The first season of Fortnite Chapter 2 had been expected to already come to a close, but Epic opted to extend Season 1 into February. We know when the new season will start, as Epic has confirmed the release date for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is coming on Thursday, February 20.
This date is potentially subject to change, as Epic states this is when Season 2 is "expected" to begin, and we still don't know what to expect in terms of a season-ending event like the comets or rockets of the past.
Epic shared the news in a post on Fortnite's website, offering a very vague, redacted teaser. It states, "Season 2 will feature [redacted] with multiple [redacted]. We can't brief you on all of next Season's secrets just yet..."
The studio also announced that it will introduce new Overtime challenges in the meantime, as well as a two-week event to keep players occupied in the waning days of Season 1. No details were shared yet, but those will be coming soon.
Beyond when to expect Season 2 and the new Season 1 content, Epic also shared that the 11.50 update is set to be released in early February. A major component of this patch will involve a move to the Unreal Engine's Chaos physics engine, although it seems this will be tested in a limited fashion initially.
"At launch, the goal is to ensure that Fortnite still feels like Fortnite," Epic explained. "Along the way there will be some bumps, so we're starting tests with a small group of players. We'll also closely monitor feedback and make improvements over time."