Fortnite’s explosive alien occasion noticed the return of Kevin the dice – The Verge

Fortnite’s explosive alien occasion noticed the return of Kevin the dice – The Verge

The most recent dwell Fortnite occasion noticed the return of a well-known 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 eight.

Earlier than the occasion began, gamers have been ready 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 start out 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 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 capable of really discover it, working down lengthy pink and purple sci-fi hallways collectively whereas following Slone’s orders. The aim, based on 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 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 finally going darkish for a short interval — at which level Slone made it clear this might be a suicide mission. Gamers have been then capable of commune with Kevin; he turned a cheerful shade of blue earlier than creating an escape route. Finally, everybody was delivered to an enormous room stuffed with a number of large cubes, revealing that Kev isn’t alone within the universe.

That’s when the whole lot exploded in a scene ripped proper out of Independence Day, and items of the alien ship — cubes included — fell in direction of the island. As with previous dwell 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 trip. 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 a number of 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 eight — which begins tomorrow, September 13th. Till then, Fortnite is down and unplayable.

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