The countdown lastly reached zero, and the rocket that’s been patiently ready in Fortnite’s enemy lair launched yesterday at 13:30 EST. Players gathered to look at, and for a second, it regarded like a scene from Cape Canaveral, the place shuttles would blast off on orbital missions.
The launch was seen from many of the island, nevertheless it was additionally broadcast on in-game tv screens, reinforcing that connection to Moonshot and giving the occasion a sure gravitas. The rocket climbed into the evening sky, and the gathered gamers (usually) regarded on peacefully.
But then issues acquired unusual. The rocket’s first stage burned out its gasoline and indifferent, tumbling again to Earth (or wherever Fortnite is meant to happen) and touchdown someplace in Anarchy Acres. After a second’s pause, the second stage ignited, and the rocket resumed its ascent, transferring sooner till it lastly disappeared out of sight, leaving solely a contrail.
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The rocket – or one thing prefer it – then appeared to fall again to terra firma, its nostril pointed on the floor as 4 laser beams centered in on Tilted Towers. Once all 4 had lined up, the rocket’s third engine stage ignited and it hurtled towards its goal – solely to vanish right into a shimmering crack in actuality itself.
Another crack opened, this time over Moisty Mires, and the rocket emerged, flying horizontally throughout the panorama and once more disappearing right into a crack within the cloth of actuality. Another crack opened close to Loot Lake, and the rocket burst via at excessive velocity, this time headed upwards. It hurtled again into the evening sky, solely to vanish once more because it smashed an enormous crack in… actuality itself, apparently.
Here’s a video uploaded by YouTuber Anonymous:
That closing crack remains to be seen in the present day, stretching throughout Fortnight’s sky a bit above the cruising altitude of the Battle Bus.
The one-time occasion appears to have been successful – whereas queue instances had been reportedly a bit longer than common, Epic’s servers appeared to carry up in opposition to the inflow of spectators, and high Fortnite streamer Ninja had half 1,000,000 viewers waiting for the launch itself.
What all of it means is anybody’s guess at this level. But the sci-fi movie theme of Season 4 appears to have shifted up a couple of gears.