Fortnite literally vanished into a black hole, and the internet lost its mind

    
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In what’s being called one of the most-watched gaming events in the west ever, Epic Games trolled Fortnite players hard yesterday afternoon by taking the game offline at the conclusion of season 10 – literally pushing the whole game past the event horizon of a black hole and letting the game and streams sit right there displaying the void of space. We’ll stop short here of listing off other games we’d like to sent into a black hole and instead point out that Epic went dark on its social media outlets too (including, bizarrely, Trello) in one epic-sized stunt covered even by mainstream media outlets like CNN, and nobody outside of the studio really has any clue how long it’s going to go on until it’s back. But damn does it have everyone talking. And also freaking out because they can’t get their Fortnite fix, that too.

Course, it wasn’t all planned; the Epic Games Store suffered an outage right around the same time too.

As Polygon’s pointed out, logging into Fortnite currently shows players the same black hole shown on the livestream. But at one point, the numbers 11, 146, 15, and 62 popped up within the blackness. Among the more amusing theories is that they’re just more trolling: inputting those coords into Google Maps brings up an image of a crab swarm, probably referring to this video. Subsequent numbers – 87, 14, 106, 2, and 150 – are leading folks down yet another rabbit hole.

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John Kiser

I gotta say something. The people that wish this game or other battle royale games die simply because they don’t like them need to grow up a little bit. I don’t like the genre and there are many games I don’t like that others fawn over, but I don’t think any of them deserve to die unless the developers leave them in completely unusable states that cause the game to be purely unplayable in which case it is more of a mercy thing.

Yeah, you get sick of hearing about them. I do too, but come on now we shouldn’t be this outlandish with some of what we say. This is a pretty nice marketing thing heading into the next season of the game for those that enjoy it. For those that don’t enjoy seeing it or hearing about it. Why even open the article?

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Alberto

Pretty cool marketing Stunt.

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Kherova

I just love this! Can big games please troll players more often?
Although conspiracy theory: they have been taken offline by China because they admitted they would allow Hongkong protesters to speak freely!

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Techno Wizard

Now make it permadeath.

Only joking! :D

Probably.

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agemyth 😩

What could possibly come of this crrrrazy event? Its another game update for the game that gets updates like every two weeks and “major” updates every season.

/grumpy old person

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Fisty

These Fortnite events are pretty great. I’m not a fan of the game, like most commenters here, but their reveals and ability to get everyone hype over a content change is pretty cool.

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John Kiser

I like the save the world aspect now and then with some friends of mine, but that is literally it. I’m just not a fan of battle royale in general and have given up largely playing more competitive FPS to play against bots with friends or what have you. Maybe if they’d bring back dedicated servers and we actually saw active admins and people banned that are cheating instead of relying on auto detection I’d go back to it, but ehh.

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Robert Mann

Meh. The internet mind was already long since lost. The madness is turmeric.

Fortnasal spray is blubber. Explosion of rubber duckies pointless. We take your colors and smell pricklies! Cat fishing in u trap is not this.

*Translation for those not insane enough: Fortnite’s black hole thing is just whiny crud. The whole marketing thing here is about as worthwhile as saying “See everyone who didn’t like our game, you… still don’t like our game, do you. Derp.” Actually, it’s not as well thought out, and far more costly, than doing that.*

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Sorenthaz

Interesting publicity/marketing stunt I guess. Surely gets the kids all scared/emotional and then the Youtubers/etc. who act for the camera can also pretend they’re shocked/scared that Fortnite may be gone for good to milk those views with clickbait.

Really though it just covers up the maintenance for the next season/”chapter” and they’re likely going to be using a brand new map.

If they’re going to do the most predictable thing then my guess would be we’ll see some sort of prehistoric themed map with dinosaurs around the place and you’ll be able to ride them. Chances are it’ll be a mostly fresh ‘reboot’ of sorts where they basically have a new canvas they can put stuff on and build up over time throughout the seasons.

Sure sucks for what remains of the Save the World playerbase though, because this affects them too. Maybe this’ll be when they finally take it out of beta and make it F2P? Who knows. They said they were hoping to make it F2P in like mid-2018 but that obviously got sidetracked in favor of Battle Royale focus.

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Greaterdivinity

Am I the only one that saw the “FORTNITE HAS ENDED” headlines this weekend and got REALLY excited for a hot second before realizing it wasn’t, in fact, shutting down?

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Sorenthaz

One could only wish that they’d shut Save the World down and give it a needed reboot/overhaul. Chances are though they’ll just shut it down altogether at some point when the remaining whale milk dries out.

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EmberStar

Before the Epic Store, I would have been interested in Save the World as an offline singleplayer tower defense/builder type game. I spent a lot of time playing Sanctum and Defense Grid, and Save the World looked kind of neat.

Not neat enough to put up with like five layers of “free to play” monetization in a game where (when I checked) the minimum buy-in was like $80 though. :(

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, I think the closest thing now is like… Dungeon Defenders, maybe. DD2 is f2p but I have absolutely no clue how it’s been going for the last so many years. There was a Kickstarter campaign to basically reboot the series sort of, basically return DD to its roots since 2 was kind of… not the sequel folks wanted, exactly… so who knows how that’ll go.

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