The biggest event in the history of Fortnite took place this weekend – no less than the death of the entire game. Players watched helplessly as all parts of Fortnite were sucked into a black hole, and now it’s impossible to access any part of the game – all you can see is the black void of space.
Fortnite is offline right now, as Epic build anticipation for whatever’s coming to that battle royale next. Leaks have provided good reason to believe it’ll be called Fortnite Chapter 2, but regardless of what form the game takes as it comes back, the event has been tremendously successful. It’s set massive records on Twitch, and a substantial chunk of those viewers are sticking around even as the game remains unplayable.
As Fortnite chapter one fell into the abyss, leaving players very confused indeed, we have been given very few details of the game’s next steps. The only clues we have now are the numbers that the black hole revealed and some clever fans have spent their time decoding them (via Fortnite Intel).
This weekend, the unthinkable happened – Fortnite died. The whole map, the entire game, even the game’s social networks have been completely annihilated – leaving nothing but the void of space and an eerie black hole at the centre. Nevertheless, the most important thing remains – being able to shoot a giant burger.
Fortnite has ended. The entire map’s been sucked into a black hole, and the game is now down as we wait to see whatever it is Epic has in store next. The End itself was a doozy, and besides all the players in-game, it’s drawn millions of viewers across various streaming platforms – and killed Twitch along the way.
You have 24 hours left to enjoy Fortnite as we currently know it. The official Fortnite Twitter account has sent out an ominous tweet saying “The end is near. 24 hours…” and an image of some characters on the island waving at the Battle Bus in the distance.
Fortnite’s current season is set to come to an end this weekend, but it looks like we’re not going to see a new season as expected next week. Instead, it appears that Epic will rebrand the game to Fortnite Chapter 2, along with a long-awaited new map and the addition of a new vehicle with boats.
Fortnite studio Epic Games has announced that it won’t ban players or content creators for expressing their views over political or human rights topics. The developer has made a statement to The Verge this week, which follows World of Warcraft studio Blizzard’s decision to issue a year-long ban to Hearthstone pro Blitzchung and revoke his prize winnings for expressing support for ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Microsoft’s Mixer platform is continuing its fight against Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube streaming, and by some metrics it’s succeeding – but certainly not by all. While Ninja’s switch to Mixer made major headlines back in August, the prolific streamer doesn’t appear to have moved the needle in the platform wars – in fact, Mixer viewership has declined this quarter.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. That proverb has evidently worked its charms on Fortnite’s best and brightest, because they’ve now organised themselves into an association. The Fortnite Professional Players Association, or FNPPA, is an independent collective of pro-level Fortnite players from around the world, and they have more on their minds than coming up with ways to deal with mechs.