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Have Epic been teasing Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 since last year?

Today’s Fortnite Season 3 leak may have been a mistake, but fans are beginning to think that it was calculated. In fact, some are going so far as to claim that Epic have been planning Chapter 2 Season 3 for over a year, down to the delayed release date of the season.

By now, many of you have seen the leaked promotional image that the PlayStation store dropped early. You can take a look at that here, as well as the rumors of a potential Fortnite X SpongeBob crossover coming in the near future.

It’s funny that a single image could cause so much discussion, but it has. Some players have even looked back at Chapter 1 Season 9 for clues as to what’s to come in the next season.

Jonesy has become one of the only plot devices that have come with us through the two+ year journey of Fortnite. Naturally, he’s the primary character around which these theories revolve.

Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A tweeted side-by-side images of the Season 9 Bunker Jonesy wall and the Chapter 2 Season 3 leaked image. The old image shows a sketch of the Battle Bus passing over an island with three trees, just like we see in the new promotional image.

Things get even spookier when you look at one of the midseason trailers that Fortnite released during Season 9. This video seemed to come out of nowhere, showing Jonesy on an island before he shoots down the Battle Bus with a flare gun.

The island on which Jonesy stands appears to be the same island from the leaked image and Bunker Jonesy sketch, suggesting that Epic had specific plans for Chapter 2 Season 3 over a year ago.

YouTuber, OrangeGuy took things a bit further. He drew a comparison to the Jonesy animation, as many have, but he noticed the numbers on the flare gun box. The series of numbers read 1106.

June 11 is the release date for Season 3. Most countries put the day before the month when writing the date. In other words, Season 3 releases on 11/06.

This might all be a giant…