The newest reside Fortnite occasion noticed the return of a well-recognized good friend, with an explosion-filled spectacle involving aliens, cubes, and plenty of unusual bits of lore. And now that it’s over, the sport is down within the lead-up to season 8.
Earlier than the occasion began, gamers had been in a position to hang around in a form of holding pen, positioned on some chunks of farmland floating above the island. They had been greeted by the booming voice of Physician Slone — the primary protagonist, or probably antagonist, of this season — who warned “the aliens are about to begin their greatest abduction but.” In my occasion of the sport, everybody jumped on high of the identical grain silo and danced for 20 minutes earlier than the occasion truly kicked off.
When that occurred, gamers had been initially sucked onto the enormous alien mothership that has floated above the island all season lengthy, and had been in a position to truly discover it, working down lengthy pink and purple sci-fi hallways collectively whereas following Slone’s orders. The purpose, in keeping with Slone, was to make use of some fancy backpacks to arm explosives that will take down the ship for good.
Issues, in fact, didn’t go precisely as deliberate, and finally gamers had been shut in a room with fan-favorite character Kevin, the massive cube that rolled around Fortnite’s island in 2018. The dice began out a well-recognized vivid pink and purple, earlier than finally going darkish for a short interval — at which level Slone made it clear this is able to be a suicide mission. Gamers had been then in a position to commune with Kevin; he turned a contented shade of blue earlier than creating an escape route. Finally, everybody was dropped at an enormous room stuffed with a lot of big cubes, revealing that Kev isn’t alone within the universe.
That’s when all the pieces exploded in a scene ripped proper out of Independence Day, and items of the alien ship — cubes included — fell in the direction of the island. As with previous reside occasions, gamers couldn’t actually have an effect on what occurred. It was extra of a strange-yet-fun rollercoaster, with tens of millions alongside for the experience. The expertise most intently resembled Fortnite’s very first single-player mission, which kicked off season 6.
In the event you don’t play Fortnite, that was just a few hundred phrases of gibberish, however for many who are invested within the unusual world, the alien occasion was yet one more instance of Epic’s increasingly expansive narrative ambitions. The occasion ended with a timer, which is now counting down the minutes to season 8 — which begins tomorrow, September thirteenth. Till then, Fortnite is down and unplayable.