Epic has yet to release patch notes for Fortnite Chapter 2 or the subsequent update. This could be the reason why.

Epic Games has been transparent with the Fortnite player base over the course of the first ten seasons. They have always released weekly patch notes to tell us what’s changed, even annotating these changes to explain the methodology behind them.

Although we didn’t always agree with the development team, we as players were able to understand what was going on. When we played, we didn’t have to question whether something happened because of a hidden update none of us knew about.

With the release of Fortnite Chapter 2, Epic changed this practice. They didn’t release any patch notes for the update, even though they completely overhauled the looting system, changed certain weapons, and made chests spawn at a 100% rate – among many other changes.

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The first lack of patch notes was understandable. Epic wanted us to think about Fortnite Chapter 2 as a brand new game. When the Division 2 came out, you didn’t look for patch notes to tell you what had changed since the first game. You found out on your own as you played.

Now, though, we’ve seen the first content update of Chapter 2 come and go without any official patch notes from Epic. We know that they fixed a few bugs and overhauled the XP system, but don’t know if they did anything apart from that.

Why is this? Why is Epic keeping the Fortnite patch notes hidden? There are a couple of theories on this front.

Where are the patch notes?

The first is that the recent content update was small enough that it didn’t require patch notes. Epic might think of it as a hotfix rather than a patch. They buffed XP and fixed some of the major Fortnite bugs. Do we really need a list of patch notes to tell us that?

The second theory is more menacing. Epic doesn’t want us to see what they’re doing. We, as players, complain too much about any change Epic makes. A small – yet impactful – change could get noticed in the patch notes that would otherwise take players several weeks to understand.

The less Epic tells us, the less we’ll have to complain about. Now, all we can complain about is the fact that Epic isn’t being transparent anymore.

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If this is truly the case, it is going to anger the core player base of Fortnite. Sooner or later, Epic is going to make a drastic change that is widely hated. Players won’t know the specifics of the change – at least right away. Sadly, the frustration could end with a massive downtick in the Fortnite player count.

Of course, this is the worst-case scenario. We still haven’t gotten a full Fortnite patch for Season 2, so there’s a strong chance that Epic is just waiting until then.

Why do you think Epic is neglecting the Fortnite patch notes? Let us know in the comments.

Jimmy is a passionate gamer and lover/hater of all things Fortnite. Good comms on Twitter @JimmyDangus.