Fortnite, perhaps one of the world’s biggest, and most popular Battle Royale games was canceled last night during an in-game event called The End which has rendered the game entirely unplayable. Now, worldwide speculation occurs as everyone watches a swirling black hole either through the live stream or through the game itself.
Yesterday, the end of Fortnite’s tenth season came about with a rather large bang. Literally.
Players were greeted to scenes of an asteroid crashing down to the world which subsequently created a black hole that began to suck everything in the universe towards it. Eventually, the island became consumed, leaving players lingering in space before they too were consumed, and then with a final flash, everything became nothing.
— James Jarvis (@James_Jarvis) October 13, 2019
Suddenly, players were unable to play both Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite: Save the World. Instead, they were left watching a black hole with a blue light swirling from behind it, similar to the historic photo we saw earlier this year showing the first photo of a black hole.
The official Fortnite Twitter account has also deleted all of their previous tweets, leaving only a live stream video of the black hole running. The likes for the tweet sit at 312.5k at the time of writing. The website has also gone down, showing only the black hole stream.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 13, 2019
The live stream then began to show numbers in the darkness, illuminated by the swirling blue light. These occurred occasionally throughout the stream and people began to speculate on what they mean. Memes have been created in droves as well as various videos showing kids getting annoyed at being unable to play the game. Twitter is basically a minefield of Fortnite content right now.
Theories of a date and time were discussed with one person showing a screenshot of a Chrome Developer Tools window showing the “end date”. Another found a screenshot of a text document that was apparently released by some Fortnite leakers from some promotional material.
Elon Musk had also joined in with the events hype and tweeted “Haha” with a retweet to a satirical screenshot of an article he tweeted earlier this year, claiming that he bought Fortnite and then deleted it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 13, 2019
Ninja has also been active on Twitter talking about the event, and at one point last night he gave a hint in the form of a video claiming that he’s not even joking. The video showing nothing but darkness, with Ninja saying “Tacos” once. Comments all seem to believe this is related to “Taco Tuesdays” and are assuming that the next Fortnite chapter will begin on Tuesday.
In light of the event, PC players began Tweeting about being unable to login to the Epic Games Store Launcher to play other video games. Epic Games tweeted that they were aware of the issue and instructed players that they can skip logging in to play games that don’t require players to be online. I also saw reports of Reddit experiencing downtime and it jokingly being linked to the Fortnite event.
Fortnite is, of course, down purposefully and not a result of a bug or crash. The event looks to be introducing Season 11 of the game, and as reported by other outlets, a new chapter appears to have been leaked by Apple’s Italian iOS Store. The rumor is that a brand new map will be making its way to the title.
For the time being, players are left staring at a black hole, waiting for something to happen. If you’re unsure of how Fortnite came to be so popular, check out our history of the game.
Fortnite is currently unavailable for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.
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