Fortnite’s Chapter 2 Season 5 is set to end just under a week from now with the chapter’s sixth season planned to launch on March 16th.
Very little has been revealed about the upcoming season and its associated story content and Battle Pass but Epic Games dropped some clues yesterday in a blog post that teases an ambitious movie cinematic and a gameplay experience to close out the Season 5 Zero Crisis arc.
While the post does describe the gameplay portion as a chance for players to “play through the conclusion of Agent Jones’ mission in the Zero Crisis Finale,” it’s unclear if Agent Jones himself will be playable. The character has been in the Fortnite game’s files for a while though so it is entirely possible.
What’s interesting about this end-of-season event is that, unlike previous seasons which required players to be online at a set time to experience it, this one will be playable whenever players log in after Season 6 begins. The playable portion of this event is also being described as a “solo experience” which is an even bigger departure from previous Fortnite season finales which are typically celebrated on maps with around 100 players with literally millions of players logged on at the same time.
One reason for this new approach could be the story which has become increasingly more cinematic in nature over the past few season. This could very well be a narrative-heavy gameplay experience that doesn’t need 99 other players emoting all over the place to be engaging.
Another reason could be basic accessibility. Recent events have placed a cap on the number of players allowed online due to Epic Games’ server limitations. By making the finale to Season 5 and intro to Season 6 playable solo and at any time, no one’s going to be left out and Epic won’t need to worry about any lag or crashes.
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