the island turned upside down – .

the island turned upside down – .

of Fortnite the big chapter end event just ended, and it was a big event. After an all-out war on UFOs, Zombies, and the Cube Queen, players were rescued on a rescue mission led by Dwayne Johnson. (Well, his in-game character.) Then the island turned around.

The event

Let’s go back a bit. The last season of the game was all about cubes, and just as the event loaded, a mysterious giant blue cube appeared on the map next to all of the players in my lobby. Jumping on the cube made players bounce, but otherwise didn’t do anything beyond the ominous appearance. We could also watch in the distance the Cube Queen, which hovered in a ball of energy above the center of the island for part of the season.

Hello, blue cube.
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The Cube Queen floats ominously in the distance.
Capture d’écran : Jay Peters / The Verge

When the countdown clock reached 10 minutes, the evil laughter of the Queen of Cube echoed across the island and zombies began to appear in front of our base. Fortunately, weapons were added to everyone’s inventory, so players worked to fend off incoming zombie soldiers (although the zombies didn’t seem to pose a real threat).

Stay back!
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When the clock hit zero, an alarm sounded on the island and the Queen of Cube Pyramid glowed. She launched a beam into the sky which opened a huge portal revealing a horde of giant UFOs. During the game’s seventh season, the island was in the shadow of a single UFO; Queen Cube had brought an army.

UFOs and zombies approached the blue cube as players attempted to repel them. But the battle started to seem impossible to win, and things turned from bad to worse when a UFO detonated the blue cube.

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After that, the event took an interesting turn, shifting the perspective below the island’s surface to a CGI cutscene. (It was like Netflix was doing a Fortnite TV Show.) The game’s main character, Agent Jones, was strapped to a lab chair with a device on his head, and Doctor Slone, who betrayed players at the end of last season, was apparently about to end Jones’ life. Then a towering figure known as The Foundation barged in to save the day – and he took off his mask to reveal that he is being played, as suspected, by none other than Dwayne Johnson.

As Jones and the Foundation tried to get to safety, two other characters dressed similarly to the Foundation rescued the players to the surface and brought them to the Inner Island. Players were then given control of following someone called The Scientist to get to Jones and the Foundation. But during the flight, the island began to tip over little by little.

The island began to rock slowly.
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Eventually, players reached Jones and the Foundation at Point Zero (essentially a big ball of energy that was a key plot point in Fortnite). The scientist assured everyone that we were safe, but one of the giant zombies smashed a window, causing water to enter and forcing us all out.

Soon my character surfaced and saw the island slowly tip over to be completely vertical, then fall the other way around. This crushed the Cube Queen, causing the giant portal to close with the UFOs. Then the island turned around completely, revealing a whole new landscape. In the distance you could see a bit of the new areas to explore, but a tidal wave quickly took my player offshore.

When will Fortnite be back?

Just me and the open water.
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Now, Fortnite just show my player at sea on an empty log. I can’t move, and there’s almost nothing on the screen other than me, my log, and the vast open ocean. All of this is reminiscent of the black hole that bridged the transition between chapters 1 and 2.

There is no timer or any sort of indication of when Chapter 3 might be playable. But if you want a glimpse of what to expect, a leaked trailer seems to have spoiled a lot of what you can expect.

This chapter, which began in October 2019 after a multi-day hiatus with the black hole, pushed of Fortnite Growing storytelling ambitions with events featuring first-person storytelling, an arcade shooter against a Marvel villain, an exciting single-player event to try and stabilize reality, and even a mission inside an alien mothership full of cubes. The Chapter 2 closing event took another step forward, and now we’ll have to wait and see what Epic has in store for Chapter 3.


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