The last one live Fortnite the event saw the return of a familiar friend, with a spectacle filled with explosions involving aliens, cubes, and many pieces of weird lore. And now that it’s over, the game is down in the run-up to Season 8.
Before the event started, players could hang out in a sort of enclosure, located on chunks of farmland floating above the island. They were greeted by the booming voice of Doctor Slone – the main protagonist, or perhaps the antagonist, of this season – who warned that “the aliens are about to begin their biggest kidnapping yet.” In my example of the game, everyone jumped on the same grain silo and danced for 20 minutes before the event kicked off.
When this happened, players were first sucked into the giant alien mothership that hovered over the island throughout the season, and were able to explore it, traveling together for long pink and purple sci-fi hallways while following Slone’s orders. The goal, according to Slone, was to use sophisticated backpacks to arm explosives that would bring down the ship for good.
Things, of course, didn’t go exactly as planned, and players were ultimately locked in a room with fan-favorite character Kevin, the massive rolling cube Fortnitethe island of in 2018. The cube started out as a familiar bright pink and purple, before ending up darkening for a brief period – at which point Slone made it clear that this would be a suicide mission. The players were then able to commune with Kevin; it turned to a cheerful shade of blue before creating an escape route. Eventually everyone was brought into a huge room full of many giant cubes, revealing that Kev is not alone in the universe.
That’s when it all exploded in a ripped scene Independence day, and pieces of the alien ship – cubes included – fell towards the island. As with past live events, players couldn’t really affect what happened. It was more of a weird but fun roller coaster, with millions of people for the ride. The experience most closely resembled Fortnitethe very first single-player mission from, which kicked off Season 6.
If you don’t play Fortnite, that was a few hundred words of gibberish, but for those invested in the strange world, the alien event was yet another example of Epic’s increasingly broad narrative ambitions. The event ended with a timer, which now counts the minutes until Season 8 – which begins tomorrow, September 13. Until there, Fortnite is down and unplayable.