Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 was initially scheduled to end on April 30th, meaning we should already be through half of Season 3. On April 14th, Epic Games released a blog post detailing the plan to extend Season 2 until June 4th. This postponement was due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and to also ensure Season 3 would be the best it could be. Fortnite did give us new updates during this time with the 12.40, 12.50, and 12.60 updates along with the hugely successful Travis Scott event.
However, a day before Season 3 was due to begin, Epic Games again posted a blog stating that Season 3 would be extended. The season will now launch on June 17th, with the Doomsday live event taking place on the 15th instead. The reason for the delay this time is because of the current global protests and marches for the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the blog post, Epic Games stated:
„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 color. 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.“
As it stands, Season 2 will have gone on for 118 days, the second-longest season behind Chapter 2 Season 1. which lasted for 123 days. A typical season should last for approximately 70 days without delays. If both Season 1 and 2 were 70 days long, we would be on week 3 or 4 of Season 4.