After a week’s delay, Fortniteended on Oct. 13 with The End event that would have introduce season 11. It was literally the end as the game is no longer playable after the event started.
An explosive season-ending event caused the destruction of the island and apparently the game itself as it is not playable as of this writing.
Fortnite has ended.
Like in season 4, the event started off with a rocket launching into the sky and exploded to create rifts. Like in the earlier event, the rocket went out of one rift into another except that there were several more rockets this time around. The spacecrafts then flew into one rift again and again right where the meteor was frozen in the sky. The once more rockets went into the rifts near the meteor, the meteor itself went into the rip making them disappear. Players were then sent into the air, floating uncontrollably, when all the sudden, the rockets and the meteor reappeared high above the island just to crash into it. After a singularity-like event sucking in everything and everyone, causing a blink and then nothingness.
What’s left was a singularity.
The official Fortnite Twitter account and website only show the black hole. The game’s Instagram account shows the same.
Since then. the Epic deleted all of more than 12,000 tweets on the Fortnite Twitter account aside from the link to the stream of the black hole.
The Fortnite YouTube channel has a livestream of the event that shows the explosions and is currently streaming just the singularity. More than 1 million people tuned in to watch the event unfold on Twitch.
Epic also pulled the plug over at Twitch. Visiting the Fortnite page comes up blank, as in the entire category of Fortnite no longer exists.
Players who try to play the game are greeted with a technical difficulties screen and then nothing. However, one player did discover that Epic added a little secret. During screen showing the singularity, players can enter a Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start). A minigame similar to the classic Galaga will begin where players can shoot Durrr Burger heads for a high score.
How long the game will stay down is unclear, but this is an unprecedented move for a game this popular.
What about season 11?
The next season of Fortnite will still happen. Epic released multiple updates about the next season including adding bots for players to use for training. Since this is holiday weekend in the US, Columbus Day, Epic may have something for those staying home for the holiday.
The most likely scenario is that Fortnite season 11 will start on Thursday, Oct. 17. Thursdays are the standard starting days for the seasons.
On Friday, the Italian App Store leaked the supposed next iteration of the game, Fortnite Chapter 2. It appears there will be a new map, default skins and boats.
Originally published Oct. 7 and updated as new information is revealed.