Fortnite Battle Royale is one of those games that hits the big time, which everyone knows about even if they’ve never even played it.
Not content to rest on having the biggest game out there right now, developer Epic Games decided to kick things up a notch yesterday by creating a moment everyone will be talking about for some time.
If you were playing Fortnite at 6:30pm BST you would’ve seen the Rocket Launch, a global event which everyone in the world, no matter where they were, could witness at the exact same moment.
At 6:30pm BST, the eagerly anticipated Blast Off! Rocket Launch event happened for everyone
The Rocket Launch had been teased for a while, and prior to the actual event, a beam of light emanated from the rocket base area of the map.
Fortnite is a game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing on an island filled with guns and resources. But, when the time came, everyone laid down their arms and watched in unison as the rocket launched.
It blasted into the sky from the rocket base, and the thruster broke off and landed in Anarchy Acres. The rocket then arced a laser guidance system appeared and it started coming straight down on Tilted Towers, one of the most popular areas of the map.
At the last moment, a rift appeared, taking the rocket out of reality, only for it to appear a moment later on a different trajectory over Moisty Mires. It then did a sweeping tour of the island, and once again disappeared into a rift.
Appearing again over Loot Lake, the rocket then blasted back into the sky, only to apparently either hit the top of the dome over the island which forms the damaging Storm Circle, or rip a hole in between dimensions, it’s unclear just yet.
The giant crack in the sky is still there, even if you start up another game.
The rocket looked like it was going to obliterate Tilted Towers, but blinked out of existence
Some of the game’s most creative minds have already started creating fantastic cinematic views of the event, such as this one from Reddit user enzait, and this bird’s eye view from Andrew Anderson on YouTube.
Of course, not everyone got to see the event happening in real time. There were reports of long queue times to even launch the game, and understandably, not all players knew what was going on.
As such, a lot of people were killed while simply trying to watch the rocket launch in peace.
One player took this to the extreme. In one match, the players teamed up to form a massive sky bridge so they could get a good vantage point for the launch.
As the rocket began its tour of the map, one player took advantage, shooting out the bridge’s supports, causing it, and the 48 people standing on it, to plummet to the ground.
It’s reportedly the solo kill world record. Was it worth it?
Eventually the rocket launched back up into the sky, leaving a crack which is still there now
Now that the launch is over, it’s clear that Epic have more planned for its fan base. It was an exciting event, but didn’t really answer any questions. The crack in the sky remains for now, but what does it mean for the future?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
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