Yes, we extended the season by 24 hours. In-game announcement is going out now. PGDragonPunch has the official announcement and might also post it here, but I’ll paste it just to make sure folks on this thread see it.
Due to an unexpectedly long delay with the release of our new version and the subsequent delay of PvP coming back on, we’ll be extending the Atlas Souldance Season End date by 24 hours. This should be reflected in the Atlas Souldance Season End timer.
We want to also note that we will be launching the new Atlas Eclipse Season on Friday 12/18/2020 at 10:30am PT. Please be sure to collect your season rewards once the season ends since the season will be launching in the morning instead of the afternoon, which will leave the reward collection duration to be ~20 hours instead of 24 hours.
Yes, this means that a few players looking to collect season prizes then swap teams may have to wait another week before swapping teams if they want to score points in the event that starts today. That’s a small number of players and this change impacts a large number of players hoping to finish off their season goals, so we feel it’s the correct change to make.
As far as addressing this in the future: well this is not new. We have downtime every release and as far as I can tell sometimes this has coincides with the end of a season. This is an unfortunate reality that happens because we must do some release best practices to protect players from un-defendable attacks made from different versions of the software. What we can improve is the clarity of the messaging around this as a routine matter a few weeks ahead of each season’s end.