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    One of the world's most popular games with millions of players has delayed the release of its new season to June, sparking disappointment and anger on social media, it was found on Wednesday.

    The new season for Fortnite, Chapter 2, Season 3, was set for release in early May, but the current season has been extended, Epic Games announced in a blog post on Wednesday.

    The North Carolina-based gaming studio has not said whether the delay was related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the current season would be extended with new features.

    "Before then, there’s lots of content coming in the current Season. We have multiple game updates on the way that will deliver fresh gameplay, new Challenges, bonus XP [experience points], and a couple more surprises up our sleeve!" the statement reads.

    ​But this was not the first time Epic Games had delayed its a season, with Chapter 2, launched in October 2019, lasting months longer than developers had anticipated due to numerous delays.

    The news comes after the coronavirus crisis has forced employees to work remotely. 

    According to the BBC, working from home restricts game developers due to processing limitations on home computers, including graphic processing powers, as well as strict rules on not disclosing details of new releases.

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