Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 is just days away now, with all the in-game signage telling us that Season 1 will end on March 8th. And as usual, Epic is keeping its cards close to the vest for now, not making any revelations about Season 2. That said, we do have some clues, big and small, about what the future holds.
When does Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 start?
The in-game text says this season will end on March 8, which means the actual last day will be March 9 — the stated end date for a season is usually the last full day for each region, with any possible end-of-season live event and server downtime occurring the following day and the start of the new season the day after that.
So, if Epic follows the normal process, Fortnite will go offline for the Season 2 update on March 9th, and then Chapter 4 Season 2 will begin on the morning of March 10th.
This date was basically confirmed in the 23.50 update on the Cipher quests page in your quests tab. A note on this page says “A signal has been detected with an encrypted message that is in a loop in which it is read 0.3.1.0.126.96.36.199. What could it mean?’ It means 3/10/2023, the possible release date for Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2.
What do we know about Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2?
The most obvious clues this week come from the fourth set of Oathbound story missions. During these missions, Rift Ward Stellan talks about how the Ageless Champion decided to build the Rift Gate near the Citadel at the behest of a “Shapeless Man” who was responsible for the chrome invasion that destroyed the last Fortnite island. Stellan is very concerned about this Shapeless Man, whom he describes as pursuing a “perfect order” of some kind — this is almost certainly Geno, founder of the Imagined Order, who fell to ground zero in Chapter 3 and has clearly evolved nicely significantly. And on top of that, the description of this Shapeless Man also matches that of The Nothing, who was responsible for the chrome invasion that destroyed the last battle royale island. My best guess: It must be the same person.
This is a big development for Fortnite’s primary plot. Since we defeated the IO back in Chapter 3 Season 2, the island’s long-term factions have been out of the picture except for story quests involving the Scientist in Chapter 3 Season 3, and a pair of cutscenes with The Paradigm in Chapter 3 Season 4 Dialogue from Bytes missions last season indicated that The Nothing has some connection to The Last Reality, but since they and the IO were at war with each other in Chapter 2, it would be hard to believe that he’s allied with them as well two. But that would make a pretty good twist, right?
While there is still a batch of Oathbound missions before the end of the season, as it stands now this Rift Gate is open and active and we have not been able to disable it because some unknown party is now controlling it and keeping it open.
In addition to IO and Last Reality, we have other old factions that are apparently at play in Chapter 4 Season 2: the Fox Clan and the Peace Syndicate. Fox Clan members have been in Fortnite forever — Drift, one of the most popular Fortnite skins ever, has been added to the Chapter 1 Season 5 Battle Pass. And the popular Crew skin Vi also belonged to Fox Clan.
But the Fox Clan, whose members are specifically known for their powers and abilities that tap into Rifts (“Drift” is thus a pun), wasn’t mentioned as a group until Chapter 2 Season 5, when an unknown enemy nearly eliminate them before Drift. Vi, Catalyst and others brought the team back. It is thought that the ghostly Kondor, recruited by IO, was this enemy, but the story of the Fox Clan was completed and did not go anywhere – Epic could redefine their story as they want.
The Peace Syndicate is a more recent group, first introduced in Chapter 3 Season 2 during the war against IO and then the focus of Season 3, also known as the Season of Vibin. Evie from the Season 3 Battle Pass was our face of the team.
We still don’t know what the Fox Clan or the Peace Syndicate have to do with all of this, or even if they’re good guys or bad guys in this situation — the Peace Syndicate in particular had ominous tones from the start. But both factions are mentioned in the Oathbound quests, both factions are repeatedly mentioned in new text strings included in the 23.50 update, and the Fox Clan is the subject of one of those Rift events that keep teleporting across the island.
Which skins will be in the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 battle pass?
Update 23.50 also added the new Cipher missions, and one of the rewards for those missions revealed what is likely to be a battle skin pass. The reward in question is a spray called A Distant Roar, which is awarded for completing a number of Cipher missions. This spray features a cool lizard man wearing a Thriller jacket — a character we’ve seen before in a survey of Fortnite clothing.
If Epic teases him in-game like this, you can expect to see him in your locker in the near future.
The Shapeless Man himself is a possible battle pass skin that people have actually been waiting for this current season – he’s most likely the same character that was mentioned as The Nothing last season – and so that’s also a possibility. It is believed that this skin pictured below will be the Formless Man, whenever he actually comes to the fore.
One more rumor we have is about the theme of the season. This season featured a European medieval theme, and popular Fortnite dataminers have discovered hints that next season will continue the historical theme, but with an East Asian inspiration this time, such as references to a new location codenamed “Dojo ” and a new “bamboo”. ” area. The Fox Clan’s involvement is also one of those hints, since they all wear Japanese Kitsune masks.
For now, this is what we know. But we are so close to Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 now that we will see new hints and teases very soon.
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