The newest stay Fortnite occasion noticed the return of a well-known pal, 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 eight.
Earlier than the occasion began, gamers have been in a position to hang around in a kind of holding pen, situated on some chunks of farmland floating above the island. They have been greeted by the booming voice of Physician Slone — the principle 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 prime of the identical grain silo and danced for 20 minutes earlier than the occasion really kicked off.
When that occurred, gamers have been initially sucked onto the enormous alien mothership that has floated above the island all season lengthy, and have been in a position to really discover it, operating down lengthy pink and purple sci-fi hallways collectively whereas following Slone’s orders. The objective, in accordance 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 ultimately gamers have 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-known vivid pink and purple, earlier than ultimately going darkish for a short interval — at which level Slone made it clear this might be a suicide mission. Gamers have been then in a position to commune with Kevin; he turned a cheerful shade of blue earlier than creating an escape route. Ultimately, everybody was delivered to an enormous room stuffed with numerous large cubes, revealing that Kev isn’t alone within the universe.
That’s when every thing 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 stay 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 carefully resembled Fortnite’s very first single-player mission, which kicked off season 6.
When you don’t play Fortnite, that was just a few hundred phrases of gibberish, however for individuals who are invested within the unusual world, the alien occasion was 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 eight — which begins tomorrow, September 13th. Till then, Fortnite is down and unplayable.