted: “Get ready to be activated.

“The countdown to Chapter 2 – Season 2 has begun: Downtime scheduled to start at 4 AM ET (0900 UTC).”

FORTNITE SEASON 2 – UPDATE ONE: Ahead of the Fortnite season 2 release date Epic Games has revealed one feature coming in the 12.00 patch.

The Fortnite Status Twitter page has revealed that one feature of Fortnite season 2 will be PC players getting to mute licensed emote audio.

This feature will be available on the Fortnite season 2 launch day on PCs only, with it coming to other platforms in the future.

The Fortnite Status Twitter posted: “PC Players: In the 12.00 update, we’ve added the ability to mute Licensed Emote Audio. This option is available in the game’s Audio settings.”

They then added: “We also intend to bring this Audio setting to other platforms in future updates. We will update everyone when that happens.”

ORIGINAL: Fortnite season 2 release date and start time is fast approaching, with Epic Games set to launch a brand new Battle Pass for Battle Royale.

Anticipation is high for Fortnite season 2 chapter 2 as it is launching after the longest Battle Royale season in history.

The last time Fortnite fans saw a new Fortnite season launch was back in October.

If you want the lowdown on what to expect from Fortnite season 2 then don’t worry, Express.co.uk is here to help.

We have all the details on the release date and start time for Fortnite season 2 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PCs and Macs.

You can also find out details on the server downtime that Epic Games are likely to deploy ahead of the start of Fortnite season 2.

And we have also rounded up all you need to know on leaks, rumoured upcoming map changes and the teasers released for Fortnite season 2 chapter 2.

FORTNITE SEASON 2 – WHEN IS THE RELEASE DATE? WHAT IS THE START TIME? WILL THERE BE SERVER DOWNTIME?

Fortnite season 2 chapter 2 has a confirmed release date of Thursday February 20.

A start time hasn’t been revealed yet by Epic Games but judging by past Battle Pass launches we have a good idea of the timings.

If Epic sticks to the schedule of past launches then servers should go down at 9am UK time ahead of the launch of Fortnite season 2.

Around then patch notes for Fortnite season 2 as well as the story and Battle Pass trailers should also be revealed by Epic Games.

If all goes smoothly then Battle Royale fans should at the latest be playing Fortnite season 2 by midday UK time.

For those in the US that would be 7am eastern time and 4am pacific time.

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Battle Royale fans are gearing up for the start of Fortnite season 2 (Image: EPIC GAMES)

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Fortnite season 2 is expected to bring with it the tier 100 Oro skin (Image: EPIC GAMES)

FORTNITE SEASON 2 – HAVE THERE BEEN ANY LEAKS? WHAT HAVE THE TEASERS REVEALED SO FAR?

There have been plenty of teasers released in the run-up to the launch of Fortnite season 2 chapter 2.

In the past Epic Games typically released a trio of teasers in the run-up to a new season launch in the three days preceding its release.

But the Fortnite makers have broken with that tradition in the run-up to the Fortnite season 2 launch.

At the start of the week Epic Games released four Fortnite season 2 teasers in the space of around nine hours – which is unprecedented.

Then on Tuesday three more Fortnite season 2 teasers were released on Twitter.

One of these teasers appeared to hint at an incoming rocket that could cause cataclysmic destruction to the Fortnite map.

This would make sense with Fortnite season 2 expected to showcase what the Chaos Engine can do.

Epic Games began adding this new physics system with update 11.50 and its headline feature is the destructible environments it brings to the table.

However since Fortnite update 11.50 fans haven’t really seen any of the big changes the Chaos Engine is offering Fortnite.

That could all change when season 2 launches, with these teasers maybe hinting at a live event that will showcase the new destruction physics.

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The Fortnite Twitter has been busy posting season 2 teasers (Image: EPIC GAMES)

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The Fortnite season 2 teasers all look to be hinting at a gold theme for the new Battle Pass (Image: EPIC GAMES)

If there is such an apocalyptic event then it could usher in new map locations, or even a new map itself – but the latter seems unlikely.

Leakers who have closely analysed the teasers released so far appear to have found a hidden clue about an upcoming new POI.

When tweeter @XTigerHyperX tinkered one teaser image it appeared to show a new POI – the Oil Rig Station – in the background.

They tweeted their modified image of the latest Fortnite teaser showing the possible new location alongside the message: “Oil rig station?”

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Could this Fortnite season 2 teaser be hinting that dynamite is getting unvaulted? (Image: EPIC GAMES)

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Or maybe the Fortnite season 2 teasers are hinting at an explosion coming to Battle Royale? (Image: EPIC GAMES)

The new Oil Rig POI was also hinted at the Fortnite season 2 ARG campaign that Epic Games has been running.

In the run-up to the Fortnite season 2 launch mysterious teasers started appearing in real-life locations around the world.

Posters and stickers appeared in locations in Japan, France and Brazil among other spots.

Some of these posters featured a telephone number which relayed a message when someone dialled it.

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This Fortnite season 2 could be hinting at something going on with the Battle Royale map (Image: EPIC GAMES)

And one of these messages alluded to the new Oil Rig location.

The message said: “Agency recruitment drive is a go. Happy hunting agents. Agents, oil rig operation is a go.”

While another said: “During ID scanning, access denied, agency communication was interrupted.”

And one added: “Yes sir. The agents were called. Card to access the safe purchased.”

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This Fortnite season 2 teaser appears to be hinting at the arrival of something cat-related (Image: EPIC GAMES)

While the Fortnite season 2 teasers released the day before the new Battle Pass launch could be hinting at the arrival of Agent Meowscles which appeared in previous leaks.

A teaser image released on Wednesday featured the phrase ‘Nine Lives’ emblazoned on it.

Alongside it was the redacted message: “Declassifeowied [REDACTED] == [REDACTED] [REDACTED] = [REDACTED] FN.CH02.S02 022020”.

It all remains to be seen what these teasers are pointing towards, but it appears the mysterious Agency bureau are linked to Fortnite season 2.

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This Fortnite season 2 teaser may be hinting at a live event which will cause widespread destruction (Image: EPIC GAMES)

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Epic Games have been releasing more teasers than ever before ahead of Fortnite season 2 (Image: EPIC GAMES)

In the run-up to the new Battle Pass launch in the Fortnite Discord server a bot called The Agency has been randomly “activating” users.

Which appears to tie into the “recruitment drive” alluded to by one of the poster number messages.

Other theories surrounding Fortnite season 2 is that the gold that has appeared in the teasers could hint at a new bullion material being added.

This would be used to create indestructible structures.

This appears to be backed up by three of the Fortnite teaser images spelling out the word MIDAS.

Elsewhere the tier 100 skin for the Fortnite season 2 Battle Pass appears to have leaked.

This is known as the Oro skin and appears to be linked to the Greek mythological figure of King Midas.

The Oro skin description reads: “Golden treasure, an eternal obsession”.

There are plenty of clues and question marks surrounding Fortnite season 2.

But fans don’t have too much longer to wait to get answers, with the patch notes and trailer for Fortnite season 2 on Thursday set to reveal more.


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