Fornite Season 11 start news: Epic Games reveal release date delay and new event

Big plans are afoot for the end of Fortnite Season 10, which may explain why Epic Games have chosen to push back the official Season 11 release date.

The official Season “X-tension” was confirmed today following this week’s updates and patch notes.

It has now been confirmed that Fortnite Season 10 will end on October 13. And while we don’t have an official release date for Season 11, we do know that fans will be waiting until mid-October.

The reasons for the Season X extension means an extra week to unlock your Battle Pass rewards.

And Epic Game has also revealed that the Gotham City and the Batman Caped Crusader Pack will be available until the end of Season X.

Season X’s Overtime Mission will also be launched during the extension period, with The Out of Time Mission going live on Tuesday, October 8 at 9 AM ET.

This will be another event available until Season X closes on Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM ET.

Complete Out of Time’s objectives to earn end-of-season rewards, including XP, cosmetics, and a Loading Screen that serves as a Season X memento.

Season 11 will also bring in major changes for Matchmaking, some of which have already started to be tested on live servers.

This will include the introduction of bots alongside a system that looks to pair players up based on skill levels

Here’s the latest on the new matchmaking changes from Epic Games, who write:

“So far, we’ve rolled out the new matchmaking system to select regions for Solo mode, and Duos is expected to arrive later this week.

“With the rollout, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about potentially unfair competitive advantages from pooling players together across platforms and input devices.

“The new matchmaking system, however, accounts for various skill levels across different platforms and control inputs, and groups players of similar skill levels together.

“Our goal with the new matchmaking system is to create fairer matches for all of our players, which includes special considerations for each platform. This means that where similar skill exists, players may be paired against opponents from ALL platforms — whether they’re using mouse + keyboard, a controller, or touch input. We are closely monitoring match analytics and your feedback, and we’ll make adjustments to ensure everyone is playing a fair match.

“On the topic of smurfing, we’ve seen discussion around players smurfing as a way to have easier matches. Smurfing is a bannable offence.

“We see a bunch of negative behaviour that occurs with smurfing and issues with gameplay integrity. If we see consistent reports and perceive that you are negatively impacting other players’ experiences, we will take appropriate action.”

An FAQ on the upcoming bot changes for the game can be found below and covers the latest news for Fortnite Battle Royale fans:


What happens with spectating if I am defeated by a Bot?

  • Instead of viewing the Bot that defeated you, you will view another remaining player. If you are the last remaining human player, the match will end.

Will I be able to party up with Bots?

  • No, we’re not currently planning to support this functionality. You and your friends can still use The Robot Emote to dance together, however. 🙂

Can Bots use vehicles? Can Bots do 90s?

  • Not yet, but long term we’re looking to see how far we can push our Bots.

Can I play a match entirely against Bots?

  • We’re looking into a “vs. Bot” mode as a means to sharpen your skills, explore the map, and help elevate your game to the next level.

What about Bots in Creative mode?

  • Bots will not be in Creative. This is something we will consider for our roadmap.


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